Loving the BITE: Easy Tasty Raspberry Chicken to Keep Your Muscles in Recovery Mode

raspvinchickenNeed a quick, healthy dinner idea? Who doesn’t? Between work, training, family, the commute, and any other responsibilities, most cyclists have little time for cooking and often are tempted by eating out or buying boxed meals at the store.

But, this is not always the best answer.  Convenience foods and most fast foods have a bad reputation for many good reasons…if your dinner comes out of a box or bag, it is likely be higher in sodium, lower in protein, and full of all sorts of ingredients you’d never add, and never want to add, at home.  So why eat them?  Usually, it all comes down to time (and lack thereof).

This week, we’ll prepare a chicken dish in no time at all.  If you’ve trained earlier in the day, it will help your body continue to repair and rebuild muscle mass instead of burning it or allowing it to burn or neglect their repair.  We’ll keep it “Light at Night” for anyone wanting to get leaner while getting stronger.  It will take some thinking ahead, but only requires very little prep time.  In fact, beyond this easy recipe, I’ll give you an almost-homemade delicious raspberry vinaigrette that will turn many dinners into something to talk about.

Recipe of the Week: Tasty Raspberry vinaigrette Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. organic (if possible) chicken breasts or thighs
  • 8 oz. Bragg’s Organic Braggberry Dressing (see below)*raspvinchicken
  • 1/4 cup olive oil*
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt*
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Mix Bragg’s dressing, olive oil, and sea salt in large baggie or dish.  Mix well.  Add Chicken.  Marinate for 3-24 hours. Can also place in freezer for future use.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit or preheat grill.
  3. To bake: Place chicken mix in baking dish (can place foil in baking dish for easy clean up). Depending on chicken cut, cook for 35-45 minutes until cooked through.  If cooking thighs, make sure they are split and flattened down as much as possible.
  4. To Grill: Place chicken on a hot grill and cook 5-8 minutes each side until cooked through.
  5. Serve over a salad or on the side of vegetable.  Salt and Pepper to taste.  I used a plate full of greens and broccoli, 1 Tbsp. toasted pecans, 2 Tbsp. goat cheese, and 2 small chicken thighs with an extra drizzle of dressing as prepared below in the bonus recipe.
  6. If you cannot find Bragg’s Organic Braggberry Dressing, replace the dressing, oil, and salt with a high-quality (preferably soybean-oil-free) raspberry vinaigrette.

Comments:

I’ve been on the attack.  Lately, I’m finding very few condiments and convenience foods that I can recommend.  Sure, there are a few brands of frozen dishes and condiment sauces that are reasonable in terms of ingredients.  But often, you’ll still lose out on the quality of ingredients, the amount of protein, or added ingredients that you simply don’t want.

Instead of continuing to steer you away from the grocery store aisles, however, I’m happy to recommend one brand of vinaigrette this week.

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