Ah, good old chicken breast. It has become a go-to protein for a reason, but there’s just one problem: it can be, well…boring (there, we said it). But with a little creativity, it can do you good, whether you’re looking for a quick post-gym dinner or date night meal to impress the lady. “A chicken breast is like a pair of jeans,” says Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD. “You can dress it up or down, depending on the occasion.”
Fit Facts: A 3 oz. cooked chicken breast contains only 142 calories and 3 grams of fat, but packs a whopping 26 grams of protein—more than half of the day’s recommended allowance. Plus, itt’s got less than half a gram of saturated fat in one serving (no heart attacks here) and B vitamins, which metabolize food while providing an energy boost.
Prep Tips: Buy a package and wrap each breast separately in plastic wrap, then place them all in a Ziploc bag and freeze—that way, you can shop ahead and thaw each breast easily. And try our nutritionist’s favorite tip for tasty chicken breast: use bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts when cooking, then remove the skin before eating. You’ll get the added flavor and moisture without the extra saturated fat and cholesterol. Score.
So, are you ready to teach an old protein new tricks? Try our 7 easy ways to make chicken breast.