Fight the Fat Foodie posted a terrific chicken recipe recently. His Chicken Paillards with Clementine Salsa caught my eye and I knew this dish would be on the dinner menu soon.
Clementines are cheap this time of year, and the idea of a Clementine salsa intrigued me. However, I had one problem. I needed instructions on how to make a paillard.
To the rescue came another terrific blog, Simply Sugar and Gluten Free. Her instructions on how to butterfly a chicken breast had me on my way to a delicious, light and healthy meal that was under 400 calories in no time flat.
Thank you Fight the Fat Foodie and Simply Sugar and Gluten Free. We enjoyed every bit of our colorful meal!
- 4 3-ounce chicken breast halves
- 1 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 clementines, peeled and diced (about 1 cup)
- 1 cup diced tomatoes, drained
- 1/2 cup diced red onion
- 1/2 cup diced celery
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 green chillies, seeded and minced
- 1/2 cup fresh clementine juice (about 6 clementines)
- One at a time, place chicken breast halves in a sealed plastic bag and pound to about 1/4-inch thickness. Rub with salt and pepper.
- For the salsa, combine clementines with next 7 ingredients. Set aside.
- In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and saute about three minutes a side. Remove chicken and set aside, covered to keep warm.
- In the same skillet, add juice and scrape crispies from the bottom of the skillet. Cook down by half. Plate chicken, top with sauce and then salsa.
What’s good for me in this dish?
Lean chicken breasts are a complete protein, with less saturated fat than beef. Chicken also has cancer protecting B vitamins, including Niacin and B6 for energy.
Oranges top the chart in vitamin C, but they also contain lots of fiber, folate, B1, potassium, vitamin A and calcium. A great source of phytonutrients, oranges give them significant antioxidant properties. Citrus provides protection against esophageal, mouth, larynx, and stomach cancers. It also provides significant protection against cardiovascular disease.
Total Fat: 12.32g
Total Carbs: 28.33g
Dietary Fiber: 3.04g
Weight Watchers Points 7