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Peach Ginger Chicken

Here’s another refreshing recipe recommended to us by a member following one of our easy weight loss programs. It’s tasty, sweet and loaded with protein and antioxidants. We’re always recommending lean protein recipes to our members, as they are filling and help build lean muscle mass. Chicken is an excellent source since it’s considered a complete protein, which means it contains all nine essential amino acids. Studies show that chicken contains important vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that help control blood pressure and cholesterol, while reducing the risk of cancer.

The other ingredients in this recipe contain an impressive array of nutrients that boost overall health. Peaches are low in calories and rich in antioxidants, including carotenoids such as beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-cryptoxanthin. They are a good source of chlorogenic acid, which boosts antioxidant effects. Peaches also contain high levels of fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, copper and  vitamins A, C, E and K. The red chile pepper is packed with vitamin C and is a good source of folic acid, beta-carotene and potassium. Ginger has been hailed for centuries for its medicinal properties and digestive benefits. These benefits are derived from its content of gingerols, which yield powerful strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

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Ingredients

4 chicken breasts, skinless
2 1/2 cups fresh peaches, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp fresh mint, diced
¼ cup fresh orange juice
½ cup bone broth
1 tsp ginger, freshly grated
2 tbsps Extra virgin olive oil
1 red chile pepper, diced (optional)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

Warm the extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season the chicken breasts with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Turn the heat to medium-high and add the chicken to the skillet. Saute for about two minutes on each side, until golden brown. While the chicken cooks, combine the orange juice in a bowl with the bone broth, peaches, fresh mint and diced red chile pepper. Mix well. Add the minced garlic and ginger to the skillet and cook for approximately 30 seconds, stirring continuously. Remove the chicken and set aside. 

Turn the heat to high and add the bone broth and orange juice mixture. Cook for between five to six minutes, until the sauce thickens, stirring occasionally. Turn the heat to medium-low and add the chicken back into the mix. Let cook for approximately five more minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the skillet and serve.

Makes four servings.


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