Better Than Takeout Orange Chicken Yesterday as I stood in the kitchen trying to figure out what to make for dinner I wondered to myself, how do those people do it on those shows where they are given random ingredients and are suppose come up with something genius. I think I stood there for a solid 20 minutes looking in the cupboards and staring into the freezer hoping that I would be struck by some ingenious idea. Then I saw the oranges, and it hit me “O-raang Shh-ikun”….that is orange chicken if you can’t understand the accent. I love orange chicken, and I almost always order # 14 Orange Chicken when we order Chinese take out and I wondered to myself if I could make it better at home. This recipe most definitely delivered! The sauce is sweet, tangy, there is no lack in orange flavor, and the red pepper flakes give it just a touch of heat. Combine corn starch, salt, and pepper. As you finish each batch, drain cooked chicken in a paper towel lined plate. Better Than Takeout Orange Chicken Ingredients Chicken 2 eggs, beaten
Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili One of my most popular recipes! This is the perfect slow cooker dish because you just dump all the ingredients in, turn it on and come back to the best tasting meal! No prep, super easy, freezes well and the kids love it! We love it over rice, or served in a bowl with multi-grain chips, topped with reduced fat cheddar cheese or avocados. This makes a lot and it is even better the next day for lunch! A great freezer-friendly meal! Easy for leftovers – try these Chicken Taco Chili Stuffed Peppers! Crock Pot Chicken Taco ChiliSkinnytaste.comServings: 10 • Serving Size: about 1 cup • Points+: 5 pts • Smart Points: 5Calories: 209 • Fat: 3 g • Sat Fat: 0 g • Protein: 23 g • Carb: 26 g • Fiber: 7 gSugar: 4 g • Sodium: 867 mg • Cholesterol: 50 mg Ingredients:
Chicken Pot Pie There's no need to worry about calories or trans fat with this comfort food recipe Pot pies may be one of America's favorite comfort foods, but there's nothing comforting about a dish that packs nearly 4 days' worth of trans fat. We clear out the artery-clogging fats, but the calories by 60 percent, and deliver an easy pot pie you're bound to love. You'll Need: 2 Tbsp butter 1 onion, chopped 2 carrots, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups stemmed and quartered white or cremini mushrooms 2 cups frozen pearl onions 2 cups chopped cooked chicken (leftover or pulled from a store-bought rotisserie chicken) 1/4 cup flour 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth, warmed 1 cup 2% or whole milk 1/2 cup half-and-half 1 1/2 cups frozen peas Salt and black pepper to taste 1 sheet puff pastry, defrosted 2 egg whites, lightly beaten How to Make It: *Heat the butter in a large saute pan or pot over medium heat. *Preheat the oven to 375F. *Divide the chicken mixture among 4 ovenproof bowls.
Skinny Baked Jalapeño Poppers With Superbowl around the corner, these lightened up Jalapeño Poppers will make the perfect party appetizer. Jalapeño peppers stuffed with cheese, coated with seasoned panko, then baked not fried. You won't miss the full fat version! This was another recipe request from one of my wonderful readers! You guys rock. I will never run out of ideas thanks to all your requests, just hope I can keep up with all of them. Back to making these jalapeños, one important note when making these, wear gloves while handling the peppers. These can be made ahead of time, then baked when ready to serve. Low-Fat Baked Jalapeño PoppersGina's Weight Watcher RecipesServings: makes 24 • Size: 2 poppers • Old Points: 1 pts • Points+: 2 ptsCalories: 61.6 • Fat: 2.7 g • Protein: 4.2 g • Carb: 5.3 g • Fiber: 0.7 g Preheat oven to 350°. Combine cream cheese, cheddar and scallions in a medium bowl. Combine panko, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper in another bowl. Dip peppers in egg beaters.
Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets | Ginas Skinny Recipes Chunks of all white meat chicken breasts coated in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese then baked until golden. An easy chicken recipe your whole family will love. What can be more kid friendly than chicken nuggets, even the pickiest kids like them. Serve them with ketchup, bbq sauce or whatever you like to dip your nuggets into. Adults can serve them over your favorite salad for a satisfying lunch. Kids love finger foods or anything you can eat with toothpicks so when my daughter was young I would make her a dish of bite sized goodies she liked such as tomatoes, olives, pasta, etc. and served them with toothpicks and she always cleaned her plate! Once I'm in breading mode I usually make breaded zucchini sticks as well and bake them all at the same time along with some pasta and a salad for a complete meal. Double these for more or make half for less servings. Ingredients: Preheat oven to 425°. Put the olive oil in one bowl and the breadcrumbs, panko and parmesan cheese in another.
Mom's Spanish Chicken and Rice Chicken and rice, otherwise known as arroz con pollo is a delicious one pot meal the whole family will love. Arroz con pollo can be made so many different ways and also varies from country to country. In fact, I don't use a recipe when I make this, I just use whatever I have on hand so it may never turn out the same twice. This is my Mom's version, which I've lightened up and recently altered slightly. This recipe first appeared here in 2008 but was in desperate need of a new photo so I hope you enjoy it! Mom makes her arroz con pollo with beer, green olives along with some of the brine for more flavor and she adds frozen mixed vegetables to it. Some of my Latin recipes you'll see "sazon" listed in the ingredients. It's perfectly fine to use the chicken on the bone, and yes, you can use white meat if you prefer however, I personally find white meat too dry in this dish for my taste. Ingredients: Place onion, bell pepper, garlic, and cilantro in a chopper or food processor to chop fine.
