recipe: low-calorie lemon chicken in parchment paper
I have a really good recipe for you today! I have some post-natal women looking to drop some baby weight and the diet is often the hardest thing to clean up. Between breastfeeding, lack of sleep, and the former “eating for two” mentality, the old habits are tough to break.
This recipe is perfect for ANYONE looking to eat clean and keep calories low. It doesn’t have any oil or added fats, just lean chicken breast, lemon, and whatever spices you want. You’re literally only dealing with the calories of the chicken, and the flavor is fresh and zesty.
I used to cook this chicken a lot when I lived on my own in NYC, back when my husband wasn’t around to touch the raw chicken (my least favorite hobby). I’d slice open the package, spike the chicken with a fork, and drop it on the parchment paper. No touching the nasty stuff OR cleaning raw chicken off knives or baking sheets!
Aside from using this dish to avoid touching raw chicken, you can use this recipe for dropping pounds or just eating lighter. You’ll love it, I promise!
- boneless chicken breast
- slices of lemon
- any spices, I prefer salt, pepper, oregano, and/or basil (never tried red pepper flakes, could be awesome?)
- parchment paper
Cut a slice of parchment paper, about 12″ x 12″.
Bake in the oven, either at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes or 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes. This is basically two options: crunched for time vs. slow and steady. I’ve done both–the 425 degrees makes the paper kind of brown and crisp, and the 350 degrees keeps the browning at bay. Both chicken pieces come out juicy and tasty!