Cajun Blackened Chicken Recipe – Delicious Addition to Weekly Meal Plan

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Healthy Easy Weeknight Dinner Blackened Chicken Recipe

Are you are looking for a new healthy chicken recipe to add to your nightly meal plan? Look no further than my trim and terrific Cajun Blackened Chicken recipe from the Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook! I love healthy easy recipes and this one does not disappoint. If you are not familiar with Blackening, it refers to the cooking method of using a hot skillet to produce a slightly burnt-looking, dark-brown exterior to your food with a moist interior. It originated from Chef Paul Prudhomme’s New Orleans restaurant and blackening has since become a favorite prepared worldwide. Blackening is a quick way to keep your food moist and juicy. This blackened chicken breast recipe has been our family favorite.

Blackening Makes Diabetic Friendly Dinner Without Added Fat-Blackened Chicken Breast Recipe

And don’t fret, as my trim and terrific blackening approach will have your mouth dancing with flavor without the added fat that usually characterizes this Cajun blackened chicken recipe of amazing blends of seasoning and loads of melted butter. This cooking method is a perfect way to eat low fat, diabetic-friendly meals without missing any flavor. Because of the crispy crust of seasonings that forms when searing in the juices of a blackened dish – no added butter needed!

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Do you have kitchen scissors? If not, kitchen scissors are truly one of my favorite gadgets. I always use them to cut chicken into tenders or to trim chicken. When you are making the blackened chicken recipe, you can buy chicken breasts and cut into tenders yourself. They are dishwasher safe and any gadget that helps cut kitchen time is high on my list. I promise you will find so many uses for kitchen scissors from trimming chicken to cutting pizza.

Cajun Blackened Chicken Recipe from Holly Clegg’s Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook

Makes 4 servings

2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 green bell pepper, cored and chopped
1 red bell pepper, cored and chopped
1 cup chopped red onion
1 (5-ounce) can evaporated skim milk
1/4 cup chopped green onions

1. In large resealable bag, combine paprika, chili powder, brown sugar, pepper, salt. Add chicken, shake to coat.
2. In large nonstick skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray, heat olive oil over medium heat, then sauté chicken 5–7 minutes or until browned and done. Remove to a plate.
3. In same skillet, add green pepper, red pepper, onion, scraping bits from bottom of pan. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until tender.
4. Add evaporated milk, stirring for one minute or until heated and bubbly. Serve chicken with sauce, sprinkle with green onions, if desired.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 299, Calories from fat (%) 19, Fat (g) 6, Saturated Fat (g) 1, Cholesterol (mg) 100, Sodium (mg) 472, Carbohydrate (g) 16, Dietary Fiber (g) 4, Sugars (g) 10, Protein (g) 44, Diabetic Exchanges: 1 carbohydrate, 6 very lean meat

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With over 1 MILLION COOKBOOKS sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy healthy everyday recipes through her nationally recognized best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® and Eating Well cookbook series, including Eating Well Through Cancer, (English, Spanish and Chinese editions), Eating Well to Fight Arthritis and Diabetic Cooking with the ADA. Clegg attended the Cordon Bleu Cooking School, London and has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Cooking Light Magazine, Web MD, and Huff Post. She consulted and did spokesperson work for Walmart, Teflon, DuPont, The Coca-Cola Company, and hospitals throughout the country. For more information, visit About Holly or The Healthy Cooking Blog for more recipes and tips.
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