Category Archives: Poultry

Garlic Honey Chicken made easy!

Photo: Garlic Honey Chicken

Looking for a simple but delicious dinner? This one fits the bill. It comes together quickly and doesn’t take long to bake in the oven. Even though you need to use an imitation sugar-free honey, it does bring the flavor and keeps the carbs down. Most of the sugar-free honey brands come to 1 net carb per tablespoon, so that’s what I used for the nutrition calculations.

I served mine with a side of steamed Brussels sprouts and butternut rotini. A nice salad would go well with it, as would broccoli or green beans.

Garlic Honey Chicken

2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1-1/4 teaspoons dried rosemary or 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste
1/3 cup honey
4 4-5 oz. skinless chicken breasts or thighs

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Mix in garlic powder, rosemary, salt, and pepper.

Cook for 1 minute. Stir in honey and bring sauce to a boil. Turn the heat to a low simmer. Dip each chicken breast into the sauce, coating it completely, then place in a baking pan or an oven-safe skillet. Spoon the remaining honey over the tops.

Bake about 30 to 40 minutes, depending on thickness. An instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part should show 165 degrees F. Remove from oven; Use tongs or a fork to turn each piece over to coat it in the sauce on the bottom. If you want to get more color on the chicken, put it under the broiler for 3 to 4 minutes.

Makes 2-4 servings.

Image: Nutrition Information

Delicious Stuffed Mexican-style Chicken Breasts

Photo: Stuffed Mexican Chicken breast and riced turnips with chile

As May starts, we’re only a few days away from Cinco de Mayo, which is a great time to celebrate Mexico and anything Mexican. The cuisine is spicy, bursting with flavor, and a favorite around the world. Just because you can’t go out to your favorite restaurant right now doesn’t mean you can’t have a great celebration at home. Even better, you can make low carb versions so you don’t have to worry about gaining back any hard-lost pounds.

I’m tossing out a shameless plug for my little cookbook that features over fifteen adapted Mexican food recipes. I tried  out and adapted every one of the dishes in the booklet to be under 10 net carbs. It includes my grandmother’s TexMex Spanish rice that I grew up with but adjusted to use cauliflower in place of the rice.  Delicious and flavorful, yet different from the Mexican restaurant version.

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New Recipes

Now, on to the new recipes. I wanted to make a stuffed chicken breast that would celebrate the flavors of Mexico, so I came up with this delicious filling that gives enough spice to taste it, but not overwhelm the chicken. It’s easy to make and cooks in about thirty minutes, so less than an hour to prepare and have dinner on the table.

To compliment the dish, you can serve cauliflower rice or try the amazingly tasty recipe that follows the chicken dish  for riced turnips with green chiles. It’s so good, you won’t believe you’re eating turnips. They absorb the flavors of the dish and are a great substitute for rice.

Image: Stuffed Mexican Chicken breast

Stuffed Mexican Chicken Breast

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
2 teaspoons Taco Seasoning
1 tablespoons Chopped Green Chiles
1/2 tablespoon Dried Minced Onion
1/3 cup Cheddar Jack Cheese, shredded
1/2 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle
2 tablespoons Southwest Style Salsa

In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, taco seasoning, chiles, and dried onions until blended and smooth. Add the cheddar jack cheese and mix it well.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees (F.)

Cut the chicken breasts in the thickest part almost the full length and close to the opposite side to make a pocket. Stuff one-half of the cream cheese mixture into each pocket. Use tooth picks to hold the pockets closed.

Put the chicken in an oven-proof skillet or in a baking dish. Sprinkle the southwest chipotle seasoning on top and rub it in. If you’d like it spicier, add additional. Spray the top with a bit of oil or cooking spray.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the chicken is done. If you poke the thickest part with a fork and the liquid coming out is clear, the chicken is done.

Add a tablespoon of salsa over the top of each breast and serve.

Makes 2 servings.

Photo: Riced Turnips with chile

Riced Turnips with Chile

1 large Turnip, peeled and cut into cubes
1 tablespoon Butter
1 tablespoon Green Chiles, diced
1/4 cup hot Water
1/2 teaspoon Better than Chicken Bullion
1/4 cup Onions, chopped
1/2 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Chipotle Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon Salt

Boil water, pour into a 1/4 cup measure and add the bullion, stirring to dissolve.

