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Chicken Salad with Beans and Peas Recipe

Michelle Bridges shares an easy chicken breast recipe from her new cookbook Superfoods that doubles as one of your new go-to midweek dinner ideas. It’s healthy, full of incredible flavours and leftovers make a great next-day lunch.

Just the one superfood in this recipe, but so many other good things alongside it. The mixture of peas and beans gives heaps of fibre and iron, while the chicken gives a meaty texture without overloading the calorie count. Add the delicious dressing and you’ve got one hell of a tasty salad.

Recipe from Superfoods Cookbook: The facts, the foods and the recipes – feel great, get fit and lose weight by Michelle Bridges, photography by Henryk Lobaczewski and Julie Renouf. Published by Viking, RRP $29.99.

Serves: 2
Prep: 15 minutes. Cook: 10 minutes. Calories per serve: 380

Ingredients
250 g skinless chicken breast, trimmed
freshly ground black pepper
olive oil spray
100 g green beans, trimmed
100 g snow peas, trimmed
½ cup (60 g) frozen peas
¼ cup (70 g) no-fat Greek-style yoghurt
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
½ garlic clove
400 g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

Method
1. Season the chicken with black pepper. Lightly spray a char-grill pan with olive oil and heat on medium–high. Cook the chicken for 4–5 minutes each side or until lightly charred and cooked through.

2. Meanwhile, cook the green beans in a medium saucepan of boiling water for 4 minutes, adding the snow peas and frozen peas for the last 2 minutes. Drain and cool in iced water. Drain.

3. Process the yoghurt, mint and garlic together until smooth.

4. Thickly slice the chicken. Arrange the beans, peas and chicken on a serving plate. Drizzle with the dressing.

What’s your favourite chicken breast recipe?

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February 5, 2014

Easy Chicken Pilau Recipe

Got leftover chicken and veg? Turn it into one of Susie O’Neill’s favourite summer recipes, which she’s sharing as part of the Together Counts initiative, an online resource encouraging Australian families to lead healthier, active lifestyles. This easy chicken rice dish will become one of your go-to after-work quick dinner ideas and a great way to use up chicken breasts.

This recipe is great if you’re after a quick, simple meal that is loaded with fresh vegetables. You can even team it up with some low-fat natural yoghurt and toasted almond slivers.

Preparation time: 15mins. Cooking time: 25mins
Serves: 6

Ingredients

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 – 2 tablespoons mild Indian Curry Paste
1 skinless chicken breast fillet, cut into 1cm dice
1 1⁄2 cups basmati rice
1 cup water
1x 500g can creamy chicken soup
800g mixed diced vegetables such as capsicum, carrot, zucchini, celery etc. 1 cup peas

Method

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add curry paste and chicken breast. Cook for 2 minutes until beginning to brown.

2. Add rice and toss to coat. Add water, bring to the boil, stir then cover and cook over a very low heat for 6 minutes.

3. Stir in creamy chicken soup and vegetables and cook a further 8 minutes. 4. Remove from the heat, stir in peas, recover and stand for 5 minutes.

Share your favourite chicken breast recipes in the comments!

December 27, 2013

Baked Pineapple Chicken Rice Recipe

We’re always looking for new chicken breast recipes, so when we tried this dish it quickly became one of our favourite easy dinners ideas. It makes great leftovers served hot or cold, too.

Ingredients

4 chicken breasts
½ pineapple, cut into bite sized pieces
1 red onion, peeled and sliced into wedges
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Juice of a lime and another 1 lime cut into wedges
Salt and fresh black pepper
1 cup brown rice
3 cups chicken stock
Handful mint leaves, roughly chopped
Handful coriander, roughly chopped

Method

1. Combine the brown rice and stock in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 40 minutes or until cooked. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

2. In a jar, combine the olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper. Shake to combine.

3. Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish and scatter over the red onion wedges and pineapple. Add olive oil and lime dressing. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
4. Pile the cooked brown rice onto a serving platter, thickly slice the chicken and place on top of the rice along with the pineapple and red onion mixture. Drizzle over the cooking juices and scatter with fresh mint and coriander.
5. Serve in the middle of the table alongside a salad of mixed greens and cucumber, dressed with extra virgin olive oil and lime juice.
Recipe by Dr Joanna McMillan for Australian Pineapples.
December 15, 2013

Healthy Lunch Ideas: Spicy Pineapple Chicken Salad Recipe

Sick of the same old sandwiches and looking for some healthy lunch inspiration? This spicy chicken pineapple salad is packed with bright, bold flavours and is delicious on its own, or we also like it with leftover rice or noodles. Try it for a tasty, light spring dinner as well.

