One of the best things about working with medical weight loss clinics is the support—and with that comes access to awesome low carb recipes that help our members achieve their weight loss goals. This recipe for Ginger Chicken is perfect for individuals following low carb diets and weight loss programs because of its high-protein, nutrient-rich ingredients.
As you may have learned at our medical weight loss clinics, poultry is an excellent source of lean protein. Chicken is considered a “complete protein,” which means it contains all the essential amino acids our bodies need to function optimally. It fills us up, promotes healthy digestion and helps curb those cravings that can derail even the best diets and weight loss programs.
Chicken is rich in an array of essential minerals, including phosphorus, which supports healthy bones, teeth, liver and kidneys, as well as selenium, which promotes a healthy metabolism and immune function. It’s also rich in several of the B vitamins, including niacin, which has been shown to help prevent cancer.
Ginger boasts an array of healthy benefits—it reduces inflammation, promotes healthy digestion and boosts the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body. It’s also been shown to reduce nausea and congestion. Plus, it packs a flavorful punch that can make a meal!
4 chicken breasts, skinless
1 3-inch piece ginger, grated
1⁄2 cup scallions, diced
1 cucumber, thinly sliced
1 bunch of radishes, thinly sliced
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp peanut oil
2 tsp Asian chili sauce
1⁄2 tbsp brown sugar
1 1⁄2 tbsp Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Boil water in a pot and then reduce to medium heat. Add the chicken with one tbsp of Kosher salt. Gently simmer for approximately 15 minutes, until the chicken is cooked.
Combine the ginger and scallions into a bowl. Stir in the extra virgin olive oil and sesame oil. Add 1⁄2 tbsp Kosher salt and 1⁄4 tbsp brown sugar.
Toss the radishes, watercress and cucumber and together with the chili sauce, 1⁄2 tbsp Kosher salt, peanut oil and1⁄4 tbsp brown sugar in a bowl.
Slice the chicken and then add it to the salad. Drizzle the ginger mixture over the top.