One of the most important parts of dieting is to find food that you actually enjoy. Yo-yo dieting (when you lose weight and then gain it, and lose it, and then gain it) happens when you go on a crash diet and then go back to your regular eating habits once you’ve lost the weight.
When you find foods that you actually enjoy eating, it’s a lot easier to make that diet a true lifestyle change, and whether you are looking to lose weight or eat healthier, finding new, low carb recipes to try can be refreshing.
When my best friend Margo texted about making dinner for girls night, I knew I was in for a treat. I have a really harsh habit of ignoring dietary notes like that pesky “serving size” and Margo was always there to remind me that I don’t have to eat the entire bag of dinosaur chicken nuggets in one sitting.
So, it’s no surprise to me that she came to me with a recipe that turned out to be simple and absolutely delicious, and it happened to include a lot of what I usually buy on my grocery trips!
Here’s what you’ll need!
1 pound of chicken breast or chicken breast tenderloins
1 small bag of fresh green beans
3 tbsp mutter
1 1/2 tsps oregano and basil blend
A few fresh rosemary leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
My favorite part of this recipe is that it is made in little foil packs, which are super easy to make and even easier to clean up.
Set out sheets of tin foil to start. The size will depend on how big each piece of chicken is. If you are used chicken breast, you should limit on breast per foil pack. If you are using chicken breast tenderloins you can get away with using a few small pieces. Either way, each pack should complete one serving.
Clean the green beans (I feel like I shouldn’t have to say this but…) and trim off the stems. Place a handful of green beans on each foil, right on top of the raw chicken breasts.
Cut the lemon in half. Slice one half of the lemon into thin slices and lay these slices over the green beans and chicken. Easy peasy…well, you get where I’m going with this.
Lemon squeezy. I couldn’t resist.
Squeeze the juice from the other half of the lemon. Mix this together with the melted butter. Mix all the herbs in to your little flavor concoction here.
Simply pour this over the contents of all of the packets and then fold the foil shut to create a little tiny steam oven for each serving.
We chose to put our foil packets on the grill, but if you don’t have a grill or just don’t want to use one you can use oven too.
Place the foil packets on a medium heat for 8 minutes. Depending on how thick the chicken is it may take a few extra minutes. Contrary to meme-related belief no one actually eats medium raw chicken.
Place the foil packets on a metal pan and place this in the oven at 400 degrees Fahreinhet for probably 15 minutes.
I’m not going to explain how you will know when it’s done. It’s chicken. Just cook it until it’s not pink anymore.
Remove from packets. Serve. Enjoy!