|Healthy Chicken Cutlets with Sweet Onion BBQ Sauce|
Calling all moms, dads and young wives with carnivorous husbands! This recipe is your new best friend. Although these are not chicken cutlets by the traditional definition, they function the same way...they're just vastly more healthy!
My fiancé is a meat-lover with the best of them, and I'm not far behind. Although he graciously eats whatever I offer and enjoys my vegetarian dishes, his body craves animal protein. He exercises five days a week and no amount of hemp powder or quinoa is going to cut it 100% of the time. He's also more of a savory than sweets kind of person (I know, mind = blown), and he will happily eat dinner leftovers for breakfast.
During a recent busy week, I was brainstorming foods that I can prepare in advance and in batches for him, and I found myself hearkening to the classic "dude food" of chicken cutlets. Whether they're smothered in marinara and mozzarella or stuffed into a roll, I don't know many guys who don't heed the siren song of a juicy, flavorful disk of chicken!
Traditionally, chicken cutlets are breaded and fried to ensure peak cave-person appeal, so I had to figure out a way to create a flavorful product without these techniques. My solution was create a chicken meatball, filled with spices, aromatics, moist breadcrumbs and unctuous eggs...and then flatten the heck out of it! Oh, and smother it with a healthy homemade BBQ sauce, just to really seal the deal.
My version of chicken cutlets is made with organic, free-range chicken, so I know that my sweet guy isn't ingesting any hormones, antibiotics or pesticides. They are also baked instead of fried, using only a touch of olive oil, so they're also free from harmful, unstable trans fats. The accompanying barbecue sauce is a hybrid of vinegar-based sauces and thick, syrupy sweet sauces, and it's addicting on its own! You could absolutely make these recipes separately and use them in other dishes.
We both loved having these cutlets around as a protein-packed snack, or enjoyed with roasted veggies and whole grains as a warming, filling meal.