On Valentine’s Day, I made dinner for my cousin, and for some reason I decided to make up something new. I don’t know why I do that–maybe I like the stress of wondering if it will turn out ok? In any case, this one turned out great. In fact, K said that it’s the best chicken I’ve ever made… (the last thing she said that about was the pistachio ranch chicken). The girl likes ranch, so I usually try to work that in somehow!
Southwestern Ranch Macadamia Chicken
2 chicken breasts, pounded flat (I buy the cutlets from Whole Foods when I’m lazy–they’re already pounded and cleaned)
Buttermilk Ranch dressing
I’ll say up front that I’m sorry about the lack of measurements here. The problem is that the size of your chicken breasts will determine how much stuff you need on them. Here’s what I did:
Cut the chicken breasts into strips. Put them in a pan and coat with ranch dressing (get your hands messy!). Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Make a mixture of crushed macadamias (I used a knife—they’re pretty soft), and parmesan cheese in up to a 1:1 ratio. I had about 3/4 cup of macadamias (crushed) and 1/2 cup parmesan. You may go a little lighter on the parmesan like I did! Add a couple tablespoons of Southwestern Seasoning. Mix well, coat chicken strips, place on a foil covered pan (easy cleanup!). Bake for 15-17 minutes, depending on how thick your strips are. Don’t over bake these or they’ll get dry!
Serve with dip if you need to… but you probably won’t!
We also had wine fruit snacks. K came over after work—they’re casting for two shows so she’s super busy and gearing up for shooting the shows in Vancouver. After a few skoshes of wine, we decided we should just make it a sleepover. I’m happy that she’s engaged, but it was fun to have her to myself too!
I’ve got some interesting info to share about how I kicked my coffee habit without even a glimmer of a headache! Every time I think I have a great handle on nutritional and wellness approaches, I read some different research and gain another angle to approach people’s issues with. I’m really excited about what I’ve been reading lately, and I’ve been experimenting on myself. So far, it seems too good to be true… so I have to keep it up for a bit and keep track of how/if it changes…
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