Dr John Berardi Talks Breasts

Chicken BreastAccording to Dr John Berardi, a bodybuilder without chicken breasts is like Pamela Anderson without implants.

OK, so we’re paraphrasing, but the point is that chicken is a powerful, tasty, low-fat source of protein and above all easy to prepare.

In short, essential to the bodybuilder’s diet. But how do the culinarily-challenged approach these silky mounds of goodness?

No matter what their good intentions, many of those aspiring to a high protein, low-fat diet can cope with the Subway line, but are all at sea in a supermarket. They know that being organised and prepared with six scientifically balanced meals a day is key to good, effective muscle growth, but just can’t seem to get the hang of it.

Built with Chicken Breast

If Dave Palumbo can find his way around a kitchen, anyone can.

If you’re the sort who’s to be found staring miserably into the abyss of the refrigerator before grabbing keys and wallet and heading straight for the nearest greasy spoon, Berardi’s bulk chicken basics are for you:

Preheat oven to 180-190 degrees C, depending on the oven. Place enough boneless chicken breasts for 3-5 days on a cooking sheet covered with aluminium foil, spaced about 1 inch apart. Squirt lemon juice over them. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic salt. Place tray of chicken in oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until flesh is white. Let cool before storing them in fridge. Throw away the foil and you don’t even have to scrub the baking sheet.

Keep roasted chicken breasts in Ziploc bags or airtight containers in the fridge for up to six days, although they taste best at around three to four days.

For more great training and nutrition wisdom, check out Dr Berardi’s complete system, Precision Nutrition. Containing 5 nutrition guides, two audio CDs, two DVDs, and our Gourmet Nutrition cookbook, Precision Nutrition will teach you everything you need to know to get the body you want — guaranteed.


And what’s more, you get a free lifetime membership to his private, members-only website, where you can talk exercise and nutrition 24/7 with thousands of fellow members and the Precision Nutrition coaches. Find out more about Precision Nutrition.

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