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Sunday 12 May 2019

French-Style Chicken and Fennel Braise, plus a LCHF Dessert

As regular readers know, this blog brings a variety of recipe ideas, and it is always important to note, that not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account, and if you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, then test is best, i.e. use your meter.

Now many diabetics, and those who live the LCHF or Keto lifestyle, do not include potatoes in their menu plans and this recipe suggestion does include salad potatoes! The original recipe shows carbs per serving as 27g so there may be readers who find it will not fit into their LCHF menu plans - but as always dear reader the choice is yours. 

Always remember that recipes can be amended slightly to suit your needs and adjust the carbs or nutrition requirements accordingly. If you would like a lower carb alternative to potatoes you will find some suggestions here

But let's get onto the recipe suggestion, it's something with a French Style … 
Serves Two
tsp olive oil
4 shallots, halved
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 fennel bulb, cut into 8 wedges
4 pancetta rashers, cut into strips
2 small chicken breast fillets
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
200g salad potatoes, halved
100g spring greens or shredded savoy cabbage

1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the shallots, garlic, fennel and pancetta. Cook for 5 minutes or until the vegetables start to lightly caramelise.
2. Add the chicken breasts and cook for 5 minutes, turning occasionally, until coloured. Add the tomatoes and 100ml water, then cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
3. