Can I still post about meat on a Friday during Lent? I hope so, because I made this amazing chicken dish for dinner this week and you guys need the recipe. It was quick, easy and fabulous! This has comfort food written all over it, but replaces some of the usual ingredients found in comfort foods with healthy alternatives. For example, a recipe like this might require the use of Cream of Mushroom soup, which is high in sodium. Instead, this recipe uses real mushrooms and coconut milk to achieve a similar (and much better) result.
Maple Dijon Chicken with Bacon
Adapted from Wholesomelicious
- 4 slices of bacon
- 1.5 lbs chicken breasts
- 1 cup sliced leeks
- 12 oz sliced mushrooms
- 1 14 oz can coconut milk
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 3 tbsp dijon mustard
- Cook the bacon on medium-high heat until crispy. With a slotted spoon, remove the bacon from the skillet and set aside. Reserve about a tablespoon of bacon grease in the pan. I pour the extra grease into a Pyrex measuring cup and use it to cook other parts of my meal.
- Dry the chicken with a paper towel, and season with salt and pepper. Place the chicken in the skillet and cook 3-4 minutes per side (depending on the thickness of the chicken). Do not cook all the way through. Remove chicken from pan, but keep pan hot.
- Add a splash of bacon grease (or coconut oil) if the pan is dry, and add the mushrooms and leeks. Saute for 5-6 minutes, or until mushrooms are fragrant and leeks are softened. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper to taste.
- Crumble the bacon into small pieces and return to the pan with mushrooms. Add chicken and coconut milk, stir to combine.
- In a small bowl, whisk together dijon and maple syrup. Pour mixture into the pan and continue to whisk until well combined.
- Simmer for 8-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
I just served this with a side of sauteed brussels sprouts – I quartered them and sauteed them in a little bit of the reserved bacon grease and seasoned them with salt and pepper. You could also serve this over zoodles, spaghetti squash, or brown rice. Even my non-Paleoish husband agreed!
What’s your favorite go-to comfort food?