If you’ve read my posts on my daily diet and diet breakdown, you know that a huge portion of what I eat is chicken. Breaded chicken cutlets are a staple in my house. They’re delicious, can be made into an array of different recipes and are a great source of protein. People are constantly asking me how I can be eating the same thing daily without getting tired of it, so I thought I would share a few of my favorite, fit-friendly ways I incorporate chicken into my diet!
Side note: all of these variations can be enjoyed with breaded (and baked) cutlets or grilled chicken.
1. Strawberry, Mango and Avocado Salad
Salads don’t have to be boring or tasteless! I seriously love salads when they have the right ingredients. Some of my favorite things to incorporate are strawberries and avocados (yum). There are so many alternative ingredients you can swap out to switch it up (beets, roasted red peppers, blueberries…) but an important thing to keep in mind is using a healthy dressing. The recipe below offers a recipe you can make on your own, but two of my go-to already made dressings are Rachel Ray’s Balsamic Drizzle and Ken’s Steakhouse Lite Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette.
Feel free to try this recipe.
2. Baked Honey Mustard Chicken
I’m a huge honey mustard fan. While the majority of the time I’ll simply use it as a dip, this recipe for a marinade is to die for (and guilt-free).
3. Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl
Just like salads, you can mix this guy up any way you like. I personally love incorporating avocado (surprise), shredded cheese and diced tomatoes. Give it try!
4. Grilled Chicken Pesto Panini
When eating healthy people often shy away from bread. I’m not saying to go out and eat all the rolls you can find, but if you eat it in moderation (and opt for breads like Dave’s Killer Bread) you’ll be in good shape. Of course there are so many sandwich options you can go for (even just a simple chicken, lettuce and honey mustard combo), but I wanted to share this recipe to emphasize that it’s ok to eat things that are slightly unhealthy and that there are healthy alternatives to many of the pre-made spreads out there. Before you get on my case, pesto is certainly not the healthiest of spreads. But like I said about bread, it you’re using it in moderation (and not eating it every day), you’re fine.
5. Boneless Wings (Kinda)
Alright, so it’s not the exact same thing and there isn’t a recipe for this one, but whenever I’m craving boneless wings from Applebee’s (which are sadly beyond unhealthy) I indulge in baked breaded cutlets and my favorite hot sauce. If you’re looking for that kick this is such a close, healthy alternative. Catch me eating three cutlets at a time (easily). Some of my favorites are Tabasco Original Red Sauce or if I’m in the mood to splurge a little (due to its high sodium content), Sweet Baby Ray’s Buffalo Wing Sauce.
6. Baked Chicken Parmesan
The Italian in my lives for this. By opting for baked cutlets, the classic dish really isn’t all that bad (and unbelievably delicious). Check out this recipe.
7. Baked Chicken Nuggets
Sometimes you just need to relive your childhood and admit that simple can be better. These healthy nuggets are super tasty. If you’re feeling lazy, you’ll get the same results without pre-cutting the chicken and instead doing so after it’s baked and ready to eat.
8. Skinny Stir Fry
You can never have enough veggies. While this recipe is vegan, you can easily add in grilled or baked chicken.
9. Lemon Chicken
I love lemon chicken (my dad makes a recipe that is drool-worthy), but it can be pretty unhealthy. This version is a great alternative if you’re looking for that lemon flavor.
10. Chicken Avocado Burrito
Did I mention I love avocado? Just like with the pesto panini, there are so many variations of healthy chicken wraps to try! This recipe is always a go-to for me.
Hopefully these recipes give you some insight on all the delicious options out there when it comes to adding more chicken in your diet while still being healthy. Happy eating!