Comfort food is something we reach for when we’re stressed, tired or bored, but it needn’t be unhealthy. Fried chicken certainly tops the list of comfort food for many, because it is crunchy, delicious, and just plain satisfying. With a few clever tweaks however, you can make it healthy as well:

  • Add ground raw cashews and almond milk to your marinade for a creative, healthy twist. Tree nuts have amino acids and tryptophan, which leads to a happier and slimmer you. The almond milk has more bone building calcium than dairy, with none of the saturated fat or cholesterol.
  • For the crunch, coat your chicken with quinoa instead of the traditional breadcrumbs. Quinoa provides fiber, and four grams of protein per serving (almost as much as the chicken, which gives you six grams per serving).
  • Use white breast meat instead of the darker thighs, remove the fat-hoarding skin, and instead of deep-frying, bake the pieces at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
  • Don’t cancel out all your efforts by dipping the healthy ‘fried’ chicken in honey mustard or ranch dressing, both of which add 140 calories each. Instead, blend raw cashews, onion powder, dill weed, tomato paste, lemon juice and some hot sauce for a dip that racks up a mere 30 calories.

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Simona is a journalist who has worked with several leading publications in India over the last 17 years, writing on lifestyle topics and the arts, besides interviewing celebrities. She made the switch to public relations and headed the division as PR Manager at ITC Hotels’ flagship property, the ITC Grand Chola, but has since returned to her first love, journalism. Now she writes on food, which she is sincerely passionate about and wellness, which she finds fascinating and full of surprises. When she isn’t writing, she is busy playing the role of co-founder and communications director of The Bicycle Project, a six-year-old charity initiative that empowers tribal children in rural areas, while addressing the issue of urban waste.