Quick Spicy Italian Chicken in Tomatoes

Spicy Chicken In Tomato Sauce {Low-carb, paleo-friendly, Whole30 compliant, 30 minutes or less} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Quick Spicy Italian Chicken in Tomatoes is such a simple and quick weeknight dinner, that is packed with so much flavor! There is option to turn up, or eliminate the heat of the dish, but either way it’s delicious. Serve these chicken breasts in tomato sauce alongside roasted green beans and you have yourself a perfect low-carb, paleo-friendly, Whole30 approved meal that takes under 30 minutes to prepare! Talk about a WIN!

Chicken breast in tomato sauceQuick Cooked Chicken Breast in Tomato Sauce

Easy weeknight dinners are THE BEST! This quick cooking Spicy Italian Chicken in Tomatoes is a super delicious dinner to cook when you have less than 30 minutes to get food on the table and you are relying on pantry staples!

We made this low carb by serving it with roasted green beans, but if you want to go a little heavier with the carbs and have a little bit more time on your hands you can serve it with roasted potatoes, rice or pasta.

Chicken breast cooked in tomato sauceWant to make this easy chicken and tomato recipe without the spice?

We love spice, but not everybody does, especially if you are serving kids at the table. Feel free to omit the red pepper flakes in this dish, or lower the heat by adding in just half.

Ingredients Needed to Make this Italian Chicken in Tomatoes:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Italian seasoning
  • Dried Basil
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Whole Plum Tomatoes
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Green Beans

You can also substitute whatever seasonal veggies you have on hand to roast as well. Cauliflower would be great here, as would zucchini or eggplant.

Chicken in tomato sauce Italian on a plate

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Spicy Chicken in Tomatoes

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Total Time 0:15 Serves 2

Ingredients

Roasted Green Beans

Directions

  1. Heat extra-virgin olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Pat chicken dry. Season with Italian seasoning, sea salt, and pepper on both sides.
  3. Gently place chicken in pan. Let sear for about 3-4 minutes on each side, until all sides are nicely browned.
  4. Add crushed garlic and onion to the pan and sauté for 2 minutes or until the onions turn translucent.
  5. Lower heat to medium-low and add in tomatoes, basil, red pepper flakes if using, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 8-10 minutes or until sauce has reduced and the chicken is fully cooked through.
  6. While sauce is simmering, pre-heat the oven to 350 ℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss green beans in olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper. Bake green beans for 10-15 minutes or until fully cooked through. When done, set aside until chicken has finished cooking.
  7. If adding spinach, add to the pan for the last 1-2 minutes of simmering until the spinach has started to wilt.
  8. Remove from heat. Serve hot with roasted green beans!
  9. Green Beans: Pre-heat oven to 350 °F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss green beans in garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Place on the parchment lined baking sheet. Once oven is pre-heated, bake for 10-15 minutes, or until fully cooked.

Recipe Notes

  • This post was updated in March, 2017
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Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

These Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are so creamy, flavorful and delicious and make a great lunch or dinner! They also could be perfect as a make-ahead meal option. This buffalo chicken sweet potato recipe is nutritious and filling, gluten-free and optionally made Paleo and Whole30 by omitting the cheese.

Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potato on a sheet tray

Buffalo Chicken Baked Sweet Potato

Who doesn’t love potato skins? Nobody! Who doesn’t love potatoes skins that are made healthier but still with all the flavor? Can’t think of anyone! These healthier baked sweet potato skins are stuffed with a creamy buffalo chicken dip packed with extra veggies and nutrients. These are the perfect appetizer for a game day party, or a super delicious lunch or dinner. We love the portability of these and think they’d be a great make-ahead meal as well.

Close up of sweet potato buffalo chicken

What type of sweet potatoes are best for this recipe?

We choose small to medium sweet potatoes to minimize the time roasting in the oven. You can choose larger ones, but they will take longer to roast. Just make sure they are all about the same size, and as round as you can get to fit in more of the buffalo chicken stuffing.

Can you cook the sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot instead?

You could, but it will likely take you the same amount of time to roast in the oven between the time it takes to come up to pressure and the time it takes to naturally release. Put the sweet potatoes on a basket and add 1 cup of water. You can use the steam function for 10 minutes, with a natural release.

Skinny buffalo chicken stuffed sweet potatoes on a plate

How can you store these Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes for meal prep?