Put turnip cubes into a food processor and pulse until it is chopped to the size of rice. In a medium-sized skillet over medium high heat, melt the butter, then add the riced turnips and onions. Sauté for about five minutes, then add the bullion water and stir it in. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Add chiles, salt and seasoning, stir and cook for another 10 minutes until the turnips are tender.

If the water cooks out, add more water. It should be about the same texture as cooked rice. Fluff up the turnips before serving.

Makes two 1/2-cup servings.

Image: Nutrition Stuffed Mexican Chicken Breast

 

Image: Nutrition Riced Turnips with Chile

Light and Delicious Chicken and Broccoli Skillet Fry

Photo Chicken with Broccoli

So, meals these days are pretty much dictated by whatever ingredients you happen to have in the house. Lucky for me, I had scored a large package of chicken breasts in March (actually, the roomie did the scoring), and I have several packets frozen. I also had a pretty good run on vegetables from a market order last week. So this recipe jumped out at me, but I made a couple of small adjustments to what I had, and you can do that also.

If you don’t have fresh broccoli, use frozen. Or you can substitute in Brussels sprouts. I had celery on hand, but it is optional. If you don’t have fresh or frozen chicken but have a couple of cans of it, you can use that also. Just skip the cooking the chicken and go right to heating it up with the broccoli.

This is truly a delicious and simple meal to make. So I think you’re going to love it. Add your favorite rice substitute or zoodles, toss a salad, and you have a great dinner. As a side note, I served mine with riced parsnips, which have a bit of a peppery bite to them, but actually worked well.

clos up: Chicken with broccoli

Chicken Broccoli Skillet Fry

2 1/2 tablespoons Oil
1 cup Broccoli, chopped
Salt and ground Black Pepper to taste
1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle Seasoning
2 large chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 medium stalks Celery, cleaned and sliced 1/4″ thick
1 teaspoon Garlic, minced
1/2 medium Onion, diced
1/2 Lemon, zested and juiced

Cook the broccoli in the microwave for about 3 minutes to partially cook it. Or put it in boiling water for three minutes. This will reduce the cooking time when it is added to the skillet. Set aside.

In a large skillet over medium-high, heat the oil and add the garlic, celery, and onions. Cook for about 2 minutes. Add the chicken and cook, stirring periodically, until the chicken is mostly cooked. Add the broccoli and stir in. Add the seasonings except for the lemon. Cook until the chicken is done, and the broccoli is tender (or to your preference.) Add the lemon zest and juice and stir it in.

Serve with riced cauliflower, or riced turnips, or with zoodles (zucchini noodles).

Makes 2 to 4 servings depending on your hunger and if you’re having a salad along with it.

Nutrition Informaiton

Chicken Casserole with Biscuits #2

Very similar to chicken pot pie, but easy to put together for dinner. This recipe makes 4 to 6 servings, depending on whether you serve it with a salad or other side dish or not. I used the leftovers from my roast chicken, but you can pre-cook about 2 large chicken breasts or get pre-cooked chicken from the grocery. I substituted potatoes, peas, and carrots for low carb vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, and kohlrabi. Celery is an optional ingredient. If I’d had some in the house, I would have used it. So it’s up to the cook.

I tried the biscuits included with the recipe, which are basic Bisquick biscuits with seasoning, but it either didn’t adapt well to Bakesquick or something was missing from the recipe. My gut feel was that the mix needed butter or shortening in it as my biscuits came out a tough. So, I am including  my tried-and-true low carb biscuits. If you have enough free carbs, you can use a can of biscuits instead (26 grams of carbs in one biscuit!).

