Monday, March 23, 2009

WW Chicken and Grapes

I am presenting another kind of strange ingredient combo: chicken and grapes! I was in search of some light recipes and came across this. We have a ton of grapes in our fridge from a big sale on them, and all of the other ingredients are staple stuff, so I figured I should at least try it...

The link is to the original recipe, and it is pretty good, but nothing spectacular (I did add basil, because just S&P seemed too plain!). I am going to write it out how I think a similar idea would be really really good:

hmm...maybe I should have considered a green garnish? Looking a little bland!!
Chicken and Grapes

original source: Weight Watchers Total Turnaround


2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 lbs total weight)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly gound pepper

1 t dried basil

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

1/2 pound seedless grapes, removed from the stem (or 1/2 cup raisins)

2 cups hot cooked brown rice (use chicken broth instead of water to cook your rice)
1/4 c toasted almonds
Rinse and dry the chicken breasts. Heat canola oil over medium heat in large nonstick skillet.

Season chicken with salt, basil, and pepper.Add chicken to the skillet and cook until browned on each side, approximately 5-7 minutes on each side.

Once browned, add chicken broth to the skillet bringing to a boil.Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer until chicken finishes cooking, about 12 minutes. Using your spatula, chop the chicken into smaller pieces (about 1 inch pieces).

Add grapes to skillet, cover and cook for 2 minutes. (do not overcook!) Once cooked, remove the chicken and grapes from the broth mixture, place on a platter and cover with foil to keep warm.

Bring the remaining broth to a boil and whisk in 2 T flour. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for about 3 minutes, until sauce has thickened up.

Spread rice on a serving platter. Top with chicken and grapes, then with pan sauce. Top with toasted almonds and serve.

Servings: 4
And if you've made it this far...I have to say that those burritos are awesome for lunch! I took one out of the freezer this morning and it was thawed by lunchtime, pop into the microwave for a couple minutes and I have a homemade lunch! It kept me full for about 6 hours with all those beans and sweet potatoes!