December 21, 2011

Eating Well North Country Braised Chicken

I have always been an active person. Growing up I was active in swimming, dancing, gymnastics, basically you name the physical activity and I was ready to try it. My eating habits have been mostly healthy as well, with periods of my life being vegetarian and vegan. When I got married I quickly realized that my husband and I were polar opposites in the healthy lifestyle boat. To him healthy was only eating 4 pieces of bacon instead of 6. Now don't get me wrong, I love bacon also, but I'm more of a one or two piece person and nothing more. When my husband and I were married around two years and I was pregnant with my first child my mother was diagnosed with cancer. I was 2500 hundred miles away and my son was nine days old when my mom passed away. This was the second woman in my family to pass away from cancer, my grandmother died before I was born. I quickly decided that I needed to change the way that I was creating food for my family and I started cooking as many things as I could from scratch. It has been a gradual process with my husband. I have gotten him to the point that meat is normally an ingredient rather than a centerpiece to a meal and he even asked for me to start making tofu once a week (score!). The one ingredient I have had a harder time convincing him to eat more frequently is chicken breast. My family prefers chicken thighs and I am always struggling to find a recipe using breasts that will be enjoyed. Last month I started receiving a new magazine, Eating Well, and I was excited to find a recipe for North Country Braised Chicken, that used chicken breast, and was low in fat and looked delicious.

This recipe has 12 ingredients. The total time is 45 minutes, with 30 minutes being active, and makes 8 servings. I had to go to multiple stores to find all the ingredients for this recipe. I was unable to find rutabaga at any of my local grocery stores, but was surprised to find that my local super store had them readily available. For the thyme I chose to use fresh instead of dry, I prefer the flavor when it is easily available. I had just bought a new dutch oven, so I was excited to try it out in this recipe. The one change that I made to this recipe was the cooking time. I found that my rutabaga took a lot longer to cook than the suggest 20 minutes, probably closer to 30-35 minutes to get to be fully tender. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written.

With only 5 grams of fat and 268 calories per serving, this recipe is very healthy. My two boys had never had rutabaga before and I was unsure if they would even eat any of it. It turns out I had nothing to worry about, they loved it. The rutabaga and pears had a sweet flavor and their tastes blended together perfectly. With 26 grams of protein, this recipe is healthy and delicious and might just convert my family to eating more chicken breasts.

For the recipe go to North Country Braised Chicken.


  1. So sorry about your mom. How horrible that you were so far away.

    You've just inspired me to cook better this coming new year...and you made me feel guilty for eating a cookie for breakfast this morning ;)

    Happy Holidays A - hope you enjoy the time with your family.

  2. I am sorry to her that about your mum. I feel with u. Similiar incident happend to me. My grandma died in france beginning may and I hadnt seen her for 4 years since traveling was expensive I couldnt see her since I am in Goa.

    I am drolling for your braised chicken. sounds like a lovely alternative and a new dish to try out!

  3. @E Thanks for your sweet comment :) Don't worry I have been known to eat cookies for breakfast also, I just try to eat well the majority of the time. I still love chocolate and snacks that I make from scratch :) Happy holidays!

    @Helene It is hard living far away from family. I am glad that I am able to keep in contact on the phone and computer, which makes the distance seem less. Sorry to hear about your grandmother. The chicken really was delicious and very healthy!

  4. What a great sounding recipe, and healthy too! New follower from MBC :)

  5. I am a new follower!

  6. Sounds like a yummy, come ring your christmas bells

  7. Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing.

    Merry Christmas!!! :O)

  8. Your dish looks awesome!

    Following you on GFC from the weekend hop! Please visit if you can:

  9. @Nicole It really is a great recipe! Followed you back :)

    @Betty Followed you back :) Have a great holiday weekend!

    @Georgie Funny post :) Merry Christmas!

    @Diane It really was yummy, the rutabaga was even popular with my two boys! Merry Christmas :)

    @Amanda Thanks :) Followed you back, Merry Christmas!


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