Smalletics' Kitchen: Pizza-Style Chicken

After years of trying different meal plan strategies and recipes, I've collected a number of healthy, quick, easy, affordable, and terrible-chef-proof recipes that I cycle through regularly. 

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In recent years, I've come to understand that if I don't meal prep every Sunday night, the week that follows is going to be especially stressful: I'll reach point of hanger at least once, I'll opt for unhealthy quick fixes, I'll probably get stomach aches, and by the end of the week, even if I went to the gym consistently, I won't feel great. 

But once I started meal prepping, all of that changed. 

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Not to mention, diet counts for 80% of your fitness, making it a part of your health you really can't ignore if you're already going to the gym consistently.

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When it comes to cooking, my philosophy is that a good recipe is simple. To me, that means using few ingredients, not requiring that everything gets measured out to a T, and not using fancy chef words. I’m all for eye-balling when it comes to spices, oils, dressings—you name it.

This recipe is a Pizza Style Chicken dish and my go-to when I'm craving pizza, but looking a healthier option that is higher in protein.  

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It's delicious, and doesn't take a lot of time to make. 

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To make this a full meal, add a side salad and some steamed broccoli or vegetable of your choice. 

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Total Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  1. 4-6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  2. Minced garlic
  3. 2 cans crushed tomatoes 
  4. 1/4 cup tomato paste
  5. 1 onion, diced
  6. 1 cup of mushrooms, diced
  7. Part skim mozarella
  8. Parsley, oregano, basil, pepper flakes, and salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides. Thin chicken breasts that are more than 1.5 inches thick by cutting it width-wise. 
  2. Heat a little olive oil in a pan.
  3. Cook the chicken breasts for 3-4 minutes on each side. Don’t flip prematurely. Once cooked all the way through, remove from pan and put aside into medium baking dish.
  4. Heat garlic and olive oil in the pan until fragrant (~1 min).
  5. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, diced mushrooms, diced onions, basil, oregano, parsley, and pepper flakes (go sparingly if you only want a little bit of heat).
  6. Bring to a boil and then bring the heat down to low and let simmer for 15-20 minutes until thickened.
  7. Remove from heat and pour into baking dish with the chicken breasts.
  8. Sprinkle mozzarella on top.
  9. Preheat the oven to broil (500 degrees), and broil the the dish for one minute, until cheese melted.
  10. Remove from heat and serve immediately and package into separate containers for meal prep.

Nutrition

  • 1 serving size: 1 chicken breast
  • Calories: 306
  • Protein: 37g
  • Carbs: 10g
  • Fat: 6g
FOODApril Whitney