Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Protein Packed Chicken Strips


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Happy New Year, everyone! I don't know about you, but January is always my healthiest month of the year. I have the most motivation, and without question have the easiest time reaching my health goals. To kick off 2019, I have a brand new low carb, high protein recipe: chicken strips. They are really good and I love the macros. They're also flour-free, and the "breading" sticks much better to the chicken than almond or coconut flour. With 63g protein per serving, they are super filling too! I highly recommend making these in the air fryer, but they can also be baked in the oven (or fried if you so desire)! If you need to reheat them, also use the air fryer or oven vs the microwave or they'll get soggy.

Ingredients:

2 bags Quest Nutrition Tortilla Style Nacho Cheese Protein Chips
3/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes (Note: this is not normal yeast you'd use for bread)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp pepper
2 eggs
1/4 cup water
2.5 pounds chicken breasts (roughly 6-7 chicken breasts)

Instructions:

1) Put the Quest protein chips and the nutritional yeast into a Ninja/Magic bullet and blend until they're crumbs.

2) Transfer the crumbs to a shallow bowl.

3) Add the seasonings (garlic powder, onion powder, salt, paprika and pepper) to the crumbs and stir well. 

4) In a separate shallow bowl, mix the eggs and water.

5) If using oven, pre-heat to 400 degrees. If pan frying chicken strips, heat up oil. If air frying, skip this step. (As noted at the top, I highly recommend air frying. They are best that way!).

6) Pound the chicken breasts to flatten them. 

7) Cut the chicken breasts into strips.

8) Dip both sides of the chicken strips in the egg wash, and then put in the crumbs and coat both sides. Shake off excess.

9) Repeat until all strips are coated.

10) Cook using your method of choice. I tried both oven and air fryer to be healthier, so if you prefer to fry them, you're on your own in terms of timing. In the air fryer, I cooked at 400 for 7 minutes on each side. In the oven, I cooked at 400 for 10 minutes on each side, and then flipped again for a final 2 minutes on the side they went in on. (Note: Air fryer tasted the best!).

11) Enjoy!

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