Hibachi Style Chicken with Fried Rice, Gluten Free and Low Sodium

Mr. Cucina and I have a long-standing tradition of going out for Hibachi on Halloween night.  We did this every Halloween for over 20 years!  When I was diagnosed with Celiac disease, we even found a Hibachi restaurant that would prepare my meal gluten free, and the tradition continued.  Lately though, with additional dietary restrictions in our house (low sodium diet) along with not wanting to be in crowded restaurants, things are different.  We tend to stay home more, but I haven’t given up on our Hibachi dinner!

Asian inspired meals are among our favorites, and while I have had no problem adapting my recipes to a gluten free version, they still had quite a bit of salt.

So, in this recipe, I’m using Coconut Aminos, a staple in my gluten free pantry.

What exactly are coconut aminos?  A soy free alternative to soy sauce, coconut aminos are made with coconut tree sap and salt.  A savory seasoning with a salty, umami flavor profile it contains far less sodium than traditional soy sauce or tamari.  In fact, I was shocked to find that a tablespoon of coconut aminos had 1/10th the sodium of tamari!  A huge difference.

The meal was delicious, gluten free and husband approved.

4 servings

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Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. boneless chicken breast
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables such as peas, carrots, onions, celery, mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 tsp. toasted sesame oil, divided
  • 4 tbsp. Coconut Aminos, divided
  • 1 tsp. Tamari
  • 1/4 cup gluten free chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp. powdered ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch

For the rice

  • 3/4 cup long grain brown rice
  • 1 cup gluten free broth (chicken or vegetable)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp. seasoned salt

For the egg

  • 1 egg + 1 tbsp. water
  • cooking spray

Preparation:

First make the rice.  You can do this ahead of time, in fact it will be better if you make the rice a day ahead and refrigerate.  Cook the rice according to package directions either stove top or in a rice cooker.

Next, whisk together the chicken broth, garlic powder, ginger and cornstarch.  Dice the chicken into 1″ cubes and toss with 1 tbsp. coconut aminos and 1 tsp. tamari.  Cut the vegetables into small dice (if using frozen vegetables, thaw them while you make the rest of the dish).

Coat a large, nonstick skillet with cooking spray over medium low heat.  Scramble the egg, chop into small pieces and set aside.

Add 1 tbsp. olive oil and 1 tsp. sesame oil to the skillet.  Add the diced chicken and begin browning.

Turn to finish cooking through.

Transfer the chicken to a bowl and keep warm.  Add the veggies to the skillet with 1 tsp. sesame oil and 1 tbsp. coconut aminos.

When the veggies are crisp tender add back the chicken.  Pour in the chicken broth mixture, stirring and tossing to combine until the liquid thickens.

Finish with 1 tbsp. coconut aminos and transfer to a serving dish.  Leave a few veggies in the pan to toss with the rice.

Finally, add the cooked rice to the skillet with 1 tbsp. coconut aminos and 1 tsp. sesame oil and stir to heat through.  Add back the cooked egg and this meal is ready!

Dinner is served, gluten free and low sodium!

Notes ♪♫ I use long grain brown rice in most of my recipes.  It does take longer to cook but I much prefer the flavor and texture of the whole grain rice, not to mention a bit more fiber!

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Gluten Free Tex-Mex Chicken Thighs

I’m really loving this Tex-Mex style chicken.  Made with just a few pantry staples, it’s so easy to put together!  Slow cooked on low heat, the chicken came out tender and juicy.  The homemade Mexican spice blend gives the dish it’s bold flavor, and you can as much or as little as you like.

4 Servings

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Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 tsp. Mexican spice blend (use more or less to taste)
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 3/4 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup canned fire roasted diced tomatoes with their juice
  • 1 cup cooked white rice, for serving
  • fresh chives or cilantro for garnish

Preparation:

Brush the chicken thighs with olive oil and sprinkle seasoning on both sides.  Coat an oven safe skillet, braising pan or Dutch oven with cooking spray and arrange the thighs in a single layer.

Pour the tomatoes over the chicken and sprinkle more seasoning.  Cover and bake for 45 minutes at 300º.

Turn the chicken over, add the beans and corn, cover and bake for an additional 45 minutes.

This casual dinner comes to the table right in the pan.  Garnish with chives or cilantro.

I made a side of white rice to go with the meal.  To serve, divide the rice into 4 plates.  Top each with one chicken thigh and spoon the corn and beans over the chicken along with extra pan juices.

Notes ♪♫ Always check canned and frozen vegetables for gluten containing ingredients or possible cross contamination.  Feel free to use a prepared Taco seasoning mix, as there are many great brands out there that are gluten free.  I opted make my own to control the sodium content.

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Favorite Mexican Grilled Chicken

Favorite Mexican Grilled Chicken

We haven’t been out to dinner much lately.  Even with restrictions lifted I’m still leery of crowded venues, and for now we are sticking to places with outdoor dining.  There is a local Mexican restaurant that I’m especially missing.  Not dedicated gluten free but they always made sure that I had a safe basic meal of grilled chicken, rice and veggies.  With such easily available ingredients it was high time that I recreated this favorite at home.

