There are many different sources of protein, but chicken is often recognised as a particularly good one. Chicken provides athletes with all-important proteins that are vital for muscle growth, along with high levels of B vitamins and minerals for energy production.
Here, we’ve brought together five of our favourite winter-warmer chicken dishes to boost your protein intake as we head towards the winter months.
1. Warm chicken salad
Light and easy to digest, this flavoursome salad will help to sustain energy levels, muscle health and the immune system. It’s a great source of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals; ideal for a pre-workout nutritional boost. The pearl barley is an excellent slow-release carbohydrate and makes a tasty alternative to rice or couscous.
2. Coriander chicken curry
This chicken curry is low-fat, well-balanced and packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Plus, the ginger, chilli and garlic are great anti-inflammatories. Combine with basmati and wild rice for slow-release carbs to sustain you through training.
3. Chicken and veg with pepper dressing
Another high-protein dish that works well as a slow-energy release lunch or post-workout meal. Spinach and broccoli are fantastic sources of vitamins and minerals, making them brilliant additions to an athlete’s diet.
4. Chilli chocolate chicken with quinoa
Spice up your evening meal with a flavoursome chilli-chocolate dish. This is a great recipe to use as those chilly winter nights approach. Quinoa is a great accompaniment, with a high quantity of calcium and magnesium and twice the protein content of rice or barley.
5. Pad Thai noodles
Add chicken to this delicious noodle dish for a high-protein meal that’s great for keeping the immune system in top form. This dish is also packed with plenty of anti-inflammatories to protect muscles and slow-release carbs for sustained energy.