Power pair: dates + chicken

Cooking with the fruit adds a complex sweetness to your go-to protein.

Breathe new life into your chicken dinners by pairing the meat with dates. High in fiber and antioxidants, the fruit adds a complementary sweetness without delivering a sugar rush. It’s also a good source of potassium, which makes these high-protein dishes perfect post-workout meals, says Laura Rege, a New York City-based recipe developer. “To prepare dates, smash them on a cutting board with the palm of your hand and push the pit out,” she says. Then use them in one of the following recipes, which balance sweet, savory, and sour notes.Photography and styling by Jenny Huang

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