Grilled chicken is a no brainer.  So what makes it Mexican?  To me that flavor profile starts with Chipotle Chile, cumin, onion, oregano, cilantro and lime…  The entire meal echos these flavors.  Get my Mexican Spice Blend here.

2 Servings

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Ingredients:

  • 14 oz. boneless chicken breast
  • Zucchini and summer squash, diced
  • 1/4 cup sweet corn
  • 2 tbsp. shallots, minced
  • Olive oil
  • Mexican seasoning
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish

Preparation:

Butterfly the chicken breast by slicing through the center horizontally, cutting almost to the other side and opening it up like a heart.  Place between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and pound to an even ½” thickness.

Brush the chicken with olive oil and season with Chipotle seasoning.  Let it stand at room temperature for 15 minutes, then heat a grill pan with olive oil on medium low, and add the chicken.

Cook 5 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165º.  Squeeze lime juice over the chicken and transfer to a serving dish.  Garnish with fresh cilantro and keep warm.

Add the zucchini, summer squash, corn and shallots to a hot skillet coated with olive oil, sprinkle with seasoning and a squeeze of lime juice.  Cook just a few minutes until crisp tender.

Serve with Cilantro Lime Rice, and Tomatillo Sauce (salsa verde) for dipping.

Thanks for visiting today and be sure and check all my Cinco de Mayo recipes!

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Skillet Chicken and Penne

Before I was diagnosed with Celiac disease, easy skillet meals like this were my go-to for busy weeknights.  There was a time when I thought I would never enjoy meals like this again, but little did I know!  Delicious gluten free pasta and breadcrumbs are widely available so today I can still enjoy some of my old favorites.  I love that this dinner can be pulled together in a hurry.  It’s such a versatile recipe, you can substitute whatever veggies you have on hand, even leftover or frozen veggies will work.

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Ingredients:

Preparation:

Boil a pot of salted water for the pasta.  Cut the chicken into cubes.  Place in a bowl and toss with breadcrumbs to coat evenly.  Cook the chicken in a large, nonstick skillet with olive oil.  Turn to brown all sides.  When cooked through, remove and keep warm.

Keep the veggies separated.  The carrots will take longest to cook, while the zucchini will only need a few minutes.  Toss the veggies with olive oil, salt and pepper before adding to the skillet.  Add the carrots in first.

Cook the pasta to 1 minute less than package directions.  While the pasta cooks, finish the veggies.  Add the onions and bell peppers next.  With 5 minutes left for the pasta to finish, add the zucchini.

Add the chicken back to the skillet with the veggies, toss well and add a splash of white wine.  Let it reduce, then add 1/4 cup of chicken broth.

Drain the pasta and add it to the skillet with a little reserved pasta water if needed.  Finish cooking 1 minute longer, tossing together to blend the flavors.

Transfer to a serving platter, finish with grated cheese and garnish with Italian parsley.  Serve with more grated cheese.

Notes ♪♫ I used Rummo gluten free penne in this recipe, it’s a rice and corn blend with great taste and texture.  If you’re missing the “chew” of wheat pasta, give it a try!

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Whole Roast Chicken

Everyone loves a traditional roast chicken dinner.  Roasting a whole chicken is easy and makes a beautiful presentation.  Learn how to prepare a bird that is crisp on the outside, moist and juicy on the inside.  Lemon, garlic and fresh herbs star in this family favorite.

Ingredients:

  • 6 pound roasting chicken
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 lemons, zested
  • several sprigs of fresh rosemary and thyme
  • 1 whole head of garlic
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 large onion
  • cooking spray

Preparation:

Wash and dry the lemons and herbs.  Zest both lemons, and cut in half.  Peel the garlic cloves and slowly warm them in the olive oil over lowest possible heat.  A simmer mat is great for this application.  Turn the cloves every 10 minutes until they are soft and lightly browned.

Leave the butter standing at room temperature until softened.  Mince half of the rosemary and thyme and add to the butter along with the lemon zest.

Preheat the oven to 425º.  Remove the giblets packet from the chicken.  Rinse the chicken, inside and out and pat dry.

Mist a large roasting pan with cooking spray and set the chicken breast side up.  Fit as many pieces of lemon as you can into the cavity of the chicken, along with the garlic cloves and remaining rosemary and thyme sprigs.

Rub the butter mixture all over the chicken, be sure to coat the wings and legs.  Tie the legs together.  Quarter the onion and tuck slices under the chicken, along with any extra pieces of lemon.

Roast uncovered for 1-1/2 hours, or until a thermometer inserted into the thigh registers 165º.

The skin should be nicely browned.  Let it rest 10 minutes before carving.

Can you see how moist the meat is?  We had a great dinner, with leftovers for several more meals.  The remnants went into the crock-pot for soup.

Not only was this a wonderful dinner, but you can see what a value the chicken was!  Many servings, nothing wasted.

