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10 Quick And Healthy Chicken Recipes For Busy People

10 Quick And Healthy Chicken Recipes For Busy People

Ever wondered why chicken is a staple food for many athletes, bodybuilders and healthy individuals worldwide? Because it’s an abundant source of the essential nutrient protein – supporting weight loss, muscle recovery, growth and all round optimal health.

Chicken happens to be one of the cleanest and leanest meats, it’s readily available and easy to cook. Taste wise, “plain chicken” is quickly transformed using a variety of complementing herbs, spices and ingredients.

After a hard day at work or gruelling workout, a healthy chicken based meal will kickstart your physical recovery. Here are 10 glorious chicken recipes that go from prep to plate in under 30 minutes!

1. Yakisoba Chicken Recipe

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    This exciting Japanese dish is as healthy as it is delicious. It’s packed with nutrient dense vegetables and canola oil will even help to lower your overall cholesterol!

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    1. Grab a skillet and heat chilli paste, canola oil and sesame oils
    2. Add garlic for 30 seconds then introduce chicken and soy sauce
    3. Bring noodles to a boil and cook in a separate pan
    4. Once the meat is cooked, remove it and begin to stir fry vegetables
    5. Combine chicken, vegetables and noodles together before serving

    2. Romano Chicken Recipe

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      A truly mouth-watering dish, cheesy chicken rollups with ham and spiced up with herbs. Enjoy a potent dose of bone-strengthening calcium alongside illness-fighting antioxidants from paprika.

      1. Wrap swiss cheese and ham on chicken breasts and roll them up
      2. In a separate bowl, mix parmesan cheese, garlic, paprika, tarragon, basil and bread crumbs
      3. Smoother chicken with the mix and coat with butter
      4. Set the microwave to high and cook for 5 minutes

      3. Katsu Chicken Recipe

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        A traditional Japanese treat of delicous fried chicken. For a healthier option choose olive oil, the mono-saturated fats will help maintain balanced cholesterol.

        1. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper
        2. Coat chicken with flour, dip in egg and cover with panko crumbs
        3. Heat olive oil in a skillet and introduce chicken
        4. Cook both sides until golden brown and serve

        4. Grilled Peanut Chicken Recipe

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        Grilled Peanut Chicken

          Distinctively tangy and nutty, guaranteed to impress your guests. Be generous with the peanuts, they offer significant protection against heart disease!

          1. Mix peanut butter, garlic, curry powder, cayenne pepper and lime juice in a bowl
          2. Brush chicken with half and then grill for 8 minutes
          3. Smother chicken with the rest of the sauce and return to grill until ready

          5. Lime Garlic Chicken

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            A delightful chicken recipe, cooked in butter and garlic then drizzled with fresh lime. The anti-inflammatory nature of garlic works wonders for numerous conditions relating to heart, cholesterol and hypertension.

            1. Using a re-sealable plastic bag, mix flour, salt and pepper
            2. Place chicken in the bag and shake until coated
            3. Sauté chicken in a skillet with butter and garlic for 10-15 minutes
            4. Squeeze lime and sprinkle lemon pepper over chicken before serving

            6. Rosemary and Bacon Grilled Chicken Recipe

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              This tasty chicken dish has a unique aroma thanks to the heavenly herb Rosemary. It will also help to reinforce your immune system, blood circulation and ingestion!

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              1. Preheat grill on medium-high heat
              2. Season chicken breast using garlic powder, salt and pepper
              3. Lay rosemary sprigs on chicken and wrap with bacon
              4. Cook breasts for approximately 8 minutes on each side before serving

              7. Lemon Dijon Chicken Recipe

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                A tantalizing chicken recipe, spicy and bursting with flavor! The key ingredient Dijon mustard contains compounds that can inhibit cancer cell growth.

                1. Fry chicken on medium heat using a skillet
                2. Gradually introduce lime, lemon, Dijon, black pepper and creole seasoning
                3. Flip chicken whilst cooking for 15 minutes and then serve

                8. Spicy Basil Chicken Recipe

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                  Bring home an authentic taste of Thailand with this hot dish. Go heavy on the basil, it’s an abundant source of antioxidants with anti-aging properties.

                  1. Heat garlic and chile peppers using a skillet until golden brown
                  2. Add chicken and season with sugar, garlic, salt and pepper
                  3. Add oyster sauce, mix in mushrooms and onions
                  4. Cook until chicken is done and onions are tender and then serve

                  9. Honey Glazed Chicken Recipe

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                    Honey brings an amazing natural sweetness to this family favourite. Rename honey to “liquid gold”, it’s antibacterial and has plenty of antioxidant firepower!

                    1. Mix honey, red pepper flakes and soy sauce in a small bowl
                    2. Cook chicken in a skillet for 5 minutes
                    3. Introduce honey mix and cook until ready to serve

                    10. Wild Whisky Chicken Recipe

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                      Grab your whisky of choice and excite your guests with this sweet recipe! If you are jokingly accused of being an alcoholic, mention that studies have linked whisky to a number of benefits including weight loss!

                      1. Sauté chicken until cooked through
                      2. Mix soy sauce, garlic powder, whisky, pineapple juice, pepper and sugar in a separate bowl
                      3. Pour the whisky mix over chicken and simmer for 10-15 minutes before serving

                      Featured photo credit: ziashusha via shutterstock.com

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                      Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                      • (1) Research
                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                      • (3) Creating the outline
                      • (4) Drafting the content
                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                      • (6) Revision
                      • (7) etc.

                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                      2. Change Your Environment

                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                      6. Get a Buddy

                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                      Reality check:

                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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