Chicken · Healthy Eating

Crispy Chicken with Deconstructed Guacamole

This summer my husband and I made a decision to lose a few pounds. Why? Tight jeans and increased numbers on the scale! We were serious and steadfast. However, that does not mean that we ate tuna fish and boiled eggs! We have eaten so many new recipes filled with delicious foods simply lightened up. We’ve eaten a lot of chicken, and today’s recipe might be my favorite! This recipe came from Skinny Taste, a great place for lightened up recipes and scrumptious food!

We loved this recipe because of the crispy chicken, but also the deconstructed guacamole on top. That simply means that instead of taking all the guacamole ingredients and blending them together, you toss them in a bowl and serve them over the chicken.

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I made a couple changes to the original recipe – I coated the chicken with taco seasoning (I make my own), and I used Panko crumbs to give the chicken that lovely fried-taste!

One thing I love about healthy eating is how colorful the plate is! So many fruits on the plate make it pretty and healthy!

Here’s the recipe…

INGREDIENTS
For The Chicken:
  • 2 8 ounce boneless chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt
  • 2 large egg whites, beaten
  • Taco seasoning, homemade or packaged
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 -1/2 tbsp olive oil
For the Deconstructed Guacamole:
  • 4 ounces avocado, from 1 small Hass
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup slivered red onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • juice of 1/2 lime
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Season cutlets with salt. Place bread crumbs in a shallow bowl. In another bowl beat egg whites. Dip chicken cutlets in egg whites, then breadcrumb mixture, shaking off excess.
  • Heat a large nonstick frying pan on medium heat. Add the olive oil. When hot add the cutlets and cook about 6 minutes on each side, until golden brown and cooked through.
  • In a large bowl combine the avocado, red onion, tomato, salt, pepper, cumin, and lime juice. Gently toss and serve over the chicken with additional lime wedges, if desired.
That chicken, that topping – yum!!

Does that look like diet food? I don’t think so! But it was. More later this week about how we lost the pounds slowly and wisely.


Here are a few more of our recent favorite recipes from this summer ~
Shepherd’s Pie
Tandoori Grilled Shrimp
Smoky Tilapia Tacos

With love from my country kitchen,

Chicken · main dish · Sunday Dinner

Roasted Chicken with Cabbage

I absolutely love roasted chicken and this one is my family’s go-to recipe.  I’ve been making it for years.  However, I recently stumbled across a recipe that used two main things – chicken and cabbage, which I had and needed to use, so I put it on my menu. I’m not particularly fond of cabbage, but the way this is cooked completely transforms the cabbage!

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Look at the glazing of the cabbage leaves from the chicken juices and the butter! It’s crispy and delicious!!

Wow!  Am I ever glad I made this!  This was amazing! Continue reading “Roasted Chicken with Cabbage”

Chicken · Comfort Food

Chicken Piccata – Fried Chicken in a Flash

Chicken Piccata

In the south we love our fried chicken, but it’s not so healthy.  However, there are recipes that give the taste of fried chicken but are much better for you and are equally as delicious.  Chicken Piccata happens to be one of those dishes!  This is an Ina Garten recipe that I fix  a couple times a year to soothe the comfort food need – and also the fried chicken hunger!

Chicken Piccata is thin pieces of chicken breast fried lightly just to brown it, then  finished off in the oven.  While the chicken is baking, a quick lemon sauce is made as the “gravy.”  Oh wow!  This is so delicious and not only perfect on the chicken, but also on the mashed potatoes that I whip up when I make this dish.

Super easy.  Super comforting.  Super delicious!

