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Lauren’s Braised Rustic Chicken

This Braised Rustic Chicken recipe comes from Team FitNice member Lauren.  Lauren is an avid runner working hard to reach new and challenging goals at the half marathon distance who loves to cook healthy, sometimes paleo friendly meals at home.  She loves this non-paleo Braised Rustic Chicken for its simplicity and ease, in addition to how scrumptious and healthy it is.  Give this low-fat, one pot, good-for-you Braised Rustic Chicken a try the next time you need an easy clean-up weeknight meal.

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time:  45 minutes
Difficulty: 2

1-1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
1 lb potatoes, skin on red potatoes, removed from russet or sweet
2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
2 Tablespoons Rustic Herb Seasoning
10 ounces green beans, fresh or frozen, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 cups baby kale, washed and dried (optional)

1.  Warm olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat, add chicken and seasoning.
2.  Saute chicken until no longer pink, then add potatoes and broth.
3.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer 10-12 minutes until potatoes begin to soften.
4.  Add green beans, cover and cook an additional 8 minutes until green beans are to taste.
5.  Serve over bed of kale (if desired).

Braised Rustic ChickenIf this Braised Rustic Chicken looks good to you, that’s a wonderful thing, because it is!  You can even make it paleo friendly by replacing the butter with 1-1/2 Tablespoons olive oil and being sure to use sweet potatoes, instead of red or russet.  Fire up your stove top tonight and enjoy Lauren’s delicious one pot meal tonight.

Have questions about this recipe or working on a meal plan?  Ask us for help!

Baked Chicken Chiles Rellenos

Here’s a great weekend meal from Team FitNice that is sure to satisfy any craving for spice.  These Baked Chicken Chiles Rellenos are a flexible, healthy way to enjoy a Mexican inspired dinner at home.

Servings:  6
Prep Time:  35 minutes
Cook Time:  25 minutes
Difficulty:  5

6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1/3 cup all purpose flour or cornstarch
3 Tablespoons cornmeal
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 egg
1 Tablespoon water
4 ounces (1 can) whole green chile peppers, rinsed, seeded and sliced lengthwise in half
2 ounces low-fat Monterey Jack cheese, cut into six sticks (optional)
2 Tablespoon fresh parsley or cilantro
1/4 Tablespoon black pepper
2 Tablespoons melted butter or margarine
8 ounces (1 jar) medium red salsa

1.  Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
2.  Place each chicken breast between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound to 1/4 of an inch thick with flat side of metal mallet.
3.  Combine flour, red pepper and cornmeal in small dish
4.  Place egg in a second small dish, add water and lightly beat to combine
5.  For each chicken roll, place one chile pepper half and one stick of cheese on the edge of each chicken breast.  Season with cilantro and black pepper then fold in and roll chicken up, securing with wooden toothpicks.
6.  Dip each chicken roll in egg mixture then coat with flour and cornmeal mixture.
7.  Place each chicken roll seam side down in shallow baking pan and drizzle with melted butter.
8.  Bake 25-30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.  Serve topped with warm salsa over a bed of Mexican rice or quinoa.

baked chicken chiles rellenosHeat these chicken chiles rellenos up with additional peppers, a dash of cayenne powder, hot salsa or spicy rice.  Be sure to use low fat cheese, or leave it out of your preparation for an even better-for-you dish.  Team FitNice likes these best without cheese and over freshly cooked quinoa and a sprinkling of diced jalapenos.  Roll up an oven full of Baked Chicken Chiles Rellenos for your dinner table today and save the extras for a delicious lunch tomorrow.

Chicken With Tomato Sauce

Chicken with Tomato Sauce

Here’s one of Team FitNice‘s favorite pre-race meals, and it’s part of our pre-race nutrition plan before just about every event.  This delicious and filling plate is packed with carbs and good-for-you proteins while low on fat.  To make it even better, this Chicken with Tomato Sauce recipe also contains a few servings of veggies.  Use whole wheat pasta, low sodium and organic tomato sauce to make this dinner as healthy as possible.

*While we usually try to post low carb recipes for you, sometimes the extra energy they provide is something we all need, especially before a big, or long, race.  The two most important things to remember about carbs are to be careful how many, and when, we eat them and that they’re whole grains.*

Servings:  4
Prep Time:  10 minutes
Cook Time:  20 minutes
Difficulty: 2

2 cups boneless, skinless chicken, cubed
2 cups whole grain fettucine or linguine
2 cups low sodium, organic tomato sauce or diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon butter
1 tablespoon seasoning, Italian or oregano

1.  Brown chicken in large skillet
2.  Bring water to boil and add pasta
3.  Once chicken is browned, add tomato sauce and basil, simmer for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through
4.  Drain pasta and flavor with butter
5.  Top pasta with chicken and sprinkle with desired seasonings.

chicken with tomato sauceEnjoy this wonderful race fueling dinner for any big event.  Season with your personal favorites, from basil to oregano and garlic and have a quick, tasty, race ready meal any night of the week.

Lunch Munch Chicken Apple Wraps

Lunch Munch Chicken Apple Wraps are an easy, healthy lunch that’s low carb, low sugar and delicious!  Team FitNice likes the sweet and crunchy mixture this lunch provides, and loves that it’s way better for you than fast food.
Lunch Munch Chicken Apple Wraps
Servings:  4
Prep Time: 50 minutes if chicken is uncooked, 10 minutes if pre-cooked
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: 2
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts to make 2 cups sliced
2 cups chicken broth or stock
1-1/2 cups fuji apples, chopped
1/2 cup red, green or black grapes, chopped or sliced
1/2 cup tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
1/4 cup light mayonnaise or 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/3 cup honey
Lettuce to wrap as desired
*This recipe calls for uncooked chicken, if you’re preparing with already cooked chicken, skip to step 3*
1.  Place thawed chicken breasts and stock in medium pan and bring to boil.
2.  Lower chicken to simmer for 40 minutes or until cooked through, flipping occasionally.
3.  Chop apple and grapes then in large mixing bowl add to peanut butter, honey and mayo.  Stir.
4.  When chicken is cooked through, remove from heat and cool.
5.  Slice or chop chicken into desired size pieces and stir into mixing bowl.
6.  Place lettuce wrap on plate, top with Chicken Apple mix and roll.
lunch munch chicken apple wraps
Chicken Apple Wraps are one of our favorite light and yummy lunch recipes.  Kids and grownups alike love the sweetness of these good-for-you wraps, and we hope your family enjoys it!  Want more?  While lettuce may get soggy if stored too long, it’s easy to make the Chicken Apple Wraps mix and prepare your take-to-work lunch portions each morning.