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Clean Eating; Chicken Dinner Recipes I bet You've Never Tried- Part 1

Updated on April 30, 2012

I was raised by health nuts, which was a good thing because my taste buds are picky and I want the true flavor that food has to offer- no preservatives. I love garlic- not to mention the health benefits, and I love spices, which these two recipes contain. Hopefully you will find the recipes as enjoyable as I do.

HALLAU

The name is silly, but it is my daughter's and my name combined (Haley and Laura). This recipe was nameless for several years, but after my daughter was born I named it after us and friends and family now refer to it by this name.

This dish has a very unique blend of spices- but uniquely great together. I'll warn you, it's a little spicy, but you can ease up on the spices (cumin) and use mild salsa, if you can't handle hot food. The leftovers are even better! (serves 4)

2 cups cooked rice (your preference of rice- I prefer long grain wild)

2 fully cooked Chicken breasts

2 diced garlic cloves

1 tsp powder cumin (less if you don't want too spicy)

1/2 tsp tumeric

1/2 tsp. basil

1 and 1/2 cup fresh, organic salsa

1/2 cup grated Cheddar or asagio cheese

Prep/Directions:Cook rice (sometimes I use instant if I'm short on time), Cook chicken in separate large stovetop pan, add garlic and spices. When cooked, cut chicken into small chunks or strips, and add salsa, stir well on reduced heat for 5 minutes. Stir in cooked rice to chicken mixture, cook 5-7 min on low heat, stir well. Sprinkle (do not mix in) cheese over top, put lid over pan and allow cheese to melt, then serve.


Northern Burritos

These burritos are the best I've tasted, even those in some of my favorite Mexican restaurants. Although this recipe was created in a kitchen in the Northwest- hence the name. I love burritos because they are versatile- you can try different meats or beans or cheeses, etc. (serves 4)

2 fully cooked Chicken breasts

1 diced shallot

2 diced garlic cloves

2 chopped Roma tomatoes and/or 1 thinly sliced green pepper

1/4 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp tarragon

1 tsp powder cumin

2 oz. diced canned or jar pimentos and/or 2 oz. diced green chillies

4 Tortillas (corn or flour)

1 16 oz. can vegetarian re-fried beans or black beans (whatever your preference)

1 cup grated pepperjack cheese (your cheese preference) 

Prep/ Directions:In pan on stovetop Cook chicken- once cooked then chop into thick chunks, add garlic, shallot, and tomatoes/peppers- stir in with chopped chicken and cook 5 minutes together, then add spices and pimentos/ chillies- cook another 5 min on lowered heat, Spread beans evenly into middle of tortillas, then layer cooked mixture evenly over beans, sprinkle cheese on top of mixture, then fold tortillas burrito style- seam down in shallow glass baking dish, cover with foil. Cook in oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Serve with fresh, organic salsa (I like Emerald Valley).

These recipes are especially healthy because....

Both of these recipes contain cumin, a healthy spice, often used in Indian food- has several health benefits. Check out the complete benefits http://www.indepthinfo.com/cumin/health.shtml

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      Lizett 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Thanks Koffee Gals! I have to say mine are much simpler than some of yours, but I'd like to branch out a bit more. I love to play around with spices and simple ingredients- thanks for the comment.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      izettl, I have to say your recipes sound delicious. Rated up, useful and bookmarked. Of course, I have to try them.

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      Elefanza 7 years ago from Somewhere in My Brain

      Will definitely have to try the cumin and burritos as I adore fajita/mexican style food. By the way (and in this next part I feel somewhat salesman like), have you ever tried bulgar? It is an amazing substitute for rice as one serving of it (or at least Red Mill brand) provides 40 of 48 grams of whole grain servings needed for the day AND as health mags report, people who eat more whole grain each day are fuller and have tinier tummies. And it's TASTY as anything.

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      Christopher Price 7 years ago from Vermont, USA

      I late to this party, and I came hungry!

      These recipes sound great. I am anxious to try them out on the family.

      I'm doing most of the cooking now since my wife moved to Farmville! And I could use some tasty twists on the usual fare.

      Thanks.

      CP

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      Lizett 7 years ago from The Great Northwest

      DeBorrah~ So good to see you here!I love the taste of these two dishes. I mostly cook with very few ingredients- low cost, healthy, and they still taste great

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Izetti, Sounds tasty! Nice quick and easy chicken recipes! Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      Lizett 8 years ago from The Great Northwest

      I will use more next time I cook that dish, but I will do some experimenting with coriander in other things. THank again for the tip.

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      glad you enjoyed it! I love coriander in cooking, we use it quite a lot.

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      Lizett 8 years ago from The Great Northwest

      London girl- I made Hallau tonight and enjoyed it. I added about half a handful, less than you reccommended because I'm a chicken, but I really loved the added flavor. Good suggestion!!!

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      hope you enjoy it.

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      Lizett 8 years ago from The Great Northwest

      I was going to make Hallau this week so I will try the coriander you suggested and I'll let you know how it turned out!

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      When cooking for four people, a handful, then chopped roughly. Sorry I can't be more precise!

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      Lizett 8 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Very interesting about the coriander- I will try that. I love to experiment with spices- how much coriander would you use? To me, you can't go wrong with a great combination of spices and some healthy ingredients.

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      great hub. Your "hallau" recipe interested me, because I make a similar dish, but with chickpeas instead of chicken. Have you tried adding fresh coriander as well? It's a lovely addition.

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      Lizett 8 years ago from The Great Northwest

      The more authentic the burrito, like some places have, the better. The mention of burritos makes my mouth water!!!

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      jim10 8 years ago from ma

      The chicken recipes sound great, thanks. I used to get burritos all of the time from a little kart in Boston called Herrera's. They were awesome. I don't get into Boston much anymore so the recipe sounds good.