In searching for what to do with the chicken breasts I took from the freezer the other night, I turned to my trusty South Beach Diet cookbooks.
I have to admit that the meals from SBD are delicious and healthy and you wouldn’t even know that they were from a diet book because it’s real food that you’re eating; not prepackaged diet food that costs an arm and a leg. I’ve never understood those diets…yes, you lose weight eating ‘their food’ but how does one learn how to truly eat healthy once you’ve lost the weight and go back to eating proper, real food? In my opinion, it’s just a money-making racket.
As I had all the ingredients to make this ‘creamy’ chicken dish, I thought I’d give it a whirl. For those of you who may be following SBD, this is a Phase 2 meal. If not using the pasta, then it is good for Phase 1.
~~CREAMY CHICKEN PAPRIKASH~~
2 tbsp olive oil or use cooking spray
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
salt & pepper
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
180ml/6fl oz chicken stock (you may need a little bit more)
2 tsp paprika
115g/4oz broccoli florets
230g/8oz whole wheat pasta (any shape or spaghetti)
230g/8oz fat-free plain yogurt
Heat a non-stick frying pan and heat up the olive oil or cooking spray over medium heat. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper and add it to the hot pan and cook, stirring for 7-8 minutes or until the pieces begin to brown. Remove the chicken to a bowl and set aside.
Add the onion, garlic and 3 tbsp. of the stock to the pan, scraping up any brown bits. Cook and stir for 5 minutes or until the onion is tender. Add more stock if necessary to prevent sticking.
Stir in the paprika and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the remaining stock then add the chicken and broccoli. Bring to the boil. (You may need to add more stock than what the recipe calls for…I had to) Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the broccoli is tender.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Stir the yogurt into the chicken mixture over low heat for 1-2 minutes or until heated through, without boiling.
Serve the chicken over the pasta and enjoy!