sundried tomato, basil, & feta topped chicken

We're officially in the final stretch of the 4-week pre-summer clean-eating challenge! I have to say, I'm really feeling the benefits of these past 3 weeks -- mind and body. Don't get me wrong, I can't WAIT to start eating brown rice and avocados and REAL cheese again...but I'm feeling great right now. The 17 day diet portion is tough, but I've tried to keep it somewhat interesting and I've been eating plenty of food, so it hasn't been too too bad. And one of the best parts has been watching some of you follow along with me and hearing how eating clean has benefited you. It's great to hear about losing 5 pounds, but it's even better to hear that someone is feeling better from eating this way. That's what it's all about :)

I have another 17 day diet-approved recipe for you today, and it's one of my favorite meals so far: sundried tomato, basil, and feta-topped chicken. So delish!

It's barely even a recipe it's so easy. You'll need thin chicken breasts, olive oil, spices, sundried tomatoes, herbed fat-free feta, and fresh basil. I found these bagged sundried tomatoes at Trader Joe's and they're awesome! Just make sure the only ingredient is tomatoes. I used this President herbed fat-free feta cheese...but I can't wait to make this with real feta cheese in a few weeks :)

This recipe is basically my spiced chicken (made without butter) topped with a mixture of sundried tomatoes, feta, and chopped fresh basil. It involves a microwave. I told you... it's simple. 

Here's how to make it:

Sundried Tomato, Basil, & Feta-Topped Chicken
For 2 servings

-2 chicken breasts
-2 tbsp olive oil
-Choice of spices (I used sea salt, course ground black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and dried basil)
-2 tbsp sundried tomatoes
-2 tbsp herbed feta cheese (fat free if following 17 day diet)
-1-2 tsp finely chopped fresh basil leaves

-Season both sides of raw chicken breasts liberally with choice of spices. 
-Heat olive oil in a skillet or on a griddle over medium heat. 
-Once hot, add chicken breasts and cook until browned and cooked through, about 6-7 mins/side. 
-Remove chicken from heat, plate, and cover with foil for 5-10 minutes. 
-Meanwhile, mix together sundried tomatoes, feta cheese, and basil in a bowl. 
-Top each chicken breast with half of the tomato mixture, pressing gently. Cover the chicken breasts with a bowl or deep plate and microwave for 1 - 1.5 minutes, until cheese has melted slightly. Serve. 


  1. that looks wicked tasty - I'll have to give it a whirl. I only did the 17 day diet for 1 week - it wasn't working for me... just was not feeling well at all. I'm still eating clean, but added back in whole grains and am feeling much better! I don't think I eat a big enough variety of acceptable foods to make the 17 day diet work!

  2. I am trying this one tonight!! I think I might serve it on a bed of sautéed spinach and make some sort of a dressing or sauce? Any recommendations on a sauce?

    1. Yum! What about a Mediterranean vinaigrette dressing? http://www.taylormadebytaylorbee.com/2013/04/mediterranean-chicken-salad.html

      Or, I also think a balsamic reduction would be delicious! Just pour about 1 cup of balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan and turn heat to high. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook until it has reduced to about 1/3 - 1/2 cup. Pour into a bowl and let cook/thicken for 15-30 minutes.


    2. So delicious!! I made the reduction and ended up sautéing some garlic with the spinach.... yumm!!



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