Some weeks I like to pick an ingredient as the “star” of the week. The star can be a protein, a vegetable, a spice, a genre of food i.e. Italian, Mexican, American, etc., or really anything you want. Oftentimes I pick the star by what’s on sale at the grocery store that week.
This week I’m choosing chicken as my star ingredient. So this menu will be all about chicken. I must admit that I sometimes get bored with plain old’ chicken, but not this week. I’ve gathered 7 chicken recipes to spice up your breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes for the week and 1 non-chicken dessert. I mean who really wants chicken for dessert?
APPLE-ONION CHICKEN BREAKFAST SAUSAGE – An Edible Mosaic
Adios pork sausage! There’s a new sheriff in town, chicken. Making your own breakfast sausage is a great way to get a super flavorful sausage with quality ingredients. Sausage is quick and easy to make, plus it’s a great freezer item.
*If frozen, place in a skillet with a splash of water and heat until warm throughout.
BREAKFAST CHICKEN SOUP – A Squirrel in the Kitchen
You might be thinking soup for breakfast? But if you’re anything like me, you get tired of classic breakfast foods. I love leftovers for breakfast, so why not make a soup for breakfast? The protein (chicken) will keep you full, the broth is hearty for a cool Fall morning, and the herbs are an added boost for your immune system (we all could use an immunity-boost during cold and flu season, don’t we?).
TUNA CUCUMBER CUPS – Tastes Lovely
Lunch can get boring at my house. I tend to always either make the same old salad or smoothie every day. I’m going to push myself to try new recipes in the upcoming month. These little cucumber cups are so cute and can definitely be made on Sunday, kept in the refrigerator, and be ready to go any day of the week. I’m going to make these and serve with fruit and nuts on the side for the perfect light & refreshing lunch.
CILANTRO LIME FAJITA SALAD – My Natural Family
Fajitas are one of my favorite meals to order at Mexican restaurants. They are easily customizable to fit within my dietary needs. So why not put the delicious meat and veggies on a salad? This is definitely not my average, boring lunch salad. The marinade is so flavorful and pairs perfectly with the chicken and veggies. Are you a fan of cilantro? I cannot get enough of it! It’s a pretty polarizing ingredient though. Either you love it or hate it. This is definitely a recipe for the cilantro lover.
*Prep the chicken and veggies on Saturday and marinate overnight. Then sauté the veggies and cook the chicken on Sunday. You can then heat them up at a moments notice during the week.
WHITE CHICKEN CHILI – A Spicy Perspective
Who says chili has to be beef, tomato and bean based? Not me. This is a refreshing new spin on chili and I’m loving it. Making chili for dinner usually means that we’ll have leftovers for dinner the next day or even for lunch throughout the week. Can’t get any better than that.
*Although this isn’t a crockpot recipe I tend to make all my chili recipes in a crockpot. I would recommend cooking the veggies and chicken on the stove first, then transferring to a crockpot with all the remaining ingredients. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
CHICKEN AND BROCCOLI – Jays Baking Me Crazy
Yum Yum Yum. My mouth is watering just looking at photos of this recipe. It’s a similar recipe to our Paleo Pork Lo Mein recipe we shared a few weeks ago, which is so delicious. Instead of pork, this recipe uses my star ingredient of the week -- chicken. And I can’t get enough of these zoodles. They are so versatile and are a great way to bulk up a simple meal.
CASHEW CHICKEN – A Spicy Perspective
I love when someone takes on a somewhat unhealthy recipe and remakes it to fit within our Paleo lifestyle. This Paleo cashew chicken recipe is a homerun. It’s spicy, hearty, and delicious. Serve with cauliflower rice or even fried cauliflower rice for a different spin.
PALEO EDIBLE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH – Wicked Spatula
Finally, chocolate chip cookie dough that is made to be eaten with a spoon! No more gambling with raw eggs. If you keep a stocked Paleo pantry then you will most likely have everything on hand to make this cookie dough at any moment. I am so excited to make this this week. Although, I have a feeling I may need to lose the recipe after I make it. Wink: Wink.