If you wanted to make these for a few days of lunches, complete the recipe as directed and then cool the broiled sweet potatoes completely before placing in a container in the fridge. We like using glass containers because they can double as a storage container and can be heated up in either a microwave or a toaster oven. These would taste better if heated up in a toaster oven, but if the only option when you are at work is a microwave that will work as well!

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Healthy Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potato Skins

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 35 minutes Total Time 0:40 Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Frank’s hot sauce
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees °F.
  2. Pierce sweet potato with a fork, and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes, or until soft.
  3. While the sweet potato is baking, saute onions, carrots, garlic, and scallions for 2-3 minutes, or until the onions turn translucent. Add in spinach and cook just until the spinach starts to wilt. Remove from heat, let cool, and place in a medium mixing bowl.
  4. Add shredded chicken, mayonnaise, hot sauce, and pepper to the sauted vegetables and mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
  5. Once sweet potatoes are soft, carefully cut sweet potatoes in half and scoop out insides to make “boats.” Leave about 1/4 – 1/2 inch of flesh so they don’t become too fragile and difficult to handle.
    Set oven to a high broil.
  6. Fill the sweet potatoes with a heaping spoonful of shredded buffalo chicken. Top with cheddar cheese and broil for 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted. Serve hot!

Recipe Notes

Recipe updated March 2017

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How to Make Maple Kettle Corn

If you’ve ever wondered How to Make Maple Kettle Corn we’re giving away all the details on how to make it at home, in under 10 minutes using just three ingredients! It’s so much better than anything you’ve ever purchased and will be your new favorite go-to treat. It’s whole grain and made without any refined sugars.

How to make kettle corn with maple syrupHow to Make Maple Kettle Corn

How good is that caramel-y kettle corn you buy at fairs, or in a bag at the grocery store? It’s crunchy, sweet and full-on addicting. Well this homemade kettle corn is SO MUCH BETTER, we promise! And it’s super easy to make! Using only three ingredients, 1 pan and 10 minutes of your time, you’re going to want to whip up this maple kettle corn recipe anytime you need a quick treat! If you’re looking for savory or plain popcorn, check out this post!

Maple syrup popcorn

A word on what popcorn to buy

We don’t always recommend buying organic everything, but corn crops in this country are often sprayed with harmful chemicals. We recommend buying an organic brand (and non-GMO) of popcorn, and there are many, and if possible choosing an heirloom variety. These are available in a lot of stores, and also on Amazon. We like the brand Tiny but Mighty and Arrowhead Mills.

How to make homemade kettle corn

There are a few key factors to making sure you are successful at making homemade popcorn:

  1. Use a heavy bottom pan. A heavy pan conducts heat evenly and will ensure all the kernels will pop and that you won’t burn any popcorn.
  2. Don’t skimp on the oil! This recipe calls for 3 tablespoons coconut oil. It make seem like a lot but it is needed in order to create enough steam and heat in the pot to pop all the popcorn.
  3. Give the pan a good shake once the kernels have started rapidly popping. This ensures all the kernel pops and the maple syrup doesn’t burn. When you are shaking the pan be careful of any hot caramel escaping from the pan, it could burn you.
  4. If at any point you see smoke–not steam, immediately turn down the heat. While this never happened during testing for us, if you accidentally cook it too high and the oil burns you’ll want to start over. This will flavor the the whole batch of popcorn like burnt.
  5. Keep the pan covered until the popping starts to slow down. Then you want to leave a small space to let the steam escape so you don’t get soggy popcorn.
  6. Pour the kettle corn on a parchment lined sheet pan to cool. Once it’s cool it will be nice and crunchy.
  7. Store in an air tight container for 2-3 days (it likely won’t last that long!)

Clean eating kettle corn

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How to Make Maple Kettle Corn

Prep Time 00:00 Cook Time 00:06 Inactive Time 00:00 Total Time 00:06 Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat a heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the oil and two popcorn kernels and cover the pot.
  2. Once the popcorn has popped the oil is ready. Add the remaining popcorn kernels and return the cover. Remove the pot from the heat for 30 seconds. This ensures the oil doesn't overheat.
  3. Return the pan to heat. Give the pan a shake every few seconds as you wait for the popcorn to start popping. Once it starts popping, quickly add the maple syrup and salt and stir rapidly. Cover and give it a good shake every few seconds.
  4. Once the popping has slowed down, and let the steam vent by moving the cover on the pan slightly.
  5. Once all the popping has stopped, pour onto a large bowl parchment lined sheet pan and let cool.
  6. Serve once cool or store in an airtight container.
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Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai {Paleo-friendly, grain-free, refined sugar free, dairy-free, vegetarian option} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai is low-carb healthier version of the classic take-out dish! It’s so flavorful, full of veggies and a nice mix of textures! It’s a dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo, keto and whole30 friendly option that is going to be a sure hit.

