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I don’t claim to be an expert by any means, but this culinary addiction of mine has resulted in some serious leftovers. So, I had a choice, either my grocery expenditures soon would equal the national deficit or I needed to turn on the creativity with the so-called leftovers. Creativity won. (And a huge time-saving measure was born! – cue the angels singing)
Chicken Breasts – These babies are always a staple in my house. I buy them in bulk at Sam’s and freeze them in packages of two. As we all know they are not only a great source of protein, but boneless skinless breasts are a low-fat, healthy choice and super versatile! (Yay!)
Do this… – On a lazy Sunday afternoon, peel yourself off the couch and bake (or grill if weather permits) enough chicken to get you through several meals in the week.
How? – Easiest way to bake is at 350 degree preheated oven. Season chicken generously with S & P and rub with olive oil. Put them on a foil-lined cookie sheet and bake until internal temp reaches 165 degrees. Don’t over cook now girls – these gems have very little fat so tend to dry out VERY fast if over cooked. (Gack!)
Now what?? - Here’s several quick, easy and nutritional entrees that I do:
Chicken salad - dice up a few breasts, add grapes, small diced red pepper, chopped walnuts and coat with a mixture of light mayo, dash of mustard, sprinkle of dill and S&P.
Chicken BBQ’s – Shed chicken breasts, put in saucepan with your favorite BBQ sauce (I love Sweet Baby Ray’s) and warm slowly on low heat.
Chicken BBQ Pizza – Use a pre-made thin crust (my preference) pizza. Brush lightly with olive oil. Spread BBQ sauce on top then a thin layer of low-fat mozzarella. Layer with diced or thinly sliced chicken, thinly sliced red onion and pineapple and a sprinkle of oregano. Cover with more cheese and bake according to crust directions. (You can use pizza sauce and any other topping you choose.) YUMMY!
Chicken Croquettes – Finely chop 3 cups of chicken breasts, mix with 1 1/2 cups of bread crumbs and 2 lightly beaten eggs, 2 cups of finely chopped saut