Chicken Dijon is traditionally cooked with a lot of butter and a lot of cream, which can translate into a lot of calories consumed by you.
I made some simple substitutions that didn’t take away from the flavor at all. I’m confident that you’ll agree. Here’s how you can make a healthier version of chicken Dijon:
- Chicken Dijon is normally cooked with refined white rice. I used quinoa instead. Quinoa is a seed that’s higher in fiber and contains way more vitamins and minerals than rice.
- Use real, whipped butter from grass-fed cows (I like the Organic Valley brand). Whipped butter is lower in fat and calories. And it’s real. Forget about the fake stuff. It’s loaded with artificial fillers and oils.
- Use 2 percent milk instead of cream. When you combine the milk with your butter and Dijon mustard in a pan, you can reduce the sauce down until it thickens to your liking. It tastes just like you used heavy cream without all the calories and guilt.
- Cook the chicken breasts with a Tablespoon of heart-healthy extra virgin olive oil (coconut oil is fine too).
The result is a delicious Chicken Dijon recipe that your friends/family won’t even realize is healthy. You get a dish that’s under 300 calories … and has 3.5 grams of fiber and 31 grams of protein. Pretty sweet, right?
Here’s the recipe …
|Prep Time||Cook Time||Serves|
|10 min||10 minutes||4|
Ingredients: Healthy Chicken Dijon Recipe
- 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 3 T whipped butter (I like Organic Valley)
- 2 T Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup 2% milk
- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water
- Black pepper (to taste)
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 T olive oil
1. Bring water to a boil in a small pot. Add quinoa, reduce heat to a simmer, and cover. Cook for about 12 minutes then drain and set aside.
2. Cook the chicken in a pan with the olive oil for 4-5 minutes/side.
3. Reduce heat to low and add milk, quinoa, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
4. Cook an additional 8-10 minutes until you’ve reduced the sauce to your liking.
299 calories, 10.5 g fat, 16 g carbs (3.5 g fiber), 31 g protein, 550 mg sodium