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Oh yes, a Sweet Buffalo-Style Grilled Chicken Recipe!

September 1, 2012

I have a little story to tell you guys. It’s kind of depressing, but something good came of this, so it wasn’t completely terrible. A few days ago there was a post on Low Carb Friends about the carbs in Wal-mart’s deli hot wings. I have always been a hot wing addict, especially when it comes to Wal-mart’s deli wings. They’re slightly sweet, crispy, and they’re not drenched in sauce (a plus for me).  I’m not like most people who are anxious to pop into their container of fresh hot wings.  When I buy them, I walk around the store a while and let the sauce stick to them puppies.  I’ve always thought they tasted better after sitting in their sauce for a while.  Anyway, since I had to pick up some medication from Wal-mart, I decided to stop by and get some wings.

I made my trips around the store, grabbing a couple of things I needed like heavy whipping cream, broccoli, and splurged on a bottle of Torani SF Caramel Syrup. I made my way over to the deli counter, excited that I was going to get me some of my favorite wings. It’s been quite a few years since I had them. How many years exactly? Well the last time I purchased them was in college. So that’s quite a few.

I stood at the counter looking at all the nummy foods, seeing what could be low carb or moderately low carb. The first item I picked out was a rotisserie chicken, a must for feeding the family since I nearly always buy one for lunch when I’m picking up a few groceries. As I looked around, I realized that they had a lot of breaded wings now. It didn’t occur to me that all the wings were breaded. So I ordered a pound of them. I walked off smiling because I could smell the sauce through the container and then I decided to look down. . .and felt a twinge of disappointment.

If it weren’t for the rotisserie chicken, I wouldn’t have had much of a lunch, but the wings were enjoyed by my mom.  At least someone was able to enjoy them. till, I wished these were the wings that I had always enjoyed. Sure, I could splurge and eat one, but the breading has wheat flour and that’s a no-no for me.

Now you’re probably wondering how anything good came of this. Well, luckily for you, you directly benefit from my little trip of disappointment. How so? I set to work the next day on a recipe for some good wing sauce. It’s basic and sweet, but man is it delicious. This can be used on wings or any cut of chicken really. As a matter of fact, this recipe is for buffalo-style chicken breasts. Behold, the deliciousness!

 

Easy Peasy Sweet Buffalo-style Grilled Chicken Breasts

 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

1/2 Cup Hot Sauce (any brand will do, make sure it’s flavorful)

2 TBSP Butter

Honey or other sweetener (about 1tsp is what I used)

Seasoning to taste (I used Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle)

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If you have a favorite smokey seasoning, feel free to sprinkle it on the breast prior to cooking. Tenderize chicken so that it will cook quickly, evenly, and the sauce will coat well. Grill chicken for 5-6 minutes. While chicken is cooking, in a small pot heat butter on medium until completely melted. Add hot sauce and stir.   Add honey or sweetener to desired sweetness.  Stir sauce again and let bubble for about 20 seconds. Sauce should be thick at this point. Turn off burner and set pot aside. Remove chicken from grill, sit inside a Tupperware container and pour wing sauce on top. Place lid on container and shake container to distribute sauce on chicken. Shake for 10-20 seconds to ensure sauce has covered the chicken. Serve chicken with your favorite sides! Distribute extra sauce between plates for a little dipping. Serves 4 people.

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The first time I made this, I neglected to tenderize the chicken, so the cooking time was a REALLY long. They were small breasts, so the amount of sauce was enough to leave some for dipping. This has always been a family favorite. I made the sauce with Splenda, which I recommend if you’re making this LC.  Aspartame is not suitable for cooking, so it will be pretty bitter.  Like I mentioned previously, feel free to use this on any cut of chicken. This would go great with some blue cheese dressing, which I’m terrible at making. The sweetness of the Splenda definitely make this sauce addictive. I had this again tonight and wished there had been more sauce. Next time I’m going to make a double batch!

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Simple Brothy Veggie Soup

August 28, 2012

Yes yes, I know I haven’t made a post in a while.  I’ve been occupied by playing games and watching Netflix and decided to finally get off my lazy buns and post a recipe.  This was a dish I’ve made a few times and LOVE!  It’s hard not to eat both servings at once.  For some tips to save money on this dish, make sure to read the info after the recipe! 🙂

 

Simple Brothy  Veggie Soup

2 Cups of Beef Stock

1/3 Cup of Chopped Cabbage

1 Small Onion (mine was approximately 1/3 cup size chopped)

1 Zucchini (small to medium sized preferred)

1 tsp garlic

1 tsp Onion Powder

1 tbl Butter

Salt and Pepper

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Julienne zucchini (make zoodles or if you do not have a fancy-shmancy peeler, you can cut the zucchini however you like) and dice the onions and cabbage.  Sautee in butter on medium high for about one to two minutes.  You do not want the veggies soggy but want them still slightly crunchy.  Add garlic and onion powder and stir well.  Pour in two cups of broth and bring to boil.  Turn off soup, cover, and set aside.  Soup should continue cooking while it’s set aside.  Add salt and pepper as desired.  Makes two servings.

7 carbs per serving, 2 grams fiber- 5 net carbs total (according to Myfitnesspal.com).

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You could also make this an Asian flavored soup by adding green scalions, sesame oil, water chestnuts, bean sprouts, etc.  It’s meant to be a simple soup when you’re in a hurry, not necessarily an elegant dish.  It especially tastes great the next day!  For the non-low carbers, you could add some yummy noodles or rice to this.  Also, beef would go great with this.  I make most of my soups sans meat for quick and easy meals cause sometimes this girl is too lazy to cook meat!

If you’re on a budget, this is definitely a great meal to have.  Some tips to saving money on this.  Buy your veggies at a farmer’s market or discount grocery store or to save even more, grow your own!  Locally, most grocery stores run $1.49-$1.89 a pound for zucchini (darn you people that can buy them cheaper!).  Farmer’s markets can offer a much more reasonable price and sometimes the discount grocery store sells for around the same price as the farmer’s market (in my experience).  For the broth, if you don’t have homemade, go to the Dollar Tree!  Yep, the Dollar Tree is an excellent spot for lots of useful ingredients.  You can get a 4 cup box of broth for $1, much cheaper and worthwhile than the canned broth and boxed broth in other stores.  The kind I purchased has about 2 carbs total for the box, which is pretty excellent.  I believe mine contained a little dextrose, but for the price, carb count, and taste it is worth it.

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