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Keeping it going with our Game Day countdown! Honey – Ginger Chicken Bites

Ingredients

2/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces (about 16 thighs)
Cooking spray
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons water
2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted (optional)

Preparation

Combine first 9 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag; seal and shake well. Add chicken; seal and toss to coat. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight, turning occasionally.Preheat oven to 425°.Remove chicken from bag, reserving marinade. Arrange chicken in a single layer on the rack of a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes, stirring once.While chicken is cooking, strain marinade through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Place marinade in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook 3 minutes; skim solids from surface. Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Add cornstarch mixture to pan, stirring with a whisk; cook 1 minute. Remove from heat; pour glaze into a large bowl.Preheat broiler.Add chicken to glaze; toss well to coat. Place chicken mixture on a jelly roll pan; broil 5 minutes or until browned, stirring twice. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 179
Calories from fat: 22
Fat: 4.4g
Saturated fat: 1g
Monounsaturated fat: 1.4g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.2g
Protein: 18.2g
Carbohydrate: 17g
Fiber: 0.1g
Cholesterol: 76mg
Iron: 1.1mg
Sodium: 430mg
Calcium: 14mg

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More Fit Girl Game Day Makeover Recipes – Maple Chicken Wings

Stay tuned as we get you prepared to enjoy Superbowl Sunday Fit Girl Style!
Collect all the recipes from this week to enjoy a guilt free Super Bowl party menu.

Ingredients

2 to 3 pounds chicken wings
1 cup maple syrup
2/3 cup chili sauce
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Preparation

Place wings in a large plastic zipping bag; set aside. Combine remaining ingredients. Reserve one cup for basting; refrigerate until ready to use.Pour remaining marinade over wings, turning to coat. Seal bag; refrigerate for 4 hours, turning occasionally. Drain and discard marinade. Place wings in a lightly greased 13″x9″ baking pan.Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, basting with reserved marinade, until golden and juices run clear when pierced.

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Featured Fit Girl Recipe of the week

Pan-Fried Chicken

We all love our fried chicken. So check out this recipe that will keep you in Fit Girl status. Pan-fried chicken is a healthy alternative to traditional fried chicken. Replacing some of the salt with spices like ginger, paprika, cinnamon, and nutmeg reduces the amount of sodium and pumps up the flavor.

Ingredients

1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon hot paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 bone-in chicken breast halves, skinned 
2 bone-in chicken thighs, skinned 
2 chicken drumsticks, skinned 
1/4 cup peanut oil

Preparation

1. Sift together first 6 ingredients; place mixture in a large zip-top plastic bag. Sprinkle salt evenly over chicken. Add chicken, one piece at a time, to bag; seal. Shake bag to coat chicken. Remove chicken from bag, shaking off excess flour. Place chicken on a cooling rack; place rack in a jelly-roll pan. Reserve remaining flour mixture. Loosely cover chicken; chill 1 1/2 hours. Let chicken stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Return chicken, one piece at a time, to flour mixture, shaking bag to coat chicken. Discard excess flour mixture.
2. Heat peanut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to pan. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 25 minutes or until done, carefully turning every 5 minutes.
3. Line a clean cooling rack with brown paper bags; arrange chicken in a single layer on bags. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 245
Fat: 10.1g
Saturated fat: 2g
Monounsaturated fat: 4.1g
Polyunsaturated fat: 3g
Protein: 28.2g
Carbohydrate: 9g
Fiber: 0.8g
Cholesterol: 87mg
Iron: 1.8mg
Sodium: 240mg
Calcium: 17mg

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Featured Fit Girl Recipe of the week *Penne with Chicken Sausage, Tomatoes & Spinach

Serves: 4 Hands-on time: 30 minutesTotal time: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS
8 oz whole-wheat penne pasta
Olive oil cooking spray
3 3-oz all-natural, fully cooked low-fat chicken sausages, halved lengthwise and sliced
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped (any variety)
Pinch sea salt
2 pinches fresh ground black pepper or to taste, divided
2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste
1/2 tbsp double-concentrated tomato paste (from tube)
1 1/3 cups jarred or boxed chopped tomatoes (TRY: Pomi Chopped Tomatoes)
7 oz baby spinach
1 oz low-sodium Parmesan cheese, grated

INSTRUCTIONS:Cook penne to al dente according to package directions. Drain and return to pot. Set aside.Meanwhile, heat a large skillet on medium-high and coat with cooking spray. Add sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and heated through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.Add oil to skillet and heat on medium-high. Add onion and season with 1 pinch each salt and black pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Add garlic, pepper flakes and tomato paste and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and gently simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly reduced, 1 to 2 minutes. Add half of spinach, stirring until beginning to wilt. Stir in remaining spinach and simmer until tender and most liquid has evaporated, 2 to 4 minutes. Season with a pinch of black pepper.To pot with pasta, add tomato mixture, stir well to combine and cook on low until heated through. Spoon into serving bowls and top with Parmesan, dividing evenly. Serve immediately.

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http://www.cleaneatingmag.com/recipes/
Nutrients per 1 1/2-cup serving: Calories: 401, Total Fat: 11 g, Sat. Fat: 3 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2 g, Carbs: 53 g, Fiber: 8 g, Sugars: 4 g, Protein: 23 g, Sodium: 488 mg, Cholesterol: 58 mg