Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Two Recipes To Try

I have two recipes that I think you should know about. Granted, you probably already know about these but here they are:

Honey Balsamic Chicken w/ Tomatoes

Chicken (I prefer boneless, flat and beaten to a pulp)
1 red bell pepper (sliced)
1 yellow bell pepper (sliced)
1 container of mushrooms (sliced)
1 container of tomatoes (sliced)
3 TBL balsamic vinegar
2 TBL olive oil
1 TBL rosemary
1 1/2 TBL coarse salt
1 1/2 TBL Honey (or more)
black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Throw all ingredients (except honey) into a baking dish and stir to coat with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Drizzle chicken with honey (pile it on, folks!) and drizzle a tiny bit all over the dish. Bake uncovered for whatever time you'd normally bake the chicken you chose.

*NOTE* Since I use thin, boneless chicken, I usually bake about 30 minutes. Also, I don't use the tomatoes b/c Jas doesn't like them. You really can't mess this one up except for baking the chicken incorrectly. It's super easy to throw into a dish and refrigerate until you make it at night if you'd like. A super easy recipe that is so good and healthy to boot!

Chicken Parmesan (low-fat)

boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 1/2 cups low-fat marinara sauce
1/3 cup flour
1 large egg
1 cup dry breadcrumbs
1/4 -1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp dried parsley
3/4 teaspoon dried italian seasoning
1/4- 1/2 tsp seasoning or coarse salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4- 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded low fat mozzarella cheese (optional)

~Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Beat up the chicken so it's not thick. You'll need 3 bowls for the next part:
~Bowl 1: flour
~Bowl 2: lightly beaten egg
~Bowl 3: breadcrums, 1/2 cup grated parmesan, garlic powder, parsley, italian seasoning, salt, pepper
~Dredge chicken in bowl 1, then bowl 2, then press firmly on both sides into bowl 3.
~Spray non-stick skillet with cooking spray and fry coated chicken on both sides just until golden brown. (about 3 minutes per side).
~Transfer chicken to cooking dish and drizzle marinara sauce over top and around each breast. ~If using mozzarella cheese, lay over top of chicken
~Bake less than normal b/c you've already pan-fried the chicken a bit. About 20 minutes.

*Note* I wasn't aiming for a low fat meal necessarily so I added some pesto to the egg mixture in bowl 2 for flavor. Also, I didn't measure any of the ingredients. I simply poured it into each bowl and called it good. Measuring would have helped with the wasted flour and breadcrumbs but... oh well.

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