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5 Quick and Easy Low Fat Chicken Recipes

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The humble boneless, skinless chicken breast gets a bad rap, which is a shame. When it's cooked right, it's the perfect lean protein base for many a low-fat meal. The trouble is we all too often overcook it, which renders it rubbery and stringy. Why not go for regular skin-on chicken breasts, you might ask? Because most of the fat is contained in the skin. It's simple enough to remove, so it makes sense to do so. Sure, you can go ahead and cook chicken with the skin on, as it does indeed help prevent a chicken breast from drying out if you do happen to cook it for too long. But if you're intent on eating low fat, you should absolutely remove the skin before eating.

If you want to learn more about cooking chicken breasts to succulent perfection, here's the skinny on boneless, skinless chicken. Then you can say goodbye to boring chicken breasts with these five quick and easy ideas for fast, flavorful, low-fat meals.

1. Oven-Fried Chicken

Oven fried chicken
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Make satisfyingly crunchy fried chicken without a frying pan. This oven-fried chicken recipe is an ideal low-fat option for fried-chicken lovers, as well as a great kid pleaser. Too often, non-fried breaded chicken can be a little soggy rather than crunchy, but that needn't be the case, as I will show you.

2. Savory Chicken Breasts

Savory Chicken
Fiona Haynes
These tasty chicken breasts are marinated in a tangy blend of reduced-sodium soy sauce (or tamari if you can't eat gluten), tomato sauce and garlic. Enjoy this flavorful chicken with a crisp green salad drizzled in your favorite low-fat dressing.

3. Middle Eastern Chicken

Middle Eastern Chicken
Fiona Haynes
Here's a very easy baked chicken dish that requires no added fat. There's plenty of flavor, thanks to the Middle-Eastern-style spices, which add a slight sweetness to the dish. Enjoy this low-fat Middle Eastern Chicken with some whole-grain couscous, rice, or even some creamy polenta.

4. Apricot Chicken

Apricot Chicken
Fiona Haynes
This is a nice, easy skillet chicken dish that's low fat and delicious. It's a real kid-pleaser, too. Depending on the size and evenness of the chicken breasts you bring home, you might want to pound them to an even thickness between two sheets of plastic or wax-paper wrap. This ensures the chicken is cooked perfectly throughout.

5. Chicken Enchiladas

Low Fat Chicken Enchiladas
This a is a great way to use leftover chicken, poached chicken, or rotisserie chicken. These creamy enchiladas are quick and easy to make and perfect for the whole family. It's comfort food with a fraction of the fat.
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