We're officially banning bland from the menu.
Our bet is that chicken is a weeknight staple at your house. And if that's true, then it's also likely that you (and your kids!) sometimes find that this go-to protein can get bland and boring. Transform this versatile staple into flavorful entrées fit for the whole family with delicious seasonings, salsas, and sides. Whether you're looking for an easy sheet pan dinner or set-it-and-forget-it slow cooker recipes, we've got ideas for every appetite. And so many of these include heart-healthy veggies, beans, and whole grains for a well-rounded meal.
Skinless, boneless chicken can form the basis of any healthy eating plan, as it's an excellent source of protein that's low in saturated fat and high in the essential nutrient choline. Grilled or rotisserie chicken will contain less calories and fat than breaded or fried versions — not to mention other processed, red meats. Feel free to switch it up between chicken breasts, which have slightly more protein, and chicken thighs, which contain more iron. Both nutritionally dense choices belong in the rotation, no matter which type of diet you ascribe to. Ready for some menu ideas? Check out these must-try healthy chicken dinner recipes to revamp your weeknight meals, stat.