FOFF Baked Chicken or Vegetarian Option with Capers

by Joanne on November 29, 2012

Really rotten run this morning.  BLAH!

It was the first run with snow covered sidewalks, slush in the road and a slippery surface from the winter weather.  It was a run laden with several stops because of Shane, because of winter running pants falling down, and finally, because of Zoey.  I didn’t stop the Garmin everytime we took a “time-out” which is why I didn’t even run 6 miles in an hour.  Came close but not quite the goal.

I don’t like having bad runs like those that the winter weather can cause.  It feels as if I didn’t even run this morning.  Here’s hoping for better running this weekend.

Food to make me happy again 🙂

This week Carla Vavala of Fusion of Food and Friends allows us to experience the briny tang of capers coupled with lemony chicken or a vegetarian option such as “Gimme Lean” ground crumbles.  Get ready to allow your mouth a wild experience in culinary flavor.

Chicken option

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Vegetarian option

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Makes enough for 4 if using chicken or the vegetarian protein

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  • 4 skinless chicken breasts or Gimme Lean Ground Beef Crumbles cut into 8 disks. or another vegetarian substitute.
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (Carla uses melted butter)
  • 1/4 cup steak sauce – your favorite
  • 2 TBS capers – reserve the liquid
  • 1 jar artichoke hearts, drained

Preheat the oven to 425 F.

Slice the chicken lengthwise and pound thin.

In a large frying pan, add 2 TBS olive oil or butter and sauté the chicken until golden – both sides.   *Do the same with the vegetarian option.

Arrange the protein in a medium baking dish and coat with lemon juice, season with black pepper. *Do the same with the vegetarian option.

In a small bowl, mix the rest of the oil/butter, steak sauce, 2 TBS capers, 2 TBS reserved caper liquid.  Add the artichoke hearts.  Pour this mixture over your protein to coat.

Cover the chicken/vegetarian and bake for 20-25 minutes until the chicken is cooked. Drizzle with any remaining liquid from the baking dish to serve.

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A lot of flavor in this dish.. and T A N G.

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