Spaghetti Squash Pad ThaiSpaghetti Squash Pad Thai

This Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai recipe is one everyone is going to love! It has such an amazing combination of flavors and textures. This healthier version of the classic take-out dish is lower carb thanks to the spaghetti squash swap. We included extra veggies here for some added nutrients, but you can feel free to omit or swap with what you have on hand.

This recipe is a breeze to make once you have the spaghetti squash, so if you’re planning to make this for a quick weeknight dinner you can roast the spaghetti squash ahead of time (or try it in the instant pot, instructions below) to have this healthy dinner on the table quick.

Want to make this vegetarian? We used chicken and shrimp in this recipe, but feel free to add in some extra veggies and omit the meat / seafood to make it vegetarian. If you tolerate soy, you can also add in tofu here.

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

How to Roast Spaghetti Squash

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  2. Cut spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise.
  3. Scoop out seeds.
  4. Brush inside with oil.
  5. Place facedown on baking sheet and adding water to the baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until you can pierce with a fork.
  7. Simply scrape out “spaghetti” with a fork and Enjoy!

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Instant Pot

  1. Cut 3lb. spaghetti squash lengthwise and scoop out seeds.
  2. Add 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot.
  3. Stack the spaghetti squash on top of each other (cut-side up).
  4. Close the lid and make sure the knob is turned to sealing.
  5. Set to manual high-pressure for 10 minutes (increase if your squash is larger than 3lb.)
  6. When the timer goes off, turn the vent on the top of the lid to venting to release the steam.
  7. Once the venting knob has dropped, open the lid and shred the spaghetti squash with two forks to turn squash into spaghetti-like noodles!

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

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Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 0:45 Serves 2

Ingredients

Sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Roast spaghetti squash: Cut spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise. Scoop out seeds. Brush inside with oil. Place facedown on baking sheet and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until you can pierce with a fork. Simply scrape out “spaghetti” with a fork. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, mix sauce ingredients and set aside.
  4. In a large pan, heat extra-virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic, red onion, mushrooms, carrots, bean sprouts, and scallions. Saute until the onion starts to turn translucent and the mushrooms begin to soften. Add in chicken if using raw and cook for 3-5 minutes. Add in shrimp and cook until the shrimp and chicken are fully cooked through, should take about 5 minutes. If using cooked and shredded chicken, add the chicken in with the shrimp.
  5. Add three cups of the spaghetti squash to the skillet and pour in the sauce. Mix well to combine.
  6. Make a space in the center of your pan and add in 3 eggs. Let cook and mix well, so that the eggs are well incorporated.
  7. Taste and adjust spices as needed.
  8. Serve warm! Add the optional garnishes of lime, extra scallions, and/or peanuts if desired.

Recipe Notes

  • If you like more of a saucy Pad Thai, taste and add more sauce as desired
  • Updated March, 2017
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Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew [paleo-friendly, grain-free, dairy-free] | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Slow-Cooker Beef Stew is the perfect healthy comfort food for cold days! It’s hearty, flavorful, packed with veggies, and easy to make right in your crock pot. Make it for a cold winter night, or a festive St. Patrick’s Day meal! Beef stew is a simple recipe that will wow everyone who tries it.

Traditional Beef Stew Recipe

The Slow Cooker is an amazing phenomenon in my opinion. Even those friends of mine who aren’t big cookers use it! Throw all the ingredients in with the right flavor combo and BOOM: the perfect stew. It’s hands off, easy to use, and safe!

What is Irish stew made of?

Filled with beef, carrots, mushrooms, onions, and potatoes is the perfect main dish for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The beef is so tender, it just melts in your mouth!

Tips For Slow Cooker Beef Stew

  • Brown your meat
  • Don’t use too much liquid
  • Don’t skimp on the cook time
  • Layer your beef and veggies
  • Set it and forget it! The beauty of a slow cooker!

Ultimate Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This stew is: hearty, flavorful, tender melt-in-your-mouth beef, and packed with veggies! It is also paleo-friendly, dairy-free, whole30 compliant and has no sugar added… does it get any better than that? I love making this soup at the beginning of the week and enjoy it all week long!

What defines a stew?

