Keto Chicken Parmesan with Fresh Tomato Slices

This post is sponsored by Belgioioso and FeedFeed.

Where does the time go my dear? My mother used to say that at the end of every single Summer. We had spent the warmest days of the year enjoying lengthy outdoor dinners, eating fruit harvested just a mile away and listening to crickets awake after their slumber. We held on to what Summer brought for as long as we could until it was time to polish our school shoes, put up the outdoor seating and prepare as all routine returned back to normal once again. Aaah, Summer is always a dream, isn't it? To this day, I spend the last week of August gathering as much Summer produce as I can to preserve and cook with. 

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I recently made the decision to try following a Keto diet and have since been coming up with ways to enjoy my favorite Summer recipes, minus the carbs. Thankfully, cheese (Fresh Mozzarella in particular) is a very popular and beloved ingredient in the ketogenic way of eating. The cream of the crop in terms of mozzarella for me is the line of BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella.  You all know (If you've known me for a while) that delicious cheese is my kryptonite :)

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BelGioioso as a company was started in 1979 when founder Errico Auricchio moved to Wisconsin from Italy with his family and started making the cheese he grew up eating. The company grew and now offers over 25 varieties of specialty cheese to the U.S market and counting. I love family companies so much, tradition and recipes passed down from one generation to the next - What a legacy to leave and what a way to continue the traditions of one's home country. As an immigrant to this country myself it really resonates with me. Heritage is everything and it shows in their products - I've always found their cheese to be so fresh and truly, you can taste the love. That's exactly how I feel about simple food prepared with intention. It doesn't have to be complex to be delicious, and it doesn't have to take a long time to prepare. This recipe is perfect for those weeknights where you're short on time and uses up some of those Summer tomatoes you still have on the counter :) I did not include a recipe for marinara because we all have our favorite, jarred keto-friendly marinara works perfectly here. Else, roast some tomatoes and garlic then blend it with some olive oil.  I used one of BelGioioso’s freshly sliced cheese logs, which I always have on hand to save time. They are wonderful marinated and eaten as is or used in caprese salads, sandwiches and so on. But you already knew that!

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Ingredients:
Serves 4

1 BelGioioso Freshly Sliced Mozzarella Cheese Log
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
½  cup olive oil, divided
½ cup fine almond flour
½ cup BelGioioso Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
2 large chicken breasts, split in half lengthways
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon crushed black pepper
1 egg, beaten
2 cups marinara
2 campari or other tomatoes, sliced
Optional garnish: Fresh oregano, basil and cracked black pepper

Method:

Preheat oven to Broil.

Season BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella with oregano, basil and red pepper flakes and drizzle with ¼ cup olive oil. Set aside to marinate.

Heat a large ovenproof skillet to medium-high and add remaining olive oil. In a shallow bowl, whisk almond flour and BelGioioso Grated Parmesan with a fork to combine. Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper, then dip in beaten egg mixture and dredge with almond flour cheese mixture.

Shallow fry for 2-3 minutes per side and remove chicken. Add marinara (I love making my own and freezing, then using in dishes like this) to skillet and place the chicken on top, followed by the marinated BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella slices. The reason why I do this instead of the traditional method of pouring the sauce on top is because I like to keep the top crispy. Please change this up if you’d like.

Broil for 5 minutes in the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbling and chicken registers 165F when using a thermometer. Remove skillet from oven and top with fresh tomato slices, followed by fresh oregano and cracked pepper. Serve immediately - Delicious on top of zucchini noodles! Keep scrolling for a few step-by-step images.

 When dredging the chicken, sometimes I omit the egg and it works very well. A great way to reduce some of the calories.

When dredging the chicken, sometimes I omit the egg and it works very well. A great way to reduce some of the calories.

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Peri-Peri Fries with Greek Lemon Oregano Grilled Chicken

On Friday's in South Africa, my sisters and I would stand in line at a very popular braai spot waiting on flame grilled chicken and seasoned slap chips (a version of fries). We watched as cooks flipped grill baskets filled with perfectly seasoned Greek-style chicken over an open flame, basting with marinade as they went along. The word braai is Afrikaans for "barbecue" or "roast" and is a social custom in South Africa. We celebrate National Braai Day every September 24th and come together as a diverse nation to enjoy cooking over an open fire with friends and family. 

The restaurant that I'm referring to was less of a sit-down establishment and more of a hole in the wall located on a bustling street corner close to public transportation. This made it an ideal place to pick up some takeaway (street food) for dinner after work. Why on a Friday? Usually, Friday was pay day which meant people had a little extra to spend. We waited patiently as the hugely popular chicken quarters and flatties (butterflied whole) in styrofoam containers flew from the counter into eager hands of hungry people in line. I remember the smell of oregano distinctly , and this is my version of that street food made in partnership with Pompeian. We love this chicken for Summer grilling with friends!

