Keto, Whole30, Paleo, Low-Carb No matter what label you want to put on the front end, this Healthier Italian “Fried” Chicken is incredible! Pair it with Browned Butter Roasted Vegetables and you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven! 😍 Sear boneless/skinless chicken breasts on both sides then simmer in this Healthier Homemade Italian Dressing. Easy and crazy delicious! Jimmie’s not a huge fan of any kind of chicken, but he loves it this Healthier Italian “Fried” Chicken. I love knowing there are no preservatives or additives in this meal and it meets the guidelines for several different clean eating lifestyles.
During one of my woe-is-me bouts, one of my gal-pals said something that made abundant sense. If you can live your healthy eating lifestyle at least 80% of the time, you’re more likely to stick with it. Denying yourself every single “bad” food item ALL the time is impossible. Have that special treat on occasion, like once or twice a week. Just try not to dive head first into a giant vat of hot fudge sundae. That might be hard to recover from!
I watched a webinar from Dr. Axe on Adrenal/Cortisol Fatigue because I believe I suffer from it. After years of uncontrollable high blood pressure and debilitating anxiety/panic, in 2012, I was finally diagnosed with Primary Hyperaldosteronism. Since we know my adrenal glands are overproducing the hormone aldosterone, it’s reasonable to assume at least one of them is overproducing other hormones. I had an MRI done in 2012, and no tumor was found. My doctor believes inserting a catheter through the groin into each gland to measure the hormone output is too risky due to bleeding and possible blood clots. So no cure for me. Just four drugs to keep my blood pressure under control and try to help protect my kidneys from the effects of the excess aldosterone.
I believe there is a definite link between cortisol production and anxiety/panic.
I stopped drinking coffee in 2013 when I realized caffeine was contributing to the panic attacks. However, I still have attacks that left me unable to drive a car and make staying at home alone a challenge. UPDATE 2-19-2018: I’m now on Cymbalta and
Lexapro (UPDATE 10-15-2019: now Trintellix) and doing great! A side effect for me is lethargy so I’ve been able to return to coffee! Yay! And I’m finally overcoming several panic triggers such as driving and staying home alone. 🙂 But now gaining weight. 🙁
We’re working on developing a healthy living and eating lifestyle. I’m sure I’ll be able to whip up food so delicious, we won’t even notice it’s good for us! As I come up with new recipes for our old favorites, I’ll link the posts together so you can decide which version you’d like to try.
Healthier Italian “Fried” Chicken
I’ll still have to watch portion control. If you’re like me, when something tastes good, you want to keep eating it until you’re stuffed. Resist the temptation!
Created by Melissa Woolard | Culinary Craftiness
- 4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts, butterflied & cut through
- 2-3 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 cups Healthier Homemade Italian Dressing
- Salt & pepper
- Cut away as much fat as possible from the chicken breasts.
- Over medium-high, heat olive oil in a large frying pan (cast iron works great). Lightly salt and pepper chicken breast halves on both sides. Sear of every piece until nicely browned on both sides.
- Pour the homemade Italian dressing over all the seared breasts in the frying pan and turn to coat. Lower heat to a simmer and cook, turning occasionally, for 15-20 minutes.
- Serve with mashed cauliflower or roasted vegetables.
A word of warning to anyone embarking on a new diet – the more meat you eat, the more likely your cholesterol is to go up. I’m not as concerned with this as my doctor is. As far as I can tell, the old research on the effects of LDL could quite possibly harm your health. Do your own research and make informed decisions on what’s best for you!