Cuban Pulled Chicken


Cuban Pulled Chicken
Cuban Pulled Chicken

Cuban Pulled Chicken


¼ cup dried cannellini beans

1 cup water

1 tbsp olive oil

1 onion, thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp)

1 chicken breast (½ lb)

1 cup chicken broth

2 cup chopped tomatoes (1 lb)

¾ cup pureed orange

¼ cup lime juice

¾ cup dry white wine

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp dried oregano

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

½ tsp thyme

1 cup broccoli florets

1 red pepper

¼ cup matchstick carrots

1½ cups cooked rice, hot


Cover beans with 1 cup and allow to soak for 6 – 12 hours.  Drain and rinse.

Heat olive oil in a deep skillet or saucepan over medium heat.  Add onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.  Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Dry chicken breast with a paper towel, add to the pan and brown on both sides.  Add broth, turn heat to high and bring to a boil.  Turn heat down to medium-low, cover and simmer chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 160℉, 6-10 minutes. Remove chicken breast from pan.

Add tomatoes, orange, lime juice, wine, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper and thyme to the pan and bring back up to a boil.  Add beans and turn the heat down to low. Simmer beans for 45-60 minutes or until tender.

While beans are cooking, shred chicken and place in the refrigerator.  Chop broccoli florets into bite-size pieces and slice red pepper.

When beans are tender, add broccoli, peppers and carrots to the pan and simmer to desired tenderness, 5-7 minutes.  Add chicken back to the pan and heat through.

Serve over hot rice.


3 servings, 450 calories per serving

Hack:  Frozen vegetables or dehydrated vegetables work well in this recipe.

Hack: Puree any leftover oranges in the blender or food processor for use in recipes such as cakes, cookies or bread.  1 orange yields about ½ cup puree, which can be sealed in a bag and stored in the freezer.



Healthy Bruschetta Chicken Pasta

This easy but satisfying bruschetta chicken pasta dish is made with fresh bruschetta and chicken. It’s perfect for a quick and easy weeknight supper for one!!

Bruschetta Chicken Pasta

Bruschetta Chicken Pasta

Course Main Course
Servings 1 serving
Calories 563 kcal



  • Bring one quart of water to a boil.  Add ½ tsp salt and bowtie pasta.  Boil until al dente (13-15 minutes).  Drain.
  • Heat olive oil in a heavy pan.  While the oil is heating, cut the chicken into 1” cubes and toss with Italian seasoning.  Add chicken to the pan and saute until no pink remains, 6-8 minutes.
  • Add pasta and bruschetta, toss and saute until warmed through.  Remove to a plate. Sprinkle with parmesan and balsamic reduction.  Serve immediately.
  • Hack: Store leftovers in teh refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Hack: Canned or leftover chicken can be used in this recipe.
  • Hack: Feel free to use your favorite pasta or whatever pasta you have on hand!
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Did you know?  Chicken is a healthy, low-fat protein and one of the best protein choices for the price.  Check out the facts here!

Suggestion:  Pack a nutritional and healthy punch by pairing this dish with some asparagus, onions and tomatoes!

Lemon Poppy Seed Chicken with Rice Noodles

An overnight marinade gives lemon poppy seed chicken a bright flavor in this fast and easy dinner for one! Rice noodles make it a great gluten-free option.

Lemon Poppy Seed Chicken with Rice Noodles

Lemon Poppy Seed Chicken with Rice Noodles

Course Main Course
Servings 1
Calories 440 kcal


  • 4 oz skinless, boneless chicken
  • ¼ cup Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing, divided
  • 2 oz linguine rice noodles
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp)
  • ½ cup frozen green peas


  • Seal the chicken in a small bag or container with 2 tbsp lemon poppy seed dressing.  Marinade overnight.
  • Remove the chicken from marinade and cut into 1” pieces.
  • Soak the rice noodles in very hot water for 30 minutes.  Do not oversoak. Drain.
  • While the noodles are soaking, put the onion in saute pan with ¼ cup vegetable broth.  Cook on low heat, stirring frequently, until soft and golden. As the vegetable broth evaporates continue adding, ¼ cup at a time.
  • Turn the heat up to medium and add the garlic.  Saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add the chicken, rice noodles and peas to the pan and stir fry until the chicken is cooked through, 7-10 minutes.  Toss with remaining poppy seed dressing.
  • Serve immediately.
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Did you know?  Frozen produce has many advantages over fresh, including less waste, convenience and price.  It’s even been shown that those who keep frozen produce on hand are more likely to reach their daily recommended servings!

Suggestion:  Oil-free lemon poppy dressing is also a perfect drizzled over pan seared scallops and shrimp!


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