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Cheezy Garlic Chicken + Why Protein Is Important

Kate Leeney: NASM PT, NASM Nutrition Coach, NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist

When you are trying to lose weight, gain muscle, or eat for energy one of the number one things that is looked past is eating enough protein. 💪

Many studies show that protein can….

💭Help with muscle development or growth

Studies show that exercise when paired with a high protein diet provide essential amino acids for building and replenishing muscle)

💭Helps with aging

Studies show that eating high-quality protein can give you what you need to PRESERVE and BUILD muscle as you age

💭Help with weight loss and helps to maintain and ideal weight

Studies show that people who eat a higher-protein diet feel more satisfied with their meals which can help prevent overeating and mindless snacking

💯I work a ton with 1:1 clients to make sure they are getting enough protein for their goals and unique body composition. 💯

So, why am I telling you all this on a chicken post?💭

Because, overtime when people are eating lean meats such as chicken and lean ground chicken they can get really bored. I am constantly changing up the way that I make my chicken because I know that it’s so good for myself and my family but it can get old quick.

This is a super easy recipe that I have been using and my kids like it which is a plus!





Cheezy Garlic Chicken


2 lbs chicken, 2 tbsp avocado or olive oil, 2 tbsp nutritional yeast, 2 tbsp garlic aioli from @primalkitchen


Almond flour + sprinkle of black pepper


  1. Mix all of your ingredients in a bowl (besides the almond flour) and add in your chicken. Let sit for at least 20 minutes in the refrigerator.

  2. Pour 1 1/2 cups of almond flour into a bowl and place each piece of chicken in the almond flour to coat your pieces. Add more almond flour if necessary.

  3. Cook in the air fryer on 375 for 40 minutes or 500 for 12 minutes flipping halfway. Be sure to keep your eye on it because all air fryers can be so different!

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