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Have you tried Tyson “Grilled and Ready” Chicken? I was given the opportunity to cook with Tyson “Grilled and Ready” chicken and to create a simple and yet healthy meal. I jumped at the challenge. Very seldom do I follow recipes 100%. In fact, when I have free time, one of my favorite things to do is to experiment and create healthier recipes in the kitchen. Eating and living healthy is important to my family so simple, fresh and healthy meals are a pivotal part of our lives.
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To prepare for this challenge, I headed to Walmart to purchase Tyson “Grilled and Ready” frozen chicken. I was impressed by the vast variety to choose from both in the refrigerated and frozen food sections. I opted to purchase the Tyson Fully Cooked Frozen Chicken Breast Fillets. I wanted to purchase full chicken breast fillets (versus chicken strips) because the fillets would be more versatile with my meal.
Once I headed home, I started thinking about an easy and yet healthy and summery meal I could create using my chicken. I decided to make Chicken with Lemon & Asparagus Rice. I know that both lemon and asparagus are plentiful in the summer and their flavors along with grilled chicken and rice would create a tasty and yet well rounded meal.
I gathered my ingredients for my meal. I prepared this recipe two ways – once with brown rice and once with whole grain risotto. My recipe below will be the same whether you use risotto or rice. If you are gluten free, make sure you use rice as risotto is actually a pasta and it includes gluten. (My pictures in this post show the risotto.)
This recipe does not involve too much prep work. The most work you will have to do is chop your asparagus, onion, peppers and lemon. And while you are chopping, preheat the oven to 375 for your chicken. Once your oven is preheated, pop a cookie tray with your chicken into the oven.
Meanwhile, start sautéing your onion and peppers. Then, add your rice (or risotto) and toast the grains until they turn a little brighter in color. Add the water, butter and lemon and then simmer until it is cooked. Once it is finished, add your asparagus and a little salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with cilantro, and it is done!
Once the chicken was finished cooking, I decided to chop the chicken into strips. However, you can keep the chicken in fillets as well. This is entirely up to you. I topped the Lemon & Asparagus Rice with the cut chicken strips.
This meal came out excellent. The Tyson “Grilled and Ready” Chicken was moist and it was perfectly seasoned and tasted like it had been grilled and not baked in my oven. The chicken went perfectly with the lemon asparagus rice. The lemony flavor was not overpowering and gave the meal a much lighter flavor. This was a perfectly well rounded meal in that it has the protein from the chicken, carbs from the rice or risotto and vitamins and nutrients from the asparagus and peppers. This was a hit in my house!
Chicken with Lemon & Asparagus Rice Recipe
1 T olive oil
½ Onion Diced (approximately ½ a cup)
1 cup Peppers Diced (I used a combination of red, yellow and orange peppers)
1 1/2 cups Rice or Risotto
3 cups water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 lemon slice (1 inch thick)
1 lb fresh asparagus (cut into thirds)
Salt & Pepper
Cilantro (for garnish)
1) Heat the oil in a saucepan. Saute onion and peppers until softened.
2) Add rice and toast for a couple of minutes.
3) Add water, butter and lemon slices and zest. Bring to a boil.
4) Reduce heat, simmer on low for approximately 25 minutes
5) In a separate pot (I often use a deep frying pan) steam asparagus in just a little water until the asparagus turns a brighter shade of green. (Approximately 4 minutes)
6) Drain asparagus once it is cooked.
7) When rice is completed cooking, season with salt & pepper, add cooked asparagus and garnish with cilantro.
8) Top rice with grilled chicken.
Recipe adapted from Food Network.com
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I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® and Tyson. #cbias #SocialFabric #GrilledAndReady” As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.