Serves: 4-6
Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes 

Ingredients

1/2 cup ZOOSH Kung Pow Sweet Chilli with a hint of Garlic Dressing
2 skinless chicken breast fillets
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup roasted peanuts
Olive oil spray
1 medium pineapple, peeled, cut in half lengthways, cored and thinly sliced
1 large red capsicum, thinly sliced
1/3 cup coriander leaves
1-2 red chillies, seeded and finely chopped

Method

1. Pour 2 tablespoons of the dressing over chicken fillets, refrigerate and marinate for 2 hours. Reserve remaining dressing for salad.

2. Combine the sugar and water in a heavy based small saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring only until sugar has dissolved. Continue boiling until golden amber in colour. Working quickly and carefully, add the peanuts to the toffee and then spread using 2 forks in a single layer on a foil lined tray. Allow to cool.

3. Remove the chicken from marinade (discard the marinade), spray with oil and chargrill or panfry for 6-8 minutes or until cooked through. Cover and rest for 10 minutes before slicing thinly.

4. Arrange the pineapple, capsicum, chicken and coriander in a serving bowl. Add chilli to the remaining dressing and toss through the salad. Garnish with candied peanuts. Serve immediately.

Do you usually buy your lunch or make your own?

October 13, 2013

Quick Dinner Ideas: Chicken Curry Recipe

My Kitchen Rules winners Dan and Steph have been trimming down – losing over 20kgs in 7 weeks combined! How did they do it? They’ve been on the Bodytrim system and they’re sharing another of their favourite Bodytrim recipes, a quick dinner idea that’s probably one of your stand-by takeaway meals, but now you can make it in less time – and healthier – than your favourite Indian restaurant.

“We are suckers for a good old curry, they are just so delicious! Ginger, garlic, coconut, coriander…there’s just no better combo! Use salt-reduced stock though so you can control the saltiness. Why not even try making your own red curry paste, it’s so easy and you know what’s gone into it! You can even have a crack at some cauliflower rice or cauliflower purée. Yummy!”

Ingredients

600g chicken breast fillets
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp freshly chopped ginger
1 tbsp tomato puree
100ml vegetable stock (salt-reduced)
500g tomatoes
Juice of half a lemon
2 tbsp sesame oil
100ml coconut milk (unsweetened)
2 tbsp red curry paste
2 stalks Thai basil and coriander

Method

1. Cut chicken breast into small strips. Heat sesame oil in a wok or frying pan, and fry chicken, garlic and ginger for 3-4 minutes.

2. Stir in coconut milk, tomato puree, curry paste and vegetable stock and simmer for a further 4-5 minutes.

3. Drop whole tomatoes into boiling water for a few seconds, refresh in cold water, then skin, quarter, de-seed and cut into wedges.

4. Add tomatoes to the chicken curry a few minutes before serving.

5. Stir Thai basil and coriander into curry and season with lemon juice, salt and pepper.

What’s your favourite curry recipe?

October 3, 2013

Chicken Breast Recipes: Chicken, Chive and Corn Fritters

We’re always looking for delicious chicken breast recipes so couldn’t wait to share this tasty chicken, chive and corn fritters recipe from ex-Olympic swimmer and mother-of-two Susie O’Neill. The sweetness of the corn pairs well with another colourful vegetable, avocado, and is guaranteed to satisfy a hungry family!

Preparation time: 15mins
Cooking time: 15mins

Serves 4

Ingredients

300g chicken breast fillets, trimmed
2 eggs
1/4 cup chopped chives
1 cup no added salt corn kernels
1/4 cup self-raising flour
20g (1 tablespoon) polyunsaturated margarine, melted
2 tablespoons reduced fat milk
½ cup no added salt corn kernels
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
1 small avocado, sliced
1 tablespoon chopped chives, extra
1 cup baby rocket leaves

Dipping sauce
1/4 cup no-fat plain yoghurt
1 tablespoon chopped chives

Method

1. Slice the chicken breast in half through the centre horizontally. Cook the chicken in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat until golden and cooked, 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove pan from the heat and cover to rest.