  • In a stew you aren’t looking for the consistency of a soup, so minimizing added liquids is helpful!
  • Beef stew doesn’t need to be super, super thick. You’ll most likely be using potatoes, and their starch will naturally thicken your stew! If not, don’t worry, this stew thickens whithout it, too.

What kind of beef is used for stew?

You can buy beef stew meat, which is cut and cubed and is generally chuck or round! Beef round cuts (bottom and eye) are generally leaner than chuck (shoulder, leg and butt) and very well-suited to stew.

I always add beef stew meat to my ButcherBox order in the cold weather months. Each month, ButcherBox  curates a one-of-a-kind selection of the healthiest, tastiest meats, humanely raised and free of antibiotics and hormones. Or you can customize your box and select your favorite cuts and get 20% more meat.The price works out to less than $6.00/meal and shipping is always free. You can also space it out so it’s not every 4 weeks, too! ButcherBox delivers your meat for the month, saves you money, and is the best quality! Order Today and get this amazing deal:

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Can you put raw meat in a slow cooker?

You certainly can, but for this beef stew recipe, we prefer to sear the meat first to bring out the amazing flavor that you’ll get!

Easy Beef Stew

Tools used to make this easy slow cooker beef stew recipe:

  • Slow Cooker: Inexpensive and works great. I’ve had mine for years!
  • Cast Iron Skillet: I like a nice, hot cast iron skillet to sear our stew meat!
  • Chef’s Knife: My go-to chef’s knife. Use whatever you have on hand!
  • Tongs: To easily flip the meat while searing.
  • Cutting Board: A good cutting board, of course! To chop all those veggies!

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Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 8 hr Total Time 8:10 Serves 6

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Sear meat for about 3 minutes on each side, until brown. Set aside.
  2. Place meat and vegetables in the crockpot
  3. Add in broth, tomato paste, tapioca, and spices
  4. Mix well to combine
  5. Set on low for 8-10 hours
  6. After 7 hours, taste and adjust spices to your liking (i.e. add additional salt, cayenne, or red pepper flakes)
  7. Remove bay leaf and serve hot
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Slow Cooker French Onion Soup (Gluten-Free)

This gluten-free and healthy Slow Cooker French Onion Soup is comfort food at it’s finest. It’s made using simple ingredients you likely already have in your pantry, is largely hands-off cooking, is an economical meal and is so rich and flavorful. It can be eaten as is as a light soup, or more traditionally topped with melted cheese and either store-bought or homemade bread.

Slow Cooker French Onion SoupSlow Cooker French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup is such a classic comfort food, it’s hard not to love. If you’ve only eaten it at restaurants you might think it’s difficult to make because it’s SO rich and flavorful, but truly it isn’t that hard at all! And we’ve made it even easier by throwing the whole thing in the slow cooker for easy, hands-off cooking! This Slow Cooker French Onion Soup is a great example of taking really basic pantry items like onions, broth and a few other simple ingredients and turning it into something amazing by slow and low cooking. Recipes using pantry staples are a great to have in your back pocket on days when you don’t have time to run to the grocery store but still want to be able to cook up a great meal for your family.

Crock Pot French Onion Soup

What is French Onion Soup Made Of

Traditionally French onion soup is made by slowly caramelizing onions on the stove top, which can require lots of babysitting and stirring to make sure the onions don’t burn. The onions are then coated in flour and simmered for longer with broth. This Slow Cooker French Onion Soup recipe however takes all the amazing flavors of this bistro classic and tosses them all in the slow cooker to make while you are busy doing other things! The first step is to cook all the onions for about 6 hours, which doesn’t require any stirring. This step can have some wiggle room if you are about and about because it’s hard to burn onions in the slow cooker, so if you aren’t home during the end of the 6 hours of cook time, the onions will likely be fine for 2-3 hours after. Next you simmer the onions in the broth for the remainder 2 hours of cooking time. Classic French onion soup is topped with a large crouton-like piece of bread and cheese. We’ve given directions on how to do this, but truly you can leave this off and this soup is still really flavorful!

What is the best onion to use for French onion soup

This Slow Cooker French Onion Soup recipes uses two kinds of onions. Yellow onion are more sweet with a really bright flavor and red onions have more depth with a touch of bitterness. Together they make a really nuanced and flavorful french onion soup!

Healthy Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

Can you cook French Onion Soup in the Instant Pot?

The short answer is: yes! We’ve included the directions for cooking this soup in the Instant Pot in the notes section of this recipe. However we have to say that it is a little bit more hands on cooking than the slow cooker version.

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