Thursday, January 3, 2013

Yumm Yumm Chicken and veggie meatloaf

One of our favorite dishes to make since my husband and I started eating healthy is a recipe that I came across from The Deen Brothers titled Deen Bros Lighter Chicken Creole Burgers with Bayou Mayo
My husband asked me a few days ago if there was a way to make this into a healthy meatloaf so I did some research and came across a few meatloaves that were made with ground chicken. Our biggest worry was trying to make this just as moist as the burgers because there is nothing worse than a dry meatloaf. I experimented and it came out so flavorful and moist I had to share! The leftovers are great for a meatloaf sandwich (hubby had one today and it was still moist). This can be topped with a sauce if you want we just wanted to try it without to begin with before we experimented with a sauce. I will update when I try different toppings. Off the top of the head it would be great with a spicy marinara or some Frenches onions. 

Yumm Yumm Chicken and Veggie Meatloaf

2 tbs coconut or olive oil
1 large red bell pepper chopped  
1 large onion chopped
8 oz pkg baby bella mushrooms coarsely chopped
4 cloves of garlic minced
2 lb ground chicken
5 slices of whole wheat bread torn
1/2 cup 1% milk
1/4 cup yumm yumm chicken spice *recipe below
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1 large egg
2 tbs ketchup
2 tbs bbq sauce
2 tsp Dijon mustard

Preheat oven to 350
In a skillet heat oil on med/high heat till hot. Add red pepper and onion and saute till almost tender. Add mushrooms and garlic and saute till heated. Remove from heat and scoop into a bowl to cool slightly.  In a large mixing bowl take bread and top with milk. Set aside for just a minute long enough for the milk to absorb into the bread. Once absorbed add veggies, chicken, yumm yumm chicken spice, bread crumbs, egg, ketchup, bbq sauce and mustard. Mix thoroughly. Place in a casserole dish or 2 loaf pans (I used an oblong casserole dish that is 11x9x2) bake in oven at 350 for about 1 hour or until your thermometer in center reaches 160 degrees. Make sure you let it sit 10-15 minutes before slicing. If you add a topping like the french fried onions do it at the last 10 minutes of baking to allow them to be crisp. 

Yumm Yumm Chicken spice  link address*
4 Tbs. sea salt
8 tsp. paprika
8 tsp. onion powder
3 Tbs. granulated garlic or garlic powder
4 tsp. dried thyme
2 Tbs. creole seasoning
1 Tbs. black pepper



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