Sometimes you just want something light and healthy, yet filling and tasty for your next meal. After all, watching your weight or monitoring your cholesterol level should not come at the price of bland mouthfuls that have you craving something more flavorful to fill your stomach! This recipe combines great taste with health consciousness—broccoli is a cruciferious vegetable that is packed with vitamins and antioxidants, and when cooked properly is actually incredibly delicious. With the amount of healthy and heart-friendly olive oil and garlic in this recipe, you’re going to enjoy your vegetables with lean, sautéed chicken cutlets that are full of protein, yet won’t add to your waistline. The chicken soup seasoning is a way to add more flavor without resorting to creamy spoonfuls—make sure you get a low-sodium variety in keeping with the mantra of good health. And don’t skimp on the garlic; you can add as much as you like!
Garlicky Chicken with Broccoli Recipe
- 1 pound chicken cutlets
- 16 ounces frozen broccoli florets
- 1 head garlic
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (or other oil suitable for frying)
- 1 cup almond milk (cashew or coconut will also work)
- 2 tablespoons potato starch (or all-purpose flour)
- 1 tablespoon chicken soup seasoning
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Using a hammer or mallet, bang on the head of garlic several times to separate the cloves. Use a garlic press to crush each clove of garlic into a small bowl, and set aside.
- If you don’t have a garlic press, drop cloves into a cup of boiling water to loosen skins. Peel cloves and chop finely.
- Allow crushed (or minced) garlic to sit for a few minutes while you prepare the cutlets.
- Trim extra fat from cutlets and pound thick pieces to achieve even thickness. Using chicken shears, cut the cutlets into strips, and then again into one-inch pieces and put into a bowl.
- Coat chicken pieces with the potato starch or flour, ground black pepper and salt.
- Heat oil in large skillet on medium heat.
- Put crushed garlic into skillet and stir-fry for two minutes or until golden and fragrant.
- Add coated chicken chunks and allow to cook for about ten minutes, stirring every few minutes until no more pink is visible.
- Add almond milk and soup seasoning and stir. Raise heat, cover pan, and bring to a boil.
- Once the sauce comes to a boil and begins to thicken, lower heat and add broccoli florets. Cook for five minutes.
- Serve warm over a bed of wild rice or quinoa.
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