“Life is busy but you have to eat!” Well, that seems to be my motto this past year since baby Connor came along. Now that Connor is eating solids it seems like all I am doing is cooking, cleaning up mess and cooking more. Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook it’s just cleaning up afterwards I HATE and my time is getting more limited with my two boys.
I thought I would challenge myself this week to create 4 quick dinners in less than 20 minutes to help myself and YOU on those days when you just don’t have a lot of time BUT You have to eat!
Are you interested in more Flavorful 20 minute meals??
I normally am not a fan of chicken breast but if there is bacon grease and cheese involved, I will eat it! You could also use boneless and skinless chicken thighs or another veggie if you would like. Frozen veggies (and frozen strawberries for shakes) are key for quick meals. Frozen veggies are sometimes even better than fresh because they have been picked at their peak ripeness. I so enjoy fresh foods but I cry when they spoil in the fridge because I didn’t get around to using them! Also consider freezing in season vegetables for use later in the year. Some frozen veggies that I keep on hand: Green beans, sliced carrots, okra (for my Roux-less Gumbo), broccoli, cauliflower, spinach and Brussels sprouts.
You can use fresh green beans in the recipe but just know that it will take about 10 minute longer to cook.
I hope you enjoy this quick and delicious dinner. If you have an extra 5 minutes, this meal would pair perfectly with my Better than Red Lobster Biscuits!
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- 1-1/2 lbs chicken breast or tenders cut into 1 inch chunks
- 2 tbsp. bacon drippings or salted butter
- 1 tbsp. Cajun seasoning
- 1 lb. cut frozen green beans
- 1/2 cup cream
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (or around 2 oz. by weight)
In a large skillet over medium heat, add bacon drippings or butter. As soon as the pan is hot, using tongs, add the diced chicken to the pan in single layer. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 tbsp. Cajun Seasoning. Cook on medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes. Flip chicken and sprinkle with remaining Cajun Seasoning. Add green beans to pan on top of chicken. Add cream and water to pan and cover and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, add Parmesan cheese to pan and gently stir green beans and chicken.
Allow to cook 2-3 more minutes or until green beans are tender, the chicken is completely cooked and the sauce has thickened. Taste for seasoning and adjust if needed. Enjoy!
Nutrition: 275 Calories, 11.5 grams Fat, 7 Total Carbs, 2 grams Fiber, 5 Net Carbs, 34 grams Protein