Chicken Piccata

2 split (1 whole) boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 extra-large egg

1/2 tablespoon water

3/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs

Olive oil

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, divided

1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons), lemon halves reserved

1/2 cup dry white wine – I use chicken broth

Sliced lemon, for serving

Chopped fresh parsley leaves, for serving

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place each chicken breast between 2 sheets of parchment paper or plastic wrap and pound out to 1/4-inch thick. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Mix the flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper in a shallow plate. In a second plate, beat the egg and 1/2 tablespoon of water together. Place the bread crumbs on a third plate. Dip each chicken breast first in the flour, shake off the excess, and then dip in the egg and bread crumb mixtures.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large saute pan over medium to medium-low heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook for 2 minutes on each side, until browned. Place them on the sheet pan and allow them to bake for 5 to 10 minutes while you make the sauce.
  5. For the sauce, wipe out the saute pan with a dry paper towel. Over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter and then add the lemon juice, wine, the reserved lemon halves, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Boil over high heat until reduced in half, about 2 minutes. Off the heat, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and swirl to combine. Discard the lemon halves and serve 1 chicken breast on each plate. Spoon on the sauce and serve with a slice of lemon and a sprinkling of fresh parsley.

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I love to serve mashed potatoes with this and also a green vegetable – either green beans or asparagus.  I hope you’ll make this when you’re hungry for fried chicken.  This definitely bumps regular fried chicken up a notch!

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Chicken · Dinner · Mexican Food

White Chicken Enchiladas

On a busy day before my recent trip to California, I needed a hearty dinner that didn’t take lots of time to prepare.  These White Chicken Enchiladas were perfect! I roasted chicken breasts early in the day and cut them up and refrigerated them so that part of the meal would be ready.  You could purchase a rotisserie chicken and simplify it even more!

The creamy white sauce in these enchiladas is simple to make and is so good! It’s a really nice change from the traditional red sauce!  If you like Queso dip, I think the sauce tastes very similar.  Mmm.

I served it with tomatoes and shredded lettuce.

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Ingredients:

  • 10 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 2 cups Colby & Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 (4oz) can of diced green chilies

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 pan or any baking dish.

2. Mix chicken and 1 cup cheese. Roll up tortillas and place into the prepared pan.

3. In a saucepan, melt butter; stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Add broth and whisk until smooth. Heat over medium heat until thick and bubbly.

4. Stir in sour cream and chilies. Do not bring to boil. You don’t want to curdle the sour cream.

5. Pour over enchiladas and top with remaining cheese. Bake for 20 min; then under high broil for three additional minutes until the cheese browns slightly.

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We loved this recipe!  I hope you’ll try it!

With love from my country kitchen,

denise a

 

Chicken · grilling

Greek Chicken Kabobs

 

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Chicken – we love it any way it comes, but I especially love it when it is grilled!  All those charred bits of goodness on the edges….Mmmm!

My go-to grilled chicken has been just barbecued because I haven’t had much success with chicken marinades UNTIL I found this recipe!!  This Greek yogurt marinade really sticks to and absorbs into the chicken.  It all makes these kabobs so flavorful!

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Greek Chicken Kabobs
Ingredients
For the marinade:
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (use full fat yogurt for best results)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves, chopped (or 2 teaspoons dried)
  • 1 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, or 1 teaspoons dried
  • 6 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
For the skewers:
  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces for skewers – You can use boneless thighs, if you prefer.
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 6-8 skewers (if using wooden skewers soak in water for 30-minutes before grilling)
Instructions
  1. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a large ziplock bag. Seal and massage the bag to combine all the ingredients.
  2. Add the chicken to the bag turning to coat. Marinate for 4-24 hours. Turn the bag a few times while marinating.
  3. Preheat gas grill to 400F.
  4. Pour the marinated chicken pieces into a large strainer to remove the excess marinade. Thread chicken pieces onto the skewers alternating with peppers and onions. Grill until the chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes on each side or until juices run clear.

Note:  You don’t have to make kabobs; you can marinade and grill larger pieces of chicken, just adjust your cooking time.

These are delicious served alongside this pita bread.  We filled our pita bread with the kabob meat and veggies!  Yum!!

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Grilled chicken is unbelievably delicious! You will want this recipe on repeat, I promise!

With love from my country kitchen,

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