Every person has a marked interest in healthy eating atleast once in their life. I, of course, do so every other month but staying on the wagon in our era of extra everything is very hard. The best way to stay true to a healthy eating pattern is to say no to restaurant food altogether and to cook on your own.
Sounds fairly easy? You certainly aren’t living on your own then!
Cooking can be very hard when you’re just starting out and making delicious healthy food is almost an impossibility. So what must one do to demystify healthy cooking?
The easiest way is to follow the footsteps of someone who has done many missteps in the past and has now learnt some hard lessons, a.k.a., me. The biggest mistake most people make is that they think that cooking complex dishes or simply eating salads are the only ways to eat healthily.
You don’t need to hire a professional chef or relegate yourself to greens to be healthy. There are some beautiful recipes that are not only delicious but also very nutritious. One such recipe is that of peanut butter chicken.
So without further ado, we journey onwards!
4 boneless skinless chicken breast
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
1⁄2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon fresh grated gingerroot
1 thinly sliced green onion (optional garnishing)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Salt to taste
- In a glass bowl, put in all the ingredients (other than the green onion and sesame seeds) and mix it well.
- Keep this marinated chicken for 6-8 hours in the fridge for maximum flavour penetration.
- Add your coconut oil to a nonstick grill pan and make sure to preheat it well.
Take the chicken breasts and set aside the marinade. Put in each chicken breast in the pan keeping a little distance between them.
Pro Tip: The oil should sizzle and splutter when you add the chicken. That’s how you’ll know the pan is hot enough.
- Cook for 5-8 minutes on each side (depending on the thickness of the breast)
- Once cooked, plate beautifully and garnish with sesame seeds and green onion.
- You can eat this alone, with a side of greens or just a slice of brown bread. It will be divine anyway!
So now let’s get down to the meaty details, why is this healthy for you?
This recipe is almost sans oil but the oil we do use is a favorite of south Indians owing to its myriad benefits which are elaborated upon in this article.
This part of the chicken has the least amount of fat and the most protein. There is a reason your gym trainer loves those chicken breasts!
This is a miracle product that contains great amounts of protein and good fats. It lowers the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. Having fiber for your bowel movements, magnesium to fortify bones, Vitamin E and antioxidants it is a powerhouse ingredient for healthy eaters.
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