In my book, the road to success with any diet consists of options that make your food fun and delicious. If you are stuck depriving yourself of the things you love, whatever diet you are on is bound not to work.
Since limiting my carbs, I have looked for ways to make dishes I’ve always loved to eat without derailing my progress. And I have found that giving myself the ability to splurge in certain areas from time-to-time is exactly what I need to stick to my low-carb guns.
So on occasion, I indulge. And that indulgence usually centers around one of the loves of my life — cheese.
These Smothered Blackened Chicken Tenders with Caramelized Onions and Gorgonzola Cheese is a prime example of me taking one of my favorite pub dishes (chicken fingers) and making it low carb while keeping the decadence level at a 10. This recipe is easy to execute and layered with flavors that will make you happy you’ve taken the low-carb route!
Smothered Blackened Chicken Tenders with Caramelized Onions
and Gorgonzola Cheese
For the onions:
1 medium sweet onion, sliced
1 tb olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
In a skillet over medium to medium-high heat, brown the onions in the olive oil. Season with the salt and pepper and cook for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally to allow the onions to brown evenly without burning.
Remove the onions and set them aside.
For the chicken:
24 oz chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch strips
1 tb olive oil plus 1 tb for the pan
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder
Coat the chicken strips with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the spices. Raise the heat under the skillet to medium-high. Coat the pan with the additional tablespoon of olive oil and gently place the chicken into the pan without crowding them. Cook the strips on one side for three minutes. Turn them over and cook for another 2 minutes. Place the cooked chicken on a plate and repeat with the remaining chicken. Replenish the oil as needed.
Bringing it all together:
Place the cooked chicken on a platter. Top the chicken with the cooked onions and gorgonzola cheese (as little or as much as you want). Serve alongside your favorite hot sauce and enjoy while warm!