The Best Ways To Cook Chicken: Is Yours One Of Them?

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The Best Ways To Cook Chicken: Is Yours One Of Them?

The benefits of chicken range from boosting immunity to being high in protein. However, if you're cooking your chicken the wrong way, it might lose its nutrition. The best way to cook chicken, according to nutritionists, is to poach or boil it. Grilling comes a close second, followed by slender sauteing. However, it is best to avoid frying your chicken as increases the saturated fat content.

Delicious? Check. Nutritious? Check. Immunity-booster? Check.

Any chicken lover will give you multiple, almost-convincing arguments explaining why chicken is the best food on the planet. However, did you know that you might be making a simple mistake that dethrones your chicken from its “best food” position? Even if your chicken is of the best quality, the method you use to cook your chicken ultimately gets to decide how “good” or “bad” it actually is. So here are the healthy and the not-so-healthy ways to prepare your chicken.

1. Poaching:

Poaching, according to nutritionists, might just be the healthiest way to cook chicken. Since there is no new ingredient added, apart from water, the chicken retains its nutrients. Also, certain studies state that poached or boiled chicken lacks several volatile compounds, as poaching happens at a lower temperature than methods like frying or baking.1 Also, a 1-ounce serving of poached chicken gives you approximately 47 calories, 1 g of fat, 68 mg potassium, and 9 g protein, along with 2% iron.

How to do it

  • Add water to a saucepan and bring it to boil
  • Once it reaches the maximum temperature, start reducing the temperature
  • When the temperature is low, add chicken to the saucepan
  • Simmer until the chicken is cooked.

However, your chicken might fall behind on taste if you use this method. So, add a few fresh herbs spices to pack in some flavor.

 

2. Grilling

Time for all grilled chicken lovers to rejoice, for it’s the second best way to cook chicken. The advantage of grilling is that it makes the chicken less greasy, unlike other methods of cooking like frying or even baking.2 But, be conscious of the fat content in your oil. If you use high-fat oils, limit its use and go for oils that are low-fat. The American Heart Association suggests using olive oil (as opposed to butter or coconut oil) to marinate your chicken, as it contains unsaturated fat, which is better for your heart.3 A 1-ounce serving of grilled chicken gives you approximately 33 calories, 1 g of fat, and 7 g protein.

How to do it

  • Preheat the grill to a medium-high temperature
  • Place marinated chicken on the grill with the skin-side down.
  • Grill for about 10 minutes
  • Now flip the chicken and repeat the procedure

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