Does it sounds guilt-free and healthy to have chicken grilled with oatmeal? If you have had glanced through the prefix of the this recipe title, you probably already knew my answer. Yes, healthy, you read it right!
Prized for its water-soluble fiber content, it's claimed that daily consumption of a bowl of oatmeal each morning is the perfect way to start your day off as it helps to lower blood cholesterol and will definitely keep the doctor away in the long run. So as chicken, it is low in fat, protein-rich, exceedingly versatile and it is just as beneficial for weight watchers.
If you possess tastebuds accustomed to stronger and more robust flavors, you can infuse a nice piquancy to the dish by dusting the chicken fillet with chilli powder before grilling. The chicken flavor relies heavily on the flavorful chicken marinade which is reminiscent of hot and spicy version of Kentucky Fried Chicken, but nearly greaseless and more healthier. As contrast to the tenderness of the grilled chicken which is wrapped in crispy brown cloaks, this crackly-crunchy oatmeals coating provides the chomping pleasures in our mouths.
You can have the chicken grilled or baked, either way is better than deep-fried. For the recipe, here you go! This recipe is adapted from The Food Site.
150g chicken breast meat, cut into strips
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp chilli powder
1 tbsp sea salt
7 tbsp instant oats (I used Quaker oats)
1 egg white
2-3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, to drizzle
1. Season the chicken strips with garlic powder, chilli powder and a pinch of sea salt. Let it stands for 30 minutes.
2. While the chicken is marinating, put the oats in a bowl and egg white in a second bowl, beat until homogenous.
3. When the chicken is ready to cook, first dip the chicken pieces in the egg white, then coat the chicken in the bed of oats, one at a time. Repeat this for all chicken slices. Place the coated chicken pieces on a tray lined with aluminium foil.
4. Before grilling, drizzle 2 – 3 tbsp of olive oil over the chicken pieces. Grill in the oven for about 8 minutes. Then flip over to the other side and bake for another 8 minutes. Verify the chicken doneness by poking with a toothpick or fork, the juices will run clear and oatmeals turn to crispy brown when it's done.
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