Chicken and Cheese Sliders

Capsaicin in the chipotle pepper sauce helps sizzle calories

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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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