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This chicken salad recipe will satisfy your hunger — and boost your metabolism!

This fiery chicken salad is packed with protein and spice.
by Joy Bauer / / Source: TODAY

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If you feel like you have a sluggish metabolism, here's one small thing you can do this weekend to give your system a boost: Make my fiery chicken salad. It works because this recipe is packed with protein and spice!

While eating any food will slightly raise your metabolic rate since digestion actually burns calories, protein has the greatest effect — more so than carbs and fat. Also, there's some interesting research, which shows that adding some spicy heat can help rev your metabolism a bit, too. So add some extra jalapenos on top if you’re feeling brave and dig in! I like to eat it over lettuce cups, but you could also make an open-faced sandwich on whole-grain bread. Enjoy!

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