Friday, August 09, 2013

A healthy tasty blog without any controversial ingredients!

Why is making tasty southern chicken so controversial???  First Chick-fil-A then Paula Deen!  Oh wait, now that I think about it, their issues had nothing to do with makin' chicken.

The story floating around is if Paula Deen can clean up her image by joining this season's cast for Dancing With The Stars.  Duane "Dog" Chapman, the TV bounty hunter, was able to bounce back after being on Top Chef!

The national debate continues, which has been divided into two groups.  Pro-Deen vs. Anti-Deen:  

REALLY!?!?!?!  Wow!

Is it actually possible, if someone just feasts on dishes like Paula's, that it could have an affect on a person's intelligence?

On television, Paula, for years, made those recipes.  Not that anyone was being forced to make these dishes against their will, but the question is, by doing this, did she contribute to promoting an unhealthy eating lifestyle, which may lead to diabetes?  

I am not sure, but I was excited a while back, when her own two sons reworked her recipes.  With their cookbook, they were promoting themselves as "the creators of healthy versions of Deen's infamously fattening foods"

I saw the boys on Dr. Oz, they introduced a Healthier Friedless Chicken recipe.  I loved this concept.  As soon as I saw this, I decided to make it...with the help of Lily & Spike!  (Yes, they are a pair of traveling stuffed puppies who like to cook!  OK, I know that I just lost any and all of my credibility!)

The taste of fried chicken is the best, but the calories and the fat grams are not worth it…or is it?  Regardless if the Colonel has removed the word “fried” from his tasty buckets of chicken, that stuff is not any healthier.   So here’s a healthier idea, and it’s cheap too.  Make a healthier friedless chicken using just a few ingredients.
You’ll need the following:
2 skinless-boneless chicken breasts
2 cups plain non-fat yogurt
1 cup of crushed cornflakes cereal
Add Spice if desired
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F

Dip each chicken breasts in yogurt, until completely coated.

Roll the yogurt coated chicken onto the crushed cornflake crumbs and coat all sides.

Once coated, stare at the chicken for about 30 seconds, but do not eat just yet!

Place chicken onto a cookie sheet and bake the chicken in the oven for 60 minutes. (Do not flip)

Now it is ready to serve!

This recipe is under 250 calories per serving (compared to the almost 800 calories from a deep fried version with the skin) around 11 grams of fat (compared to around 40 grams) the sodium is just under 300 grams (compared to above 3000 grams).  You’ll have to check your actual ingredients nutrition labels for an accurate count, but this gives you a pretty clear idea on how much healthier this version is.  The recipe is so easy, it won’t take you much to make this and see if you like the taste as well.  This is just a fun recipe that you can make with someone you love!

As for any controversy beyond making chicken, well, may I suggest some advice, beyond dancing on TV;  As you may have read that other book sitting next to your southern sez:
Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.
I think that you should go one step further and treat everyone else better than you want to be treated.  That includes making things healthier and tasty!

 Tony Lossano, Broadcast Producer (TV & Radio, Chicago), amateur bicyclist, a fantastic dog walker, and has never been married to Alyssa Milano.

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