Chicken is considered one of the best sources of dietary protein out there. Being in the category of white meats, chicken is considered a healthier meat alternative for mutton or other red meats, as it contains less amount of saturated fat as compared to the latter. Saturated fat is said to increase the levels of cholesterol in the body, which may result in numerous health conditions like heart diseases, obesity etc. Although the levels of fat in a dish depends on the cut of meat and the way it is prepared, chicken is still considered a better source of dietary protein as compared to red meat and may be used in a high-protein low-carb diet, if cooked in the right way.
Dietary protein is essential for building and retaining muscle mass in the body. Meeting your daily requisite levels of protein is essential for repair and recovery of muscles after an intense workout. Adding good amounts of protein is particularly important when you're following a low-carb diet for weight loss. This is because protein is considered a satiating nutrient, which also helps you stay full for longer. Pairing your protein with the right kind of ingredients in a meal is quite important to ensure that you get a good mix of macro and micro-nutrients in your diet. There are some meals like salad that can be twisted to include high-protein and low-carb foods.
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Minced Chicken Salad Recipe For High-Protein Diet
This recipe that you may add to your high-protein diet is a combination of good amounts of protein from the chicken mince and a rainbow of essential micro-nutrients like minerals and vitamins from a host of low-carb vegetables. The delicious and flavourful salad dressing is made from sweet chilli sauce, soy sauce, ginger, peanut butter, coriander or cilantro and red pepper flakes. Use the dressing sparingly, if you need your salad to be low in calories as the sauces and the peanut butter may contain excessive amount of salt and sugar. The recipe suggests serving the salad in tarts, which are fried and hence, maybe left out if you're on a low-carb diet.
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High-Protein Diet- Here's how to make the minced chicken salad:
1. Heat some olive oil in a skillet and add chicken mince, garlic, onions, salt and pepper and cook until the chicken is done.
2. Add the chopped carrots, cabbage and green onions to the mix and stir well until the vegetables are cooked.
3. In a small bowl, make the dressing by combining all the ingredients and then stir it until smooth.
4. Add the dressing to the pan and mix until the dressing is combined well with the salad. Top with fresh coriander or cilantro.
Click here for the full recipe and details of the ingredients. You can add more low-carb vegetables of your choice to this salad to make it more filling and nutritious.