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Hungry Girl Today: 05.24.11
CHEW THE RIGHT THING


BITE IT!
HG's Hungry Buffalo Gal Chicken Fajitas

Long Live the Buffalo Chicken!

As HUGE fans of Frank's RedHot sauce (we put that... er... stuff on everything), we couldn't wait to make over this menu item. And we did it not a moment too soon, since the Chili's original is now GONE from the menu! Don't worry; ours is really good and it's not going anywhere!

Ingredients:
1/4 cup Fiber One Original bran cereal
Dash garlic powder
Dash onion powder
One 5-oz. raw boneless skinless lean chicken breast cutlet, pounded to 1/3-inch thickness
2 tbsp. fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
3/4 cup sliced bell pepper
1/2 cup sliced onion
1 tbsp. Frank's RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
1 tbsp. precooked real crumbled bacon (like the kind by Oscar Mayer)
1 tbsp. crumbled blue cheese
Optional: large lettuce leaves, salsa, fat-free sour cream

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking pan with nonstick spray and set aside.

Place cereal in a sealable plastic bag; remove air, and seal. Using a meat mallet (or other heavy utensil), crush cereal to a breadcrumb-like consistency through the bag. Add garlic powder and onion powder. Seal and shake to mix. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

Place chicken on another plate and top with egg substitute. Flip chicken to coat both sides. Gently shake chicken to remove excess egg substitute, and transfer to the plate of crumbs. Flip to coat both sides with crumbs.

Place chicken in the baking pan and bake in the oven until crispy and cooked through, about 30 minutes, carefully flipping about halfway through bake time. Set aside.

Meanwhile, bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat on the stove. Add bell pepper and onion and, stirring occasionally, cook until softened, 6 - 8 minutes. Transfer veggies to a clean plate and set aside.

Combine hot sauce with 1 tbsp. water in a bowl, and mix well. Once chicken is cool enough to handle, carefully coat both sides of cooked chicken with sauce mixture. Slice chicken and place over the plated veggies. Top with any remaining sauce mixture.

Sprinkle chicken with bacon and blue cheese. If you like, wrap in lettuce leaves and top with salsa and sour cream. Enjoy!

MAKES 1 SERVING

Serving Size: entire recipe
Calories: 295
Fat: 6g
Sodium: 1,057mg
Carbs: 23g
Fiber: 9.5g
Sugars: 5g
Protein: 42g

PointsPlus® value 7*

HG FYI! Wanna add tortillas? Go for 2 small high-fiber flour tortillas with about 65 calories each; then your fajita meal will have about 425 calories, 10g fat, and a PointsPlus® value of 10*.



FIGHT IT!
Chili's Buffalo Chicken Fajitas

Requiem for a Fajita

We come not to praise Chili's Buffalo Chicken Fajitas, but to bury them. You see, a while back we decided to make over this crazy entrée from the Southwest-inspired chain. Fried chicken slathered in salty hot sauce, loaded with cheese and bacon, joined by oily veggies, and served with a stack of flour tortillas and heavy sour cream... It practically made itself over! We developed the recipe; we fell in LOVE with the recipe. And then we heard Chili's had removed the original item from its menu. Maybe the peeps in charge realized that the 950 calories the dish packed BEFORE adding tortillas and toppings is ridiculous; maybe they finally looked at the sodium count and said, "We've been serving that to people?!" Whatever the reason, we're glad that a) this scary menu item is no longer terrorizing the good patrons of Chili's, and b) we were able to drum up this slimmed-down swap while the original was still around for comparison. Because, quite honestly, ours is REALLY good. Make it and you'll realize you don't miss the old version at all!

Serving Size: 1 order (without tortillas and condiments)
Calories: 950
Fat: 59g
Sodium: 5,120mg
Carbs: 51g
Fiber: 11g
Sugars: n.a.
Protein: 52g

PointsPlus® value 25*


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CHEW ON THIS:
Though we know that today, May 24th, is National Escargot Day, we're gonna pass on the celebration. Restaurant escargot dishes are drowned in butter, and we're not sure where to find snails to cook at home... or if we'd even want to.


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