A chicken smoothie recipe – to some it may sound totally gross, but for bodybuilders or for people looking to increase their daily protein intake it can be a very useful drink!
The smoothie is loaded with protein, and the biggest source of it is lean chicken breast.
*For recipe tips, alternative ingredients, and more information, please scroll past the recipe!*
High Protein Chicken Smoothie Recipe
- 1 Blender We used this one
- 1 cup/130g of cold cooked chicken breast bones removed
- 1 handful of spinach washed
- 1 heaped cup/300ml of chicken stock
- 1/2 cup/75g of steamed cold vegetables I used cauliflower
- 1 scoop of protein powder I Used Sugar-Free Protein Powder
- Measure the ingredients as listed.
- Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender starting with the chicken and spinach, followed by the rest of the ingredients.
- Blend for about 4-5 minutes, depending on the power of your blender.
- Serve and enjoy!
Are Meat Smoothies a Thing?
Meat smoothies are a type of protein shakes often used by bodybuilders and gym enthusiasts. A classic meat smoothie is generally made using chicken liver or other offal.
However, not many people like offal, that is why I decided to use lean chicken breast instead.
A meat smoothie is essentially a cold blended soup.
Can You Blend Chicken Into a Smoothie?
You can most certainly blend chicken. However, it’s important that you use cooked and boned chicken.
Chicken breast is typically the best to blend.
It’s important that you shred your chicken, or at least dice it into pieces before adding it your blender, to make the blending process easier.
Chicken Smoothie Benefits
The best thing about chicken smoothies is that they make it easy to get a lot of protein in your diet, and it’s super convenient.
Meat smoothies are predominately useful if you are bulking, or trying to meet a strict protein intake.
Other benefits include:
- High Protein Content: The smoothie is rich in protein, which is essential for muscle repair, immune function, and of course muscle-building.
- Nutrient Diversity: The drink provides a variety of nutrients from different sources, including chicken, vegetables, and spinach, offering a range of vitamins and minerals necessary for various bodily functions.
- Low in Sugar: With no added sugars and low natural sugar content from the vegetables, this smoothie is a good option for those looking to limit their sugar intake.
- Source of Iron: The smoothie contains iron from both the chicken and the spinach.
- Vegetable Intake: It includes a serving of vegetables (spinach and cauliflower), contributing to your daily vegetable intake and providing essential vitamins and fiber.
- Balanced Macronutrients: The combination of protein, carbohydrates, and fats in this smoothie provides a balanced macronutrient profile, which can help in sustained energy release and satiety.
- Customizable: This smoothie is versatile and can be customized based on personal preferences and dietary needs. You can experiment with different vegetables or adjust the quantity of ingredients to suit your taste and nutritional requirements.
Chicken Shake Recipe Tips
When I was developing this recipe, I improved it as I did it a couple of times.
This is why I am leaving some recipe tips for you, because I think you will find them useful:
- Cook your own chicken. Avoid buying pre-shredded chicken, or chicken pieces, because they can be quite dry, and expensive. You also want the extra collagen in your smoothies.
- Use the stock from the cooking of the chicken. The recipe calls for chicken stock, so when the chicken is finished boiling, set aside some of the chicken broth.
- Add the chicken first to your blender. You want to make sure the blender blades blitz the chicken pieces as finely as possible to avoid bits in your smoothies.
Optional Ingredient Substitutions
I packed my chicken breast smoothie with lots of vegetables, making this smoothie a nutritious pureed drink.
However, if you like to keep your smoothie simple, you may want to add less vegetables, or swap some of them for other veggies.
Whatever your intend is, I have tested numerous versions of this meat smoothie using a variety of different ingredients.
Here are some of the tested variations of this drink that you can make:
- For a protein powder-free shake, use 1/3 cup of extra chicken instead of the protein powder.
- You can use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock should you want to.
- Substitute the cauliflower in the recipe for peas instead.
- Swap the spinach for kale or another green vegetable, such as asparagus.