Lemon-Garlic Chicken Spaghetti with Spinach (Gluten-free)

Since I am visiting my family for the holidays, one of the evening meals was pasta night. Since I have difficulty with nightshades, that makes it pretty difficult overall to partake in the simple spaghetti and meatballs. Hence, a new recipe was born!

Lemon-Garlic Chicken Spaghetti with Spinach! I used Trader Joe’s brown rice spaghetti noodles with some minced garlic and a juicy large lemon. Of course also used salt and pepper to help add to the flavor too.

To create the lemon garlic sauce, I remembered a recipe I found on Pinterest awhile back about a rosemary, lemon, and garlic chicken dish. It came out pretty amazing I must say and did help inspire this recipe. You can find this recipe here: Roasted Chicken with Lemon, Garlic, and Rosemary 

Anyways, below you can find my version that is a great substitute for a pasta night with your family and friends!

Lemon-Garlic Chicken Spaghetti with Spinach
(Gluten-free)

Garlic Chicken Spaghetti with Spinach

Ingredients:

  • Minced garlic (4 cloves)
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Gluten-free brown rice spaghetti noodles
  • 2 chicken breasts cooked and diced into bite-sized pieces
  • Handful of spinach
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • Olive oil approx 2tbs + a drizzle in reserve for the end if needed.

Directions:

  1. Set oven to 350 degrees. Place chicken on baking sheet then place in oven for about 30 minutes to bake.
  2. Bring water for spaghetti to a boil in a medium saucepan before adding spaghetti and cooking al denti according to package instructions.
  3. Stir noodles occasionally but make sure to not overcook! Once spaghetti is done, drain the water and rinse noodles in cold water to stop the cooking process. Then set aside if the chicken is still cooking.
  4. While your chicken and spaghetti are cooking, slice and juice 1 large lemon into a bowl. Then take your garlic cloves and mince them.
  5. Add the minced garlic to your lemon juice and stir to combine. You can add a dash of salt and pepper to it too at this point. Set aside.
  6. Rinse your spinach and set aside.
  7. Once your chicken breasts are fully cooked, place them on a cutting board and dice into bite-sized pieces. Add this plus your olive oil to a medium or large frying pan.
  8. Use medium heat till chicken browns on the outside and starts getting crispy.
  9. Then add your noodles, spinach, lemon garlic mixture, salt and pepper in the frying pan. You might need a bit more olive oil at this point so drizzle enough in so your food does not burn.
  10. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until spinach is reduced and everything is hot.
  11. Add to a bowl or two if sharing and enjoy!
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Easy Pan-Fried Breaded Chicken Breasts (Gluten Free)

Easy Pan-Fried Breaded Chicken Breasts (Gluten Free)

Happy Thursday everyone!

This recipe is pretty simple but tasty! I first made it and had the lightly pan-fried chicken breast slices with some cornbread waffles as was needing something different than the usual baked chicken.

Of course, you can add any sides you like from waffles to loaded mashed potatoes or even creamy mashed cauliflower too. The possibilities are endless! These pan-fried chicken breasts would be good topped on a salad even.

The breadcrumbs I used were the Full Circle Italian breadcrumbs brand that I found at my local Lowes grocery store but any brand will do. If you don’t have the Italian style breadcrumbs, you can add some parsley flakes and salt and pepper to the breadcrumbs before you coat the chicken breasts.

Ingredients:

  • Gluten Free Breadcrumbs (Italian style works amazing!)
  • 1lb Chicken breast thin sliced
  • Salt & Pepper for seasoning
  • Oil (I use canola but any high heat oil works)

Directions:

  1. Clean and cut chicken into thin strips.
  2. Add breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper (and if not using Italian style, add parsley flakes too!) onto a plate. Lightly coat the chicken breasts in the breadcrumbs till each piece is covered.
  3. Heat oil on low to medium heat in a frying pan. (Be careful as the oil will splatter as it cooks the chicken. I use a splatter screen for my frying pan to help minimize getting splattered and burned.)
  4. Add a few chicken slices to the hot oil and cook till browned on each side and thoroughly cooked.
  5. Place each cooked piece of chicken on a plate with paper towels. Once finished cooking the chicken breast slices, pat dry with a paper towel before serving.

Enjoy!

via Daily Prompt: Fry

Basil Pesto Chicken Pizza

Happy National Pizza Day!

I didn’t know that yesterday was National Pizza Day. So to celebrate, why not post a recipe about pizza?

Pizza is seriously amazing. It can be made in a variety of ways from Hawaiian style to deep dish New York or Chicago style. Some can have meat or be completely vegetarian. In any case, its just awesome. I tried my hand at making a pizza from scratch. Do you have a favorite topping or crust like thin, hand tossed, cauliflower, or even stuffed with delicious goodness? Comment below!

I used a toaster oven to cook mine but can definitely use a regular oven too, specially if your making a larger sized pizza.

