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Creamy Cajun Chicken (Dairy-free)

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This recipe comes to us by way of guest contributor Tiffany Flaten of Rock Bottom Wellness. Here's what she has to say about this deceptively dairy-free dish:

Sometimes we all need a little down-home comfort food. I decided to go back to some old, favorite recipes and tweak them to fit my thyroid-friendly diet so I could spice up the menu at home. I came across this Creamy Cajun Chicken, an oldie but a goodie that was given to me by a friend.

I used to only make this dish on occasion because it was “fattening” and induced major feelings of guilt whenever I succumbed to its rich and creamy temptation. After thyroid cancer changed my life, my career, and my nutritional thinking, I learned to embrace these so-called fattening foods guilt-free.

In addition to already being gluten-free, I made this recipe work for me by making it dairy-free as well. What I love about this Creamy Cajun Chicken is that you can easily modify it to your liking, or to what you have on hand.

The protein from the chicken and the fat from the cream-style dairy-free cheese help balance out that blood sugar, plus you’re getting healthy carbohydrates from the vegetables in this dish. Feel free to add as many of those as you want! And, to top it off, the seasonings and spices taste amazing! Serve this over zoodles, spaghetti squash, or your favorite gluten-free pasta.

Enjoy!

 

Thyroid-healthy Recipe Highlights:

 

Creamy Cajun Chicken (Dairy-free)

Creamy Cajun Chicken (Dairy-free)

Yield: 4
Author: Tiffany Flaten, MSN, CNS
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 40 Min
Gluten-free, Dairy-free

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 red pepper, cut into strips
  • Optional: mushrooms, broccoli, or any other veggie you like
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 – 2 cups unsweetened plain almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 4 - 8 oz. Dairy-free cream cheese, Kite Hill brand
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Nutritional yeast, to taste

Instructions

  1. Slice chicken into strips and season with Cajun spices. Set aside.
  2. Cut up the veggies.
  3. Heat pan to medium-high and add coconut oil. Add chicken and cook until tender. 
  4. Add peppers (and broccoli, if using) and other seasonings to pan and cook until veggies are crisp-tender.
  5. Combine almond milk and vinegar and let stand 10 minutes to create dairy-free "buttermilk"
  6. Lower heat and add cream-style cheese and “buttermilk” until you reach the desired thickness.
  7. Add green onion (and mushrooms, if using) and season with nutritional yeast, to taste. 

Notes:

Serve atop zoodles, spaghetti squash noodles, or your favorite gluten-free pasta. (Pictured: Jovial Gluten-free egg tagliatelle.)

Nutrition Facts

Calories

544.08

Fat (grams)

32.41

Sat. Fat (grams)

18.47

Carbs (grams)

18.47

Fiber (grams)

3.99

Net carbs

14.48

Sugar (grams)

9.01

Protein (grams)

45.05

Sodium (milligrams)

1987.31

Cholesterol (grams)

159.35
 
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