It seems like they are adding flax seed to everything these days. Store bought crackers, oatmeal, and granola are all marketed as “containing flax seed.” That’s because flax seed is good for you. Very, very good for you. It is high in fiber, lignans, and omega-3 fatty acids. It can lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes. It relieves digestive issues and constipation. The problem is that the human body has a hard time digesting whole flax seeds, so you get much more benefit out of ground flax seed. You can use ground flax seed as a fiber supplement in recipes, oatmeal, or in drinks. When I am using as a coating, as in this recipe, I like Whole Ground Flaxseed Meal from Bob’s Red Mill. If you act now, Vitacost has 2lb bags for $2.99 while supplies last. That is a ridiculously low price. Use this link for $10 off your first purchase!
Ground Flax Seed Coated Chicken
- 1 1/2 lbs. boneless chicken breast (for this recipe, I used thinly sliced chicken breast)
- 1/2 c. Bob’s Red Mill Ground Flaxseed Meal
- 1 tbsp coarse ground pepper
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 tsp Celtic sea salt (can also be found at Vitacost for a good price)
- 1 egg
Preheat oven to 350. Spray cookie sheet with olive oil. I use the Misto Brushed Aluminum Olive Oil Sprayer because I’m not a big fan of propellant in my food (read the ingredient list on your cooking spray – ick!).
Mix the dry ingredients together. Dredge chicken in beaten egg, then in dry mixture. Place on cookie sheet and place in oven for 30 minutes for thinly sliced breasts or pounded breasts, about 45 minutes for regular.
I have been having the leftovers on a salad for lunch. It’s a great, quick way to eat healthy at work.
- WebMD: The Benefits of Flax Seed
- Mayo Clinic: Does ground flaxseed have more health benefits than whole flaxseed?
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