Sweet & Spicy Lemon Chicken

Inspired by Eating Well’s Lime Honey Glazed Chicken

Sweet & Spicy Lemon Chicken with brown rice and salad

3 Tbsp Honey
2 Tbsp soy sauce, light
4 tsp Lemon peel/zest
6 Tbsp Lemon juice
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
1 tsp dill weed, dried
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
20 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast (Four 5 oz breasts)

Mix honey, soy sauce, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, and spices in a large bowl. Add chicken pieces; stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Preheat oven to 400°F

Remove the chicken from the marinade (reserve marinade) and place in a shallow baking dish.  Bake for 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the marinade in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and boil until reduced by about half and thickened to a glaze, 8 to 10 minutes.

Brush chicken with glaze and continue to bake for 10-20 minutes more or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the meat registers 165°F.

Serving Size: 1 breast (approximately 3.5-4 oz. cooked)

Per serving
Calories – 169.1
Carbohydrates – 10g
Sugars – 8.5g
Fiber – 0.2g
Fat – 0.8g
Saturated Fat – 0g
Cholesterol – 77mg
Protein – 33.1g
Sodium – 765.2mg

Chicken Taco/Burrito filling

Served over lettuce with cheddar cheese,
toasted thin corn tortillas (cut in strips),
tomato, sour cream, and
HDMB Greek Dressing. Calories – 474

300 gr chicken breast meat, no skin, cut into strips
1 med. tomato, diced (Image)
1/4 c. water
2 tsp cumin, ground
1 tsp garlic, minced (Image)

Put all ingredients in a skillet over medium heat. Stir to combine. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked.

Serve over salad; or as a taco, burrito, enchilada filling

Served as a burrito with flour tortilla, cheddar cheese
tomato, sour cream. Calories – 504

Serves 4

Per serving (approx. 75gr)
Calories – 97
Carbohydrates – 2.3g
Sugars – 0.6g
Fiber – 0.5g
Fat – 0.8g
Saturated Fat – 0.1g
Cholesterol – 0.2mg
Protein – 17.9g
Sodium – 35.3mg

Creamy Lemon Chicken

This is one of those recipes where you can really have fun with spices. I used Sumac because I’d just replenished my supply and had missed it. You could just as easily use dill or oregano or curry or any other spice that sounds appealing to you.

Creamy Lemon Chicken w/broccoli

1 tsp olive oil
1 med onion, diced (Image)
1 Tbsp garlic, minced (Image)
1-3/4 cup skim milk
2 Tbsp potato flour
1 Tbsp sumac (dried)
1 Tbsp lemon zest (or 1 tsp dried lemon peel)
1/4 tsp garlic salt
4 boneless skinless chicken thighs (approx 700 g)
1 cup cous cous (optional)

Heat olive oil in skillet over med-high heat. Add onions and garlic, stirring lightly for 2-5 minutes. Whisk potato flour into milk. Pour over onions and garlic. Reduce heat to med-low and stir in spices.

“Covered” chicken

Place chicken thighs in mixture, covering completely (see image right).
Cover and simmer for 35 min or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

Remove chicken and add cous cous to liquid. Stir and cook over low for 5 minutes.

Serve.

Serves 4
Chicken only – 80g, cooked weight
Complete meal – 230g, cooked

Per serving (approx. 230g)
Calories – 447.3
Carbohydrates – 45.3g
Sugars – 5.7g
Fiber – 3.2g
Fat – 8.4g
Saturated Fat – 2g
Cholesterol – 300.5mg
Protein – 44.4g
Sodium – 296.5mg

Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Fajitas with Spanish Rice, Refried beans, corn tortillas, sour cream, and cheddar cheese.

10.5 oz. (300g) chicken breast, long slices (or tenders cut in half lengthwise)
1 tsp olive oil
1 med. (180g) onion, halved and sliced (Image)
1 Tbsp garlic, minced (Image)
1 med. (115g) tomato, diced
1 cup (25g) cilantro, shredded
1 Tbsp cumin, ground
1 med. (200g) red bell pepper, sliced
1 med. (170g) orange bell pepper, sliced

Heat olive oil over med-high heat. Add chicken breast slices, garlic, and onion slices. Saute until chicken is cooked (white and opaque all the way through). Reduce heat to medium-low. Add tomato, cumin and cilantro. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add bell pepper slices and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until peppers are at the desired doneness (I like them with a little crisp left).

