Have you resolved to eat healthier this year? Like many folks we try to eat healthy most of the time, but holidays always set us back just a little bit. So last month my husband announced that after several months of slacking he was determined to loose a few pounds and make healthier choices. In other words he’s back on his low carb diet of meat and veggies. Sounds great, but it also presents a challenge. The challenge being finding “healthier” meals to prepare on my very busy schedule. Imagine how happy I was to find thin sliced boneless skinless chicken breasts at our neighborhood market.
I love the thin cut breasts because they are so versatile and cook very quickly. Perfect for my schedule! But the thinness of the breasts do present a challenge, how not to over cook and dry them out. Anyway I have been using them for stir fries and other chicken dishes, the trick is to reduce the cooking time so they don’t dry out. No one likes to eat tough dry chicken breasts!
For variety I tried preparing the chicken breasts different ways, experimenting with different herbs and cooking methods. Here’s a quick easy recipe I made the other day, Pan Fried Herb Crusted Chicken Breasts. This dish is quite healthy. It uses very little oil, and adds no salt. The flavor comes from the dried herbs generously patted on the chicken breasts. Best of all this dish takes about 15 minutes to make cook and another 5 -10 minutes to rest. Served with a salad or pasta it makes a great healthy dinner!
Pan Fried Herb Crusted Chicken Breasts
4 Thin Sliced Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – if you can’t find thin sliced breasts, cut 2 breasts horizontally to make 4 thin slices
1 Tbs. Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Dried Oregano
1/4 Cup Dried Rosemary
2 Tbs. Dried Thyme
1/4 Cup Garlic Powder
1 Tbs. Cayenne Red Pepper (optional)
1 Tbs. Crushed Red Pepper (optional)
Wash chicken breasts and pat dry with paper towel
Mix all dry ingredients together.
Pat generous amounts of spice mixture on to both sides of each chicken breast
Heat Olive Oil over medium high heat
Gently drop each chicken breast into hot oil. Oil should sizzle when chicken breasts are dropped in.
Cook each side of the chicken breasts 3-4 minutes.
Transfer onto plate and let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving. It’s very important to let the chicken breasts rest because this will complete the cooking process. If you serve it without resting chicken breasts will be under cooked.