Condiments For Chicken | Let's Dress Up Your Boring Chicken (in a healthy way)
You know I really don't like chicken breasts. I think they are bland and boring and if I had a choice I would pick chicken thighs over breasts any day of the week. But over the past year, Wozz and I have changed our eating and exercise habits and chicken breasts are now a staple in our diet. Obviously (as you can see on this website) we love to cook, create and eat. We love red wine, aged cheddar and chocolate bomb cake. We love juicy roasted lamb with roasted buttery potatoes and rich Indian curries with naan and beef stew with crusty bread...we love coconut shrimp and sticky chili wings all washed down with great craft beer. You get my point and I know you all love this kind of food too. But, feeling frumpy, out of shape and tired is the worst...so eating a bit cleaner, choosing leaner healthy protein packed foods like grilled chicken with fresh veggies is essential to feeling good. It really is. It's actually life changing, not just physically but mentally...your mind clears, your energy lifts and you just feel better.
Fortunately, Wozz and I own this condiment business and a plethora of our sauces and condiments are super healthy, low in sugar and fantastic on chicken. I know this sounds like a shameless plug for our business (of course) but over the past year or so we've had a bunch of fitness bloggers and customers of ours, either write to us and tell us they have lost weight by eating our condiments or they instagram or facebook us about it. All their stories are the same in that they eat lean proteins (chicken, fish, tofu) and use just a little bit of our condiments to mix up the flavor profile. One night it's Moroccan chicken with a side of couscous and veggies, the next night it's salsa verde chicken with a side of black beans. Wozz and I have taken our own customers advice, funny how that works...here we were for years giving all these fancy recipes out for our products and now we realize just grill up a piece of chicken, add a few tablespoons of Wozz! and plop it on a bed of greens and you are good to go.
If you are seriously into fitness or bodybuilding, you probably eat grilled chicken or fish on most days and after a while, it's pretty refreshing to liven things up with a bit of unique flavors. So with that, here are a few of my favorite healthy picks of what condiments and sauces to use on your next chicken dinner.
Thai Orange & Ginger Relish
A relish that is low in sugar, savory and full of bright citrus tang and spice. It's made with fresh carrots, 100% orange juice, Thai spices, fresh cilantro and a bit of chili. It's complex with great depth of flavor and designed for chicken, fish and seafood. Mix into turkey burgers, spoon over a baked white fish or simply spread over chicken breasts - it can be used warm or cold.
Picture below: Thai Orange Ginger Chicken (I used chicken thighs in this recipe but you can substitute breasts and you can also use a white fish - you just may need to adjust cooking times).
Kiwi Lime Salsa Verde
This salsa verde is super fresh and fitness friendly. There are only 80 calories in the entire jar - 7 calories and 1 gram of sugar per serving. Guilt free and packed with healthy ingredients - fresh grilled tomatillos, fresh zingy kiwi, fresh cilantro, fresh jalapenos and 100% lime juice. It's so good, it won outstanding salsa at the NYC fancy food show in 2015 and was featured on The Today Show. Kathy Lee loved it. Serious.
If you love tangy spicy vibrant sauces then this is the perfect salsa verde to drizzle over chicken breasts and grilled fish. Or try it over these fish tacos (you can also use chicken instead of fish if preferred).
North African Chermoula Dressing & Marinade
Lemony, bold and spiced. This Moroccan style marinade is perfect for chicken! It's also low in sugar and packed with healthy super food spices - cumin, coriander, turmeric, paprika, fenugreek. It's got F-L-A-V-O-R. If you love Indian style food and prefer more tang and savory than sweet, than this is your sauce. It's delicious with lentils, falafel, chickpeas and couscous. Mix it with Greek yogurt and you got yourself a fantastic healthy dip for grilled chicken skewers.
