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Honey-Crisp Baked Chicken with Creamed Spinach


Honey-Crisp Baked Chicken with Creamed Spinach

The saying goes if you're down, do something you like to cheer yourself up. I don't think so, to be honest. When I'm down, I just want to do nothing. So I have been very lazy this week and nothing special comes out from my kitchen. But my kiddo needs food, so I have to cook. Feeling down or not, I gotta cook something. On a side note, I would have been in my second trimester if I'm still pregnant. Sigh. Dear rainbow baby, where are you? Darn you hormones, stop messing around. Argh!

Anyway, I have chosen Ellie's dishes for our lunch today. Thank goodness the kiddo likes it, except the spinach, as expected. Hah.


 

Honey-Crisp Baked Chicken

Ingredients:
(Serves 2)

2 skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup plain dry breadcrumbs
1/4 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and black pepper 
Olive oil
2 tablespoons honey


How to:

1. Marinate the chicken breasts with Greek yogurt in a bowl. Keep in the fridge for at least one hour.

2. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Coat a baking dish with olive oil. In a shallow dish, mix breadcrumbs with paprika, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.

3. Remove chicken from the fridge. Brush each chicken breast with honey and dip in the breadcrumbs mix. Make sure both pieces are well coated. Drizzle with some olive oil and place them on the prepared baking dish. Bake for 45-50 minutes.

4. Once cooked, remove from the oven and serve. I serve with creamed spinach (recipe below) and cooked quinoa.


Creamed Spinach

Recipe adapted from Ellie's Creamed Spinach.

Ingredients:
(Serves 2)

1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 small shallots, finely chopped
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup chicken stock

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


How to:

Heat up oil in a pan over medium heat. Cook chopped shallots for about 2 minutes. Then, add flour, milk, and chicken stock. Bring to a simmer for about 2 minutes. Add spinach and simmer for about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper before serving.


A simple, no-frill lunch.
The honey-crisp baked chicken is really good!


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This post is also linked to the event, Little Thumbs Up (Little Thumbs Up March 2016: Honey) organized by Zoe (Bake for Happy Kids), Doreen (My Little Favourite DIY) and hosted by Joyce (joycescapade.com).



I'm linking this post with I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC) for this week's theme, Green Eating!


12 comments

  1. Hi Joyce,
    When I'm down, I just need some quiet time just be alone 'undisturbed', I may be doing something or nothing till I feel better. It takes time to heal ... physical or emotional ... hope that it won't take long for you to recover.
    This honey-crisp baked chicken looks very yummy. Love the nicely baked colour.

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  2. So sorry you're feeling blue. That was quite a blow. We all need quiet time. Your simple lunch is just the thing to nourish your kiddo.

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  3. Dear sweet Joyce, I am so sorry you are feeling down. Please know that you are not alone and that is is okay to grieve and feel the loss. Take all the time you need. When I am down I feel the same as you. There is really nothing that makes me feel better. I just need time to process.

    So proud of you for making such a healthy and beautiful meal for your little one! I absolutely love creamed spinach and would be thrilled to eat the whole batch.

    Hang in there! Share with others and talk about it if it helps and take care of you! xo

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  4. I agree with you--sometimes you just need some peaceful time to regroup and continue the healing process. There is no timeline for grieving and I am glad you are taking care of yourself. My thoughts are with you.

    This looks like a fabulous meal simple and homey and I will eat your little one's share of the spinach. I tried Ellie's lighter version and really enjoyed it.

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    1. Thanks Deb. :) My little one would be more than happy to offer to you every bit of spinach that he could spot on his plate. :P

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  5. Oh Joyce, I'm so sorry that you're feeling blue, and understandably so. It takes time to process that loss and we all grieve in our own way. Take all the time that you need, and if that means doing as little as possible then honour that. You are in my thoughts.

    This looks like a delicious meal you made for your little one - how good does that crispy chicken look, and I could easily eat just a bowl full of that creamed spinach.

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  6. Hi Joyce,

    Hope that you are feeling better. I've been looking for a baked chicken recipe that makes chicken that is real crispy. No doubt that a good breadcrumb like panko will do the trick! I think that you have done well cooking a good dinner for your family :)

    Zoe

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