Do you love peanut butter? Love chicken? True loves come together in this exceptionally tasty recipe to fill up your meal plans this week. Our athletes are particularly fond of this delicious, healthy high-protein dish before enjoying something homemade from our treats & cheats section.
This quick recipe is extremely high in protein, low in carbs and relatively low in fats! If you’re seeking a healthy meal prep recipe to liven up your lunches without adding unnecessary nasties, try switching up your regular chicken and broccoli for our Asian-inspired peanut butter chicken for a simple meal prep choice you’ll no doubt find irresistible. Sure, the thought of devouring spoonfuls of peanut butter straight from the tub might seem enticing, but you can get creative with the stuff in the form of this nutritious lunch or dinner recipe idea. This recipe uses peanut butter (a healthier option would be almond or cashew butter) and peanut flour to make crusted peanut butter chicken strips. Enjoy! Did You Know? Each 2-tablespoon serving of peanut butter comprises more than 8g of protein, almost 2g of dietary fibre, 208mg of potassium, over half a gram of iron, 24 micromilligrams of folate, 188 calories and 3g of sugars. Although the fat content is 16g per serving, you’ll be pleased to know only 3g of those are saturated. The rest of the fats are mono- and polyunsaturated, which have proven benefits for heart and muscle health. Though the quantities of protein and fibre aren’t huge, every bit matters when managing your macronutrients. If you want to find out more about the different types of peanuts and the benefits of eating them, be sure to take a look at our 5 Reasons to Eat Peanuts blog post. INGREDIENTS 👉140g (around 4) chicken mini fillets 👉 30g peanut flour 👉15g peanut butter (doesn’t have to be peanut butter, almond, cashew or hazelnut are healthier options) 👉 30ml egg whites 👉 1 tsp tamari (or light soy sauce for non-gluten free) 👉 10g pea protein 👉1/2 tsp smoked paprika 👉1/2 tsp fine sea salt METHOD 👉 Preheat oven to 220C. Line a baking tray with lightly oiled foil 👉 Stir fry the peanut flour in a pan until it turns lightly golden and smells nutty 👉 Find three dishes then, in one, add the toasted peanut flour and 1/4 tsp of the salt 👉 In the second, beat together the egg, tamari and peanut butter 👉 In the third, whisk together the pea protein, paprika and remaining 1/4 tsp salt 👉 First, cover each mini fillet in the pea protein mix 👉 Next, insert the egg mix and lastly, coat in the toasted peanut flour 👉 Lay on the prepared baking sheet and rotate the coated mini fillet in the palm of your hand, making sure the peanut flour has stuck to it 👉 Replicate the process until all the mini fillets are used up 👉 Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Need more recipe inspiration? Needless to say, we have a whole raft of delicious, high-protein recipes. Why not try our pumpkin protein burger or whip up our healthy protein wraps? Then finish up with one of our nutritious, delicious cheats and treats like our lemon meringue pie shake or high protein almond bites.