Ever since I first tried cooking a whole chicken in my slow cooker, I’ve been hooked. It gives me the most delicious, most juicy and moist chicken ever, hands down. They key is to stick it under the broiler for a bit before slow cooking it. This locks in the meat’s natural juices, and helps deliver an absolutely decadent meal. However, if you prefer a more crispy skinned exterior, simply do the broiling process after the chicken is slow cooked. This step is super easy, and will really make a difference in the end product. I also want to note that because this is a whole chicken, the servings will vary in nutritional stats and Points Plus, depending on which part of the chicken you eat and how large that serving is. On AVERAGE, each serving will range in 3-6 Points +, WITHOUT the skin. Breasts would be about 4 Points +, Drumsticks 3 Points +, Thighs 5 Points + …you get the idea. This Weight Watchers Crock Pot Whole Chicken Recipe has gone into our regular meal rotation, because it undeniably delicious. The lemon and rosemary seasoning is my favorite, but you can play around with other spices and herbs as much as you like. TIP: After you’ve removed all the meat, place the carcus of the chicken back in the crock pot with all of the leftover juices, lemons, onion, etc, add water, cover and slow cook on low overnight. The next morning strain out all the bits and you’ve got your own, homemade fresh chicken broth that is a zillion times tastier than any store bought kind! I freeze mine and save it for a future recipe. Seriously…DO THIS…you will love it!
With the heat wave finally starting to come to an end here in Southern California, I’m really getting into the swing of fall cooking! One of my family’s favorite dishes is this Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings Recipe. It is SO ridiculously delicious and SO filling and satisfying. You can feel free to experiment and add other veggies if you’d like. Sometimes, I make it without the potatoes, and that shaves an extra Point off. But those moist, thick, fluffy dumplings are just heavenly, and are the true star of this popular comfort food recipe. Perfect for a chilly day, this tasty Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings is sure to become a family favorite of yours too! Enjoy.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I LOVE MY CROCKPOT. With two young kids, I am busy…constantly. And cooking a healthy Weight Watchers Recipe in my crockpot, can make getting dinner together an absolute breeze. This Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe is one of the kids’ favorites, and it’s just 6 Points + per serving (without the toppings). I just throw in all of the ingredients in the morning, then come dinner time, it’s ready to go! That long, slow simmering process gives the fiberrific soup such fantastic flavor, which I love. Of course, no chicken tortilla soup would be complete without some toppings, so feel free to add on whatever you like – just make sure you calculate the extra Point or two that it may add. Here are some great topping suggestions: avocado slices, reduced fat shredded Montery Jack cheese, sour cream, jalapeño slices, diced red onion, crumbled tortilla chips, chopped cilantro and lime wedges. Yum!
In this delicious and easy Weight Watchers Chicken Recipe, standard chicken breasts get a serious facelift with a wonderful, crispy, spicy crust coating. Chopped buttery pecans and whole wheat panko breadcrumbs are blended with chipotle pepper seasoning and orange zest to add a wonderful, nutty and spicy crust. The coated chicken fillets are then pan fried with barely any oil at all, relying on the natural fats of the pecans to help the frying process. The end result is a healthy and incredible flavorful chicken dish that offers a buttery crisp, with a hint of citrus and a kick of heat. All this mouth-watering flavor for just 6 Points + per serving!
Lately, my schedule has been packed, and my days overflowing with tasks. So, I’ve fallen a bit behind in my menu planning for each week and often have to rely on whatever foods I have in the fridge/freezer/pantry to whip up a tasty and healthy Weight Watchers dinner. And I often have to do this in 30 minutes or less. When this situation arises, it’s recipes like this Creamy Dijon Chicken Recipe that save me. Not only is it quick, easy, and delicious, it requires minimal ingredients, minimal prep AND is just 5 Points + per serving. The creamy sauce is so tangy and flavorful, and it all goes perfectly over potatoes, rice or quinoa. When you need something fast, fabulous, and low in Points, this Creamy Dijon Chicken Recipe is your ticket! Enjoy.
This uniquely delicious Weight Watchers quesadilla recipe brings a whole new dimension of flavor for just 5 Points +. Using a high fiber, low carb flour tortilla as the base, I topped it with chicken breast, fresh arugula, sweet peach slices, and mozzarella & gorgonzola cheeses. Then, it’s drizzled with the balsamic glaze, capped off with another tortilla, and toasted to perfection. The mildly pungent gorgonzola cheese is the perfect complement to the peppery arugula and fresh, sweet peach slices. And the tart balsamic glaze ties it all in together. This is a wonderful summer Weight Watchers Recipe for those days when you are craving something warm and comforting, but still light. Enjoy!
