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! 😍Boneless-skinless chicken breasts are seared on both sides then simmered 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 way. I love knowing there are no preservatives or additives in this meal and it meets the guidelines for several different clean eating lifestyles.
I’m a fan of Dr. Axe’s Adrenal Fatigue diet, the basic premise of Whole30, and was living Paleo for part of 2015-2016. What I discovered is, denying myself every single guilty pleasure every single day is exhausting and unrealistic. During one of my woe-is-me bouts, one of my BFFs 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 lost about 20 lbs. eating Paleo, but it was extremely difficult to maintain while still cooking regular food for my family. They didn’t want to erase all grains from their diet and I was desperately yearning for rice and dairy. I switched to counting calories and found it so much easier to stay on the dieting wagon. I could then eat whatever I wanted, but it all had to add up to about 1200 calories a day. I still avoid wheat, oats, beans, etc., but added rice and small amounts of dairy back in to my diet. We switched from 1% to whole milk, only use real butter (organic when I can find it on sale), and never use vegetable oils such as canola or corn. With the help of daily laps and water aerobic workouts when the pool is warm and a recumbent exercise bike during cooler weather, I was able to lose another 25 lbs. But then we went home last October for my brother’s wedding and from that point on I’ve struggled to vigilantly measure my caloric intake.
Fast forward to one day last week when 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 Aldosteronism. 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 take nothing for the anxiety/panic.
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 have left me unable to drive a car and make staying at home alone a challenge.
I’ve surmised my adrenals are screwed up from years and years of junk food snacking and using overly processed ingredients in my cooking/baking. It’s past time to work on repairing the damage. And this time, I’m dragging my family along with me on this healthy living and eating lifestyle. It can’t possibly be bad for them and I’m sure I’ll be able to whip up food so delicious, they won’t even notice it’s good for them! 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.
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!
Now, I’m pretty sure butter isn’t actually allowed on the Paleo diet. I’m sorry you can’t have the Browned Butter Roasted Vegetables. 😞 You can toss them with olive oil and they’ll still be great, but not half as divine as what’s pictured. 😋
Homemade Italian Dressing “Fried” Chicken
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.
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.