I am combing through all my eating healthier cookbooks these days, looking for some dinnertime inspiration. Straight outta the diet books of the same name circa 2004, I’ve adapted this South Beach recipe to suit my tastes, and fit into a weeknight dinner to serve a family of 6.
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For a very "clean" very healthy dish that feels super indulgent, try this saucy Chicken Mole I adapted from the South Beach Diet Cookbook.
- 4 split and boned chicken breasts, sliced in half, to get 8
- 1 Tbsp. oil
- 1 large white onion, chopped
- 1 cup chopped sweet peppers (green or red)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp. ground chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
- 1 cup grape tomatoes
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- *2 scallions chopped for garnish
- To a large skillet, heated to medium, add the oil.
- Brown the chicken on both sides and remove to a place.
- To the same pan, add the vegetables and cook until the onion is translucent.
- Add the chili powder, cinnamon and clove. Cook one minute.
- Add the tomatoes and water, scraping the bottom of the pan.
- Add the peanut butter and cocoa powder. Stir.
- Add the chicken back to the pan, and cover to simmer. Continue to cook, stirring every few minutes, for about 25 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked. Serve.
- *Optional: For serving, garnish with the scallions.
The original recipe called for one can of diced tomatoes, which I subbed fresh tomatoes and added water. I reduced the cloves from 1/2 tsp. to 1/4 as I find them very strong flavored. I also like larger chicken cuts instead of tenders, but this is just as easily changed to suit your tastes.
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The original recipe if from the orange version of the book that you can find on Amazon (affiliate link) or any used bookstore I’d bet! I love that it feels really indulgent, but it is super healthy and easy enough to adapt for my kiddos. I served it with steamed green zucchini and some brown rice, but I would be mashed cauliflower would be great to soak up all that sauce!
Enjoy and best of health in 2017!