Protein! Your body needs it after a workout in order to build back that muscle and make a healthier, stronger you.
It’s recommended that you eat something within 30-45 minutes after a workout. Your body will still see some results, but the best chance for success if making sure that you’re eating within that timeframe.
One of the protein staples of this world is chicken. It’s usually the go-to clean eater’s meal because of its great benefits and relative ease.
Many times though, it’s easy just to bake the chicken or cook it on the stove and throw it together with some veggies. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it can get boring quick.
So if you’re looking to spice up your chicken game, then you should check out some great recipe ideas with chicken below.
1. Chicken and Quinoa
This dish takes about 30 minutes to prepare and is quite easy to do. You can either put it in a skillet or simply mix together in a bowl or on a plate.
Quinoa needs about a cup and a half of water per half-cup used, so make sure you boil it accordingly. Cook the chicken how you want, either baked, in the skillet, or on the stove.
Once that is complete, you can mix the two together for a tasty meal. If you’re someone who wants a little extra flavor, consider adding some spices on top or simply your favorite hot sauce. A solid vegetable choice would be sliced onions.
2. Chicken and Sausage Pasta
It’s time to double-dip for your protein here with chicken and lean sausage. This dish takes about 15-20 minutes to prepare as you’ll be waiting on your pasta to boil in the meantime.
The best idea for your meats is to fill a skillet with the sausage and chicken, cooking them until their golden brown. It’s also a good chance to add in a leafy green vegetable that is packed with protein, like broccoli or spinach.
It’s best to mix the chicken and sausage in the bowl with the pasta so the two flavors mix well together while warm. You can add whatever pasta sauce you like, either pasta cream or the tried and faithful red tomato sauce.
Pro tip: it’s best to buy high-quality pasta, you will definitely be able to taste the difference immediately. The ingredients really make the difference.
3. Italian Baked Chicken
While on them of pasta, why don’t we just continue talking about some fantastic foods the Italians were kind enough to give us? A staple of the Meditteranean cuisine, Italian baked chicken is an easy and delicious dish to make at home.
It will take you a bit more time than some of our other recipes on the list, but that doesn’t mean that you’ll be struggling in the kitchen with your hands in desperation.
Make sure you season the chicken beforehand in a zip-lock bag and pound the chicken on a cutting board. Pounding the chicken here is quite important so it cooks faster and more evenly.
It’s best to have a baking dish as well, as you’ll be mixing the chicken with various vegetables and spices. For the best results, you want to make sure that everything is cooked together.
4. Chicken Fajitas
Changing cuisines completely, let’s venture to Central America for some chicken fajitas. This doesn’t mean you should head to your favorite Mexican restaurant following a workout as they tend to put a few unhealthy ingredients in the mixture, but you can certainly make them at home.
This is another quick dish that takes about 20-25 minutes to finish. You’ll want to put your chicken in a bowl and toss it with some spices. We recommend going with cilantro, sweet paprika, garlic, and salt.
After you’re done tossing the chicken, add it to a skillet. The next part is what truly makes this dish fajitas.
Add peppers to another skillet and cook them until they are charred along the bottom. Even if you don’t like charred foods, that’s what really makes the fajitas! Add onions in there as well.
When your veggies are done, add them to your skillet with the chicken. Try to spread your chicken strips as thin as possible so they can take in as much color and flavor as possible.
You’re finished! Now you can eat them alone or with some tasty tortillas.