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Chicken Artichoke Skillet

I’m back.  I figured you guys might need a recipe for the weekend?  Or maybe something to prep on Sunday to have on hand for next week?

Chicken Artichoke Skillet

This recipe made me enjoy chicken again.  Not that I ever didn’t like chicken.  I just go through phases where I’m not enamored by it.  I get bored with it.  However, thanks to some inspiration from our Food Network subscription, you can now call me a chicken fan again.

Chicken Artichoke Skillet

Ingredients

  • 4 six to eight ounce boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 9 ounces of artichoke hearts — we just used some from a jar
  • 1 small red onion, cut into wedges
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 3/4 cup low sodium and fat-free chicken broth
  • Couple tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Crumbled feta, unlimited

Directions

  1. Place the chicken breasts between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound with a skillet until about 1/2 inch thick, then season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the chicken and cook until golden on the bottom, 4 to 5 minutes.  Then turn and cook until the other side is golden, 2 to 3 more minutes.  Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  3. Wipe off the skillet and return it to medium-high heat.  Add the remaining olive oil (about 2 tbsp), then add the artichoke hearts and red onion once hot.  Cook for about a minute until golden in spots.  Season this with s&p as well, and continue cooking/stirring occasionally until the veggies are tender (about 2 more minutes).  Add the garlic and oregano and cook while stirring for about 30 seconds.
  4. Return the chicken to the skillet and add the broth.  Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 more minutes.
  5. Once done, top with the parsley, feta (I repeat, unlimited amounts of feta), and enjoy.

You could serve this with a whole grain, a side salad, or get creative.  This meal lasted me through several days this week!

Thoughts on chicken?  Any fun food related plans or meals on tap for the weekend?

Tim and I will be enjoying North Conway this weekend, which obviously implies lots of fun food is in store for us!

F&F Friday Favorites

Does anyone else feel like this week flew by?  I wasn’t even busy this week either.  At least not by my definition of the word.  And normally when Tim is away, the week kind of drags… but not this week!  Anyways, I’m just popping in with some things that caught my attention around the world-wide web this week.  Begin Friday procrastination now Enjoy!

Friday Favorites

Lindsay has a fun little series in her blog called “Back to Basics.”  In this series, she addresses “basic” healthy living topics that sometimes us certified fitness professionals think the average reader just knows… but doesn’t.  This week her topic was why women should lift weights.  Cannot emphasize everything she wrote in here enough.

— Local readers, have you heard of The November Project?  FREE early morning workouts all around Boston… including deck of cards!  Not so sure how I’d keep up on the run workouts or the Harvard Stadium workouts, but Destination Deck I think I could handle.  Something to ponder trying out soon.

Deck of Cards

— Normally weight loss articles don’t really catch my attention.  Mainly because I’m not trying to lose weight.  However, lately I’ve kept my eyes out for material that I can transfer over to promoting wellness at my company.  This article lists 52 small changes for big weight loss, and that’s the exact kind of thing I’m looking for.  Advice I can dish out in small and manageable portions, not anything life changing overnight.

— Attention garlic lovers!  23 healthy recipes you can make with garlic, right here.  Check off another fab recipe round-up from Greatist.  Where the heck was this list on Tim’s birthday?  He loves garlic.  One of the first presents I ever got him was a garlic press… no joke.

— Looking for new workout jams to spice up your sweat sesh?  Check out Kim’s “Shake Off the Funk” spring workout playlist.  There’s also a link up on this post for you to submit your own faves.

— I’ve seen soooo many recipes for incorporating avocado into desserts – chocolate pudding, cookies, you name it.  Here’s another recipe from Jenna.  I think it’s about time I try doing this.  I do have an avocado that’s going to go bad over the weekend if I don’t use it up today.  Also, I’m pretty sure I need the cookbook she references in this post.  Just saying.

Dirty dozen or clean fifteen?  Greatist shares what produce you should buy organic, and which don’t really matter as much.  Sidenote, we do not currently buy organic.  It’s something I’d like to start learning more about though.  You guys?

— I know there are Boston Marathon bombing stories emerging all over the place now, but as a former dancer this one in particular brought me to tears.  I honestly cannot even imagine what it would be like to lose a foot, or really any limb.  It really puts my tight traps into perspective, huh?  Thank you to my friend Joan for sharing this article.

And that’s that.

Let’s chat!  Tell me what caught your eye this week.  Anything worth sharing with me?