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Featured Recipe: Chicken Breasts with Goat Cheese and Fire-Roasted Tomatoes

This dish is exceptionally easy to make and worth every second. That said, there is one thing to note: Be careful when checking the chicken for doneness. The tomatoes will likely drip into the chicken. If you cut into the chicken or poke it with a fork to test for doneness, be sure it’s not the liquid from the tomatoes making the chicken look pink even if it’s not.

Ingredients

  • 4 (4-ounce) trimmed boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil spray
  • 1/2 cup canned, drained, diced fire-roasted tomatoes or fire-roasted tomatoes with garlic
  • 2 ounces (about 1/2 cup) goat cheese crumbles
  • 2 tablespoons finely slivered fresh basil leaves, or more to taste (optional)

(Serves 4)
Hands-on Time: 7 Minutes
Hands-off Time: 5 to 9 Minutes

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

Place a medium ovenproof nonstick skillet over high heat. When it’s hot, lightly mist the skillet with spray and immediately add the chicken side by side to the pan so it does not touch. Cook the chicken just until it is golden brown on the outsides, 1 to 2 minutes per side.

Remove the pan from the heat and top each piece of chicken evenly with about 2 tablespoons of the tomatoes, followed by about 1/2 ounce of the cheese. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake the chicken until it is no longer pink inside and the cheese is melted, 5 to 9 minutes. Top evenly with the basil, if desired. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings. Each (1 topped breast) serving has: 171 calories, 29 g protein, 2 g carbohydrates, 4 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 72 mg cholesterol, trace fiber, 198 mg sodium


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More a guide to smarter shopping than cooking, the latest from Alexander (The Biggest Loser Cookbook) gives dieters largely healthy options in 150 basic low-calorie recipes. Alexander admits her recipes are geared for convenience, unabashedly utilizing processed foods and artificial ingredients; though she does offer substitutions for organic or all-natural diets, readers will want to pay attention to nutritional information (Mafia's Favorite Turkey Sandwich, for instance, has over 1,600 mg of sodium per serving, while Tequila Cheese Fondue is measured in two-tablespoon serving sizes). Novices and those pressed for time will be pleased to find more assembly than actual cooking: Pigs in Comforters consists of only four ingredients-olive oil spray, low-fat beef hot dogs, biscuit dough and mustard-and Spicy Tuna Salad comes together in seconds using tuna, low-fat mayo and chili sauce. Almost all of her recipes derive their health benefits from the inclusion of low- or reduced-fat store-bought ingredients: Ravio-Sagne, a ravioli-based riff on lasagna, relies on canned sauce, ravioli and low-fat cheese; Cheesy Brown Rice consists of cooked brown rice and Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese Squares; Peppermint Brownie "Pizza" consists of fat-free whipped topping spread over a low-fat brownie (made from a box mix).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1 edition (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767931572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767931571
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Media Personality, Healthy Comfort Food Chef, Weight Loss Expert, and New York Times Bestselling Author, Devin Alexander, is the Chef of NBC's "The Biggest Loser". Devin's unique approach to healthy cooking and her motivational personal story have landed her appearances on more weight loss and fitness shows than any other food expert or nutritionist in America. Having maintained her 70-pound weight loss for close to 20 years, she lives and eats her message: you don't have to deprive yourself to be fit and healthy. She teaches, The Secret of Food™.

Devin has shared her Devinly™ Decadent secrets as the host of Healthy Decadence on Discovery Health and Fit Tv from 2007-2011, as Host of "America's Chefs on Tour" on PBS and through frequent appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Biggest Loser, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, Access Hollywood Live, The Doctors, Dr. Drew, The View, OMG Insider, Celebrity Fit Club, Discovery Health's National Body Challenge, FOX, CNN, HGTV, USA, Style Network and others as well as through over 500 magazine features including Prevention, Women's Health, Men's Health and Shape. She currently serves as Culinary Advisor to Men's Fitness Magazine and has served as Cooking Expert to Women's Health.

Devin is the author of eight cookbooks. Her first cookbook, Fast Food Fix (Rodale, 2006) was featured as an editor's top pick in USA Today and her follow-up The Biggest Loser Cookbook (Rodale, 2006), a companion to the hit NBC show, spent months on The New York Times Bestsellers List as did her The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook (Rodale, November 2008). Devin's The Most Decadent Diet Ever! (Broadway, 2008) revealed her secrets to living healthy without sacrificing the foods we all love and "I Can't Believe It's Not Fattening" (Broadway 2010) provides the answer for people who think they are too busy to cook. It sold out on QVC. Next she wrote The Biggest Loser Dessert Cookbook (Rodale, November 2010), The Biggest Loser Flavors of the World Cookbook (Rodale, March 2011) and The Biggest Loser Quick & Easy Cookbook (Rodale, 2011), which spent weeks on The New York Times Bestsellers List.

After 9 years as the Owner and Executive Chef of Café Renee Catering, Devin now travels the country lecturing and consulting for major U.S. food and cookware companies. She's on the Advisory Board of the American Culinary Federation's Chef Child Foundation and spent years as Larry King Foundation's Go-To-Chef to speak on "Obesity in America". Her Restaurant, Devinly Decadence™ is currently onboard Royal Caribbean's newest cruiseship Quantum of the Seas, and is coming to Anthem of the Seas April 2015 and Ovation of the Seas April 2016. She's currently working on her food line, Devinly Delites™.

