Most meat animals are raised with the assistance of daily doses of antibiotics. Right now, it causes around 2 million deaths per year globally. By 2050, antibiotic resistance will cause a staggering 10 million deaths a year.
That fact alone is fairly intimidating and there is an amazing amount of research that explains that further. We won’t go into great depth, mainly because we’re here to talk about how to make your chicken recipes perfect to combat your estrogen dominance and to be delicious!
The biggest rule with chicken (or any food really) is that you need to purchase
Organic, No-Antibiotic Chicken. The chicken given the antibiotic will make your estrogen levels skyrocket, in addition to many other issues and medical problems. The consumers voice is being heard, which means it’s easier to buy Organic, No-Antibiotic Chicken and the prices are getting lower and lower. Pay the extra $1.00 today instead of another $40 for a Doctor’s visit tomorrow.
So, now that you’ve got your Organic Chicken without Antibiotics or Steroids, what do you do first? You salt that beautiful bird!
If you’re preparing for dinner for the next day (which is preferred) then rub your bird with salt and/or submerge it in buttermilk or brine for the night to give it a more tender meat and crispier skin if frying. Even if you’re prepping for dinner in an hour, throw some salt on it and allow it to rest and the osmosis to start taking place.
Because salt initiates osmosis, and visibly draws water out of nearly any ingredient it touches, many people believe that salt dries and toughens foods. But with time, salt will dissolve protein strands into a gel, allowing them to absorb and retain water better as they cook. Water is moisture: its presence makes meat tender and juicy.
This same process is the secret to brining, the method in which a piece of meat is submerged in a bath of water spiked with salt and spices. The salt in this mixture dissolves some of the proteins while the spices offer plenty of aromatic molecules for the meat to absorb. For this reason, brining can be a great strategy for lean meats and poultry, which tend to be dry and even bland.
Which means, submerging your chicken in a bath of buttermilk spiked with Tabasco overnight will lend a delicious and juicy chicken that will stay that way, even if you batter it in coconut flour and fry it (this is my secret to juicy and flavorful fried chicken).
NOTE: Ensure you’re using a quality Kosher Salt, Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt. These salts are good for you and have wonderful tastes. The cheap ionized salt is not tasteful and is not good for your body.
From here, pair your chicken with a vegetable that’s best to help combat Estrogen Dominance by choosing an anti-inflammatory veggie that is also low in carbs. Saute in butter or oil (coconut or olive is best). Here are the best veggies for Estrogen Dominance:
- Brussel sprouts
- Collard Greens