Sesame Chicken Sesame Chicken I have whined and complained before about my plight of living without Chinese takeout. Well this is how I cope. Ingredients for chicken: 3 chicken breasts, cut into 1 to 1/2 chunks1/2 cup milk1 egg1 1/2 cups flour1 teaspoon saltVegetable Oil for frying for sauce: 1/2 cup water1 cup chicken broth1/8 cup vinegar1/4 cup cornstarch1 cup sugar2 tablespoons soy sauce2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted Cooking Directions for chicken: Place milk and egg in a shallow bowl and beat together. for sauce: In a medium sauce pan, add water, chicken broth, and vinegar. Enjoy! Miss Microformatting by hRecipe. Tagged as: Chicken, sesame, sesame sauce Skinny Buffalo Burger Quesadilla 100% grass-fed buffalo burgers with melted cheddar jack cheese and pico de gallo wedged in between two whole wheat tortillas. This was inspired by a lunch I had at Applebee's, although this sandwich is far leaner! Sure, you can make this with lean beef, turkey or even use veggie burgers, but I wanted a fun way to introduce my first buffalo recipe on Skinnytaste. Did you know that 100% grass-fed meat is leaner than grain-fed meat? You can make the pico de gallo yourself, but I cheated and used a pre-made organic brand for convenience. Skinny Buffalo Burger QuesadillaSkinnytaste.com Servings: 4 • Size: 1 grass fed burger • Old Points: 7 pts • Points+: 8 pt*Calories: 316.3 • Fat: 13.8 g • Carb: 16.9 g • Fiber: 1 g • Protein: 33.8 g • Sugar: 0 gSodium: 525.4 mg (without salt) Ingredients: Form 4 flat patties, as thin as you can. Clean the pan and heat on medium heat. Top with buffalo burger, then remaining 2 tbsp pico de gallo and 2 tbsp cheese on each.
Chicken Parmigiana This is one of the go-to dishes I make for my family of six. Rich, flavorful, and totally satisfying, we all love it, including my big, strapping cowboy of a husband. And that’s a very, very good thing. Break out the good Parmesan for this one, my friends. Begin with four to six boneless, skinless, trimmed chicken breasts. I’m actually beginning to believe fear of raw chicken is a diagnosable phobia. Place the chicken breasts inside of a Ziploc bag—either one at a time or, if the bag is gigantic like this one, all at once. I put them inside Ziplocs so that when I pound the heck out of them here in a second, microscopic particles of raw chicken will not end up across the room on my computer’s keyboard. Now THAT would gross me out the door. Pound the chicken with the smooth side of a mallet. You want them to be very thin–about 1/8 to 1/4″ thick. Add the flour to a large plate. And pepper. Then season the other side. The raw chicken is almost over. Now it’s ready to cook! And butter. Mmmm. Oh!
Cauliflower Fritters This is a delicious way to prepare cauliflower. It's similar to the taste of a potato pancake and makes a fabulous side dish – your kids will love them! My Sicilian friend Julia is a wonderful cook. I remember the first meal I ate in her NYC apartment; lamb chops and fried cauliflower which she calls broccoli a pasteta. Cauliflower FrittersSkinnytaste.com Servings: 8 • Size: 2 fritters • Old Points: 2 • Weight Watcher Points+: 3 pt Calories: 139 • Fat: 6 g • Carb: 14 g • Fiber: 4 g • Protein: 7 g • Sugar: 1 g Sodium: 269 mg • Cholest: 61 mg Ingredients: 6 cups roughly chopped raw cauliflower (from 2 small heads)3 cloves garlic, crushed1 cup white whole wheat flour2 extra large eggs, beaten1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp grated Pecorino Romano1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped1/3 cup hot water3/4 teaspoon kosher salt and pepper4 teaspoons olive oil Directions: Steam the cauliflower in 2 1/2 cups water over medium heat until tender, about 5 to 6 minutes. Adapted from Julia's Healthy Italian
Mexican Pulled Chicken Stuffed Peppers | Life As A Plate I had peppers. I had chicken. I had a million errands to run and wasn’t going to be home most of the day. So I enlisted the help of my crockpot and this recipe came together almost by itself. I topped it with shredded cheese blend of Monterrey jack and cheddar but feel free to use your own blend or eliminate if dairy-free. I used a taco seasoning packet – I know GASP – because I was in a hurry and didn’t feel like measuring out my spices which I normally do. What you need: What you do: Put whole chicken breasts and all ingredients in crockpot and stir and set on low for 6-8 hours.
Crock Pot Chicken a la Criolla Criolla (literally creole) is a Spanish word widely used to describe Caribbean or Hispanic cuisine. In this simple yet flavorful dish, boneless skinless chicken thighs are stewed in the slow cooker with bell peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes, olives, cilantro and spices. Served over rice, this is one tasty and inexpensive meal for 9 points plus! As promised, I played around with my crock pot last night making this easy yet flavorful dish which requires no pre-cooking on the stove. In most cases, I think it's always best to brown the chicken, onions and garlic in a skillet before adding it to a slow cooker because it adds a depth of flavor you just don't get when you skip that step. Because slow cookers tend to mute the flavors from the long cooking times on low heat, you should always taste it at the end and adjust the spices and salt if needed. This dish was loved by all in my house, including my two year old. Ingredients:
Butter Chicken (Indian Chicken in Tomato Cream Sauce) Recipe : Directions To make the spice blend: Stir the ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside. To make the sauce: Melt the butter in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Shake any excess water from the peas. Variation: If you prefer shreds of chicken to whole pieces, remove the skin from the chicken and pull the meat into large chunks by hand.