I’m flirting with going vegetarian. I’m reading up on different kinds of grains, beans and legumes. I dream about finding joy in bowls full of greens. I constantly (weekly) ask my husband if he thinks he could go meat-free (the answers are always inconclusive -or- NO). But for now, I’ll try and focus on eating healthier meats. Like chicken. If you’re anything like me, you eat a TON of chicken. I think chicken is the healthiest lean protein to eat (aside from fish – but I’m not in Seattle here) and one of the cheapest to get all natural, free range, or organic. This is where I run into problems. Here’s one that’s great. Garlic-Lime Chicken Adapted from All Recipes 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/8 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/8 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves 1. Like this: Like Loading...
Inchi Kabin/Nyonya Fried ChickenThis is a Nyonya version of fried chicken. The nyonyas and babas are indigenous to the Straits Settlements of Penang, Malacca and Singapore and have their own cuisine which is mix of Chinese and Malay. Inchi Kabin is all know as Encik Cabin Chicken. Ingredients: 1 small chicken – about 2.5 pounds Marinate: 2 tbsp curry powder 2 tbsp grated ginger 2 tbsp chili powder – you can use less 1 tsp garlic powder 2 tbsp soy sauce 1 tsp coriander powder 1 tsp cumin powder 4 tbsp coconut milk Salt to taste 1. Note: You don’t need any dipping sauce for this chicken as it is flavorful enough to eat it on its own. I am entering this post in the Muhibbah Malaysian Monday roundup, created and hosted by Sharon of Test with a Skewer and Suresh of 3 Hungry Tummies.
Cajun Chicken Pasta on the Lighter SideCelebrate Mardi Gras with this colorful Cajun spiced pasta tossed with chicken strips, bell peppers, red onion, mushrooms and scallions in a creamy light sauce. One of the easiest ways to lighten up a pasta dish is to add tons of protein and vegetables to your dish which keeps the portions large and the carbs low and this dish is a perfect example. Be sure to be generous with your Cajun spices, it should have plenty of kick so don't be shy! I took a knife skills class at Sur La Table this week with my girlfriend and of course I HAD to buy a new knife and cutting board there. This dish comes together rather quickly once all your vegetables are chopped. You can make this with shrimp instead of chicken, or use a combination of both. Cajun Chicken Pasta on the Lighter SideSkinnytaste.comServings: 5 • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups • Old Points: 6 pts • Points+: 8 ptsCalories: 323.8 • Fat: 6.2 g • Protein: 25.9 g • Carb: 44.1 g • Fiber: 6.3 g • Sugar: 3.2 gSodium: 126.5 mg (without salt) Ingredients:
Chicken Spaghetti CasseroleChicken Spaghetti Casserole When I asked Facebook fans the other day about the possibility of me posting a new casserole recipe, I received an overwhelming response. It seems that there are a lot of casserole-lovers out there! I live in San Diego- not really the Casserole Capital of America. This is quite the cheesy casserole, and I mean that in a good way. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe. Boil the pasta, just so it’s kinda al dente (still has a slight bite to it). Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a pan. Cook the veggies in that melted butter, just until they’re a little bit softened up. Mix nonfat milk with fat-free cream of mushroom soup. Pour that sauce into the veggies. Mix it up. Add cheese. It melts into the sauce nicely. Mix in chopped, cooked chicken and the pasta. Add some tabasco for flavah. Pour it into a greased baking dish. It looks purdy, don’t it? More cheese. Sprinkle it on the top. Bake it for a half hour or so, and it comes out all bubbly and hot and melty.
Filipino Adobo ChickenIn the Philippines, adobo refers to the process of stewing chicken or pork in vinegar and a soy based sauce with lots of garlic. As this simmers, your kitchen will be filled with an intoxicating sweet and sour aroma that will leave you anxious to eat. My friend Liren of Kitchen Confidante was so gracious to share her family recipe with me, which I slightly modified to reduce the fat. I served this over brown basmati rice which made this a complete meal. It's recommended marinating this overnight but if you're pressed for time, at least one hour before cooking. I always use dark meat when making stew; legs and thighs both work well. I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving and didn't eat too much! Filipino Adobo ChickenAdapted from Kitchen Confidante Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 2 drumsticks • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 4 pts Calories: 174.8 • Fat: 4.3 g • Protein: 27.2 g • Carb: 5.0 g • Fiber: 0.5 g Ingredients:
Easy Balsamic Rosemary ChickenThis is a quick and easy recipe for balsamic rosemary chicken that never fails to please even picky eaters. Making a simple reduction sauce using balsamic vinegar, garlic and fresh rosemary creates a flavorful marinade for the chicken. This chicken smells wonderful when baking and tastes even better when ready! The skinny for 1 serving, 169 calories, 3 grams fat and 4 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. Prep Time: 10 minutes Chill Time for Marinade: 45 minutes Bake Time: 35 minutes Ingredients ½ cup balsamic vinegar 2 teaspoons olive oil 1½ tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped 1 tablespoon garlic, minced ½ teaspoon salt Fresh black pepper, to taste Cooking spray 4 (5 ounces each) boneless, skinless chicken breasts (If your chicken breast are large, cut into 5 ounce sizes to equal 4 breasts) 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar Fresh rosemary springs, for garnish Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Makes 4 servings, each serving 1 breast with sauce Weight Watchers (old points) 4 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 4
Chicken with Mustard Cream SauceThis delectable, tangy, strange, creamy, and bold pan sauce is one of my favorites, and I’m getting ready to tell you why. Are you ready? Here goes: It’s delectable, tangy, strange, creamy, and bold! That’s why. But really, guys. Make it for someone you love sometime soon. The Cast of Characters: boneless/skinless chicken breasts, garlic, brandy, Dijon mustard, grainy Dijon mustard, heavy cream, and (not pictured because I am chronically airheaded when it comes to taking complete Cast of Character photos) olive oil, butter, chicken broth, salt, and pepper. Cut the chicken breasts in half like this… (Nice hand, Ree. (Not.) So that you wind up with eight smaller, thinner chicken cutlets. Thoroughly salt and pepper both sides of the chicken… Then I need you to use your imagination. The reason I need you to imagine it is that I inexplicably forgot to take photos of the chicken cooking in the skillet. Don’t be like me. Reduce the heat in the skillet a bit, then throw in a bunch of minced garlic.
Creamy Chicken and Mushroom SkilletSummer food is fun but toward the end of the summer, I start craving winter food! So the clouds rolled in for a couple days and all my nesting instincts kicked in. I had some nice mushrooms on hand and a little bit of cream in the fridge. (A girl needs some cream now and then). It was quite a meal for a wednesday work night but it came together remarkably quick. I am not a big ‘stand at the stove’ kinda cook. Some helpful hints: You can use chicken breasts in lieu of thighs but I wonder if it might dry out a bit? Based on an award winning recipe by The Midnight Baker called Mushroom Asiago Chicken. Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Skillet Ingredients 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs ½ cup flour seasoned with salt and pepper 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 pound sliced mushrooms (I used cremini but any will do) 1 large clove garlic, chopped 1½ cups white wine or chicken broth (I used wine...of course!) Instructions