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Baked Skinless Chicken Breast in Chimichurri Sauce

healthy meal that you can easily prepare at home

Healthy meals can be easy and delicious just like this baked chicken breast. The aroma of the herbs from the Chimichurri sauce infused well on the meat that makes each bite flavourful. This recipe is definitely a keeper for me. Try it out ! 🙂

Chimichurri sauce was best made one day ahead to let all the flavour released in the oil and this recipe is adapted from Karina of Cafedelites.com. I just made some slight changes to suit my taste.

Ingredients

  • One piece of chicken breast about 210g
  • 3-4 tbs of chimichurri sauce (see recipe below)

Method

  • Butterfly cut the chicken breast
  • Place the chicken on an oven proofed ceramic dish and marinate the chicken with the sauce on both sides. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes
  • Bake it in a preheated oven at 180 degree celsius. Bake for 10 minutes then set to grill mode and bake for another 5 minutes. Make necessary adjustment according to your oven. As each oven’s heat works differently. If you have bigger piece of chicken, baking time needs to be a little longer. Do not over-bake, therefore increase the baking time little by little and check.
  • Can be serve with salad to have a complete meal

Chimichurri Sauce

Ingredients

  • a handful of finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 small chili (birds eye) – chopped
  • 1 big chili (deseeded) – chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground oregano
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Method

  • Add all the ingredients together and mix until well combined. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate.

Any unused chimichurri sauce can be refrigerated. I normally would keep it for a week.

Zuppa Toscana

Hearty Soup For Dinner

This is another soup that my family loves, it is loaded with Kale, bacon, potatoes and hot and spicy sausages. It is very easy to prepare and satisfying. The spiciness of the sausages just give an extra oomph to the soup. My family always goes for second serving hence I always make one big pot to satisfy their appetite. This recipe is about 8 big servings.

Ingredients

  • 1 big bunch kinky Kale (leaves only)
  • 200 ml cooking cream
  • 3L Chicken Broth
  • 300g bacon chopped to 2 inches size
  • 1 pack hot and spicy sausage (6 pcs) chopped( I used Johnsonville Brand)
  • 4 medium size potatoes (cube)
  • 1 1/2 medium size yellow onion (chopped)
  • 1 minced garlic bulb

Method

  • In medium high heat, cook the bacon until crisp using your pot or dutch oven, no need to add oil. Let the fat from bacon render out. Set aside the bacon. Leave only about 2 tablespoon of oil from the bacon
  • Add the sausages, cook for about 5 minutes, add in the garlic and yellow onion, cook until the onion is translucent. Stir the pot constantly.
  • Add the broth, followed by the potatoes
  • Bring the soup to boil, continue cooking for about 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft.
  • Add the bacon, followed by the kale. Cook until the kale softens.
  • Lower the heat, add the cream, and let it simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Serve the soup on a bowl, topped with some crispy bacon.