It’s been hard, but I’ve been trying to eat healthier. One of the hardest foods to avoid is fried chicken. Well, fried anything to be honest with you. My wife and I have been on the 21-Day Fix diet plan by BeachBody. So far, I’ve lost about 20-some pounds using their eat clean, exercise, and watch portion system. Since I started watching what I’m eating and exercising, I’ve lost close to 40-pounds. Beside using the BeachBody system, there was also a stomach flu in there too that cause me to drop a few pounds.
I feel great. And after exercising I hate to put junk food into my body. Though I don’t consider fried chicken or pizza junk, I have cut back on eating them and it shows. I’ve never really been a big sweets eater anyway so that hasn’t been a problem. One of my biggest challenges, besides the leg day workout, is avoiding my bowl of chips and dip every night. Nights are my toughest – especially after working late.
But eating clean and eating healthy doesn’t mean having to eat bland food. So, to get a meal that has some crunch, I put together a healthier alternative to fried chicken, one of my family’s newest favorite dinner: Spicy Oven Chicken! This recipe offers a great crunch and a great combination of flavors. I’ve eaten the chicken like how it’s in the photos – by itself with veggies – and also served over spaghetti noodles and topped with sauce and mozzarella cheese. For leftovers, I like to slice the chicken up and add it to a chopped salad.
If you are using the 21-Day Fix diet, let me know how you’re doing the comment section below. To calculate this meal, for each serving, it’s 1 RED, 1 YELLOW. That’s it. Keep checking back as I add more and more 21-Day Fix meals – including a great pizza!
1 lbs boneless chicken breast
1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1 tsp Creole seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp ground thyme
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
In a small bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs along with all of the spices.
Dredge the chicken pieces into the breadcrumb mixture; make sure each piece is well coated. Place the coated chicken onto a wire rack that’s on top of a baking sheet.
Place the chicken in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, flip each piece and return to the oven for an additional 15 minutes; or until the chicken is fully cooked through.
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