Creamy Artichoke Chicken

This creamy artichoke chicken with mushrooms is a recipe I’ve adapted from a diabetes cookbook. Now, I don’t usually like such recipes as, in my opinion, they are still surprisingly hefty on the carbs. This one is an exception, although I’ve still trimmed the flour thickener even more. Unlike my other low-starch recipes you actually don’t need to bake the chicken ahead of time, which makes it a great timesaver. And otherwise the combination of artichokes and mushrooms makes it incredibly tasty. Serve with cauliflower rice (or regular brown rice if you’re not following a prediabetes diet) and a huge helping of a green veggie, such as steamed broccoli.

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 1/2 large packages cremini mushrooms, roughly chopped

1 1/2 lb raw organic chicken breast tenders

1 1/2 tsp regular or smoked paprika

1 1/2 tsp dried thyme

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1 can (14 oz) artichoke hearts in water, drained well and roughly chopped

1/2 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp stone-ground whole wheat flour

1/2 Tbsp cornstarch

3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

1/2 cup skim or low-fat milk

Optional: 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese for topping

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Microwave the mushrooms in a bowl for 2-3 minutes and drain well. Set aside.
  3. Grease the bottom of a 13×9 glass baking dish, and place in the chicken tenders.
  4. Combine the paprika, thyme, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside 1 tsp of the seasoning mixture and sprinkle the remaining over the chicken.
  5. Arrange the artichoke hearts around the chicken.
  6. Melt the butter in a skillet on medium-high, then add the mushrooms and reserved seasoning mix. Sprinkle the flour and cornstarch over the mushrooms, and stir well. Add the broth and milk and simmer 5-10 minutes until thickened. Pour the sauce over the chicken and artichokes.
  7. Bake for approximately 30 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
  8. Serve with a sprinkling of the optional Parmesan cheese.creamy artichoke chicken creamy artichoke chicken