Saturday, April 5, 2014

Eat Healthy : Chicken Recipes

Chicken is considered a lean protein. Easy to prepare in a healthy way by grilling, roasting, poaching, baking or stir-frying it is a healthy option for a meal. But the worry for us consumers is the quality of chicken we purchase. For any health conscious individual, it is necessary to be wary of the diseases incurred from infected poultry, pay attention to the quality of chicken you purchase and follow the basic safety rules when handling chicken.

1) Defrost Chicken properly. The night before, place your frozen chicken on a tray in the refrigerator overnight, or, for a smaller portion microwave with defrost option and cook immediately.  

2) Use Separate Cutting Boards. Do not cut chicken and veggies on same cutting boards, this is a classic case of cross contamination. Instead, purchase a synthetic cutting board for poultry. Scrub it clean with soap and hot water to disinfect it after use. 

3) Cook Chicken Properly. A well cooked chicken should register 165 degrees Fahrenheit for safe eating. Make sure you cook the chicken well.

After prepping and planning out what to make, here are some fresh chicken recipes from eatingwell.com to experiment on.  Happy Cooking!


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