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Gluten Free Chicken Stir Fry

Stir fry meals are one of my weeknight favorites.  My go-to recipe is very forgiving, so you can change up the meat, veggies and noodles to suit your taste or use up what’s in your pantry.  Today I’m using boneless chicken breast which I always have on hand, along with fresh veggies and gluten free pasta twists.

4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. boneless chicken breast, cubed
  • 2 tbsp. olive or canola oil, divided
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil, divided
  • powdered ginger
  • garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup gluten free chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp. corn starch
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • gluten free soy sauce, to taste
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced diagonally
  • 1 celery stalk, sliced
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, thin sliced
  • 3 shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup cauliflower, cut into 1/2″ dice
  • 1 head baby bok choy, chopped and leaves separated from stalks
  • 4 oz. gluten free pasta twists (I used Jovial)

Preparation:

Cut the chicken into 1″ cubes and place in a bowl with 1 tsp. sesame oil and 1 tsp. olive or canola oil.  Sprinkle with garlic powder and ginger.  Whisk together the chicken broth, mirin and corn starch.  Boil water for the pasta.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium low heat with 1 tbsp. olive or canola oil and add the cubed chicken, leaving space between pieces.  Don’t crowd the pan, do it in batches if needed.  Season with salt and pepper.  Turn the chicken to brown all sides, it doesn’t need to be cooked through at this point.

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While the chicken is browning wash the bowl or use a clean bowl.  Sprinkle the chicken with a little soy sauce and transfer into the clean bowl.  Wipe the skillet clean.

Add the remaining olive or canola oil to the skillet and begin cooking the vegetables.  Start with the carrots, as they take longest to cook and gradually add the other vegetables.  Save the tender bok choy leaves for last so they retain some texture and crunch.  Sprinkle with garlic powder and ginger, and drizzle with 1 tsp. sesame oil and a few shakes of soy sauce.

While you stir fry the veggies, cook the pasta according to package directions.

To finish the dish, return the chicken to the skillet along with the cooked pasta, remaining tsp. of sesame oil and a few more shakes of soy sauce.  Combine and cook 2 more minutes to heat the chicken through.

Pour the chicken broth mixture over everything and use 2 spatulas to turn and coat evenly.  Continue stirring and tossing as the liquid thickens.  Transfer to a serving platter.

 

Notes: ♪♫  You can substitute beef, pork or shrimp for the chicken.  Use rice, gluten free Asian noodles or other pasta shape in place of the pasta twists.  Veggie combinations are endless, zucchini and sugar snap peas are spring favorites!  Be sure your soy sauce is gluten free, my favorite brand is Kikkoman.

 

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Asian Chicken and Cabbage

With St. Paddy’s Day right around the corner you probably have cabbage in the fridge for your Corned Beef Dinner.  If so, be sure and save a chunk for this Asian inspired stir fry!  Fiber rich cabbage and whole grain brown rice make this a very healthy and diet friendly dish, and most of the ingredients are naturally gluten free (see notes).  Prepping veggies and rice the night before saves time and you will have a delicious meal on the table in minutes.

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Serves 4

The Lazy Gastronome

Ingredients:

 Rice:

 Stir Fry

  • 16 oz. boneless chicken breast, cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • salt and red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced thin
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4-5 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil

Whisk together

Whisk together

 Garnish

 Preparation:

Brown rice is the perfect accompaniment to this stir fry.  I prefer brown rice for its flavor, texture and nutrition.  It does take longer to cook, (about 45 minutes) but it’s worth it.  Give the rice a 10 minute head start so it will be ready as you finish the dish.  Cook 1 cup brown rice in 1 cup water and 1 cup chicken stock.  Season to taste with salt and red pepper flakes.  (Note: If using a rice cooker, follow the given instructions for ratio of rice to liquid.)

Toast the sesame seeds, watching carefully that they don’t burn.

Next, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium and coat with 1 tbsp. butter and 1 tbsp. olive oil.  Brown the diced chicken on all sides, about 5 minutes.  It doesn’t need to be cooked through at this step, just get some color on the outside.  Season with salt and red pepper flakes.

Remove the cooked chicken from the skillet, set aside and keep warm.  Wipe the skillet clean.  Add 2 tbsp. olive oil and 1 tsp. sesame oil to the skillet.  Add the onions, celery, bell pepper and garlic, stir fry 5 minutes.  Return the chicken to the skillet.

Add all of the cabbage.  It looks like a lot but it will cook down.  Toss well.

Drizzle in the soy sauce mixture and toss well to combine.  Cover and cook 5 minutes more.

The cabbage should be wilted but still retain a little crunch.  Whisk the corn starch and chicken stock and add to the skillet.  Stir and toss until the liquid thickens.

Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with the toasted sesame seeds.  Serve with brown rice.

I actually like this dish more than the corned beef dinner.  My family gave it a big thumbs up and yours will too.  Please comment, like and share!

Notes: ♪♫ Most of the ingredients in this recipe are naturally gluten free.  Always check labels carefully and be sure that you are purchasing gluten free soy sauce and chicken broth.

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