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Healthy Chicken, Broccoli and Pasta

 

Healthy Chicken, Broccoli and Pasta

I love this recipe, It takes less than 30 minutes to make, I usually  have everything  in the freezer and in the  pantry to make it and it’s healthy!  Plus kid friendly!

Here’s how you get everything ready, thaw out the chicken breast and I also thawed out my frozen broccoli, then as soon as you get home from work, start a large pot of water on high to start to boil, then add a thin layer of olive oil to a large skillet, turn the heat on medium and chunk up your chicken while the water comes to a boil, drop your pasta.

 

 

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Healthy Chicken, Broccoli and PastaWhen your chicken is brown and cooked through, remove it from the pan and add a clove of minced garlic to the pan with the remaining oil and bits from the chicken.  Cook the garlic for a minute and by this time your pasta and broccoli should be done.

 

 

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Healthy Chicken, Broccoli and Pasta

 

My daughter was getting ready for work when I made this and she’s like this smells so good, I said take some for dinner and she took a huge bowl of good home cooked food that was good for her and that my people is a win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Healthy Chicken, Broccoli and Pasta

 

I love using fresh ingredients but I’m also a realist;  sometimes I buy fresh things that never get used and tossed, where with this you can make it year round cause you can use fresh broccoli, but you can always use frozen.  The amount of time you cook your broccoli is up to you I tend to cook it less because I like the texture of the broccoli cooked less, but if your kids like it more cooked you cook it longer, do what works for your family. This is awesome, five ingredients, healthy proteins and 30 minutes or under!

Healthy Chicken, Broccoli and Pasta

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1 lb. boneless chicken breast

1/2 lb. of whole wheat penne pasta

1 16 oz bag of frozen broccoli, thawed

1 to 2 TBSP olive oil

1 clove of garlic minced

1 cup of reduced fat parmesan grated cheese

1 to 1  1/2 cups of reserved pasta water

plus salt, pepper and

 

 

Start a large pot a water to boil and generously salt the water, while its coming to a boil, cube your chicken breast into small cubes.  Start a large skillet with the olive oil on medium heat, put your cubed chicken in the skillet and start your pasta as soon as it starts to boil, if your broccoli is frozen add it with the pasta.  Wait 4 to 5 minutes before you stir the chicken so its gets brown, after another 3 to 4 minutes when the other side is browned, remove it from the pan and add the garlic turning the heat to low.  Cook your pasta  6 minutes then add thawed broccoli and cook for another 2 minutes, then drain the pasta/broccoli over a bowl.  Add pasta/broccoli and chicken to the garlic and add  1/2 a cup of pasta water and 1/2 a cup of cheese.  Stir well, then add 1/2 a cup of water and another 1/2 cup of cheese.  Stir, if it’s still thick add more water until it’s the consistency that you like.

When I say five ingredients, I don’t count the oil, pasta water, salt and pepper

Easy Weeknight Fried Chicken

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Easy Weeknight Fried Chicken

Easy Weeknight Fried Chicken

 

I love fried chicken, but I hate the mess that fried chicken involves, and that is where this recipe come from, crispy fried chicken with out the mess of frying it on the stove top!

It’s super simple, you actually fry the chicken in the oven

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If you have some sweet potatoes or butternut squash(that’s what I’m using) it can roast while you fry the chicken.  Love it when you can throw things in the oven and let them do their thing while you’re doing your thing around the house! Pair with a salad, and dinners on the table in 45 minutes and clean up is done in no time!


Before you get started. turn your oven on 450 put about a 1/2 inch of regular old oil in a large cast iron pot.

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You want the pot to heat up while the oven is coming up to temperature.

Then I moved on to breading my chicken

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using the same fork (I hate dirty dishes, mix flour, salt, pepper and garlic pepper together on a paper plate and on another paper, put  2 to 3 eggs(depending on how much chicken you’re doing) with a few drops of hot sauce and beat together. Dip the chicken in the egg, then into the flour and set aside for a few minutes, until your oven is at 450. When your oven is at 450,  bread your chicken again and this time carefully drop the chicken into the pan.

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After 30 minutes, turn your chicken and let it cook another 15 minutes, until brown and cooked through.  I roasted my squash for about 30 minutes turning it once.

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Easy Weeknight Fried Chicken

5 pcs. of bone in chicken parts(I use thighs and legs cause they’re cheap!)

1 cup self rising flour

1 TBSP. salt, pepper and garlic powder

2 eggs

4 or 5 drops of hot sauce

Start by adding 1/2 inch of vegetable oil to a large cast iron dutch oven and place in oven.  Turn oven on to 450.  Combine, flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder on a plate and stir together, then on another plate crack your eggs and add hot sauce and mix together. Dip each piece of chicken in egg, then in flour. When your oven comes up to 450, re-dip each piece of chicken again, then carefully add chicken to the pot.  Cook for 30 minutes, turn and cook for additional 15 to 20 minutes, until chicken is golden brown and cooked through.

Buffalo Chicken Nuggets with Fries

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Buffalo Chicken nuggets, are basically healthy and after I made them Saturday, I remembered why I don’t make them often, they’re addicting.  Every time I walked by the refrigerator, I have one or two….That makes them not so healthy.  Oh well! Pair them with a salad and some fresh-cut fries makes a great dinner that’s not too bad for you, plus you can cook the fries and the nuggets at the same time, so everything’s done a the same time!

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Cube up a pound of chicken breast

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mix up the breading ingredients

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Bread your chicken and put them on a sheet pan

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Cut up a couple of potatoes, drizzle with olive oil & chili powder and put the fries in while the oven heats up, and when it comes up to 425 add the chicken, flip the fries when you add the chicken, flip the chicken after about 8 to 10 minutes and shake your fries.  Then bake an additional 5 to 7 minutes or until the chicken is done and the fries have browned.

Bake Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

Chicken Nuggets

1 lb. chicken breast, cut into small pieces

1 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. paprika

1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs

1/4 cup plain Panko bread crumbs

1/4 cup Hot sauce (I use Franks)

2 tsp. olive oil

Potatoes:

2 to 3 large potatoes, cut into fries

1 1/2 tsp. chili powder

salt & pepper

1 TBSP olive oil

Toss potatoes with olive oil, salt, pepper and chili powder, then place on a sheet pan. Put pan in the oven and turn oven on to 425 degrees,  They will cook while it’s heating up to save you some time.

In a bowl combine hot sauce, olive oil, chicken breast and season with salt & pepper, toss everything together and set aside.  In a medium bowl combine garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, both bread crumbs and season with salt and pepper. Dip chicken into breading and place a sheet pan with a silpat liner or on a greased sheet pan.  When the oven reaches 425 degrees, flip potatoes and put the chicken in the oven with the potatoes. When the chicken has cooked for 8 to 10 minutes, turn chicken and shake the fry pan around to toss them.  Bake for another 5 to 8 minutes. Serve when the chicken it done and the fries have browned.  You can broil the fries for a few minutes to make them browner. Serve with ranch dressing.

 

This recipe was shared on The Country Cooks Potluck Party