Chicken Casserole with Biscuits

3 tablespoons Butter
1-1/2 teaspoons Garlic
1/3 cup Onions, chopped
1/3 cup Low Carb Flour or Thick It Up™
1-1/4 teaspoon Mrs. Dash™ Italian Seasoning Blend
2 cups Chicken Broth
3 cups Chicken, cooked light meat, chopped
1 cup Kohlrabi, cubed
1 cup Broccoli & Cauliflower Blend
1/2 cup Green Beans, cut into pieces
1/2 cup Celery, cleaned and diced
3/4 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Pepper

For Low Carb Biscuits
1-1/2 cups low carb Baking Mix or other Flour
3 tablespoons Butter or Shortening
1 tablespoon Cold Water + extra if needed
1 teaspoon Garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Use a deep-sided skillet that can go into the oven, such as a copper or cast iron skillet, to save having to transfer the casserole to a baking dish. Otherwise, spray a 6×8-inch (medium) deep-dish casserole with cooking spray.

Melt the butter over medium-high heat in the pan. Add the garlic, celery, and onions and cook for about 2 minutes. Mix in the flour, salt, Italian seasoning, and pepper. Stir the flour in well, then add the broth, stir, and bring to a boil. Continue to stir for 1 minute, then reduce heat. Stir in broccoli and cauliflower blend, kohlrabi, and green beans. Simmer 5 minutes, then add the chicken and mix well.

Prepare the biscuits. In a bowl, mix the baking mix or low carb flour, a little salt, and garlic powder together. If your using a flour, add in 1/2 teaspoon baking powder.

Cut in the butter or shortening or mix it in with your clean hand. Add the water, 1/2 at a time and mix it into the dough until you have a dough that pulls together into a ball easily, but isn’t too sticky. If it needs more water, add a little at a time. Add in seasoning or 1/2 cup shredded cheese if you wish. Separate the dough into six pieces and shape into balls, then press flat to a biscuit size.

If you’re using an oven-worthy skillet, place the biscuits on top in about the center of each serving. If you’re using a casserole dish, transfer the skillet mixture to the baking dish and put the biscuits on top.

Bake for 30 minutes. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 10 more minutes or until the biscuits are browned. Spoon chicken mixture over the biscuits to serve.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Image: Nutrition Information Chicken Casserole with Biscuits

 

Note: To see my original variation on this recipe, click here.  

You might also like my Chicken and Leek Pot Pie.

Simple but yummy dinner of Garlic Chicken with Parmesan

Photo: Garlic Chicken Parmesan with Turnips

Right now, it’s a difficult time to find any food, let alone low carb food, but we just do the best we can. I’m down to my last turnip that I used for this dish, but I hope to get more next week in my groceries. I was surprised that my store didn’t have any as turnips aren’t nearly as popular as potatoes. So, fingers are crossed. We were lucky enough to get chicken, so that was a big plus. I hope your supermarket foraging is doing okay.

Don’t stress if you can’t manage a low carb meal. Right now, any food is welcome, and the main objective is to stay healthy. We can worry about low carb when we’ve made it through.

If you have chicken, pork, rabbit, or even white fish in the house, this recipe will work well with it. Cream is a plus, but you can also substitute in regular milk or canned milk. Don’t have turnips or don’t like them? Substitute in riced cauliflower or even use regular rice, which is what the original recipe from 12 Tomatoes uses. You can also cut the chicken into cubes if you wish. The recipe called for 1 teaspoon of thyme and 1/2 teaspoon of rosemary, which I didn’t have in the house. So I substituted in Mrs. Dash Italian Seasoning. You can go either way with it.

Garlic Chicken with Parmesan and Riced Turnips

2 large Chicken Breasts, sliced across the middle horizontally
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup Onion, diced
2 cloves Garlic, minced
2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
1 cups Chicken Broth
1 cup riced Turnips (about 1 medium)
1/4 cup Heavy Cream
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat and melt the butter. Add the onion, stir and cook about 3 minutes. Sprinkle half the seasoning onto the chicken pieces and put them into the pan. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, then turn the pieces and season the other halves. Cook another 3 to 4 minutes, then add garlic and cook a little longer.

Next, add chicken broth and the riced turnips. Stir to mix them into the pan around the chicken. Let the mixture come to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cover.

Let simmer until the turnips are tender. Add salt and pepper and about 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese. Stir together, then remove from the heat. Add cream along with the rest of the Parmesan cheese and stir to combine.

Makes 2 to 4 servings depending on how hungry you are and your side dishes. For us, 1/2 chicken breast is enough, but for others, you may want the whole breast.

Nutrition Info for Garlic Chicken with Parmesan