Thursday, January 31, 2013

Honey Mustard Chicken Fingers


When you make the conscious effort to go on some form of a diet - where you know you will be limited to some of the foods you should eat on a regular basis, coupled with both the ideas of eating "clean" and saving some dough, you start to run out of options in the kitchen. "Mommy, mommy, I'm still hungry!" my daughter whined, after already consuming her goldfish crackers that I gave her for an after-school snack. Mind you, it was only about 5 o'clock and dinner normally isn't on the table in my house until 6:30ish [ok, we like to eat pretty early] - but my daughter's tummy was telling her otherwise. With payday a day away, and a diminishing food supply, I had to decide pretty quickly about what we were going to eat for dinner last night. I looked through the cabinets and thought:  Since I did so well for breakfast and lunch, I have 500 more calories to blow on dinner!  With that in mind, I was thinking of breakfast for dinner - more specifically, pancakes and sausage! Yummmm... But then I glanced at the syrup we had on hand, and knew that it wasn't such a great choice for me if I wanted to stay within my 500 cals.  So I began searching for something better.  Something that we weren't sick of eating day in and day out - I mean there is only so many things you can do with steak and chicken...  Or is there?!

Then all of a sudden, out of my mind pops a delicious idea - one that I haven't personally created before.  Honey Mustard Chicken!  I have to tell you, this recipe was super simple, extremely satisfying, and only about 200 calories per serving!!!!!  With the extra 300 calories left, I splurged on a side of garlic fries and still had more to spare!  My daughter loved the chicken so much, she asked for seconds - and she's not normally a fan of mustard!  Yes!!!!  Dinner was clearly a huge success...

*calories excluding brown sugar

Honey Mustard Chicken Fingers
(Original Recipe) / Serves 2-3

Ingredients
  • 5-7 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Tenders (defrosted)
  • 1/3 cup Mustard
  • 4 TBSP 100% raw, unstrained Honey (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar (optional)
Directions
  1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pour mustard, honey, and brown sugar in a bowl and stir until well blended.
  3. Cut chicken tenders in half (width-wise) and arrange them in one layer in a Pyrex dish.
  4. Spoon honey mustard mixture over top of chicken tenders and flip - making sure each piece is fully coated [feel free to prepare more mixture if need be].
  5. Place Pyrex dish (uncovered) in oven and cook for 20-30 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked - flipping halfway through to ensure the chicken does not dry out.
  6. Remove chicken from oven, stir leftover sauce and use for dipping.
  7. Enjoy!
*Serve with your choice of side(s)


 



2 comments:

  1. looks delicious! wow i am so happy you made this site. I will go back and read some of your blogs. great job missy! i love that you tried paleo and then made things your own. keep up the good work. look forward to more reads. sorry my posts have been mia too :/

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    1. Thank you for this!! I was truly inspired, and have really enjoyed the process so far. Turns out I'm somewhat of a natural blogger ;-) Who knew! Stay posted for more recipes! I'm sure to have plenty more paleo-inspired dishes.

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