This simple low carb/keto chicken dinner is so delicious and can be on the table in 30 minutes. It has a creamy spinach sauce to serve over your seasoned chicken breast and it's even yummier topped with a sprinkling of my "Nut & Seed Parmesan" (recipe HERE).
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Season the chicken breast with smoked paprika, salt and pepper.
Add the oil to a large frying pan with sides and place over medium-hot heat. Once the pan is hot, add the chicken and cook for 8 - 10 minutes, turning over halfway through. Both sides should be golden brown and the chicken is no longer pink in the centre, then remove to a plate and set aside.
Add the sliced spring onions to the pan with a little more oil if needed and cook for 1 minute. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
Pour in the water and add the chicken bone broth powder or paste (see broth notes below) and the coconut cream. Bring to a simmer then place the chicken back into the pan. Allow the chicken to simmer in the sauce for 10 minutes.
Stir through the spinach leaves and cherry tomatoes to allow the spinach to wilt and the tomatoes to heat through, approximately 1 - 2 minutes.
Serve the chicken on individual plates and spoon over the creamy spinach sauce or place the pan on the table and let people serve themselves. Add a salad or steamed vegetables. Garnish with sliced green tops from the spring onions. Optional, sprinkle your chicken dinner with my "Nut & Seed Parmesan Sprinkle", recipe HERE.
Chicken Broth Notes: I used 1/2 cup of filtered water and 3 tsp of dehydrated chicken bone broth powder (Nutra Organics brand). You can also use 1 tsp of organic concentrated chicken broth paste with 1/2 cup water. I also tested this recipe with liquid broth but the sauce wasn't as tasty but that doesn't mean you can't use it, just add some extra salt and pepper or seasonings.
Choose grass-fed, free-range chicken breast and organic if available. Chicken is a meat that gets injected with hormones to plumb it up, shop carefully. A good source of protein.
Paprika is a relative of the chili pepper. Smoked paprika is used to add a sweet mildly spicy flavour to dishes and it adds a warm natural colour. Use organic smoked paprika, my favourite brands are Simply Organic or Frontier (I purchase online at iherb).
Organic unbleached, unrefined organic Celtic sea salt or pink Himalayan salt is my salt of choice as these contain healthy minerals and trace elements that our body needs. Regular table salt has been bleached, refined and processed leaving minimal health benefits. If you choose to use regular table salt in my recipes you will need to reduce the quantity or the end result will be to salty.
Black and white pepper both come from the fruit of a tropical vine. Black pepper is the cooked and dried unripe fruit, know as a peppercorn and white pepper is from the ripe fruit seed. Pepper is usually coupled with salt, sprinkled over or added to food.
The olive fruit of the olive tree is pressed and crushed to released the oil. Healthy fats like olive oil are essential for brain function and to transport vitamins and minerals throughout our bodies. This is a delicious oil to drizzled over salads and vegetables.
Other names for spring onion are scallion or green onion. They have hollow green leaves and a small root bulb and can be eaten raw or cooked. The green tops are also used sliced or chopped as a garnish. The green tops are a good source of vitamin C and beta carotene.
Garlic is a close relative to the onion and has been used throughout history for both medicinal and culinary purposes. In most of my recipes I use minced garlic as I find it distributes better throughout the dish. When in a hurry I use organic minced garlic which I purchase in glass jars and store in the fridge. When garlic powder is needed for a particular recipe, I use 'Simply Organic' brand. Why is garlic so good for us? It is an immune booster, antibiotic, good for the heart, cancer fighter and it's also knew as a weight loss aid (appetite suppressant).
I feel it's much better for our health if we filter our water. Our tap water contains disinfectants, chlorine and chloramine. Also floride is add which I believe is toxin to our bodies.
Dehydrated chicken bone broth powder is a great option for when a small amount of broth is required or when extra flavour needs to be added to a dish. Add 3 teaspoons of powder to 250ml of boiling water or add the powder directly to a pot of simmering soup or stew to add extra nutrients and flavour. I use the Nutra Organics brand or Broth of Life.
I use this extensively throughout my recipes; from soups to dinners to desserts and cakes. I think it is the best dairy-free alternative. It gives so much flavour and creaminess to a wide variety of dishes. When purchasing in the can read your labels, even some organic brands contain gums and thickeners, choose full-fat not low-fat versions. I use Honest To Goodness organic cream 400ml and Ayam which isn't organic but has no additives or thickeners and is much creamier and thicker than other brands (that's why I love it), it comes in 400ml, 270ml and 140ml size cans.
I use English baby spinach leaves in my recipes. This more modern variety of spinach is more tender than older varieties and has small flat leaves. They can be eaten raw or lightly cooked. Spinach is a powerhouse food, it contains vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients. Spinach is low in carbs but high in insoluble fibre and may improve eye health, and help prevent heart disease and cancer.
The tomato is a fruit but is much lower in sugar content than other fruits so it is typically eaten raw in salads and cooked in many dish and sauces from around the world. The tomato belongs to the nightshade family. Tomatoes contain carotene lycopene, one of the most powerful natural antioxidants.
My Nut & Seed Parmesan is a paleo/dairy-free replacement for parmesan cheese. It has a tasty cheezy flavour from the nutritional yeast flakes (aka savoury flakes). It's delicious sprinkled over salads, vegetables or meat dishes, add just before serving. The ingredients are raw cashews, sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast flakes, dehydrated chicken broth powder and sea salt. You can find the recipe HERE.