Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Lime in the Coconut Chicken
When I first started trying to eat paleo, I ate everything plain. Plain chicken, plain turkey, plain beef, plain veggies, plain everything. Plain anything gets old pretty quick. I knew most of the things I used to add flavor to my foods were out of the question. Normally, I would have put cheese and sauce on chicken, gravy on turkey, BBQ sauce on burgers, ketchup or ranch dressing on ANYTHING. I have no idea why it didn't occur to me at first that there were healthy, natural herbs, spices, veggies, and fruits that could add a ton of flavor to my foods. Here's a list of a few natural flavorful/acceptable paleo ingredients you can try adding to your plain ol' chicken.
Oils: olive oil, coconut oil, walnut oil,
Dried Spices: onion powder, oregano, paprika, parsley, sage, thyme, tumeric, rosemary, cinnamon, curry powder, bay leaf, garlic powder ( basically any dried spice without sodium added-stay away from pre mixed seasonings-usually packed with sodium)
Herbs: basil, chives, cilantro, dill, parskey, tarragon
Veggies: onions, scallions, mushrooms, celery, garlic
** of course there are many more but this is just a start for those new to paleo.
Ok here's the Lime in the Coconut Chicken
- 3-4 tbs coconut oil for cooking chicken
- 2 tbs cilantro
-2 tbs scallions
-4 thin chicken breasts
1. Add coconut oil to a skillet and squeeze as much of lime juice in as you can. Heat until coconut oil is melted-- I added the lime after the coconut melted and the cold lime and hot oil was a bad idea- got sprayed with hot oil.
2. when oil is melted add scallion and 1 and 1/2 tbs cilantro. sautee for about a minute
3. add chicken- cook until white all the way through
** would be yummy with some mango salsa ontop as well!! note to self..