Lime Garlic Chicken

Since most of the members of our weight loss centers follow a healthy low carb diet, we’re always trying to post recipes that focus on the lean protein our bodies need when we’re trying to lose weight. Chicken is a favorite for our non-vegetarian members, as it’s a complete protein and therefore helps our bodies function optimally while we’re dieting and cutting calories.  Chicken is also packed with an array of beneficial nutrients that boost overall health, such as calcium, potassium, niacin, magnesium and essential vitamins including B, B6, B12, C, D and E.

The spices in this recipe help boost your metabolism and contain antioxidants and nutrients that are excellent for your health. Garlic contains zinc, magnesium, iron, selenium, iodine, potassium, calcium and vitamins A, B and C.  Cayenne pepper is loaded with dietary fiber, manganese, calcium, potassium and vitamins B6, C, E and K. Paprika is packed with flavonoids that help combat free radical damage. In addition, parsley is an excellent diuretic and antioxidant-rich, boasting high levels of iron, calcium and the B-complex vitamins.

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2 chicken breasts, skinless
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tbsp garlic, minced
1 tbsp Extra Virgin olive oil
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon parsley, fresh
Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Combine the minced garlic, cayenne, paprika and parsley in a bowl and mix well. Pat the mixture into the chicken breasts, covering both sides.

Warm the extra virgin olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and saute for between five to seven minutes on each side, until lightly browned.  Add the garlic and lime juice and continue cooking for approximately five minutes. Stir slowly but consistently to make sure the sauce evenly coats the chicken breasts. Season with the Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground pepper and serve.

Makes 2 servings.

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