One-Pot Apple Cider Braised Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

One Pot Apple Cider Braised Chicken with Brussels Sprouts & Bacon (paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This One-Pot Apple Cider Braised Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon is the perfect fall meal! Packed with vegetables and hearty autumn flavor, this dish will be the hit of any dinner, weekday or weeknight! Made in partnership with Shenandoah Valley Organic!

One Pot Apple Cider Braised Chicken Brussels Sprouts Bacon | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

The salty bacon, sweet apple cider sauce, brussels sprouts, and perfectly cooked fall off the bone chicken is the ultimate flavor combination for when you are craving something comforting!

One Pot Apple Cider Braised Chicken Brussels Sprouts Bacon | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I am so excited to partner with my friends at Shenandoah Valley Organic for today’s awesome dish. SVO is a locally minded company that prides itself in producing the highest quality chicken grown on family-owned farms. Their Farmer Focus line allows you to actually see what farms your chicken is coming from, since each package you pick up at the store has a Farm ID for easy navigation on their website!

One Pot Apple Cider Braised Chicken with Brussels Sprouts & Bacon - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Dairy-free, grain-free, low-carb, minimal ingredients and one pan for easy clean-up = fall dinner WIN in our book!

One Pot Apple Cider Braised Chicken Brussels Sprouts Bacon | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

One Pot Apple Cider Braised Chicken Brussels Sprouts Bacon | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

One-Pot Apple Cider Braised Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 45 minutes Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 5 pieces nitrate-free bacon
  • 2 pounds SVO bone-in chicken drumsticks and or chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup leeks, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste
  • 1/2 pound brussels sprouts, quartered
  • 1 bundle fresh thyme
  • 2 cups fresh apple cider
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard, more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Directions

  1. In a large dutch oven, cook bacon until crispy over medium heat. Remove from pan and set aside on a plate lined with a papertowel. Pour out all but 2 teaspoons bacon fat.
  2. Heat the bacon fat over medium-high heat.
  3. Pat the chicken dry and season generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Sear chicken until brown on both sides in the dutch oven. This should take about 5 minutes per side.
  5. Take chicken out of the pan and set aside on a plate.
  6. Add the leeks, garlic, a pinch of salt, a pinch of black pepper, and cinnamon. Stir well, making sure to scrape up the brown bits at the bottom of th pan. Cook until leeks are translucent.
  7. Add in the brussels sprouts and stir until combined. dijon mustard and thyme. Stir well.
  8. Pour in the apple cider and mix until everything is well combined. Make sure all of the brown bits from the bottom of the pan have been scraped up. Cover and bring the sauce to a boil. Lower the heat, and add back in the chicken. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked through.
  9. Take the chicken, brussels sprouts, and thyme sprigs out of the pan. Set the thyme aside, and place the chicken and brussels sprouts on the desired serving dish.
  10. Add maple syrup to the sauce and bring to a high simmer over medium-high heat. Whisk frequently until the sauce has become thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, this should take around 5-8 minutes. Taste and adjust mustard, sea salt, and black pepper based on desired taste.
  11. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Garnish with bacon and thyme and serve warm!
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Find SVO in a store near you by plugging your zip code into their store locator here. This post is sponsored by Shenandoah Valley Organic. All thoughts and opinions are always 100% my own! I love the integrity of their products and think you’ll love them too. Thank you for continuing to support LCK and the brands I work with!

Gluten-Free Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Gluten Free Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Grilled chicken, my go-to dairy-free caesar dressing, crisp romaine lettuce, bacon, and ripe heirloom tomatoes come together perfectly in this Gluten-Free Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad! The perfect make-ahead lunch, BBQ side, or dinner for any night of the week!

Gluten Free Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Gluten Free Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I’ve always love a good caesar salad, since I was a kid! I especially loved a good creamy caesar dressing. The Creamy Caesar Dressing from my cookbook is my all-time favorite, it’s ‘cleaned up’ from junky ingredients but doesn’t skimp on the creaminess and the flavor! I’m sharing it with you in today’s recipe!

Gluten Free Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Make all of your ingredients and then COMBINE. It’s really that simple! This dish will be a hit at your BBQ, as your easy weeknight dinner option, or simply anytime of year!

Gluten Free Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Want other Caesar Salad Ideas? Try my Chicken Caesar Burgers or my Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad with Blackened Shrimp!

