Is chicken your go-to protein when you’re preparing your lunches and dinner? Although this quick and easy protein is something that you love and are used to, you feel like it may be getting a little old and it’s time to change up that recipe you’ve been using over-and-over again the past few weeks. In fact, there are a lot of simple and delicious ways to cook your chicken and change up the flavors so you never feel like you’re eating the same thing over and over again!
Check out a few of these marinades below to test new chicken dishes that you won’t get tired of.
*Cooking Tip: Chicken should be marinated for a minimum of four hours to allow for the meat to soak up all the flavors. However, it can stay in the fridge for up to a day or two so it’s ready for you to grab and quickly cook when it’s time to prepare it. You can use reusable bags or plastic containers to mix & marinade the chicken prior to letting it sit in the fridge.
If you’re in the mood for something on the sweeter side, this delicious marinade is a wonderful option. You can then use the honey garlic chicken on salads, in a wrap, or over a bed of rice. You can also use the marinade to brush on sliced vegetables such as bell peppers and onions to serve with your chicken.
*Nutrition Tip: Track the chicken as your protein source, the oil as your fat source, and add in ½ tablespoon of honey. *You can swap the avocado oil for any other type of oil of your choosing.
This flavorful marinade is great for the chicken you’re making for pasta night. Once the chicken is marinated and cooked, add it to a bed of spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles, or your favorite pasta. This marinade also goes very well mixed with a marinara sauce. If you’re looking to change up the way you cook your chicken, you can try baking it in the oven, broiling it, grilling it, or pan-frying it. All of these different ways will give your chicken a slightly different taste and texture.
*Nutrition Tip: Track the chicken as your protein source, and add the oil as your fat source. You can swap the avocado oil for any other type of oil of your choosing.
If you’re in the mood for a stir-fry night, this marinade is your answer. Grab some rice or quinoa, your favorite mixed vegetables, and your favorite cut of chicken. For stir-fry, remember to pan fry the chicken only slightly, then throw in the vegetables before adding the chicken and marinade back to the pan. Once the marinade is at a simmer, allow the chicken to cook through as the vegetables become more tender. This simple yet enjoyable meal can be used for your week’s meal prep for lunches or dinners.
*Nutrition Tip: Track the chicken as your protein source, and add the two oils as your fat source. You can swap the avocado oil for any other type of oil of your choosing, but it is recommended to keep the sesame oil in this recipe for the specific flavor.
If chicken is your most eaten protein source but your current recipe isn’t cutting it anymore, it may be time to get creative with some new flavors. Try out these different marinades to see what you like best!