Heart healthy parmesan crusted chicken

November 14, 2008 4:04:59 PM PST
Parmesan crusted chicken breast with sauteed mushrooms, leeks and kale!

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breast
Serving Size 4

4 chicken breast halves without skin -- boneless
½ cup Parmesan cheese -- ground
½ cup bread crumbs
1 tablespoon chives -- minced
½ tablespoon oregano -- chopped
½ tablespoon basil leaves -- chopped fine
1 tablespoon melted butter

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix cheese, bread crumbs, chives, oregano, basil and melted butter together in a small bowl. Lay chicken breast onto plastic wrap, season lightly with salt and pepper. In a medium high sauté pan sear chicken on both sides. Remove chicken from pan and place seared chicken on sheet pan and top each breast with crust. Place chicken in oven and cook for 15-18 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from oven and allow chicken two minutes to rest. Slice into 3-4 slices and serve right away.

Approximate nutrition Values:

Calories: 255
Fat: 9 g
Sodium: 422 mg
Cholesterol: 85 mg

Sauteed Mushroom, Leeks, & Kale
Serving Size 4

3 tablespoons olive oil
1cup Portobello mushroom caps -- diced small
½ cup leeks -- washed and chopped
½ cup low sodium chicken broth
1cup kale -- chopped, ribs removed
1 tablespoon lower fat margarine
low sodium salt
cracked black pepper

In a large sauté pan heat olive oil over medium high heat. Sauté mushrooms for two minutes. Add leeks and continue to cook for another 45 seconds. Next add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce chicken stock by half then finish with kale, margarine, salt and pepper. Turn off heat and serve.

Approximate Nutrition Values:

Calories: 150
Fat: 13 g
Sodium: 48 mg
Cholesterol: 8 mg

About Tre Wilcox:
Tre Wilcox was a popular contestant on Bravo's "Top Chef". He was chef de cuisine at the five-star restaurant Abacus in Dallas and he has been nominated twice for a James Beard Award, known as the Oscars of the food world.

Chef Tre Wilcox will be in Oakland Saturday, Nov. 15 to share the message of healthy holiday cooking and Power to End Stroke with Bay Area residents. The class is 11 a.m at Beebe Memorial Cathedral, 3900 Telegraph Ave. The cost is $5. If you are interested in attending, call The American Heart Association at 510-904-4000.

Power to End Stroke is an initiative of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Its purpose is empower African-Americans to take action and reduce their risk of stroke. Tre's class is made possible by a grant from Kaiser Permanente.

Currently, African-Americans have about twice the risk of a first stroke as white Americans. What many people don't know is that most strokes are preventable and a healthy diet plays a role. Risk factors for stroke include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes; and obesity. You also need to stay active. And if you smoke, stop.

Stroke is the #3 cause of death among Americans, and the #1 cause of disability. Go to http://www.bayareapower.org/ for more about Power to End Stroke.


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