Gluten Free Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Gluten Free Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Gluten-Free Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Serves 6

Ingredients

    Batch Caesar Dressing from page 320 of the Lexi's Clean Kitchen Cookbook

    Everything Else

    • 1 8-ounce package bacon, cooked crispy
    • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
    • 1 head romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
    • 1 16-ounce package gluten-free pasta
    • 8-ounces cherry tomatoes, sliced
    • 1 lemon, juiced
    • Salt and pepper, as desired

    Directions

    1. Make the dressing: In a high-speed blender combine all caesar salad ingredients. Pulse once or twice just until blended. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired and set aside.
    2. Season chicken with salt and pepper and grill for 8-10 minutes on each side until no pink remains. Cut into cubes and set aside.
    3. Make pasta as instructed on package then drain and place into a large bowl.
    4. Assemble: In a large bowl, add pasta, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, and chicken. Pour over dressing and mix to combine. Add 1/2 lemon juiced, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy!

    Recipe Notes

    1. If you want it creamier, making extra dressing!
    2. You can use rotisserie chicken, too!
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    Easy Scallop Pasta

    Good moooorning!

    This year I joined a local CSA and cannot believe it has taken me this long to get involved in one. So many of you ask how to shop and eat clean on a budget, and I highly recommend joining a local CSA to help with your shopping. For the money we spent for the 20 weeks, the amount of produce we get weekly is AMAZING. I am making all the fresh veggies with dinner. And lunch. And breakfast!

    Like this delicious summer squash pasta.

    Probably one of the easiest, most delicious, light dinners around.

    Perfect for SUMMER!

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    My hand model Mike helping me mix up the delicious summer-y sauce.

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    And here you have it, easy scallop ‘pasta’!

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    This is a sponsored post on behalf of Pacific Foods. All opinions on Lexi’s Clean Kitchen are always my own. My sponsors help make LCK possible!

    What is your favorite Summer dinner?

    Watermelon Salad with Basil-Ginger Dressing

    I love the warm weather. It seriously makes me so happy. Sunshine does some amazing things, my friends. I mean, I feel like all Winter I hibernated and now we’re BACK. Ya with me?

    Like last night for example. We went into Boston and had the best dinner at Wink & Nod. The concept is really cool- it is essentially a rotating kitchen where every 6 month a new chef runs the kitchen and experiment with creative and bold dishes to pair with their cocktails. This month the Chef Patrick whipped up some amazing cuisine inspired by the Philippines, Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, and many more. It was a seriously awesome night with some amazing #Boston bloggers (so so full). Love to the awesome Sarah from Sarahfit and all the talented ladies I met- Monica, Katie, and Becky!

    So speaking of warm weather and fun Spring and Summer night’s out, let’s get the grill ready to go! I mean, I’ve fully taken advantage of the warm weather/no oven cooking the past few days. The absolute perfect refreshing side is this watermelon salad. Seriously. So perfect.

    This watermelon salad is packed with the perfect warm weather flavors: Sweet watermelon drizzled with delicious olive oil, garnished with toasted almonds, bacon, mint, sliced red onion, and a sweet Basil Ginger Dressing. This will be a BBQ hit all summer long!

    Watermelon Salad with Basil-Ginger Dressing

    My blogger friends and I are back to bring you BBQ sides that are perfect all Spring and Summer long. You really cannot go wrong with these, they are all gluten and dairy-free and veggie-packed!

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    Roasted Sweet Potato Salad from Brittany of Eating Bird Food

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    Healthy Asian Snap Pea Salad from Davida of The Healthy MavenASIAN-SNAP-PEA-SALAD-labelled

    Pineapple Coleslaw from Lee of Fit Foodie Finds

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    Sweet Potato Salad with Avocado Pesto from Taylor of Food Faith FitnessROUNDUP-2

    Have 15 minutes or less? My watermelon salad is the perfect combination of savory and sweet, and screams SUMMER (okay, Spring).

