Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Champion Performance Recipe of the Week - Chicken, Garlic & Parmesan Artichoke Chips

I've become obsessed with artichoke 'nachos'. I shared last week with you, a wonderful nacho recipe that has been a hit in our home. This week I've been playing with a more savory twist on the recipe, and let me tell you... this version ROCKS. Make it for yourself, or share with others - it's unbelievably flavorful, filling, and training-diet friendly! Really! And though the ingredient list looks like, and the directions a bit more involved than my usual Recipes of the Week, don't be fooled! This comes together fast, and in 20 minutes you will be nomming on your new favorite food! See step-by-step photos below the recipe.

Chicken, Garlic & Parmesan Artichoke Chips
by Chelle Stafford
serves 4 as a snack or 2 as a meal.

1 large artichoke
1/2 lb ground chicken breast
3 large cloves garlic
1/4 cup diced peppers (variety of color or all one; about 3 mini peppers)
1/4 cup diced brown mushrooms (about 4 mushrooms)
1/2 cup white beans (canned, no added salt). I used Great Northern.
1 bunch chives
1/3 cup fresh grated parmesan or parmesan/reggiano cheese (do not use powdered)
1/2 tsp Mrs. Dash Italian Medley All Natural Salt Free Seasoning Blend
1/4 tsp Smoked Spanish Paprika

Wash and trim artichoke. Place in steamer bag with 1 Tbsp water and microwave for 3 minutes. Allow to rest 1 minute then check for doneness. Leaves will easily separate when cooked. Cook additional 1 minute if needed. (Alternatively, boil or steam as you wish). Set aside to cool.

Finely chop peppers and mushrooms.
Finely chop garlic.
Finely chop chives, set aside.
Rinse beans, then mash. Add 1/4 tsp smoked paprika*, and mix together. Set aside.

Preheat pan to medium high heat. Spray with cooking oil.
Add chicken and garlic to pan and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp Mrs Dash Italian Blend. Using a spatula, break up pieces as the meat cooks. You want it crumbly, not chunky.
When chicken is nearly done, add peppers and mushrooms and continue cooking until veggies are soft and chicken is white all the way through. (you can add more Mrs Dash Italian Blend at this point if you like a stronger flavor). Remove from heat.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and preheat oven to 350.
Remove leaves, discarding any tough ones.
With a spoon, spread about 1/4 tsp of mashed beans on the meaty part of the leaves, then place them on the baking sheet.
Divide the chicken/veggie mixture between the leaves, over the bean mash.
Sprinkle with cheese and chives.
Bake at 350 for 5 minutes.

*NOTE: Spanish Smoked Paprika has a unique flavor unlike traditional paprika.

For 2 serving meal, each serving is: 339 calories, 40 grams protein, 22 grams carbs, 7 grams fat, 8 grams fiber. 14 g net carbs. 
For 4 serving snack, each serving is: 169 calories, 20 grams protein, 11 grams carbs, 3 grams fat, 4 grams fiber. 7 g net carbs.

gather ingredients
cut off stem, trim top, trim leaves (remove thorns)
fully trimmed

chop garlic, trim peppers & mushrooms

trimmed mushrooms & peppers, chopped garlic & chives

finely chop peppers and mushrooms

cook meat & garlic. Add veggies.

cooked mixture

mash beans & add smoked paprika

remove leaves

spread about 1/4 to 1/2 tsp bean mash on each leaf. Lay leaves on parchment covered baking sheet.

divide meat/veggie mixture among the leaves

sprinkle with cheese & chives

bake 5 minutes.


eat ;-)

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  1. Love artichokes - usually just eat them steamed w/ garlic, but this is a GREAT idea. Thanks!! I'm so glad there are people like you who enjoy cooking and experimenting with food.

    1. Thank you!! I'm a foodie at heart and believe that clean eating should taste amazing! I hope you enjoy this recipe! :-)

  2. Thanks much Chelle! Another great recipe. I just recently forced myself to try some new items that I previously stayed clear of (avocados and artichokes) - I truly appreciate your time/patience to put these out here for those of us who also value the clean eating lifestyle! Love that you put the pics with too (it always helps to see what the finished product should look like!) ~ Jen

    1. Thanks, Jen!! :-)
      I'm a photo-with-the-recipe gal, too... I'm working on getting more pictures with each week's recipe. Now that we're all moved in, it should be easier :-)
      Best Wishes!