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Health Benefits of Chicken

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If your forte is chicken soup, chicken salad, grilled chicken breast, or any form of chicken, you are definitely on the right track to a nutritious and delicious lifestyle. The lean meat of chicken remains the preferred type of meat in many dietary menus, confirming its lean meat value and nutritional value. This plucky poultry provides you with the perfect balanced chicken recipe in Sri Lanka, making it the number one choice of meat in the country, overtaking beef since 2014.

Protein Enriched

Research proves that chicken is a superb source of protein and amino acids. Research conducted by the National Chicken Council confirms that each 100 grams (3.5 oz) of cooked skinless chicken breast, contains around 31 grams of protein. This accounting for more than half of your daily recommendation of protein!

Tryptophan which is a type of amino acid found in lean chicken meat has been proven by medical research to contain enzymes which directly affect the stressors in the human body in a positive way, thus creating a comforting and relaxing sensation. Thus it is correct in stating that ‘Sri Lankan chicken recipes makes you calmer’! Isoleucine is yet another amino acid which is found in chicken and on known for its healing benefits. It also improves growth and stabilizers blood sugar levels. Medical research confirms that the human body requires nine essential amino bodies in order to function healthy, as the human body cannot produce them on its own, the intake of foods such as lean chicken are needed in order to ensure the body gains  the right amount of amino acids. Hence chicken meat could be named as the ‘complete protein’ as well as the most ‘efficient source of amino acid to the human body’.

Abundant Nutrients

While the protein benefits of chicken are widely known, little is known of its nutritional benefits, which in fact are quite extensive. Chicken recipes in Sri Lanka possess the following nutrients of which benefits to the human body are listed alongside it.

  • Iron: Helps in growth and development, while assisting in the metabolizing of protein and the production of hemoglobin and red blood cells
  • Phosphorous: Builds strong bones and teeth, while supporting in the functions of the  kidney, liver and central nervous system
  • Selenium: Guards cells from oxidative stress, supports the thyroid in producing the necessary hormones while assisting in reproductive health and the  fight of cancerous cells.
  • Vitamin A: Improves skin and eyesight while boosting the immune systems and neurological functions.
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): Helps in maintaining healthy blood cells, which also improves energy levels, while protecting eye and skin health.
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin): Helps in improving cardiovascular health and neurological health. Improves skin developments and care.
  • Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid): Assists in producing energy from carbohydrates and fats. Helps in improving metabolism and function of adrenal glands.
  • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): Assists in cardiovascular, digestive, immune, muscular, and nervous system functions
  • Vitamin B7 (Biotin): Increases metabolism, promotes cell and tissue growth, improves skin and hair conditions.
  • Vitamin B12: Safeguards nerve and red blood cells health, contributions towards energy production, helps control nervous and digestive systems.
  • Zinc: Assistances with hormone production, escalates immunity and digestive systems, acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Low in Calories, Cholesterol, Sodium, and Fat

Chicken breast has proven to be the ideal sources of meat, which syncs with all your weight loss goals. 3.5 ounces of skinless, boneless chicken breast meat contains a mere 165 calories, making it the ideal source of meat, while maintaining a balanced diet. This same serving contains just 74 milligrams of sodium, 85 milligrams of cholesterol, 1 gram of saturated fat, and 4 grams of total fat. It is noteworthy to bear in mind that dark meat and skin on met increase the fat content of the portion.

Chicken recipes in Sri Lanka has been proven to be a healthy meat option with less cholesterol and saturated fat than other meats such as beef and pork. Therefore it is less likely to raise your blood cholesterol or cause heart disease. It has been shown that dietary cholesterol is not correlated with disease and is only a minor part of blood cholesterol. It is mostly metabolized, while the liver primarily makes and regulates cholesterol. As for saturated fat, much depends on which fatty acids are most prevalent and their arrangement on the glycerol base.

Easy to Digest

Due to its less fatty consistency it is easily digested and the proteins are quickly absorbed into the body. Thus easing the stress placed on the liver in breaking down of food. Been one of the easiest foods to digest, Sri Lankan chicken recipes complements the diets of people suffering from chronic digestion issues like irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease as well.

Convenience

Notwithstanding the numerous medical advantages of chicken, you can’t deny the protein’s benefits. It is readily available in any corner store or supermarket, and even novice gourmet experts can create expert dishes with this meat. You can cook it in an assortment of ways (barbecuing, simmering, poaching, heating), and you can utilize it in various recipes. Regardless of whether your preference is grilled chicken on a serving of mixed greens, mix fried chicken with veggies, or chicken protein powder blended into an omelet, you basically can’t turn out badly with chicken.

It is also necessary to keep in mind that improper cooking methods may take away from the medical benefits of the meat.  Likewise, make sure to deal with and cook your chicken appropriately to keep away from salmonella, a bacterium that can cause nourishment harming. In the event that acquiring chicken protein powder, guarantee that the item originates from a protected and dependable maker.

