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Slightly Spicy Chicken, Potato & Broccolini "Cedar" Roll Ups

It’s officially Fall! Cooler mornings, shorter days, and time to think about losing a few pounds before for the holiday “eating season” which is just around the corner.

I like to loosely follow Jackie Warner’s “Ten Pounds In Ten Days” diet because it’s satisfying and I’m never hungry. It involves eating the same meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner for 10 days. I like to challenge myself to come up with tasty ways to prepare each night’s dinner which consists of a chicken breast, 3 new potatoes and broccoli. 

It’s amazing how much flavor you can coax out of those ingredients with just a few spices. And besides, who can’t stick to a diet that includes eating potatoes for dinner every night and an avocado sandwich for lunch!
Here’s the latest twist to the chicken–cedar wraps. My friend, Susan, gave them to me and they are so much fun. 

And they make such a nice presentation when you serve each little packet filled with all the spices you like. I used sriracha–my go-to when I want a punch of heat, but you can use your favorites.

  • 2 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3-4 new red new potatoes, sliced
  • 2-3 TBS olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 4-5 spears broccolini, blanced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth, or more
  • sriacha, to taste
  • paprika, to taste
  • Emeril seasoning
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • green onions

Add just enough olive oil to coat bottom of saute pan. Season chicken with salt, pepper, paprika and Emeril seasoning. Cook chicken over medium heat until browned on both sides, about 10 minutes. It will bake in the oven later, so it doesn’t have to cook through.

Remove chicken from pan and deglaze with chicken broth. If you like it spicy, you can add a little sriacha at this point. Taste and season as necessary.

Return chicken to pan, cover and simmer over low heat.

While the chicken is simmering, heat oil in a saute pan, and add the potatoes. Cook over medium heat until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.

When the potatoes are done, remove them and quickly saute the onions until translucent, about 5 minutes.

Blanch the broccolini until crisp/tender, about 4 minutes.

Get ready for assembly. Place two green onions under each cedar wrap on a rimmed cookie sheet. 
Layer the ingredients. Begin with the potatoes on the bottom.

Lay the chicken breasts on top of the potatoes.

Top the chicken with the onions.

Finish with the broccolini.

Pour some of the juice from the saute pan over the mixture. Don’t worry if a little seeps out. 

Carefully tie the packets together with the green onions. 

Bake in a 350 oven for 20 minutes. 

Place each packet on a plate and serve. Let your guest open the surprise. I think you’ll agree–a dinner like this doesn’t feel a bit like you’re on a diet!

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