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It’s no secret that chicken breast represents one of the best sources of lean protein around. Chicken breast has an incredibly high protein-to-fat ratio (19:1) and ranks up there with eggs and beef as a key food for those looking to build lean muscle mass. A 6-ounce serving of chicken breast gets you 187 calories, 40 grams of protein, zero carbs, and only 2 grams of fat. It also carries tons of key micronutrients, including:
~ More than the recommended daily allowance of niacin, which is critical for converting macronutrients into usable energy;
~ Vitamin B6, which facilitates the use of glycogen stored in your muscles during training;
~ Iron, which helps deliver oxygen to the muscles during training;
~ Selenium, which inhibits the growth of cancerous cells, repairs damaged cells, and promotes proper thyroid function to keep your metabolism firing on all cylinders; and
~ Zinc, which boosts the immune system and supports generation of anabolic hormones.
Many bodybuilders, gym goers, and health-conscious individuals eat tons and tons of chicken. But the question remains: What’s the fastest and easiest way to prep chicken? There are several options out there, from baking to boiling to roasting. Although each prep method has its own advantages, my favorite by far is baking.
Tossing all your chicken breasts into a large pan and throwing them into the oven will save you hours of time and wasted energy. Plus, there are certain techniques you can use to make it easier to measure your portions out when you’re prepping for the week. Drop a comment below to let me know if you’ve ever used this method – and, if not, what your favorite chicken prep strategy is!
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