Chicken Breast: Nutritional Information and Recipes

The breast is the healthiest part of the chicken. Why? It’s full of protein, but low in calories, carbohydrates, and fat.

Nutritional Information

One serving of chicken breast (100g) has a total of:

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[column size=”1/2″]150 to 260 calories (depending on how you cook it)
2.5g total fat, 64mg cholesterol
51mg sodium[/column]
[column size=”1/2″]370mg potassium
0g dietary fiber
21.2g protein[/column]
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A 100g piece of chicken breast will also have 1% of your recommended daily intake (RDI) of vitamin A, 2% RDI of vitamin C, 1% RDI of calcium and 2% RDI of iron. Chicken breast contains vitamins B, B6, B12, D, E, niacin and magnesium.

Amino Acids

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Your body is unable to make amino acids, so the only way for your body to get amino acids is for you to consume it. One serving of chicken breast contains 100% RDI for amino acids.

Niacin

Niacin, aka vitamin B3, is important in the conversion of carbohydrates to energy. One serving of chicken breast contains 72% RDI for niacin.

Pantothenic Acid

Pantothenic Acid, aka vitamin B5, helps your body convert fats and carbohydrates to energy. Consumption of this acid will also give you healthy nails and skin. One serving of chicken breast contains 11% RDI for pantothenic acid.

Phosphorous

Phosphorous is important for healthy teeth, bones and nails. One serving of chicken breast contains 125% of the RDI for phosphorous.

Potassium

Potassium is crucial for the health of your heart and muscles. One serving of chicken breast contains 84% RDI for potassium.

Selenium

Selenium is important because it prevents cancer and various cell damage. One serving of chicken breast contains over 40% of RDI for selenium.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is crucial in forming chemicals and red bloods cells, as well as glycogen to glucose conversion. One serving of chicken breast contains 32% RDI of vitamin B6.

Crockpot Chicken Breast Recipes

Want to incorporate chicken breast into your healthy diet, but don’t have time to create amazing meals in the kitchen? Here’s some quick and easy, delicious chicken breast meals, made in a crockpot!

Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients

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[column size=”1/2″]2 large chicken breasts
3 medium potatoes (cubed)
1 pepper
1 can corn
1 can cut green beans
1 cup finely chopped chives
1 cup sliced mushrooms
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[column size=”1/2″]1 12-ounce package egg noodles
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
64 ounces water[/column]
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Instructions

Put all ingredients BUT the egg noodles into the crockpot. Cook on high for 5 hours. Using a fork or spoon, shred the chicken inside the crockpot. Add egg noodles and cook for another hour.

Crockpot Beer Chicken

Crockpot Beer ChickenIngredients

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[column size=”1/2″]2 pounds chicken breast
1 can beer
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon black pepper[/column]
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Instructions:

Put all ingredients in the crockpot and mix together. Cook on low for 7 hours. Serve with brown rice and steamed broccoli.

Crockpot Italian Chicken

Crockpot Italian ChickenIngredients

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[column size=”1/2″]2 pounds chicken breast
1 package dry Italian seasoning mix
1 small can diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato sauce[/column]
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Instructions:

Place chicken at the bottom of the crockpot. Sprinkle dry Italian seasoning mix on top. Add the cans of tomato and tomato sauce. Cook on low for 8 hours. Serve with quinoa pasta and salad.

Crockpot Mexican Chicken

Le lambiIngredients

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[column size=”1/2″]3 boneless chicken breasts
1 can undrained black beans
1 can undrained corn
2 cans Ro Tel diced tomatoes and chilies
1 cup chopped onions[/column]
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Instructions:

Place chicken at the bottom of the crokpot. Top with bean, then corn, then tomatoes and onions. Cook on low for five hours, then remove the chicken from the crockpot. Shred the chicken with a fork and return to the crockpot. Cook for another five hours. Serve with steamed rice.

Crockpot Butternut Squash and Chicken

Crockpot Butternut Squash and ChickenIngredients

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[column size=”1/2″]1 butternut squash (peeled and cubed)
8 ounces of chicken breast (cubed)
1 medium onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
Low fat chicken stock
1 teaspoon oregano[/column]
[column size=”1/2″]1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Chopped walnuts
Sea salt
Hot sauce[/column]
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Instructions:

Put all ingredients except walnuts, salt and hot sauce into the crockpot, mix well. Cook on low for 8 hours. Add walnuts, sea salt and hot sauce, to taste.

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