Buffalo Chicken Bake. Done Naturally!




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When living a healthy lifestyle it is important to eat food that will fuel your body. I like to make a quick and simple chicken dish for dinner at least once or twice a week.  Chicken is so versatile. There are so many ways that you can prepare it. I like chicken because it’s a high protein, low fat option for me. With that being said, I am very picky about what kind of chicken I use. With so many options out there, it’s difficult to know exactly what to choose.

I recently have had the opportunity to work with a company called NatureRaised Foods. They believe in doing things the natural way. Their products have a strict standard. They are committed to treating animals humanely. No antibiotics are added EVER! Also, hormones and steroids are never used. The chickens are fed a 100% vegetarian diet. This means no animal by-product or other gross by-products. As I checked out their story http://www.natureraisedfarms.com/, I immediately felt like this was a company who cares about what we are eating. Their website is full of information and recipes, but most importantly you are introduced to their farmers. These people are working hard to make sure you get the quality chicken you and your family deserve! After my research I decided to try out the product. It needs to taste good right? I found the brand at my local Publix. It is available in your local grocery stores, and also at the big supermarkets such as Wal-Mart®. You don’t have to go all the way to a fancy place like Whole Foods® to get “better for you” chicken. I decided to use the NatureRaised Farms® brand chicken to make my famous Buffalo Chicken Bake. This is the perfect healthy recipe to make for the football season. Everyone loves buffalo wings. Why not make a healthier version for everyone? Why we are at it, how about making a more natural dish as well! Win.

Buffalo Chicken Bake

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 4 NatureRaised Farms® brand chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup of Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup cheese of choice
  • 4 tbsp of your favorite hot sauce
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Dipping sauce of choice

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Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Chop chicken into bite sized pieces.
  3. Add sea salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Put chicken into a mixing bowl.
  5. Add 4 tablespoons of buffalo/hot sauce to chicken.
  6. Place chicken into an oven safe dish. I used my glass 8X8.
  7. Add cheese on top. Add breadcrumbs on top of cheese.
  8. Bake in oven for about twenty minutes. Turn broiler on low and let breadcrumbs brown and cheese melt for a few more minutes if you like.
  9. Serve with a salad or anything green for the perfect balanced meal.

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Nutritional Statistics- 276 calories, 10 carbs, 11 grams of fat, and 33 grams of protein.

The bake turned out moist and tasty. This is a product that I feel confident feeding my family regularly. The price was really decent and affordable. I think it’s really important that we all know what is going into our mouths. Thank you NatureRaised Farms® brand chicken for allowing me to worry a lot less about what I am feeding my family!

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Recipe Review. Heidi Powell’s Garlic Parmesan Chicken.


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I found this Recipe from Heidi Powell and it looked so simple that I had to try it. It only has six ingredients! I didn’t have to go to the store for anything. Those are the best kinds of meals to make. SIMPLE!

I preheated my oven to 375. Sprayed my glass pan and added the chicken breast. 4 ounces per person.  I next mixed 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup of Chobani plain greek yogurt, garlic powder, a bit of sea salt, and pepper. At the last second I added about 1.5 tbsp of Frank’s buffalo sauce.I  spooned that mixture on top of the chicken. Put it in the oven and baked for 45 minutes.garlicparm1 garlicparm2 garlicparm3

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For each 4 oz. portion of chicken: 161 calories, 4.5 g fat, 1.1 g carbohydrate, 28.75 g protein. Add a few more calories (like 2.5) if you add in any buffalo sauce!

This dish was honestly fantastic. The chicken was cooked perfectly. It wasn’t dry or overcooked at all. I used a butter knife to cut it! The added buffalo sauce was awesome. It gave it just enough of a kick. I recommend adding some for sure. This is going to be on my new weekly make list. It is SO simple. In fact I am making it again tomorrow! Thanks Heidi!

Lemon Feta Chicken.


I was originally going to try this with shrimp, but I could not get down to the seafood market. I decided to go with chicken because I already had it. This is a nice light but filling dish. I modified the recipe from Shortcut Cooking magazine.

The stats- 230 calories, 9 grams of fat, 1 carb, 35 grams of protein.

The ingredients-

  • 4 oz chicken breast with all fat removed per person.
  • 1 tsp or so of coconut or extra virgin olive oil.
  • 1/8 cup or however much feta you would like to use.
  • 1 tsp or so zested lemon.
  1. Season chicken breasts with sea salt and pepper or whatever other ingredients you want.
  2. Add oil to a large pan. Heat to a medium heat. tip- evoo burns at high temperatures, coconut oil does not.
  3. Add chicken breasts to pan. Cook until no longer pink, turning once.
  4. Take feta + lemon peel and mix together.
  5. Top almost done chicken breast with mixture. Place a top on so cheese melts as the chicken finishes up.
  6. I added a splash of the lemon on top after it was done.

Serve with something green and you have a perfectly balanced meal.

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BBQ Chicken Pizzas.


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My husband is from Kansas. In Kansas they like BBQ. I like him, so this is what I made-

Healthier BBQ CHIXN Pizza Pitas.

Per Pizza-
1 pita. I use 150 calorie whole wheat ones.
3 oz of PLAIN shredded chicken.
2 tbsp of BBQ sauce. I use Stubbs.
1/4 cup of sliced onions. I would have preferred red, but only had white!
1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella or 1 oz of cheese of choice. You could always use less if you wanted.

Preheat oven to 350. Start onions in a warm pam on low heat. You could use nonstick spray, or a splash of extra virgin olive oil to get them started. Let those cook down a bit. Add the precooked chicken. You can shred your own chicken breast that is cooked, or buy the precooked kind. Once the onions and chickens are mingling, add the bbq sauce. Heat through a few minutes.

Place bbq chicken onion mixture onto the pita in a single layer. Sprinkle cheese on top.

Bake in 350 degree oven for about 8-10 minutes.

Enjoy!

Calories- Around 380
Fat- 10 grams
Protein- 30 grams