Chicken with Knorr White Sauce Mix

Do you LOVE creamy, rich tasting Italian dishes? Here’s a QUICK meal that gives you some of that rich, hearty flavor, but has fewer calories without using a lot of extra heavy cream, butter, or cheeses! If it’s quick and easy, there’s no excuse not to have a healthy meal! The two flavors of the “Knorr” sauce mixes that we like are “Garlic & Herb” (definitely our favorite) and the “Four Cheese”.

 

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Finished chicken with addional Green Peppers and Onions

Ingredients:

-“Knorr” Seasoning packet

-Milk

-Butter

-Chicken

Optional Additions:

-Whole wheat noodles

-Peppers (any color would work, I had green on hand)

-Onion

Directions:

Option 1) Easiest/Fastest Method: Cook only the chicken and the sauce. (Use sauce sparingly, don’t eat the whole sauce pan by yourself with a chicken breast! All the sauce feeds our family of 2 adults & 3 kids and sometimes we have extra) Pair it with some veggies or a salad and you’ve got a great meal!

Option 2) A little bit more time, but extra the flavor: (I start this before I start the chicken so I know the onions/peppers will be ready in time) Saute onions (stirring frequently so they don’t get too burnt or stuck to the pan) in Olive Oil over medium-high heat until clear, add in peppers, and continue to cook peppers and onions together until the onions have more brown coloring (caramelized).

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Caramelized Onions with Green Peppers

Option 3) Really you could skip the sauce and just eat the chicken with the onions/peppers too! Very yummy!

**Option 1 or 2 can be paired with whole wheat noodles. Just know this will add more calories, but they will also help fill you up more so you won’t be hungry for munchies later in the evening.

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Whole wheat noodles and Knorr seasoning

Chicken

-Trim chicken breasts of excess fat and fillet the chicken breasts. (Filleting the breasts will help them to cook faster and more evenly)

-Filleting a chicken breast: Place one hand on top of the chicken breast, pressing down, hold your fillet knife parallel to the cutting board and cut down, using a sawing motion, the length of the breast.

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filleted chicken breast - healthy dinner

-Season chicken evenly on both sides and press seasoning into chicken with your hand. I prefer to use a “McCormick Grill Mates Seasoning”. My favorite is “Roasted Garlic & Herb” or I will use “Montreal Chicken” (just use one, not both).

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-Spray pan with “Olive Oil” cooking spray OR 2-3 tsp of Olive Oil, turn it to medium heat.

-Place chicken in the pan with the lid on (I think this helps it to cook faster).

-You only want to flip your chicken over once. Everyone’s stove is different, so flip your chicken when it starts to look like this…

Time to flip your chicken

Time to flip your chicken

-Continue to cook chicken until it is cooked through and juices run clear.

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Sauce (it doesn’t take long to make, so I do this last)

-Follow the directions on the packet for the sauce, which are as follows:

The directions call for 1 1/2 C milk (we use skim milk) and 1 TB butter (we probably only use a 1/2 TB butter). In a small saucepan whisk the milk, butter, and seasoning mix together and bring to a boil, while stirring consistently. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened (about 3 minutes).

**Coincidentally I forgot to take a picture of the sauce! It’s just a white, creamy looking sauce and very delicious!


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