This is our go-to meal during Phase 2 of the HCG diet. It calls for 100 grams of chicken breast with all the fat trimmed off, and a ton of cabbage, which is becoming our favorite veggie.
Prepare that and pull out all the spices that you’ll need. We do 2 different versions of this meal at the same time, because Chris likes his really spicy and more like a stir fry and I like mine more like a soup and can’t handle spice at all! We’ll show you both versions.
Be sure to always weigh out your meat for each portion. There is 3 portions of meat shown above, because we usually make enough for Chris or me to have it for lunch the next day too. A tip for keeping your chicken moist: don’t thaw it out all the way so its still got moisture frozen in the middle when you put it in the pan. When slicing your cabbage think about it as if it were the noodles of a soup…so long and stringy. My mom likes to buy the bagged cabbage that’s already cut into strips. It saves a step! And pull out your seasonings: pepper and salt, crushed red pepper (for the spicy version) ground ginger, paprika, onion and garlic powder.
Using virgin coconut oil, heat up your pan on medium-high heat till the oil is shimmering.
Then add your chicken to the pan and lay it out so one side of each piece is touching the pan. As it cooks on the first side add your seasonings.
Flip your chicken pieces to the other side, add a little more seasoning and allow the chicken to brown. At this point, turn your heat down to medium. Once the chicken is browned, add a little powdered stevia for sweetness to counter-balance the flavor of the ginger.
Then add water (or low sodium, no additive chicken broth) to the pan and bring it to a fast simmer. And now its time for the cabbage!
Add it right to the pan and allow it to wilt a bit and cook down with the water and chicken. Stir occasionally to allow the flavors to coat the strips of cabbage. At this point, Chris removes his portion and adds his red pepper flakes and hot sauce. And then I add more water to the pan for mine (I am getting lunch the next day, so there are two servings worth in here). I enjoy it more like a soup.
And there you have it: Phase 2 HCG friendly Chicken and Cabbage done 2 ways. A fast and easy meal that is one of our favorites.
It is so helpful while on Phase 2 of the HCG diet to think of the foods you can have in different ways. Get creative and you’ll never get bored with the minimal list of acceptable foods.
And this is one recipe that we’ll continue to eat in Phase 3…just adding other things to it like snap peas, carrots, sesame oil and maybe some peanuts. So much variety and lots of healthy options!
Hope this helps some of you out there looking for meal ideas. Check out this post for some other recipes my husband and I have done together and shared.
Have you found any recipes that are fast and easy for your family?
What is your go-to meal on a rushed night?
Please share your recipes and links in the comments below.