Chicken and Cheese Sliders

Capsaicin in the chipotle pepper sauce helps sizzle calories


HOW THEY FIGHT FAT Chicken and cheddar both pitch in. The protein in poultry helps burn fat, and cheese has two slenderizing perks: Calcium breaks down fat, as linoleic acids stroke metabolism.

Serves 4

Vegetable oil cooking spray

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1/2 medium red onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 bone-in skinless chicken breast (about 6 oz)

1/2 cup BBQ sauce

1/4 can (7 oz) chipotle peppers in adobe sauce

8 small whole wheat buns

1/4 cup grated aged cheddar

8 cherry tomatoes, sliced

2 cups sprouts

Coat a medium saucepan with cooking spray. Cook bell peppers, onions and garlic in pan over medium heat, stirring, 3 minutes. Add chicken, BBQ sauce, chipotles and 1/4 cup water; cover and simmer until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165, 25-30 minutes. Remove chicken from sauce; place on a plate to cool for 5 minutes. Use a fork to pull meat off bone and shred; return meat to pan and toss to coat with sauce. Heat over to 400. Open buns and set on a baking sheet covered with foil. Distribute  chicken evenly among bottom half of each pan (about 2 tbsp per bun); top each with 2 tbsp cheese. Bake until cheese melts and bubbles, 4 to 5 minutes. Top with tomatoes, sprouts and bun cap; serve immediately.

374 calories per 2 sliders, 8 g fat (2 g saturated), 52 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 27 g protein

Tip of the Day

Utilize your veggies! A fresh salsa with tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, and onions is a fun and yummy way to incorporate veggies into your diet. Pair low-sodium salsas with raw veggies or a small serving of whole-grain tortilla chips.

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