Lightened-Up Chicken Favorites

Clip and slip these fabulous hearty chicken recipes into your collection. They'll be top picks at your house.

Spicy Ginger-and-Orange Chicken with Broccoli
The Asian-inspired Spicy Ginger-and-Orange Chicken with Broccoli recipe will soon be a family favorite.

Creating different delicious and nutritious chicken dishes can be a challenge, so we decided to take on the task. We started by using some select Southern Living recipes as a blueprint. We then reduced total fat, saturated fat, and calories by using lighter versions of dairy products and decreased the amounts of butter and oil. No one will ever guess that these richly flavorful entrées are a healthy option.

Light Chicken Menu:

What's a portion of chicken?

For an average 3-pound chicken, a breast half weighs about 7 to 7 1/2 ounces. That leaves about 5 to 6 ounces of trimmed chicken, which makes one portion. Most boneless-skinless chicken breasts are packaged as split breast or breast halves. For more chicken information visit

"Lightened-Up Chicken Favorites" is from the December 2002 issue of Southern Living.

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