Clean eating is simply a way of life. To commit to removing unnecessary junk from your diet requires dedication and above all a little bit of self-love.
You can nourish your body inside and out with the food you eat. While it takes dedication to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it doesn’t have to be hard!
There are clean eating recipes that are low carb and high protein meals that require little to no preparation and with simple ingredients.
This high-protein baked chicken and tomatoes recipe is sure to leave you feeling nourished, full, and satisfied!
How To Make Baked Chicken And Tomatoes Recipe
Ingredients You Need
Gather the following ingredients for this high-protein, low-carb recipe:
- 5 oz can of chicken or baked chicken breast (shredded)
- 1/4 cup Mozzarella
- 3 Roma tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- Salt to taste
Two other items you will need are parchment paper for easier cleanup and of course a baking sheet.
Steps For Cooking
Step 1: Preheat Oven To 400℉
Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. While the oven is preheating go ahead and grab a baking sheet and a sheet of parchment paper.
Although parchment paper is not a necessity for this recipe having parchment paper makes it so much easier when it’s time to clean up! I highly suggest it!
Step 2: Slice Tomatoes
Grab a cutting board, a well-sharpened knife, and three Roma tomatoes. Wash the Roma tomatoes first. Chop off the top greenery (if any) and begin to make thick slices.
Remember that the tomatoes will cook down and soften especially with the added ingredients you will be adding on top!
If you don’t want to use Roma tomatoes, Beefsteak tomatoes also work well for this delicious recipe. Place the thick slices of tomatoes on the baking sheet with parchment paper.
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Step 3: Sprinkle Olive Oil, Italian Seasoning, & Salt
Measure one tablespoon of olive oil and begin to lightly sprinkle and/or pour the olive oil across each tomato slice. Olive oil provides a healthy fat for your body to absorb that won’t add to your waistline.
It’s always important to remember that with each low carb recipe the fat content needs to be raised. So always think of ways to add healthy fats like olive oils and coconut oil to your dishes!
After you’ve sprinkled all the olive oil over the tomatoes, measure out 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning and salt and sprinkle over the Roma tomatoes.
It is worth mentioning that if you tend to keep carbohydrates low in your diet, it’s important to add extra sodium whenever possible. Low-carb diets typically limit foods that naturally have a lot of sodium like potatoes. Supplementation for electrolytes is a must for a low-carb diet!
Step 4: Top With Chicken
There are two ways you can do this: Take the easy way out and grab a 5 oz can of cook chicken or cooked 5 oz of chicken ahead of time and shred the chicken. Either way is fine and will give you the protein your body needs to fuel your brain and muscles.
I will say after cooking, some of the ends of the shredded chicken do become a little crispy. (At least they did for me!) While I don’t mind that happening, this may bother you.
To avoid crispy and dry chicken ends, try to use the entire surface of the tomato slices to cover with chicken compared to creating large mounds of chicken. Also, make sure that as much mozzarella cheese as possible covers all the shredded chicken.
Don’t forget- You can always add more cheese if you need to!
Step 5: Sprinkle The Mozzarella
Finish the baked chicken and tomatoes recipe by sprinkling 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella on top of each slice. Although you can always sprinkle the cheese on before, I prefer it on the very top so it will brown up a little bit.
You can also do a cheese mix with mozzarella and parmesan. Of course, you can also opt for a completely different cheese like sharp white cheddar cheese. The choice is yours!
Just remember that once you replace the mozzarella cheese, you may need to check how many calories you are decreasing or increasing for an accurate calorie count (if you are tracking your macros or calories).
Step 6: Cook It and Enjoy!
Once all your ingredients are added on top of the Roma tomatoes, make sure your oven is fully preheated to 400 degrees and place the baking sheet on the bottom rack for 15 minutes.
When they are done use a spatula and move and place them on your plate. Cut up, eat with a fork and enjoy!
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What I Love About This Baked Chicken And Tomatoes Recipe
Not only does this recipe provide a high protein clean meal, but it only takes a few simple ingredients to make this delicious lunch or dinner!
This recipe is also versatile in the fact that you can substitute…
- Different types of tomatoes
- Chicken breast for canned chicken
- Different types of cheeses
So if you’re wanting a clean, low-carb, high-protein lunch or dinner recipe, then give this baked chicken and tomatoes recipe a try today to help you eat healthy and continue your weight loss journey!
Calories (full meal)= 440
Fat= 25.5 g
Carbohydrates= 10 g
Protein= 33 g