How to nail the perfect Chicken Parmesan Recipe

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Who can resist a chicken parmesan with a buttery panko coating, perfectly melted cheese and a flavourful hit of everything you would want in a chicken?

Sri Lankan food recipes involve a lot of chicken curries and it’s no surprise that we Lankans have proudly come up with our own chicken meal twists. While the classic chicken recipes in Sri Lanka are often our go-to options, it doesn’t hurt to indulge in something Italian-American once in a while too. And to be frank, nothing can substitute the simplicity and deliciousness of a classic Chicken Parmesan, particularly when preparing it is so easy!

The perfectly crispy chicken breasts topped with homemade marinara sauce and loads of melted cheese is too tempting to resist. Plus, if you’re craving some Italian cuisine, then this Chicken Parmesan can be served with some spaghetti and trust us, it will be restaurant-worthy in every way.

Also known as Chicken Parmigiana, Chicken Parmesan is basically a throwback to an eggplant parmesan with slices of breaded eggplant being fried before serving it with parmesan cheese on top. In its more contemporary form, it’s served with melted mozzarella and further garnished with parmesan cheese. This particular recipe calls for parmesan cheese to be added into the breading for an accentuated flavour.

This recipe yields four servings and takes approximately 40 minutes to prepare.

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup  shredded provolone cheese
  • 1 cup marinara sauce

Method

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  • Place the chicken breasts in between a parchment paper and use a rolling pin to flatten it to about ½ an inch in thickness.
  • Season the chicken breast with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Use three bowls adding the flour into one, lightly beaten eggs into another and the shredded parmesan cheese and panko breadcrumbs to the other.
  • Dredge the chicken into the flour, dip it into the eggs and finally coat it with the panko-parmesan cheese mixture.
  • In a cast iron skillet, heat some olive oil under medium high heat and cook the chicken for about four minutes on each side until it turns golden brown. Note that the chicken will be raw on the inside at this stage.
  • Now, add the coated chicken onto a baking sheet and add the marinara sauce and and top it off with shredded cheese. Cook for about 18-20 minutes.

This Chicken Parmesan can be served with spaghetti, steamed vegetables or zucchini noodles. You can also serve it on a sub sandwich. The classic marinara sauce that is added on top of the chicken gives this recipe a distinct Italian touch and the sauce it meant only to add to the flavour and not drown the chicken out. Adding too much sauce could also cause the chicken breading to lose its crispiness so use the sauce as mentioned in the recipe.

Since there aren’t many kid-friendly chicken recipes in Sri Lanka, this Chicken Parmesan would do the trick. Plus, it’s a huge favourite among kids and since it’s not as spicy as the classic Sri Lankan food recipes, they will absolutely love it!

Sri Lankan Chicken Recipes You have to Try

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Sri Lankans pride themselves on their fantastic culinary legacy which consist of countless fusion dishes with the island’s South Asian counterparts but distinctly unique on its own. From beloved recipes handed down the generations to modern culinary indulgences, Sri Lankan food recipes are exceptionally delicious.

When it comes to Sri Lankan chicken curry recipes, the dishes are famous for their amazing aroma, tempting colour and delectable flavours. Here are 5 delectable chicken recipes in Sri Lanka that you will fall in love with:

Sri Lankan Pineapple Chicken

Ingredients

500g boneless chicken
2 tsp ginger and garlic paste
1 stick cinnamon
1 pod cardamom
Curry leaves (optional)
1 big onion chopped
1 medium bell pepper sliced
1 small pineapple chopped into cubes
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp soya sauce
Oil
Salt
Sugar

Method

1- Heat oil in a pan and saute  the cinnamon, cardamom, chopped onion, curry leaves and the ginger garlic paste.

2- Then, add the chicken, oyster sauce, soya sauce and salt and stir-fry on a low flame while tossing often.

3- Add the pineapple cubes and sliced bell pepper in and sauté for a few minutes.

4- Sprinkle sugar on top of the mixture to balance the taste and cook until consistency of the gravy has thickened.

5- Serve hot with any rice variety or bread.

Tip: You can experiment with other seasonal juicy fruits such as mango too.

Sri Lankan Fried Chicken

Ingredients

500g chicken drumsticks
4 tbsp ginger and garlic paste
2 big onions (cut into thin rings)
3 capsicum chilies (sliced)
1 tomato (cubed)
1 cucumber cut into thin circles
1 lemon
1 lettuce shredded

Method

1- Marinate the chicken drumsticks for 1-2 hours at least in ginger and garlic paste and salt.

2- Deep fry the chicken until golden brown and drain off the excess oil.

3- Arrange a plate with lettuce, onion rings, diced capsicum, tomato and cucumber.

4- Set the fried chicken on top of the arranged vegetables.

5- Squeeze lime generously over fried chicken.

