Sprouted Grain Chicken Cutlets
Seeds can be your best friend. Many of them are great for digestion and are considered longevity foods. This chicken’s got a bunch of ’em…
This is my number 1 go-to recipe. Everyone likes it. Everyone. Ok, well, not my vegetarian and vegan friends. But everyone else. And, I’m going to be bold and say that about 90% of all those who eat it, ask me for the recipe. This recipe for sprouted grain chicken cutlets is that good. I know, you may be dubious, but don’t roll your eyes until you’ve tried it.
This chicken is crispy. The outside layer actually crunches in your mouth, but the chicken itself stays so moist. This is due to a combination of things. First, I highly recommend using boneless chicken thighs, not breasts — these are more flavorful and they don’t dry out like breasts can. Also, I use olive oil, not eggs, to moisten the chicken before dredging it in the magically easy crispy coating mixture.
And, about that magical coating mixture… it’s so easy to make (see the recipe below) and it contains superfoods to heal your body. Ummmmm…. what are you waiting for? You’ve got to try this one!
Perhaps the best part of this sprouted grain chicken cutlets recipe is its versatility. Sometimes I make them into Chicken Milanese by piling a huge mound of salad greens and tomatoes on top. Sometimes, I serve them as-is with a few dipping sauces. Sometimes, I make them into a Chicken Parmesan of sorts. But I alwaysmake enough so that I can store leftovers in the fridge. These magically cutlets make the best leftovers. Cut them up for salads, sandwiches, or just eat them straight out of the fridge.
Okay, are you ready to make them?
And, if you are looking for another awesome chicken recipe, try my Chicken Souvlaki Bowls.
Here are some of the great healing ingredients in these sprouted grain chicken cutlets:
Chicken is something I push people to buy organic if possible. Organic chicken is a great, healthy protein to give you energy, lessen the pain of some types of arthritis, and boost your system when you are particularly weak — like after surgery or childbirth. People who have some conditions that we consider “excess heat” conditions should limit the amount of chicken they eat. So, if you have an illness that gives you a bright red tongue or severe dryness in your body, check with your doctor first. For example, if you have a lot of burning stomach acid, you should avoid chicken for awhile…
Garlic is amazing in its antiviral and antibacterial capabilities. Garlic is actually a Chinese herb (Da Suan). It’s used to kill toxins and parasites and also to reduce swelling in the body. It’s what I call a great “A” herb: anesthetic, antibacterial, anti fungal, antioxidant, antiviral, etc…. In this recipe, I prefer to use garlic powder instead of fresh garlic because sometimes the fresh garlic can burn here, and I hate the taste of burned garlic.
Chia seeds are ancient seeds that got their name from the Mayan word for “strength”. These tiny seeds have the unique ability to turn liquid into a gel-like substance when making puddings and they are great added to smoothies and shakes. They are really good for you because they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and fiber.
Hemp seeds are a superfood. They are high in protein, easily digestible, and contain a full complement of amino acids. They contain disease-fighting phytonutrients that are good for your blood, immune system, tissues and skin. Hemp contains a specific fatty acid that acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory. It also helps balance hormones, making it a great choice to fight the symptoms of PMS. This super seed is also good for your liver and your brain.
Sesame seeds (the black ones) are a Chinese herb (Hei Zhi Ma). Black foods, in Chinese medicine, are knows as longevity foods. This herb is good for so many things, including headaches, constipation, dizziness, and even helping with lactation. White sesame seeds also have many great nutritional benefits. They are also an anti-aging food. If you have backaches, hair thats graying way too fast, ringing in the ears, weak knees, blurry vision or general weakness, go for the sesame seeds; just sprinkle them on everything. Long ago in China, sesame seeds were ground into honey to form a paste and was taken as a medicine to counter old-age and weakness. For this recipe, you can use black or white seeds, or a combination of both.
Flax seeds can relieve constipation and lower cholesterol.
Onions are great for your immune system; they are a natural antihistamine. In the winter, I eat lots and lots of onions… I guess I should feel sorry for the people close to me! Recently, I recommended that a patient with bronchitis put sliced raw onions in her socks when she went to sleep… she woke up so much better; they actually can rid the body of bacteria. (I know I’ve told you this before, but it really is awesome!) Onion is a superhero in the food world! For this recipe, dried onion flakes (the ones you can buy in a jar) are perfect!
- 8 organic boneless chicken thighs
- sea salt and black pepper to season chicken
- ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cups Ezekiel cereal (make sure it's the plain one, NOT the one with the raisins) (you can buy it here)
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 Tbs dried minced onion
- 3 Tbs chia seeds (I like these)
- ¼ cup hemp seeds (I like these)
- 1 Tbs flax seeds (here are some organic ones)
- 2 Tbs sesame seeds (black or white) (if you want some black ones for a treat, here they are)
- Preheat your oven to 400° F convection setting, or 425°F regular bake setting.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Pour the oil into a shallow pie plate or bowl.
- In a second shallow pie plate or bowl, combine the cereal, seasonings, and seeds. Stir until combined well.
- Roll each piece of chicken in the oil and then in the seed mixture, making sure each piece is well-coated. Place the chicken onto the tray, making sure that they are not touching each other.
- Bake in oven for 20 minutes, or until cooked through.