Featured Recipe: Almond Chicken with Orange Honey Sauce with Garlic Zucchini and Grape Tomatoes


Copyright Linda Gassenheimer

Almonds and honey flavor chicken cutlets for this quick dinner. Boneless, skinless chicken cutlets found in most supermarkets are about 1/2-inch thick. They cook in just 4 to 5 minutes.  To keep them juicy and flavorful a sauce made with orange juice and thickened with honey coats the chicken.  You can also use boneless, skinless chicken breasts and flatten them with a meat bat or the bottom of a heavy pan to 1/2-inch thick.  The chicken is cooked when a meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees.

A colorful side dish of zucchini and grape tomatoes tossed in olive oil and garlic completes the meal. It can be made quickly and easily in the microwave.  I’ve also given directions for a stove-top method.

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Almond Chicken with Orange Honey Sauce

Almonds and honey flavor chicken cutlets for this quick dinner. Boneless, skinless chicken cutlets found in most supermarkets are about 1/2-inch thick. They cook in just 4 to 5 minutes.  To keep them juicy and flavorful a sauce made with orange juice and thickened with honey coats the chicken.  You can also use boneless, skinless chicken breasts and flatten them with a meat bat or the bottom of a heavy pan to 1/2-inch thick.  The chicken is cooked when a meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees.

A colorful side dish of zucchini and grape tomatoes tossed in olive oil and garlic completes the meal. It can be made quickly and easily in the microwave.  I’ve also given directions for a stove-top method.

GARLIC ZUCCHINI AND GRAPE TOMATOES

1/2 pound zucchini (about 2 1/4-cups)

1 teaspoon minced garlic

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 cup grape tomatoes

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Wash zucchini and cut into strips about 1/2-inch thick and 2-inchs long. Place in a microwave-safe bowl and add the garlic.  Cover with a plate or plastic wrap and microwave on high 2 minutes.  Remove and add the olive oil, tomatoes and salt and pepper to taste.  Cover again and let the tomatoes warm in the bowl while you prepare the chicken. Makes 2 servings.

Stove-top method

Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the garlic and zucchini.  Sauté 3 minutes.  Add the tomatoes and sauté another 2 minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Makes 2 servings.

 

Nutrition Information

Almond Chicken with Orange Honey Sauce: Per serving: 485 calories (27 percent from fat), 14.8 g fat (2.2 g saturated, 7.8 g monounsaturated), 108 mg cholesterol, 42.3 g protein, 46.3 g carbohydrates, 3.3g fiber, 312 mg sodium. GARLIC ZUCCHINI AND GRAPE TOMATOES: Per serving: 80 calories (56 percent from fat), 4.9 g fat (0.7 g saturated, 3.4 g monounsaturated), no cholesterol, 2.5 g protein, 8.7 g carbohydrates, 2.5 g fiber, 18 mg sodium.

Shopping List

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for Dinner in Minutes.

To buy: 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken cutlets, 1 bottle crushed red pepper, 1 small container orange juice, 1 small bottle honey, 1 package sliced almonds, 1 loaf whole grain country bread, 1/2 pound zucchini and 1 package grape tomatoes.

Staples: Cornstarch, olive oil, minced garlic, salt and black peppercorns.

 

Helpful Hints

  • To shorten preparation time, slice the zucchini instead of cutting into strips.
  • Two crushed garlic cloves can be used instead of minced garlic.

Countdown:

  • Prepare ingredients.
  • Make zucchini and tomatoes and set aside.
  • Make chicken.