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14 Healthy and Delicious Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes


Using a slow cooker is like magic: pour in the ingredients, set the heat level, and then shift focus to your to do list, all the while your slow cooker does the heavy lifting. Chicken is one of my favorite ingredients to use in a slow cooker, since it’s a flavorful source of lean protein and it requires little effort to cook. These are some of SparkPeople’s favorite slow cooker chicken recipes.

 

Slow Cooker Marinara Chicken and Vegetables (Chef Meg's Makeover)


Posted 5/16/2013  6:00:00 PM By: Samantha Donohue : 27 comments   1,003,156 views
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What to Serve with Chicken: 10 Quick & Easy Side Dishes


When it comes to the protein portion of a healthy diet, boneless, skinless chicken is a hero. It’s versatile, easy to prepare and naturally lower in fat and calories than many other meat options. But by itself, chicken can be, well, a little boring.
 
Baked, grilled or roasted chicken is probably a regular part of your dinner rotation. So you’ll need some great side dishes for chicken that add a little spark to the plate. We’ve gathered 10 side dish recipes to help you bring new life to that chicken dinner.
 
 
Green Beans with Miso and Almonds
If you haven’t tried miso, the flavorful, fermented Asian ingredient made from soy, then you should. Miso adds umami, or savory flavor, to any dish. Serve this recipe as a side dish for grilled chicken marinated in soy sauce, fresh ginger, garlic and lime.
Posted 2/25/2013  12:00:00 PM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 14 comments   299,148 views
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10 Great-For-You Chicken Soup Makeovers


Chicken soup has seemingly mystical properties; moms swear by its ability to cure anything that ails you.
 
While its medicinal attributes are still being tested, the Mayo Clinic does report that chicken soup can reduce inflammation and speed up the loosening of mucus in the nose and sinuses, which makes it a good-for-you remedy when you’re not feeling well. Add in some spice (like ginger or chile), for more relief of that stuffed-up feeling that comes with a cold. Plus, a batch of homemade chicken soup tastes a whole lot better than over-the-counter cold medicines.
 
Try these alternatives to classic chicken-noodle soup next time you’re under the weather—or you just want something to eat that’s warm, comforting and delicious.
 
Chicken Stock
Any good homemade chicken soup starts with good stock. For store-bought chicken stock, we recommend Swanson’s low-sodium organic chicken broth. But really, it’s so easy to make your own homemade stock that you should try this recipe—make a big batch and store it (in 3- or 4-cup containers) in the freezer for soup-making.
 
Basic Chicken Noodle Soup
We’ll start with this simple recipe for chicken noodle soup. It has everything you want: chunks of chicken, carrots, celery and slurp-able noodles.
Posted 2/8/2013  12:00:00 PM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 16 comments   31,380 views
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A Dozen Quick Ways to Use Rotisserie Chicken


That lovely, roasty aroma hits you when you walk into the grocery on your way home from work and you spy a display case of rotisserie chickens near the checkout aisle. Of all the convenience foods on the store shelves, this one’s a good choice—a simple roast chicken, a good tossed salad and a loaf of whole-grain bread can make a satisfying, healthful and easy dinner.
 
A store-bought roast chicken can easily feed a family of four—and there’s more you can do with it than simply slicing and serving. Shredded or diced roast chicken can star in all kinds of easy meals. 
 
For these meal ideas, start with a store-bought chicken, or try this slow cooker version.
Posted 1/25/2013  12:00:00 PM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 26 comments   63,637 views
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Simple Sauces for Chicken


Chicken is the go-to protein for a light and healthy meal, but when you announce that you're having grilled chicken breasts for dinner, does anyone applaud or yell "great, I can't wait"?

What if you said you were having Grilled Chicken Breasts… with a Citrus-Infused Sauce?

And the crowd goes wild! 
Posted 9/24/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Meg Galvin : 14 comments   105,570 views
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7 Nights of Chicken Dinners


Chicken breasts are the little black dress of the protein group. Dress them up, dress them down--they're great with any meal. Here are a week's worth of healthy, new-to-you recipes!
Posted 7/27/2012  2:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 13 comments   54,159 views
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Save Time & Money: 15 Ways to Use Leftover Chicken


"Always cook extra" is a standard practice in the Galvin kitchen.  You never know when 3 extra teenage boys will arrive just as dinner is served or the coaches will schedule a make-up game at the last minute. Whether I have extra mouths to feed or suddenly no time to make dinner, I lean on leftovers--especially big batches of basic cooked chicken (and turkey).

It's helpful and easy to place a couple of extra chicken breasts on the grill, in the slow cooker, or in the oven.  The same holds true for a turkey breast in the smoker or oven.  Both lean proteins can be transformed into something new and special, days or even months down the road if you freeze the extras. 
 
Your premade cooked chicken will be much cheaper than the rotisserie bird you'll pick up at the checkout line, and because you are cooking it alongside another meal no extra cooking time will be involved. If you're heating up the oven (especially in summertime), you might as well fill it up! 
Posted 7/23/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Meg Galvin : 10 comments   19,633 views
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Food Showdown: McDonald's 6-piece Chicken McNuggets® vs. Chicken McBites Snack Size™


You're strapped for time and decide to hit the McDonald's drive-thru for a quick afternoon snack. How about some Chicken McNuggets®? They're small, portable, and surely fewer calories than a sandwich. You could go with the tried-and-true 6-piece chicken nugget box, or… wait a minute! There's a new item on the menu: the Chicken McBites Snack Size™. It's only 3 ounces, whereas the 6-piece box of nuggets weighs in at 3.4 ounces. The bites may weigh less than the nuggets, but does a lower weight indicate a lower calorie count?

Quick, you're almost to the drive-thru window-- which chicken snack is better for your waistline? 
 
Posted 2/18/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 79 comments   40,265 views
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Tasty and Nutritious Chicken Recipes


Take control of your nutrition in 2012 by preparing healthy dishes in your own kitchen. Each week I will be posting meal ideas from SparkRecipes that are useful for eating-in or carrying-out or energy boosting snacks. This week, we'll start with chicken. According to the SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker, one serving of boneless, skinless chicken breast has 20g. of protein, 94 calories and only 1g of fat. With help from SparkRecipes, your chicken will turn out tasty and nutritious, giving you a fantastic start to the new year.  
Posted 1/4/2012  6:00:00 AM By: Samantha Donohue : 3 comments   5,137 views
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