When she's not in her kitchen or traveling, Devin can be found on the beach by her home, playing her new favorite sport, beach tennis. She's plans to obtain a world ranking.

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98 of 100 people found the following review helpful By M.S. on March 11, 2010
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About a year ago, I first heard about Devin Alexander when reading a review for a "diet cookbook" by someone else. The quote was something like "anything by Devin Alexander is better than this". So, I bought the Biggest Loser cookbook, then The Most Decadent Diet Ever and Fast Food Fix. Now, I have I Can't Believe It's Not Fattening, and I am firmly convinced Devin Alexander is a genius. Her "secret" is this: food doesn't have to be plain to be healthy. Her recipes appeal to the food lover who wants to be healthier or lose weight-without compromising taste. Let's face it, most of us do not crave plain grilled chicken and steamed vegetables. All of her cookbooks are a little different: the Biggest Loser is a little more on the VERY low fat and calorie side; Fast Food Fix is geared for the fast food lover; Decadent Diet-well, I can't imagine who wouldn't love that one...unless it's someone who wants everything to be quick. I Can't Believe It's Not Fattening is specifically written to appeal to people who don't have a lot of time to cook. From that standpoint, I think she hits her mark and then some. The recipes sound fabulous, tasty, and EASY! So far, I've had the book for about 48 hours and have made the mini frittatas with herbed goat cheese, the pb&j oatmeal, breakfast fried rice, pierogies with kielbasa and sauerkraut, quick crunchy potato chips (twice) and fixed up french onion dip, and the chocolate banana boat. And worked two-twelve hour+ days. I loved every one of them. I can't claim to have tried every recipe in the book yet; I can tell you that I'm picky and demanding, and I have not yet found one of her recipes that I didn't like. Most of these recipes taste just as "decadent" as her previous recipes but with more "shortcuts"...Read more ›
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on March 12, 2010
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My hero Devin Alexander lost 55 pounds and has kept them off over a decade. She did it by taking all her favorite foods and creating healthier versions. She has written bestselling cookbooks for the Biggest Loser and under her own name. She also has her own cooking show on cable.

This book is a different format from her earlier ones. First, the drawing of Devin on the front is remarkably similar to the one for the Hungry Girl series. The pages are slick and glossy and the color pages of the recipes are gorgeous.

I made a list of all my favorite foods and recipes from restaurants, food courts at all my favorite shopping malls, county fairs, takeout menus, and comfort foods. I wrote them all down and started looking for cookbooks that gave me great tasting healthy alternatives.

I had totally given up on burritos - until I tried her Fully Loaded Turkey Burrito Pocket. At 300 calories and 15 minute prep time, this is one of my favorite meals.

I love tuna so the Spicy Tuna Salad (with chili sauce) was a new taste buzz for me. (I usually put Chesapeake Bay Seafood seasoning on my tuna; some cracked pepper and heat it up for a few minutes.)

One of my favorite snacks is the Faux French Onion Dip (made with Greek yoghurt) and the Quick and Crunchy Potato Chips (made from real potatoes).

All in all Devin continues to be extremely passionate about cooking and has fun with the healthy recipes she creates.

I highly recommend all of her books.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Cindy McC on April 9, 2010
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I am a huge fan of Devin Alexander's Most Decadent Diet Ever and could not resist ordering her latest, I Can't Believe It's Not Fattening. The recipes may well be as wonderful as those in the first book; however, the publisher has chosen to color-code the ingredients and nutritional information by section. That probably would have not been a problem for me twenty years ago, but after a full day, these middle-aged eyes have trouble reading light green or light blue fonts on white backgrounds. Even removing my specially ordered contact lenses and putting on my progressive bifocals has not resulted in the ease of use one wants when reaching for one of the "over 150 ridiculously easy recipes for the super busy."

If you're young and have no difficulty reading light-colored fonts, don't hesitate to buy the book. If you have found that your eyes are changing (and a house guest had the same difficulty, so the problem isn't mine alone), you may want to look at the book before you buy it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 11, 2010
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I love cookbooks and trying new recipes. This book is excellent in that the recipes are all quick and relatively painless and they are healthy. I have tried several already and those have been kid-appetite friendly, tasty and truly are ridiculously easy to make.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Knapp on March 17, 2010
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I have all FIVE of Devin's books and I find them all to be an asset in the kitchen. I just got this one, and so far have only tried the Mexican Mac and Cheese, but it was so easy and wonderfully delicious! I can't wait to keep trying these recipes because they all look so AMAZING! I love Devin's recipes because you don't have to sacrifice flavor OR portion size. With the help of Devin's books, I have lost 130 pounds!!! THANK YOU DEVIN!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. K. Harris on March 29, 2010
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I still enjoy watching Devin Alexander on Fit-TV reruns! I love to make her recipes, as they use ingredients that are easy to find. It's real food that is healthy. I like the fact that she names names...she tells you what she brand she used to make the recipe. I have over 100 cookbooks and I can honestly say her cookbooks are ones I have cooked more recipes out of than any others.
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