I always keep a bag of boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the freezer. The bag averages 8 pieces of chicken, which makes 4 meals for two people. Or at least it does in my house.
I never fry the chicken. Too messy and not as healthy. And I never seem to know WHEN the chicken is done when I’ve attempted frying it in the past.
I will cut up two breasts into bite-size pieces and add whatever seasoning I desire, then brown the little chunks in a skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil. Now everyone remember – I’m NOT a cook. I call it browning the chicken, but maybe someone considers that frying anyway. Regardless, it’s NOT coated in flour and eggs, it’s not splattering and popping oil all over, and I can at least take my spatula and chomp through a piece to tell if it’s still pink inside or if it’s white and done.
You can see how much I love cooking. Not.
If I don’t use the skillet, the George Foreman grill is fabulous! Five minutes to heat the grill then toss the breasts on and grill for about 8 – 10 minutes. Done.
I just despise CLEANING a George Foreman grill. You’ve GOT to either wipe off the grooved surface immediately after grilling – BUT YOU HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO TOUCH THE SURFACE AND FRY YOUR HAND OFF – or after several minutes unplugged, place wet paper towels on the top and bottom surfaces to allow the baked on debris to soften. While the wet paper towels are loosening up the crud, go eat. When it’s time to wash dishes, then you have the “fun” of going over and in between each of those stupid grooves on the upper and lower plates. It drives me nuts.
Anyway, seasonings. I use salt (very little) and pepper, or cajun seasoning, or italian, or any number of other concoctions in order to provide some variety to the chicken. If in the skillet, another option is to add a can of low fat mushroom soup.
Other ideas for fast, easy and (what I consider) healthy chicken meals:
- Add a bag of stir fry veggies
- Add a bag of broccoli and cheese
- Add gravy and make egg noodles in a pan – Stir all together
- Bake the chicken in the oven with seasonings
- Brown strips of chicken, place on tortillas and top w/cheese, ranch, lettuce
- Buy a frozen meal like Viola Garlic Chicken and add cooked chicken to it
- Add mushrooms and onions
The idea in this post was to make super easy and healthy suggestions without the need for recipes. I will get to some of those in other posts.
Always keep a bag in the freezer. The possibilities are endless. That’s all for now.
(Photo credit: Chicken and broccoli. Credit: ayngelina/Foter/CC BY-NC-ND)