Baked Chicken with lemon and dates
I dont know about you, but this year I need a fresh start. The fall and holidays were far to rushed. I consumed far too much that was grab and go and even more red meat and cheese. My stomach is rebelling and I have about as much energy as a slug.
Now that things have come to a more leisurely pace and I have time to think and prepare I can eat meals that are healthy, hearty and delicious. This recipe is all of the above and more.
Chicken is packed with vitamins, minerals and protein filled; boosts the metabolism, kidney's, liver, eyes, nervous system, skin and bones. The lemon detoxifies the liver, containing high amounts of vitamin C. Dates also contain high levels of potassium; a nutrient proven to reduce the risk of hypertension and stroke. They are also known to have have been used to increase sexual stamina, promote digestive health and boost heart health. Medjool dates are a rich source of Vitamin B6 which has been shown to improve brain performance. Brown rice blends add texture, flavor and aroma, in addition to antioxidents and digestive support. You really cant go wrong wtih this delicious dish.
- 1 1/2 cup Brown/Wild Rice Blend
- 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (fresh is best)
- 1/4 cup Lemon Infused Vinegar, dry white wine or dry vermouth
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 tbsp Nutritional Yeast or Miso
- 1 Boneless Chicken Breast Sliced in 2 pieces
- 2 tsp Lemon Ginger Curry
- 1 tsp Sea Salt
- 1/2 cup pitted Dates (I prefer medjool)
Preheat oven 375 f. Put 1 tbsp coconut oil into an oven proof dish stir in the rice until all the grains are coated. Add the lemon juice, vinegar, water and nutritional yeast. Slice and coat the chicken breast with the Lemon Ginger Curry on both sides and place on top of the rice. Sprinkle Sea Salt over the Chicken. Slice the dates and place on top of the chicken. Cover with a tight fitting cover or foil and bake for 35 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed and the chicken has an internal temperature of 175F. Salt and pepper to taste.
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Photo Credit: Julie T Cecchini