Different Twist for Healthy Meat Dishes

Eating meals cooked the same way can get old, especially when you are trying to keep meals well balanced and lean to stay fit and healthy. Meat dishes can get particularly boring if you stick to braised or baked most of the time. Ducking out for a calorie and fat laden burger can be very tempting after a while.

Chances are you eat a lot of chicken and would like to find new ways to cook it. So many ways exist to cook chicken that are still well within your healthy meal plan but let you have a nice variety. Type “chicken recipes” into a search engine and you will be surprised at the huge number of recipes you will find. You should have no trouble finding a large number of them you will want to try. Here is one that is quite tasty and will serve two people:

Apricot Orange Chicken

Ingredients:

A half cup of apricot preserves (sugarless)

A half cup of orange juice (fresh squeezed or no sugar added store orange juice)

Half teaspoon of salt

A quarter teaspoon of pepper

A quarter cup of diced onions

A tablespoon of vegetable oil

8 chicken tenders

Directions:

Sprinkle all sides of chicken tenders with salt and pepper. Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet on medium heat. Put the chicken tenders in the hot oil and cook just until they are golden brown. Remove and place on a plate. The chicken should not be thoroughly cooked at this point. Put the diced onions in the skillet and saute until they are golden, about a minute.

Add the apricot preserves and orange juice to the skillet with the onions. Mix well and bring to a boil. Add the chicken back to the skillet and cook, letting the sauce reduce while the chicken cooks through. This should take from fifteen to twenty minutes. If desired, top chicken with toasted, slivered almonds when you serve it up.

This recipe, along with many others, let you eat great tasting meals and still get the right nutrition to keep fit and healthy. No need to eat plain, boring chicken to do it.

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