This month we are seeing red. Paprika is one of those everyday spices that adds color and flavor to your food. We especially love the smoked variety, but you can go smokey, sweet or spicy, either way it is high in antioxidants, which will help fight chronic diseases.
Tips and notes: You can use any breadcrumbs, but we love the way the panko gets extra crispy. If you can’t find whole wheat panko, find out how to make your own panko with a loaf of whole wheat bread.
To make the panko extra crispy and golden lightly toast in a skillet or in the oven with a drizzle of evoo before coating the chicken.
This recipe is available free to everyone brought to you by Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil as a taste of our Fresh Families Meal plan.
Chicken Fingers with Smokey Cauliflower Sheet Pan Dinner
Yield 4 servings
1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets or 4 cups frozen
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon paprika, smoked is best
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
Freshly cracked black pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1 ½ pounds), cut into strips or 2- inch nuggets
1 egg white whisked with 1 tablespoon water
2 ½ cups panko
½ cup chopped parsley
Garnish: fresh chopped parsley, lemon wedges
Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
- Place cauliflower on baking sheet and toss with evoo, smoked paprika, ½ teaspoon salt and pepper. Roast turning occasionally.
- Meanwhile season chicken breasts with ½ teaspoon salt and pepper. Set out 1 bowl with egg white mixture and 1 bowl or plate with a mix of panko and parsley. Dredge chicken in egg white mixture then panko.
- When cauliflower has cooked for 30 minutes and is slightly browned, push to one side of the pan. Add chicken.
- Roast for 20 minutes or more, flipping chicken once halfway through until chicken is cooked through.
- Sprinkle chicken with a little salt before serving. Serve with homemade ketchup, tahini, mustard, or apricot jam.
Photo courtesy of Esther Dayon
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 13 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 90 mg
Sodium 1187 mg
Total Carbohydrates 55 g
Dietary Fiber 7 g
Sugars 7 g
Protein 48 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.