DEVIN ALEXANDER / COOKBOOK AUTHOR: "THE MOSE DECADENT DIET EVER"
BONELESS BUFFALO STRIPS
1 1/2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
16 chicken tenderloins (about 1 pound), trimmed of tendons
Olive oil spray
11/2 tablespoons hot sauce (a thick one like Frank's), plus more to taste
2 tablespoons light butter (stick, not tub)
I generally use chicken tenderloins, as opposed to chicken breasts, for this dish because it saves time. But if the tenderloins are significantly more expensive at your grocery store and you want to save money, you can use chicken breasts. You'll need about four 4-ounce chicken breasts. Just pound them to an even 1/4-inch thickness using the flat side of a meat mallet, and then cut each on a diagonal into four equal strips.
When you're cooking the chicken, it's very important to use a large pan or work in batches. The strips should be cooked in a single layer, not touching. The pan should also be very hot. If cooked as described, the strips will be lightly golden on the outside and very tender on the inside. If not, the moisture released from the chicken will steam it, preventing the chicken from browning and cooking properly.
Mix the flour, garlic powder, and salt in a medium shallow bowl until well combined.
Dip one chicken strip at time into the flour mixture and turn it to coat completely. Then shake off any excess flour. Transfer the strip to a plate. Repeat with the remaining strips, placing them side by side on the plate until they are all coated.
Place a large skillet over high heat. When the skillet is hot, lightly mist it with spray and add the chicken strips side by side, not touching, in a single layer (work in batches, if necessary). Cook until lightly browned on the outside and no longer pink inside, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
Meanwhile, place a small, nonstick skillet over low heat and add the butter and hot sauce. Heat, stirring constantly, until the butter is just melted, being careful not to scorch it. Immediately remove from the heat, add the chicken strips, and toss to coat completely. Add more hot sauce, if desired. Let stand in the pan for 5 minutes, and then toss again (the sauce will stick better after resting) and serve immediately.
Makes 16 strips
Each 4-strip has: 162 calories, 27 g protein,
3 g carbohydrates, 5 g fat, 2 g saturated fat,
73 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 427 mg sodium
BLUE CHEESE DRESSING
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
3 tablespoons fat-free sour cream
3 tablespoons low-fat buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
1/2 cup crumbled reduced-fat blue cheese
Whisk the mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, hot sauce, and vinegar in a medium resealable container until smooth and well combined. Stir in the blue cheese until well combined. Seal the container and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Makes about 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon
I love this dressing. When it's first made it's rich and creamy just like the fatty versions, and it's completely aftertaste free, unlike many of the lower-fat ones. Just note that you shouldn't make this far in advance of serving it. It will become thinner over time, so it's best served within a couple of hours.
Each tablespoon has: 31 calories, 1 g protein,
1 g carbohydrates, 2 g fat, 1 g saturated fat,
4 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 103 mg sodium
You save: 133 calories, 15 g fat, 3 g saturated fat,
46 mg sodium
Traditional serving: 164 calories, 1 g protein,
2 g carbohydrates, 17 g fat, 4 g saturated fat,
17 mg cholesterol, 1 fiber, 149 mg sodium