Moroccan Tomato Onion Relish
This relish is currently my favorite go-to sauce for a lot of meals. It's so full of flavor and it's pretty low in sugar - 3 g per 2 tablespoons which is actually less than ketchup (ketchup has 8g per 2 Tbs). It's perfect for braising chicken in a pan with a little bit of chicken stock and serving over brown rice. When you are in a hurry and have cold grilled chicken breasts in the fridge just spoon this over top with feta cheese crumbles and serve on a bed of arugula (see below). Full of aromatic Moroccan spices including cumin, coriander and ras el hanout, it is a great alternative to tomato sauce. I also use it on turkey meatloaf, veggie burgers, mini chicken pizzas and spoon it over cabbage rolls.
Ginger Soy Infusion Dressing & Marinade
Also a NYC fancy food show sofi gold winner, this sauce is a favorite among our customers. It's not as thick and heavy as a traditional teriyaki style marinade. It's light and layered with flavor. We actually don't use soy sauce, we use organic tamari so it is gluten free and the base of this sauce is a homemade dashi stock (which is made from sea vegetables and spring water so it's packed with nutrients). We infuse the sauce with fresh hand chopped garlic, ginger and it's finished with toasty unhulled sesame seeds.
This is one of our sweeter sauces and marinades so if you are looking to keep the sugar really low, just use a tablespoon or two, that is really all you need. Everything in moderation. This sauce is absolutely delicious and when you just can't stand chicken breasts anymore, just drizzle a bit of this on them. Your love of chicken will be renewed. This sauce can also be used with chicken broccoli stir-fry's, on steak tips, salmon and drizzled over sauteed greens like bok choy, kale and chinese broccoli.
Super Hot Chili Sambal
Made with fresh chopped Thai chilis, fresh ginger, garlic and lemon, this is a great hot sauce. It's similar to sriracha. So if sriracha is your go-to chicken condiment, give this a try. You won't be disappointed. It's about 7/10 on the heat scale and it's packed with flavor and fresh ingredients. It's low in sugar - 2.5 g per tablespoon.
Cambodian Coconut Peanut Sauce
All I have to say is grilled chicken satay. Just dip it a little bit. We make this sauce with all natural peanut butter, creamy coconut milk, fresh lime and Thai spices - it's nutty and creamy with a nice bit of lime zing and chili kick. It's a bit higher in calories 60 Calories per serving (2 Tbs) but if you want your chicken to taste good, this is it and you don't need a lot of it. Winner of this years NYC fancy food show sofi™ gold for outstanding cooking sauce and outstanding new product.
Balsamic Blueberry Maple Vinegar
This vinegar is so versatile. Use it as a salad dressing or as a marinade. It works well with all your white meats, turkey, chicken, pork and duck. This is a customer favorite - who doesn't love a good balsamic with their chicken, veggies and salads?
Jamaican Jerk Pineapple Chutney
If you love jerk spice and grilled chicken, than this is your kind of chutney. We use fresh grilled pineapple, sweet and spicy aromatic jerk spice, chili pepper spice and fresh mint in this condiment and it is awesome spooned over grilled chicken skewers, grilled chicken breasts, blackened fish and shrimp. You can also fold it through a chicken and brown rice stir fry.
Strawberry Rhubarb Finishing Vinegar
Do you like summer salads with grilled chicken, nuts and berries? If so, then try this. You don't need any oil. Just drizzle a bit of this over top. It tastes like grandma's strawberry pie in a bottle. Ahhhyeessss please.
Lemon Green Tahini Dressing
This dressing is so healthy and super clean. We make this with 100% lemon juice, sesame tahini, fresh dill, fresh greens and olive oil. It's zingy, lemony, creamy and herbaceous. We don't use canola oil in any of our products and we only use non gmo ingredients. There is no sugar added to this. ZERO! Only a little bit of fat from the sesame tahini and olive oil but both are "good for you" fats. This dressing is the bomb diggity for a healthy drizzle over chicken. I use it over chicken skewers, grilled chicken salads with roasted veggies, and I use it instead of mayo for chicken salad lettuce wraps. It's one of my favorites!
Okay, so those are my picks for the best healthy condiments and sauces to go with chicken. Try em out and let me know what you think! And don't forget to instagram tag us in your photos! @wozzkitchencreations We love to see what our customers are eating, it give us ideas. We are all in this boring chicken conundrum together right?
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