Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Something seriously looks funny with this meatloaf!!

Yes, I know my meatloaf looks as though it's in the need for a serious TAN but there is nothing wrong with it. Just the choice of meat. Ground Chicken!

Always looking for something to do with ground chicken and turkey that doesn't involve a dried out burger or hidden in chili/spaghetti sauce.

If you have ever done any cooking with ground poultry, you are already aware of how DRY it can get due to its low fat content. So you have to add some 'moisture insurance' aka VEGGIES!

Chicken Meatloaf

1 lb package ground chicken
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 small zucchini, shredded
1/2 cup BAKED potato chips, finely ground

In a bowl, put your ground chicken and salt and pepper. Chop onion and mince garlic and saute in frying pan until soft. With a food processor, using the shredding disk, shred up your zucchini. Do not worry about squeezing out water. We want this moisture. Add shredded zucchini to chicken and cooled onions and garlic. Place a few handfuls of baked potato chips in a small ziploc bag and use your hands to crush finely (this bit of fat free potatoes will help balance the moisture for it to be absorbed rather than cook out). Mix well and press into loaf pan. Cook at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until loaf is firm.

Notice how plain the meatloaf is....since I knew this was going to be more than one meal for us I kept it "clean" for each night afterward it had a different sauce.
Night One: Chunky tomatoes (14 oz) italian style cooked until thick and spooned on top of slices.
Night Two: Simple butter, flour and chicken broth made into a chicken gravy on top.
Night Three: Fresh Salsa (not the jarred stuff) on top with a dollop of reduced fat sour cream.

Alfredo sauce, buffalo wing sauce or even barbecue sauce would work as well. Hence why I didn't why I didn't put herbs to further flavor the meatloaf so I could restyle the leftovers with any flavor we wanted.

Nice way to mix things up and keeping it simple so you can jazz it up the way you want with the topping and it's super moist! Added bonus that it's very lean, very little fat was rendered. Give it a try for your next 'meatloaf' dinner! It was delicious!


1 comment:

Nicole said...

Mmmm, that looks really delicious! Something Hubs would enjoy, and he's not even a meatloaf fan. Can't wait to try it! :)