Knowing how to bake chicken the healthy way may seem redundant since baking is quite a healthy method for cooking, but there are several things that can be done to make cooking this way healthier. Chicken, along with fish, is one of the preferred proteins by people who are watching their diet. Since the fat can be separated from the meat completely, many people prefer to eat chicken in order to improve their health.

 

Why Cook In An Oven?

How To Bake ChickenIt is a known fact that cooking meat in the oven is healthier than cooking it on a stove through frying or braising. By using dry heat to cook the protein, the use of a large amount of oil is avoided. Since cooking in an oven takes longer than frying cut pieces, the meat relies on its own fat to cook itself. By rendering its own fat, the meat becomes leaner. This fat also makes the dish taste better since it came from the meat itself. Cooking on a roasting rack helps fat drip away from the meat so it doesn’t sit on its own fat. By removing the drippings and turning this into gravy, people can have the ability to control how much fat goes into their own servings.

 

How To Bake Chicken Using Healthy Ingredients

There are tons of breading mixes and seasoning mixes available in the market that promise to make cooking chicken a lot easier and tastier. To make sure that you know what goes in your food, it is better to make your own mixes and use healthy alternatives to common ingredients. You can cut down on salt by using soy sauce or substitute sugar with honey as a sweetener. Instead of basting a whole chicken with oil, use a roasting rack and let the chicken skin render its own fat.

 

Choosing Chicken Parts

How To Bake ChickenAlthough chicken breast is the part popular for being good for the health, don’t be afraid to use other parts such as the wings and thighs for your recipes. The common thing that happens when people limit themselves to chicken breast is that they get tired of the taste easily or worse, slather on a ton of gravy and other sauces to compensate for the lack of flavour. You can remove the skin and enjoy red meat once in a while so you don’t get tired of eating the same part over and over again. In the long run, this will help you stay motivated in eating healthy.

 

How To Bake Chicken Meatloaf

If you crave for meatloaf but want something that has fewer calories, try making this recipe for chicken meatloaf. You will need: 2 lbs. ground chicken, ¾ white wine, 2 teaspoons pepper, 2 teaspoons salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, a medium onion, a medium celery stalk, a medium carrot, a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, a teaspoon of thyme, a tablespoon of parsley, ½ cup panko breadcrumbs, and 1 egg. Dice and sauté vegetables and add wine. Mix all ingredients and put in a greased loaf pan and cook in a 165 degree oven for an hour. This recipe is just one of many ways on how to bake chicken.