Thursday, January 14, 2010

Paula Deen's Lean: Chicken a la Gaynor

Cooking can be intimidating. This is especially so when looking at a list of ingredients and having no idea what some of them are. In the past, this would scare me away from trying the recipe...but not anymore. From this point on, I have decided to stand up to the "recipe" and not allow it to defeat me. So what if I don't know what a "vignette" is? It's not going to stop me! Each cooking experience is an opportunity to learn something new about food and cooking. Therfore, in my personal moment of triumph, I bring you a healthy version of Paula Deen's Chicken a la Gaynor (original recipes calls for those "vignettes"). This is proof that even if you don't know what the recipe is calling for, you can still figure it out and make it work. Don't be intimidated. It's just food.

Serves 5

1-1/2  lbs. boneless/skinless chicken breasts
1 10 oz can of Campbell's Healthy Request cream of chicken soup
1 3 oz can of sliced mushrooms
8 ounce FAT FREE sour cream
2 ounce 1% milk
2 ounce cooking sherry


Lightly season with seasoned salt. Bake in oven (425 degrees) for about 20 minutes.

While chicken bakes, pour chicken soup and FAT FREE sour cream into a sauce pan slowly adding 1% milk, sherry, and mushrooms (in that order) until smooth. Put aside.

When chicken is brown (approx 20 minutes) pour soup mixture over chicken and return chicken to the oven for 15-20 minutes.

Serve over brown rice, whole wheat pasta or No-Yolk egg noodles with colorful veggies such as spiced carrots and green beans almandine for a sumptuous meal that’s ready in an hour and tastes like you’ve been cooking all day long.

Recipe courtesy of Gloria Gaynor

This recipe was wonderful! When I told my husband that it was a healthy meal, he couldn't understand how chicken smothered with cream sauce could be low fat. Well, your dream has come true, because it most definitely is! There is absolutely no butter or cheese in this recipe. Low-fat or fat-free ingredients were used to make this delicious sauce. Using boneless and skinless chicken breasts assures that you are getting the leanest protein without the added fat and calories from the skin. We enjoyed our Chicken a la Gaynor over No-Yolk egg noodles and it was fantastic! Top it off with just a little salt and pepper, and you have yourself an indulgent dish with nothing to feel guilty about. ENJOY!!

NUTRITION FACTS (per serving): 219.6 calories;  3.23g fat;  9.54g carbohydrate;  33.34g protein;  .68g fiber


  1. be bold, be fearless!!!

    it sounds terrific!

  2. Hey! This is the second recipe I've found for next week's menus - one fattening one for Superman and one lean one (yours) for moi! Thanks!

  3. Amen sister!!! When in doubt, Google it!

    This recipe looks awesome. I have bookmarked it,.

  4. Our whole family has started dieting this year. And we need some good, healthy, low cal recipes. So Im following you now. Cant wait to see what you come up with next.



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