Sesame and chia seed crusted chicken with blueberry and black bean salad
I read an article recently about how to live a longer life and to become ‘immortal’. It spoke of us having less focus on the number of vegetables we eat and more focus on the Polyphenols which are the chemicals that are found in certain foods. Everything we read about food being ‘anti-inflammatory’, ‘improves fat metabolism’ or things like ‘stabilising blood sugar’ are all down to the polyphenols in the food we eat. I have taken some of these ‘immortal’ foods and made a lunch dish for you. Best to cook it the evening before and then take it in a lunch box to eat at work.
I love the light and the dark contrasting colours of the seeds
I actually cheated and bought these chicken strips ready cut. I do not eat much chicken but when I do it is always organic. Pricey, but worth it. It is good to look out for the chicken which is added hormone and steroid free also.
I thought that the chia seeds may burn as it is the first time I have cooked with them in this way but they just crunched up and become even more toasty. Full recipe is below.
Serves 1 large portion or 2 small
4 tbsp of sesame seeds
3 tbsp of chia seed
salt and pepper
(optional 1 tsp of fresh thyme)
2 large chicken breasts cut into strips
Oil for pan frying (I use avocado oil).
2 large handfuls of asparagus tips
1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
2 large handful of blueberries
1 yellow pepper, diced
4 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
2cm piece of ginger, finely chopped
1/2 clove of garlic finely chopped
salt and pepper
Put the sesame seed, chia seed and thyme if using on a plate along with some salt and pepper. Put the chicken on the plate and press it down well so it is covered on one side and then flip it over so it is covered on the other side and then put it to the side.
Put some oil in a pan and heat up. Also put a pan of water on to boil ready for the asparagus. Once the oil in the pan is hot, cook the chicken for about 3 minutes on one side and then flip it over and cook it for around 3 minutes on the other side or until the chicken is cooked through. As this is cooking get your salad ready. Put the black beans and the blueberries in serving plate along with the yellow pepper and the asparagus once it is cooked and drained and set aside.
Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the pan and place it on top of the salad. Mix together the dressing ingredients together and season to taste and then drizzle over the salad and serve.
Please let me know what you think of the combination of ingredients? Have you ever used Chia seed before in this way? Your comments really help and encourage me to want to write more so do leave one even if it is a little one!
Ps: If you spot a typo let me know in the comments and I will correct it.
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