Dinner Makeover: Fried Chicken
Chicken meat is low in saturated fat and rich in high-quality protein. But by frying it, you’re in for something very different. Since most recipes call for the chicken to be fried with the skin on, get ready for lots of saturated fat which can raise cholesterol levels. Breading the chicken skin is also another definite way to increase the calories.
The fried chicken you’ll find at a fast food joint doesn’t fit the healthy bill either. It’s probably even worse. Next time you’re craving fried chicken, don’t go out. Just make it the healthier way.
Instead of deep-frying it, use the oven instead. It can still be fried in there, and if done right, it will maintain its crispiness. Also, make sure to remove the skin. Avoid oil at all costs. It will only make it fattier!
Low Fat Fried Chicken
Why It’s Healthy: Breaded in corn flakes and baked in the oven, this is a healthy way to satisfy your fried chicken craving. The milk is skim and evaporated. Plus, it uses non-fat cooking spray, not oil!
Low Carb Fried Chicken
Why It’s Healthy: This is a wonderful low carb way to enjoy the fantastic taste of fried chicken. It’s still fried, and it doesn’t even have to be made in the oven. There aren’t many fatty ingredients either, and the pork rind adds some interesting flavor.
Oven Baked Fried Chicken
Why It’s Healthy: If you love fried chicken, but are trying to steer clear of the all the grease, this is a great compromise because it bakes instead of frying in oil. The spices its baked with also give it a zing, without extra calories.
Low Carb Oven Fried Chicken
Why It’s Healthy: This is a healthier way of eating fried chicken, and it doesn’t even require tons of calorie-ridden ingredients. The worst thing is the flour, and come on, that’s not even that bad!
Oven Fried Chicken
Why It’s Healthy: One hour of baking is all it takes to perfect this healthier fried chicken dish. Test it on the entire family, and we bet they won’t even be able to tell that it was fried in an oven!