Who says eating healthy has to be boring? When it comes to food on the 17 Day Diet and losing weight, you can surely keep it simple, yet delicious! Say goodbye to plain chicken breasts, and hello to YUMMY food! That’s what this Mediterranean Chicken recipe is all about!
And remember, when you kick up the flavors a few notches, you’re no longer making two separate dinners at meal time. When you get creative and think outside the box, you’re going to bring a healthy meal to the dinner table that everyone will enjoy, even if you’re the only person on a diet!
This savory Mediterranean inspired dish is full of flavors the entire family will absolutely love. Now you won’t necessarily see olives or capers on any cycle food lists, but when using common sense, you’ll know that these tasty ingredients, based on the healthy Mediterranean way of eating, will be fine in moderation. Enjoy!
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 chicken breasts
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
16 oz container of fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 shallot, minced
1 14 oz can chicken broth
3/4 cup Kalamata olives
2 tablespoons capers, drained
2 Roma tomatoes, deseeded and diced
1 Cup of cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
Salt and pepper, to taste
3-4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to skillet. Cook for about 6 to 7 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Remove from pan and set aside.
Reduce heat to medium and add remaining olive oil to pan. Add sliced mushrooms to pan with a bit of salt and pepper. Sautee mushrooms until they start to soften, about 5-6 minutes.
Add shallots to pan and sautee for about a minute.
Next, add garlic to pan and cook for another 30 seconds.
Add chicken broth to pan and allow to come to a simmer.
Next, add in olives, capers, roma tomatoes and chicken. Uncovered, allow chicken mixture to simmer for 10 minutes.
Towards the end of cooking, add in the halved cherry tomatoes and allow them to warm through, without cooking too long.
Top with shredded parmesan.
Serve with your favorite vegetables or salad.
Yields 4 Servings
Approved for all cycles