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Pompeian has been keeping me stocked with their range of olive oils and vinegars for the last few years, and I love using their robust olive oil for marinades.  To lighten things up for Summer, their organic extra virgin olive oil spray is perfect to spritz over salads like the one accompanying my chicken.  A beautiful light flavor and very handy to have on hand.

Ingredients

Lemon Oregano Chicken:
1/4 cup Pompeian Robust Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
2-3 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
2 tablespoons dried Greek oregano
Zest and juice and 1 lemon
4 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
6-8 chicken thighs (or any dark meat)
1 lemon, halved

Peri-peri Fries:
6-8 medium starchy potatoes, scrubbed
Pompeian Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon peri peri chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Optional to serve: Shredded lettuce, cubed feta, diced tomato, diced cucumber, pickled red onion and lemon wedges.

Method:
Whisk olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano, lemon zest, lemon juice and garlic in a shallow dish and add chicken pieces. Use your hands to massage the marinade into the chicken, cover and place in the refrigerator overnight. 

Preheat your covered grill to 350F.

Prepare potatoes by slicing them into wedges and adding to a cast iron skillet or baking sheet. Spray with olive oil and add spices. Toss to coat and place on the grill with the chicken and halved lemons. Cook chicken and potatoes for 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken registers 160F. Remove from heat and place in a bowl, squeeze grilled lemon juices over and cover until ready to serve. 

Serves 6-8

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Honey Garlic Gochujang Chicken with Cabbage

Gochujang is one of those condiments that will forever have a place in my fridge. I first experienced that earthy spice in 2005 as part of a traditional South Korean dish called "Dalkgalbi" - Chicken and cabbage cooked on a hot plate with rice cake and a fiery mix containing mostly garlic and gochujang.  Since it was during my first year in South Korea, my untrained palate rejected the meal and that in turn offended my hosts. Ever wish you could go back in time and redo a certain event? Ever write a blog post at two in the morning and suddenly recall all the cultural mishaps you've had during the last 10 years? No? Moving on.

 Succulence. 

Succulence. 

Dalkgalbi grew on me and later became my absolute favorite thing to eat during that stint in South Korea. It was the ultimate dinner to enjoy with friends after a night out, soju in hand (a Korean spirit made from rice or sweet potatoes). The combination of chicken, gochujang and garlic with cabbage stuck with me and inspired this healthy recipe. Earthy gochujang, honey and what seems like a ridiculous amount of garlic come together to form a beautifully sweet spicy sauce. In my opnion, white meat cuts like chicken breast pairs very well with punchy sauces to amp up the flavor levels. I usually purchase whole chickens and then prep them myself, using dark meat for things like stew or roasting, and white meat (breasts) for quicker preparations. The trick with white meat is to season it very well and allow it to sit in the fridge uncovered overnight. This method will ensure that the meat is seasoned all the way through, keep it juicy and dry out the skin so that you can achieve that perfect crispy sear.

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts, skin on
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
6 cloves garlic, finely diced
1 tablespoon gochujang
4 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Method:

Preheat oven to 350F/180C. 

Place chicken on a plate and season on both sides with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder. Place on the lowest shelf in your fridge, uncovered for at least 6 hours. Remove from fridge and bring a skillet up to medium-high heat. Add grapeseed oil and place chicken in pan skin side down first. Do not move the chicken at all for at least 3-5 minutes so that you get a crispy golden skin, after which you will flip it over and cook for an additional 3 minutes, then transfer to an oven-proof dish and into the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165F.  

While the chicken is in the oven, prepare your sauce by adding the minced garlic to the pan in which the chicken cooked. You should still have some of the pan juices and oil in there, which will provide delicious flavor. Sauté garlic for 1-2 minutes only - You don't want it to soften too much. Add gochujang paste and honey, stirring until combined. Simmer for 5 minutes and remove chicken from oven. Place chicken and any juices right back into the pan with the gochujang sauce, flip to coat and serve with cabbage (Recipe follows)

Basic Sauteéd Cabbage

 Homegrown cabbage - Not by me, by my local organic farmer. 

Homegrown cabbage - Not by me, by my local organic farmer. 

I am super into cabbage, old-fashioned as it may be. Though cabbage really benefits from cooking for longer periods of time, my preferred way to enjoy it is simply sautéed to preserve it's integrity. Use any kind of cabbage or cruciferous vegetable of your choice. 

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon neutral oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (cabbage loves black pepper!)
8 cups roughly chopped cabbage
Optional: 1 pinch nutmeg powder (brings out the flavor)

Method:

Heat a large pan to medium then add oil, butter, salt and pepper. Swirl to combine and add chopped cabbage. Use tongs to move cabbage around in the pan, coating it with the butter mixture then leave it be. Allow the cabbage at the bottom of the pan to toast a little (golden edges, not dark brown) - This will make all the difference in flavor. Stir, add a splash (2 tablespoons) water, then place a lid on the pan and cook until the toughest parts are less chewy (5 minutes). 

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