6- Serve hot as the main dish or the side dish for rice.

Tip: You can make variations in the salad according to your taste and creativity.

Sri Lankan Chicken Tikka

Ingredients

500g chicken cut into generous chunks
4 tbsp ginger and garlic paste

For the Tikka sauce

1 tbsp Butter or Ghee
1 tbsp Oil
1 Cardamom pod
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp garlic
1 stick cinnamon
1 large onion finely chopped
1 clove finely chopped
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp ground coriander
½ tsp pepper
3 tbsp Tomato puree
1 cup of curd or yoghurt
Salt to taste

Method

1- Marinate chicken pieces for 1-2 hours in salt and the ginger and garlic paste.

2- Deep fry the chicken and set aside.

3- Heat oil and butter/ghee in a pan and add the cardamom, cloves and cinnamon.

4- Then, add in the onion, ginger, garlic and add salt according to taste. Cook over medium heat stirring frequently until the chopped onion turns golden brown.

5- Add the coriander, cumin, pepper, and tomato paste. Allow to cook until the mixture starts to leave the sides of the pan.

6- Next, add the fried chicken into the thickening gravy.

7- Finally, stir in the curd or yoghurt just before serving.

8- Serve hot with paratha or flat bread of choice.

Tip: You can add green chilies to the sauce if you want the dish spicier.

Sri Lankan Hot Chicken Curry

Ingredients

500g chicken pieces from a whole chicken
1 Cardamom pod
1 tbsp ginger
1 tbsp garlic
1 stick cinnamon
2 large onions finely diced
1 clove finely chopped.
1 tbsp tamarind puree (optional)
1 large tomato (sliced)
4 green chilies diced
A handful of curry leaves
2 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground red chilies
1 tsp saffron
1 cup thick coconut milk
Salt to taste
Oil

Method

1- Heat oil in a pan and saute the cinnamon, cardamom, chopped onions, clove, curry leaves and the ginger garlic paste.

2- Add the diced tomato, green chili and the chicken pieces and mix well.

3- Mix the red chili powder, coriander, cumin, saffron and tamarind puree into the thick coconut milk.

4- When the chicken is changing colour and turning brown, add in the coconut milk mixture and add salt according to taste.

5- Allow the curry to simmer over low flame until well cooked.

6- Serve hot with Saffron rice or Sri Lankan yellow rice.

How to Cook a Chicken Curry – Sri Lankan style!

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Sri Lankan food recipes are always a touch above the rest given that we Lankans really love our food to burst with flavour and spice. And let’s face it – who doesn’t love chicken? From crispy fried chicken to barbecued deliciousness, chicken tastes good regardless of how it’s prepared. But if you haven’t tried the classic Sri Lankan chicken curry, you don’t know what you’re missing!

As far as the nutritional benefits are concerned, chicken is a great source of minerals, vitamins and it very rich in protein. It also has fewer fats when compared to other meat varieties such as beef or mutton. Because of this, chicken is a good source for weight loss and helps balance blood pressure, lessen the risk of cancer and reduce the risk of cholesterol.

While there are a wide array of Sri Lankan chicken curry recipes out there, this particular chicken curry dish is special in its own right. Tendy, juicy, aromatic and literally exploding with flavour, this tantalizing curry will take you to culinary heaven! Here’s how you can prepare it yourself:

Ingredients

  • 500g chicken parts
  • 250ml coconut milk
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • A generous piece of ginger
  • 15 red chilies
  • One sprig of curry leaves
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ¾ tsp fennel seeds
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 cardamoms
  • ½ tsp coriander seeds
  • One small stick of cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp mustard seeds
  • Cooking oil
  • Salt to taste

Method:

 Portion the chicken and wash it well.

  • Add salt and turmeric powder, mix it well onto the chicken and let it marinate for 15 minutes.
  • In a pan over medium heat, dry roast the following ingredients – red chilies coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, curry leaves, black pepper, cinnamon and cardamom. Stir it frequently for about three minutes.
  • Take this dry roasted mixture and grind it finely.
  • Grind the ginger and garlic until it becomes a fine paste and set aside.
  • In a separate pan, heat the oil and add the mustard seeds. Allow it to splutter.
  • To this, add the onion and saute is until it turns golden in colour.
  • Add the ginger and garlic paste to this and cook it for 30 seconds, stirring frequently.
  • Now, add the marinated chicken pieces to this and mix thoroughly.
  • Place the lid and cook it under high flame for about five minutes.
  • Remove the lid and stir for a few more minutes under medium heat until the chicken it well cooked.
  • After the chicken pieces turn into light brown, add the spices and the coconut milk.
  • Stir everything and cook it covered for about six minutes under low flame.
  • Give it a taste and add more salt if required.
  • Serve it with rice.

So there you have it – one of the most favorite chicken recipes in Sri Lanka! Do prepare this dish using Bairaha’s premium chicken and let us know how you find it!