Sunday, November 12, 2006

South Beach Recipes of the Week #17: Chicken

On Sunday I like to spotlight *South Beach Recipes of the Week* which are simply delicious-looking low glycemic index recipes I find on my favorite fabulous food blogs. The glycemic index is what the South Beach Diet is based on, and these recipes are great for South Beach Dieters or anyone following a low-glycemic eating plan. Since I started doing this, I'm excited about how easy it is to find suitable recipes that completely fit my way of eating. However, even if you're not at all concerned about dieting or the glycemic index, I think you'll find some very tasty-looking food here.

Photo by Elise of Simply Recipes

I've made roast chicken plenty of times, but I was simply wowed by the recipe for Roasted Garlic Chicken that I found at Simply Recipes, where the amazing Elise always creates great looking food. This chicken is brined in a mixture of roasted garlic, water, salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon juice, and bay leaves before it's roasted to perfection, as you see in Elise's photo. (If you're following South Beach, the leaner parts of the chicken are best.)

Photo by Mae from Rice and Noodles

My friend Mae from Rice and Noodles has to be one of the best food photographers on the web, and she's also a great cook. This recipe for Zanzibar Chicken has Coconut milk, green tomatoes, green beans, and lots of spices. I'd use light coconut milk and maybe remove the skin from the chicken to make this South Beach friendly. If you're eating this with rice, Uncle Ben's Converted Rice is lowest on the glycemic index for white rice.

Photo by Cathy of Not Eating Out in New York

A blog I'm really enjoying is Not Eating Out in New York, where Cathy saves money by cooking healthy food at home. This recipe for Braised Chicken with Lemon and Sage uses chicken thighs, but Cathy removes the skin and religiously trims away the fat, which makes this a very South Beach friendly dish. (If you're a dieter, ignore the roll in Cathy's great photo!)

Photo by Michelle of Je Mange la Ville

Another blog where I always spot amazing looking food is Je Mange la Ville, where I found this recipe for Baked Chicken with Carmelized Onions that sounded delicious. I'd use 100% whole wheat pastry flour to dredge the chicken, and maybe skip the butter and use all olive oil, to maket this a South Beach option. (There is wine in the recipe, so this is for phase two or three if you're dieting.)
Starting again tomorrow, more Thanksgiving dinner options for South Beach dieters. I've already spotlighted Thanksgiving Dinner Salad Options, Roasted Butternut Squash, and Roasted Cauliflower. Next week I'll be sharing a very interesting recipe for stuffing from the new South Beach Diet Parties and Holidays Cookbook, a delicious cranberry salad, and some more veggie options. Hope you're having fun preparing for Thanksgiving at your house.
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  1. These all look wonderful. And I've found a few new-to-me food bloggers. Thanks Kalyn.

  2. Kalyn, surely i don't deserve that much credit but i thank you all the same. You're much too kind. :)

    Elise's roast chicken looks fab! We have been eating quite a lot of roasts lately. Must've been the cold weather that tempts us to eat all these comfort food.

  3. These chicken recipes all do look delicious.

  4. Hi Kalyn, thanks for posting about the chicken! Just so you know and won't be disappointed, the chicken cooks up with a very subtle garlic flavor. The chicken does end up being very moist. I could hardly taste the garlic until I had the chicken the next day, cold. Then the flavor was more pronounced. I think the key to this recipe is the overnight brining. Good to know that it is South Beach friendly. I had no idea!

  5. Thanks for those links to the recipes thay all look lovely. Great pictures.

  6. Kalyn, those recipes look so good, it makes it easy to go on the South Beach diet. Also the links to the other blogs help me discover new food blogs. Thanks!

  7. Kalyn is a connoisseur of healthy cooking - brava! (And thanks!)


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