Thursday, May 2, 2013

Paleo Lemon & Dill Chicken (with Cauliflower Rice)

This is another one of those Pinterest-inspired meals- I found it there and it looked really good!  It was almost totally Paleo already, just had to swap out the flour that this recipe used as a thickener for the sauce.  A few days back I bought some arrowroot powder, which can be used like corn starch or flour, so I figured it would work out well as a substitute for flour. It definitely worked, and this meal turned out delicious!  Here is what I did:

Paleo Lemon & Dill Chicken
(serves 2-4)
  • 2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1 per person)
  • salt & pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1/4 onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 c chicken broth
  • 2 t arrowroot powder
  • 2 T fresh dill, chopped (or 1 T dried dill)
  • 1 T lemon juice
Heat a large skillet over medium-high, and pour in about 1/2 T olive oil.  Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt & pepper. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken to the pan and brown on both sides, about 3-5 minutes per side.  Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.  Reduce the heat under the pan to medium and add another 1/2 T olive oil.  Add onion and garlic and saute for about 3 minutes until cooked.  In a measuring cup, combine chicken broth, lemon juice, and dill.  Pour the mixture into the pan and whisk/stir around for a few minutes, until bubbly.  Add the arrowroot powder and stir for a few more minutes until it thickens.  Return the chicken to the pan, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, at least 5 minutes. 

Before you serve, taste the sauce and season with additional salt & pepper if desired.  To serve, plate the chicken and pour some sauce over top.  Garnish each breast with extra dill.

I served this chicken with cauliflower rice and peas (officially NOT Paleo- oops!), but it would also be great with asparagus or green beans.  It was light and refreshing and is a nice spring/summertime meal (even though it was actually snowing in May when I made this...).  I hope you will try it out and enjoy!

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