Caprese Chicken

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Approximate Nutrition Info for 1 serving

I love a good Caprese Salad & I love chicken, so what’s not to love by combining those things??

This is a super easy, healthy, recipe that is loaded with flavor. Give this a try and serve it with a salad, over rice, over pasta, as a sandwich, as a wrap, or even as small bites on crostinis.

Recipe:

1.25 lbs (approx 600g) Chicken Breast
1 can (411g) Diced Tomatoes*
2T Dried Basil
2T Balsamic Vinegar
2T Balsamic Glaze
6 oz Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Sliced

*I used diced tomoatoes with baisil, garlic, & oregano. Can substitute chopped fresh tomatoes + spices

Directions:

Place chicken breasts in slow or instant pot
Add all other ingredients (except cheese) Stir until chicken is coated.

Cook –
Slow Cooker: low ~6-8 hours until done
Instant Pot: Manual setting for 12 minutes, then manual release.

Place Mozzarella slices on top of chicken and allow to melt.
Enjoy!

Optional: Add light drizzle of balsamic glaze before serving

Recipe Card for Download & Printing:

 

Lazy Chef’s Healthy Fried Rice

 

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Approximate Nutrition Information for recipe posted below. Alternative options will change this nutritional information.

Ever want Chinese food but know it doesn’t fit your nutrition plan that day? Well that was me, today.  I have been craving Chinese food for weeks. So, I decided to make my macro-friendly, super fast, version of fried rice tonight.

The best part is that the recipe below is only one of like a billion combinations you can make. It all depends on your calorie and macro needs.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup pre-cooked rice*

3 cups steamed broccoli

3 egg whites

Asian Seasoning blend

Soy sauce

Sriracha Sauce

Directions:

Heat skillet to Med-high

Spray with non-stick cooking spray

Add rice and cook just a couple of mins

Add broccoli & soy sauce and cook a few more mins

Turn heat off

Add egg whites with spices

Cook & stir until whites are completely cooked.

Add sriracha to taste and enjoy!

Have fun with this super easy way to prepare fried rice.

Alternative Options: Add edamame, corn, whole eggs, pineapple, peas, carrots, sesame seeds, chicken, onions,… the options are really endless.

*To save time I used the 90 sec microwave Uncle Ben’s whole grain rice

Bourbon Apple Chicken

 

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Don’t you just love an oven baked apple crumble?  That brown sugar melted into that soft, sweet apple just makes my taste buds dance.

 

Ingredients:

1.25 lbs (550 g) Chicken Breast
1/2 (100 g) Yellow Onion, Chopped
2 Cloves (8 g) Garlic, Minced
1 Apple (200 g) chopped
1/4 cup Bourbon
6 tsp (26 g) Brown Sugar, dark
1/2 tsp Sea Salt, ground
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper, ground

Directions:

Cut chicken breasts into individual serving size pieces
Place in slow cooker
Cover chicken with onions, garlic, & apples
Mix all other ingredients together
Pour over chicken breasts
Cook on low for 6-8 hours, depending on the heat of your slow cooker, until done.

Serve alone, over rice, in a pita, on bread, biscuits, or waffles. Pretty much anything that will soak up & hold the flavor of the delicious sauce will be a winner.

Tip: Use non-stick spray or line with slow cooker liner for easy clean-up

This could easily be made in the Instant Pot. Cook on the poultry or manual setting for approximately 12 minutes and pressure release before opening.

Downloadable recipe card to print:

Thai Basil Chicken (Pad Ka Prow)

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If you are like me and LOVE Thai food, then you feel my pain on Sundays. It’s like Chick-Fil-A, the Thai places are closed on Sunday! Argh! That seems to be the one day that I really crave Thai food. My brain likes to play tricks on me like that. Go figure.

Well, I decided to recreate one of my favorite dishes, Pad Ka Prow (Basil Chicken). I made a homemade sauce and used ground chicken breast.  This is delicious and doesn’t take a lot of effort or time in the kitchen. There are a few ingredients that aren’t staples in the typical American home, so it can be somewhat costly the very first time you make it.  However, it is well worth it because you will want to make it again!

Ingredients:

2 lbs (920 g) Ground Chicken Breast
1 Tbsp Peanut Oil
Non-stick cooking spray
1 (110g) Red Pepper, chopped
1 (70g) Poblano (or bell) pepper, chopped
11 (200g) Medium Yellow Onion, chopped
1 pkg (225g) Fresh Mushrooms, sliced
1/2 c Water
1/2 c Soy Sauce, low sodium
2 Tbsp Fish Sauce
1 Tbsp Rice Wine
2 Tbsp Fresh Basil, chopped
1 tsp Sesame Oil
4 tsp Stevia
2 tsp Lime Juice
1 t Garlic Powder
Optional: 1 Tbsp Red Pepper Flakes (for heat)

Directions:

For Sauce: Mix water, soy sauce, fish sauce, rice wine, basil, sesame oil, stevia, lime juice, garlic powder, & red pepper and set aside.

-In large skillet or wok, brown chicken breast in peanut oil over medium heat
-Remove chicken from skillet and set aside
-Spray skillet with non-stick spray
-Add peppers, onions, mushrooms to skillet and sautee a few minutes.
-Add Chicken & sauce to vegetables
-Cover and simmer on medium-low for about 15-20 minutes
-Remove from heat.
-Serve with Rice or Lettuce cups

Thai Basil Chicken Recipe Card
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Approximate Nutrition Information (per serving):

Calories: 215
Protein: 25g
Fats: 4g
Carbs: 9g

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Slow Cooker – Hawaiian Chicken

Looking for a really tasty, super easy, healthy recipe?  This one hits the mark on all of those, including taking less than 10 minutes to prep it, set it, and forget it.

It’s almost comical how quick and easy this is. So, I’m going to keep this post quick and easy to save you time getting to the recipe.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 Lbs (500g) chicken breasts
1 cup (180g) Jasmine or other Rice
3/4 cup (250 g) Pineapple Pieces, fresh
5 Tbsp Teriyaki Sauce
1/4 cup Water

Directions:

Pour dry rice into slow cooker. Cut chicken into cubes. Place chicken and pineapple on top of rice.  Pour teriyaki sauce and water in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low about 6 hours until done (depending on the heat of your slow cooker).

Approximate Nutrition Info per serving: 
Servings: 5
Calories: 290
Total Fat: 2g
Total Carbohydrate: 43g
Protein: 27g