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July 2014

Chicken Broccoli Bake

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Helloooooo! So I am actively trying to post more dinner / main dishes cause I know that what most people struggle with is the day-to-day stuff. Making treats and fancy pancy breakfasts, and all that jazz, is all well and good… but when you come home to steamed chicken and beans in the evening, all of the paleo brownies in the world will not make it better. So during the next couple weeks I am gonna try and bring you a bunch of awesome dinner options that are relatively cheap & easy so that it makes it plausible to make them often during the week (on a school night!) and doesn’t break your bank account!

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So this one is almost a one-dish-wonder – you could use only one dish but just to make sure that the saucey part is properly mixed before adding to the roasting dish you do need to get a bowl dirty. AND this dish is super great for dinner cause it has almost ZERO carb content (except for the teensy bit of honey) so for those focusing on weight loss its really great for a night-time meal. Plus its literally a twist (a delicious twist) on the extremely healthy (possibly boring) chicken and broccoli dish! – The chicken and broccoli is cooked by poaching in the sauce – so there is no frying and no fat from oils! Talk about HEALTHY! ;) 

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Chicken Broccoli Bake
Serves 6
A paleo take on a traditional winter dish :)
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 head of broccoli
  2. 1 pack chicken breasts (roughly 400gr)
  3. 2 cans chopped tomatoes
  4. 1 can tomato paste or puree
  5. 165ml coconut milk (I used the little can)
  6. 4 tbs olives
  7. salt & pepper
  8. 1 tbs honey
  9. 2 tbs basil
  10. 1 tbs oregano
  11. handful ground almonds (to top)
  12. handful desiccated coconut (to top)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180° C
  2. Chop up the broccoli and chicken into chunky pieces
  3. Using a large roasting dish put one layer of chicken, one layer of broccoli and repeat till your chicken & broccoli is finished
  4. In a mixing bowl, mix together your canned tomato, herbs, honey, olives and coconut milk
  5. Pour the mixture over your chicken & broccoli
  6. Top with ground almonds and cocoonut
  7. Bake for 50 minutes (or until your chicken is cooked through - just find a little piece to check that it's not pink in the middle!)
Notes
  1. I served mine with a baked sweet potato for a paleo version and with couscous for those non-paleo types :)
  2. Serves 6 - 8 people depending how hungry everyone is ;)
  3. Keeps well in the fridge for up to 4 days (this is the longest I have kept it for before finishing it all ;) )
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