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Basil Pesto Chicken Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Enjoy life pizza crust mix (or any pizza dough works!)
  • Basil pesto
  • Oregano
  • Garlic powder
  • Oil of choice
  • Bell pepper chopped
  • Red onion thinly sliced
  • A handful or two of baby spinach leaves
  • Cooked shredded chicken

Directions:

  1. Make pizza dough according to directions on box mix.
  2. Cut bell peppers, red onion, and wash spinach leaves and vegetables.
  3. Once dough is ready and cooked, spread a thin layer of your basil pesto before adding your bell peppers, shredded chicken, and red onion slices.
  4. Sprinkle garlic powder, oil, and oregano over the pizza lightly.
  5. Put pizza back in the oven for about 10-15 minutes or till fully cooked according to your mix’s instructions.
  6. Cut, serve, and enjoy!

Ten Epic Restaurants in North Carolina and Maryland

I’ve been to many places, traveled through 27 states, and eaten at several different restaurants. Truth be told, I love food. The different cultures each restaurant offers in the different locations can certainly be amazing! So low and behold, my top ten favorite restaurants in North Carolina and Maryland and why they are worth a visit. Below is not in any particular order.

Hunan Manor (Columbia, MD)

I love Hunan Manor in Columbia. I used to visit this restaurant since I was young and would always get their honey sesame chicken with rice. It was so delicious! Years later, I started branching out a bit with getting eggrolls, supreme crispy eggplant, and fried rice. Of course the Honey sesame chicken dish will always be my favorite dish there. Plus the customer service was the best. I haven’t been there in the last few years so definitely still hoping that the quality and service is still top notch.

Bertuccis (Columbia, MD)

Now this restaurant had the best wood oven pizza I ever tasted! It did not have an ash taste like some other pizza places I have tried. Plus service was usually pretty good as well. And if you were not interested in pizza, they had plenty of other options and you could watch the cooks cooking with the ovens. It was awesome.

Asian Kitchen (Durham, NC)

This place is one of the best Chinese food places I have found here in North Carolina. I tried a few other places before but they were so disgustingly horrible, I wouldn’t recommend it. Anyways! This restaurant, despite being small, is pretty amazing. I love their dumplings, springrolls, and eggdrop soup. Some other family and friends have tried various dishes there and liked them too. Plus, customer service there is really good and the staff are pretty friendly too.

CJ’s Restaurant (Asheboro, NC)

This restaurant is a nice little restaurant. They have a room for parties, a salad bar, kind staff, and a black bean burger that is drool worthy. The food is very comfort oriented and even though during mealtimes it gets pretty busy, the staff are always wonderful and kind. They also have a good selection of breakfast foods too.

Randy’s Pizza (Durham, NC)

Even though I only visited this restaurant once, the pizza was pretty good. They are very accommodating to food allergies and the pizzas are pretty good sized too. Definetly worth a visit!

Ma’s Kettle (Savage, MD)

Now this restaurant is simply amazing. It is pretty small but the food is top notch and the size of the cakes is simply outstanding! They don’t skimp on the food! In the soups, they will have chunks of meat in the meat soups and their meals are simply divine. Definitely worth a visit for lunch!

Time Square Pizza (Asheboro, NC)

Time Square Pizza in Asheboro is a New York style pizzeria with a variety of choices. They have a super huge pizza for groups (I swear when I saw it it looked the size of a small table! Like a good 3-4 feet give or take… or could just be my memory but it was huge!) and each personal slice is pretty large as well. I loved getting black olives on my pizza then adding more parm cheese on top.  Plus the staff is pretty friendly too. They have two locations in Asheboro. One off of Rt 64 near Walmart and the other downtown off of Fayettville St.

The Cheesecake Factory (Columbia, MD and Durham, NC)

Who doesn’t love cheesecake? This place has always captured my attention and the food is awesome. I used to get the orange chicken with rice meal along with sharing an appetizer of the macaroni and cheese balls with marinara sauce. The staff are usually pretty friendly and the food choices are pretty amazing overall. If you can, get there early or else you’ll be waiting over an hour to get a seat.

Chubby Tacos (Durham, NC)

This restaurant is pretty small here in Durham but pretty good. Staff are friendly enough though not too sold on allergen knowledge but at least they have vegetarian options. It’s pretty good mexican style food and they do give a decent portion and have a small salsa bar for you to add to your meal.

P.F.Changs (and Pei Wei in Columbia, MD and PF Changs in Durham & Greensboro, NC)

P.F.Changs (And Pei Wei!) are absolutely amazing. They work well with those who have food allergies and in the top ten for people for allergies to eat at in 2016. The chicken meals are amazing. I love the honey chicken and white rice dish. They also have a few vegetarian dishes too like Ma Po Tofu (Which is amazing!) and Buddha’s feast too which can be gluten free if I remember correctly. They also have an eggplant dish too. They used to have vegetarian dumplings which were amazing but that was removed from their menu unfortunately. Other than that, definitely an awesome restaurant to visit and pretty relaxing atmosphere.

Okay so from the list above, you can probably tell I love chinese food as well as pizza too. I have tried other cuisines such as japanese (Shiki Sushi in Durham, a restaurant in Myrtle Beach, a restaurant at Epcot in Disney World, and a couple places in Maryland), italian (Little Italy in Baltimore, MD), mexican (Asheboro, NC and some places back in Maryland too), and of course bbq (MD and NC). So if you have a chance to visit one of these places, I definitely suggest it!