MEAL PREP: Blackened Chicken Thighs and Bacon Sweet Potato Hash
On days when I don’t have food prepared for work I often go to Whole Foods and make lunches from their hot food and salad bar. They’ve recently been stocking blackened chicken thighs. I like blackening stuff because it healthily adds deep flavor. The issue with Whole Foods hot food bar is that they have such a heavy hand with the canola oil that you can actually taste it.
If you’re going to be heavy handed with your cooking fat, it shouldn’t be a cheap, processed oil like canola, at the very least it should be a quality fat like a good olive oil, grass fed butter, coconut oil (I know there’s some controversy over coconut oil being healthy right now, I’m still in the ‘it’s good for you camp’), or bacon fat. Because cooking with bacon fat makes me happy, and makes my apartment smell delicious, I meal prepped blackened chicken thighs and a bacon sweet potato hash. It came out very nicely and my place smells fantastic!
Blackened Chicken Thighs
8 Chicken Thighs (I used boneless skinless chicken thighs so that I could rub the spice directly onto the meat, rather than into the skin)
Blackening Spice is a Cajun mixture of paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, black pepper, cayenne pepper, basil and oregano which is a quick and easy way to add a ton of flavor and kick to pretty much any dish. I use it on chicken, steak, fish, I even sprinkle it on eggs. So far the only thing I haven’t tried blackening is a protein shake. I’m blackening my next protein shake!
Bacon and Sweet Potato Hash
Nutrition: Makes 6 servings
Calories, 425; Fat, 23 grams; Protein, 41 grams; Carbohydrates, 12 grams
For a lower calorie option, this can be done just as easily with chicken breast
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