    Watermelon Salad with Basil-Ginger Dressing

    Watermelon Salad with Basil-Ginger Dressing

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    Watermelon Salad with Basil-Ginger Dressing

    Watermelon Salad with Basil-Ginger Dressing

    Watermelon Salad with Basil-Ginger Dressing

    Prep Time 15 min

    Ingredients

    • 1 medium watermelon
    • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
    • 1/2 red onion, finely sliced
    • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
    • Dash fine pink sea salt
    • 1-2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
    • Optional: 1/3 cup feta cheese (leave out for dairy-free & vegan)
    • Optional: 4 strips crispy bacon, chopped

    Basil-Ginger Dressing

    Directions

  • In a bowl place cubed watermelon
  • Drizzle olive oil and sea salt over it
  • In a skillet over medium heat, toast almonds
  • Cook bacon using your desired method
  • Assemble the salad by adding your sliced onion, bacon, feta, almonds, and mint leaves
  • In a blender, blend dressing ingredients until smooth and drizzle over salad
  • Serve immediately
  • Recipe Notes

  • Serving size will depend on the size of your watermelon
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    Bacon Wrapped Sriracha Lime Chicken Bites

    Wow, wow, wow. This is the last Friday of my Healthy Food Friday series with American Express for 2014! What a year it has been. Don’t you worry, we have tons of amazing ideas and eats coming your way in 2015! Before we get to the absolute best appetizer to ring in the new year with, let’s throw it back to your favorites of HFF 2014.The Best of HFF 2014

    So many good ones, huh?

    Mason Jar Salads // Avocado Boats // Homemade Nutella //Power Bites // Easy Jam // Vanilla Almond Sunbutter // Build the Perfect Smoothie // Guide to Apples // Build the Ultimate Popsicle // How Much to Serve For Thanksgiving

    Find all of the Healthy Food Friday posts here.

    Now… New Years Eve is upon us. If you’ve been around my website for a while, you know that I love to entertain. Dinner parties, holidays, football Sunday’s- any excuse, I’m in! These Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites are the perfect bite-size appetizer for your NYE festivities. Bursting with a hint of sriracha and lime flavors plus… bacon!

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    And don’t forget, you can purchase cookware to create any of my dishes throughout the year with your Membership Rewards(r) points from American Express! Check out the extensive catalog here.

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    I was selected by American Express to contribute to their Tumblr community. As such I was paid for my services, but all opinions in general and about American Express are my own. 

    What are your NYE plans? What did you enjoy most from my Friday series- recipes, infographics?

    #2ways2percent: Butternut Squash Pizza and Creamy Butternut Squash Puree with Scallops and Bacon

    Another month, another #2ways2percent! If you missed last month’s post and my excitement about the program, let me reiterate! American Express has teamed up with Whole Foods to give you a break during the holiday season. From now until February 15th, when you use your American Express Blue Cash Card, you’ll get an additional 2% back on groceries. For my specific card, I’m getting 5% cash back total. Let me tell you, it’s helpful!

    Now that you know I love a good deal, let’s move on to this week’s Healthy Food Friday speciality ingredient: Butternut Squash, and my two favorite ways to prepare. 

    Way number one: Roasted Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Pizza {with the optional goat cheese}

    Way number two: Creamy Butternut Squash Puree with Seared Scallops and Bacon
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    We all win with these. Your family will love this for a weeknight dinner, and your guests will gush over them for your weekend dinner party.

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    What’s your favorite way to prepare butternut squash?

    Roasted Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Pizza

    Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 45 min

    Ingredients

      Pizza Crust

      Toppings

      Directions

    • Preheat oven to 350
    • In a bowl combine tapioca, coconut flour, baking powder, salt, garlic, Italian seasoning, and flax
    • Add in warm water and mix well
    • Add in palm shortening and egg; mix well
    • Line a baking sheet with slipat baking mat or parchment paper; sprinkle with tapioca flour
    • Roll the dough into a ball (it'll be somewhat sticky- it's okay)
    • Plop the ball onto your baking sheet and cover with an additional peach of parchment paper
    • Using a roller, gently roll out dough until thin
    • Bake until crispy- about 20 minutes
    • Peel butternut squash, cut in half and scoop out seeds, cut into cubes drizzle with oil and sea salt,- roast on 400 face down for 30-40 minutes or until soft (prepare this first)
    • In a pan, saute onions with 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • Saute over medium/low until onions are brown and caramelized- watch that it does not burn
    • In a separate pan, sauté spinach with 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 clove garlic, and a dash of himalayan sea salt- sauté until wilted and set aside
    • Assemble- Mix grass-fed butter or oil with crushed garlic and a dash of himalayan sea salt
    • Spread on cooked pizza crust
    • Add toppings and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes
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