How to make chicken more interesting

Reinvent midweek chicken meals with these simple and delicious recipes.

Almost all diet recommendations and food plans developed for people trying to get into shape or gain muscle mass, suggest consuming chicken regularly. However, eating the same protein multiple times a week can get boring very quickly.

Contrary to many fad diets, meals filled with healthy proteins do not need to be plain and bland in flavour. We have listed our favourite additions to chicken dishes that will give you the burst of flavour you are looking for, without reducing the health content of the dish.

Roast chicken, butternut pumpkin, and guacamole rice bowls

This flavour packed dish is super simple. All you need to do is toss cumin and chilli powder over the pumpkin and red onion while they bake. Then serve with black beans, guacamole, and brown rice — easy and delicious. The full recipe can be found on FoodieCrush.

You can take this dish one step further by coating the chicken in a spice rub, such as garam masala, smoked paprika, and cumin or taco spices. Try marinating the chicken in a garlic and olive oil mix or cover and bake in pesto.

Tomato, basil and garlic chicken

Bake the chicken in a mixture of tomato, basil, and garlic for a rich and satisfying dish. Accompany the chicken with zucchini spaghetti for a quick meal that can be made in half an hour. The full recipe can be found on A Saucy Kitchen.

Coriander lime grilled chicken

Here’s another FoodieCrush recipe packed with so much flavour and easy to make. All you need to do is marinate your chicken in lime and herb dressing and then barbecue until perfectly charred. This is a great dish to serve either as an entree with the chicken by itself, or add a side dish of rice or seasonal salad for a main meal.

Caprese chicken

This one-pan dish combines the iconic Italian flavours of pesto, mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil with a sprinkle of balsamic glaze to produce a delicious meal. The dish can be ready in less than 30 minutes and is perfect for any mid-week meal. It is best to serve it with wilted garlic greens or a side salad. Although, when planning your side dishes for this recipe, be careful when choosing flavours, as the typical Italian flavours can be quite strong and you do not want strong flavours clashing. For the full recipe view the FoodieCrush blog.

If you are struggling to feed your kids good proteins like chicken, try these two recipes on how to make your own chicken nuggets at home — which is much healthier than the nuggets sold at fast food restaurants.