This Tahini Chicken Salad Recipe has quickly topped my list of favorite salads. I probably eat this salad three times a week for lunch, and I never tire of it. The texture of the fresh crunchy cabbage, kale and shredded broccoli stems topped with a creamy tahini sauce is absolute perfection! Early in the week or on Sunday night, I just chop up the crunchy and delicious greens and keep them in a tupperware container in the fridge. This way, I’ve got them ready to go, and just need to toss in some chicken (which I usually have from dinner leftovers) and the dressing. When I’m feeling particularly lazy, I buy a bag of Trader Joe’s Cruciferous Crunch salad mix and use that instead. Super easy. But the real star of this dish is the insanely delicious tahini sauce. I just buy the pre made kind (from Trader Joe’s) and thin it out a bit with lemon juice and water. I am ADDICTED to it! This is a really versatile Weight Watchers salad recipe too…you can use salmon or shrimp instead of the chicken, and/or add in any other veggies you like. Enjoy!
Stir fry recipes are great when you have very little time. I also find that they offer a great way to use up lots of leftover vegetables that have been taking up space in my refrigerator. One of my favorite Weight Watchers Stir Fry Recipes is this Chicken and Asparagus dish. The chicken soaks up all the flavor of the marinade, making it incredibly flavorful, and the fresh asparagus is delicious! Each serving comes out to just 5 Points +, so serve it with steamed brown rice, Soba noodles, or even over some zucchini noodles. Enjoy!
In an attempt to use up an organic eggplant that I bought before it went bad, I decided to put together a quick and easy Weight Watchers stir fry recipe that would have a Szechuan flair. I just diced up some chicken breast, my eggplant, and a red bell pepper and cooked them with an incredible sweet and spicy sauce. It was all ready in less than 30 minutes, and it was absolutely delicious! I used a bit more oil in this recipe than usual because the eggplant is very porous and soaks up a lot. Next time, I may try hovering over it a bit more, and adding broth, tablespoon by tablespoon, instead of more oil, to save a few fat grams (and maybe a Point). But I DO love the flavor of that sesame oil, so perhaps it’s worth it. :) I felt that this Chicken and Eggplant Stir Fry Recipe was just as tasty as the ones I get at my favorite restaurants, but a LOT healthier, and a great “deal” at just 6 Points + per serving.
The flavors of this Apricot Balsamic Chicken are absolutely divine – sweet, tangy, salty…it’s truly mouthwatering. The chicken breasts are seasoned with salt, pepper, and fresh thyme and sautéed quickly. Then they are topped with the most delicious apricot balsamic sauce, that will have you licking the spoon. A bargain at just 5 Points +, this Weight Watchers Recipe tastes way too good to be true. It’s a quick and easy dinner that can be prepared within minutes, and involves no prep work. It’s become my new favorite chicken recipe! Enjoy.
It’s been a busy few weeks around my house lately. With both of my kids in summer camp only 3 half days a week, I have my hands full at home, and have been relying a lot on my crock pot to get dinner done. One of the most delicious and easy Weight Watchers Crock Pot recipes I’ve made is this fantastic Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Chicken. It has all the flavors I crave in one light and tasty dish – it’s sweet, salty and spicy! I like to serve it over a bed of shredded cabbage and use the sauce as a dressing for the cabbage, which makes for a great, low Points + meal. When I want something more filling, I’ll serve it over steamed brown rice, and again using the extra sauce to make the rice more flavorful. This is an easy, reliable and incredibly delicious dish that is a must make if you like spicy. :)
I’m often asked how I have the time to cook so many healthy, low calorie meals, while still managing to have a life. I totally get that food shopping, food prep, and cooking can be very time consuming and tedious at times. So, one of the things I like to do when I have a busy week ahead, is to cook up this Cilantro Lime Chicken, and store it in the fridge or freezer. It’s one of my basic, staple, go-to chicken recipes that is super easy to make and can be used in many different ways. This way, I have chicken that’s light, healthy, and ready to go when I need to put together a meal quickly. It’s so incredibly flavorful, and works wonderfully in a variety of Weight Watchers Recipes. Use it for wraps, on salads, in soups, or over rice and beans…it’s incredibly versatile. I will often make double or triple the recipe and serve some as dinner one night too. it’s really SO delicious, and having it readily available to me on the days that I don’t feel like/don’t have the time to cook, is a HUGE key to successfully keeping me on track. And with the 4th of July coming up this Friday, I’m planning on using this recipe with whole chicken breasts, thighs, and drumsticks to cook on the grill! Much healthier than traditional burgers and hot dogs, this Cilantro Lime Chicken would make a fantastic Weight Watchers Fourth of July Recipe.