Serve with Spanish Rice, Refried Beans, and tortillas (Mission Extra Thin Corn Tortillas are a great healthy option).

Serves 4

Per serving
Calories – 142
Carbohydrates – 10g
Sugars – 5g
Fiber – 3g
Fat – 2g
Saturated Fat – 0g
Cholesterol – 44mg
Protein – 19g
Sodium – 70mg

Sweet & Savory Summer Simmer

Sweet & Savory Summer Simmer with bison, brown rice, and brocolli

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 med. onion, chopped (Image)
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 Tbsp. garlic, minced (Image)
1/4 c. hazelnuts, finely chopped
1-1/2 cup fresh cilantro, shredded
1/4 c. lemon juice
1 tsp. allspice, ground
1-1/2 cup strawberries, sliced

Heat olive oil, over med-high heat, in deep skillet/wok. Saute onions, garlic, mushrooms, and hazelnuts. Once onions are tender; add cilantro, lemon juice, allspice, and strawberries. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium. Place meat of choice on top of strawberry mix. Cover and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Reduce heat to med-low, stir lightly and turn meat. Cook for an additional 10 minutes, uncovered. Serve strawberry mix as a side dish.

Serves 4

Nutrients per Serving (Side dish only)
Calories – 114
Carbohydrates – 10g
Sugars – 4g
Fiber – 3g
Fat – 8g
Saturated Fat – 1g
Cholesterol – 0mg
Protein – 2g
Sodium – 4mg

Calories per Serving (with various meats)

Chicken Round Steak Bison Pork Loin
1/2 breast
meat only
4 oz.
pre-cooking
4 oz.
pre-cooking
4 oz.
pre-cooking
Calories – 244
Carbohydrates – 10g
Sugars – 4g
Fiber – 3g
Fat – 9g
Saturated Fat – 2g
Cholesterol – 68mg
Protein – 29g
Sodium – 81mg
Calories – 287
Carbohydrates – 10g
Sugars – 4g
Fiber – 3g
Fat – 15g
Saturated Fat – 5g
Cholesterol – 65mg
Protein – 28g
Sodium – 63mg
Calories – 237
Carbohydrates – 10g
Sugars – 4g
Fiber – 3g
Fat – 10g
Saturated Fat – 3g
Cholesterol – 70mg
Protein – 26g
Sodium – 65mg
Calories – 250
Carbohydrates – 10g
Sugars – 4g
Fiber – 3g
Fat – 12g
Saturated Fat – 3g
Cholesterol – 74mg
Protein – 26g
Sodium – 61mg

Cheese & Veggie Stuffed Chicken

4 – chicken breasts, butterflied
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 c. mushrooms, sliced
1/2 med. yellow onion, chopped (Image)
1 Tbsp. garlic, minced (Image)
1/2 c. spinach, frozen or fresh wilted
1/2 med. red bell pepper, diced
1/2 med. yellow bell pepper, diced
1/2 c. goat cheese, crumbled
1-1/2 c. Shredded Italian Cheese Blend (I used Great Value brand)

Butterfly and pound chicken breasts flat (or ask butcher to do so).

Heat olive oil in skillet. Saute mushrooms, onion, garlic, and peppers in olive oil until onions are translucent. Turn off heat and add goat cheese, stir until melted/combined with vegetables.

Lay out butterflied breast, sprinkle 1/4 of the Italian cheese blend on it, spreading evenly.  Put 1/4 of the veggie mix in the middle of the breast and roll like a burrito. Skewer with toothpicks to hold closed.

Optional, sprinkle choice of spices on each roll.

Bake at 375 for 30-45 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 180 deg.  Serve warm.

If you find that 1/4 of the mix is too much for one breast, the leftovers make a great side dish.

Serves 4

Per serving
Calories – 322
Carbohydrates – 7g
Sugars – 2g
Fiber – 2g
Fat – 17g
Saturated Fat – 8g
Cholesterol – 107mg 
Protein – 38g
Sodium – 362mg