2. Whisk eggs in a mixing bowl and mix in chives, corn, flour, melted polyunsaturated margarine and milk. Shred the chicken and add to the mixture. Using half the fritter mixture, spoon four even fritters into the pan and cook over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden and cooked. Keep warm. Cook the remaining fritters as with the first four.
3. Create a side salad by combining corn kernels, tomatoes, avocado, extra chives and rocket.

4. Mix yoghurt and chives to create a delicious dipping sauce.

5. Serve fritters hot with the side salad and yoghurt and chive sauce.

Tip: Add a fresh lime wedge for some zing.

Visit Together Counts where Susie speaks about how to balance meals during the week, maintaining active lifestyles and her favourite recipes to achieve this.

Inspire us – what’s your favourite way of using chicken breasts?

September 8, 2013

Mediterranean Chicken Pizza Recipe

We love homemade pizza, especially on a Friday night or weekend when you can have some fun experimenting with different toppings. This is one of our favourite pizza recipes and a great way to use chicken breasts. Make your own pizza dough or buy a ready-made pizza base (ask at your local pizzeria). We like to cook it on the BBQ but it works just as well in a hot oven.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsps McCormick Mediterranean Chicken Grill Mates seasoning
2 x 250g skinless chicken breast fillets, trimmed and sliced
2 x 30cm gourmet thin ready-made pizza bases
250g (1 cup) tomato pizza sauce
250g (2 cups) grated mozzarella cheese
1 red capsicum, deseeded and sliced
1 red onion, peeled, halved and sliced
½ cup fresh basil leaves

Method

1. Preheat oven or BBQ with a hood to 200ºC (180ºC fan –forced).

2. Combine oil, McCormick Mediterranean Chicken Grill Mates seasoning and chicken fillets in a bowl and coat well.

3. Place pizza bases onto two greased pizza trays. Spread tomato sauce over the pizza bases then top with the mozzarella, chicken, capsicum, red onion.

4. Cook for 20 minutes, until cheese is melted and base is golden and crispy.

5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with basil leaves. Serve warm, cut into wedges.

Thin and crispy or deep dish? Anchovies or pineapple? We want to know – what’s your all-time favourite pizza?

August 22, 2013

Chicken Breast Recipes: Italian Crumbed Chicken

Looking for an easy chicken recipe for dinner? Whether you call it crumbed chicken or chicken schnitzel, this Italian chicken recipe is a family favourite. It has a secret ingredient that elevates the humble chicken breast from ordinary to extraordinary.

The recipe comes from Tanya Bartolini’s new cookbook Blending the Cultures.

Nonna Ida makes the best crumbed chicken and it wasn’t until recently that I discovered the exact reason why. My son absolutely loves this dish.

Serves 4 

Ingredients

2 large chicken breasts (free range)

3 eggs

¼ cup Scotch whisky

1 garlic clove, crushed

2 cups dried breadcrumbs

½ cup parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon powdered chicken stock

extra virgin olive oil

Method

1. Thinly slice the chicken breasts (about 3-4 pieces per breast). Use a meat tenderiser to lightly hammer each piece thin.

2. Marinate the chicken: place in a bowl with eggs, scotch and garlic whisked together. Place the marinating chicken in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

3. Place breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and chicken stock in a bowl and combine. Remove a piece of chicken from the egg mixture and place in the breadcrumbs, thoroughly coating the chicken. Transfer to a plate and continue until all pieces of chicken are crumbed.

4. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Once the pan comes to temperature (breadcrumbs will bubble when dropped in), place chicken pieces in the pan. Cook on one side until golden brown, then turn and repeat. Once cooked, transfer chicken to a plate covered in paper towel. Repeat until all pieces of chicken are cooked.

5. This dish is best served warm and golden and crunchy.

What’s your favourite chicken breast recipe?

August 8, 2013