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In the past 6 months, I have really started getting into working out, mental health, self-care, working, and cooking protein-based food. Protein maintains weight, speeds up metabolism, and gives you energy. Overall it is a good source of everything, in my opinion. I’m also a college student who gets really bored of the same foods. My go-to protein is white meat, like seafood and chicken primarily (not a huge red meat type of gal). Here are some of my favorite chicken-based meals that are quick and easy to make!

Chicken Sliders

● Hawaiian rolls

● Avocado spread on roll

● Cooked bacon (1 strip in each)

● “Secret sauce” (Hidden Valley brand)

● Half a chicken breast on each. I season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and red pepper flakes for some spice if needed.

Chicken Air-Fried Taquitos

● Add 1 whole package of fully cooked shredded chicken (HEB brand)

● With Taco seasoning

● With 1 can drained corn

● With 1 can drained black beans

● With 1 package of shredded cheese and mix all together 

● Put stuffing in carb balance tortillas and wrap and put into the air fryer

● Air fry at 400 degrees for 5 mins on each side

Chicken Flatbread

● Cut up avocado

● Cut up pre-seasoned chicken fajita HEB brand

● Get pita bread 

● Put cut up avocado, chicken, shredded cheese, nutritional yeast, spinach, cherry tomatoes, and basil on pita bread

● Put pita bread on a pan covered in foil and put in a 400-degree oven for 20 minutes

Oven-baked chicken

● 4-6 chicken thighs

● Mix 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp of black pepper, 2 tsp garlic powder, 2 tsp onion powder, 2 tsp Italian seasoning, 1 tsp paprika

● Put olive oil on all sides of the chicken and sprinkle the seasoning evenly

● Bake chicken in a 400-degree oven for 40 minutes

(creds: thesaltymarshamllow.com)

Hi! I'm Madi Smith! I'm a freshman, but with credits, I am a sophomore. I love to workout, meet new people, and make food!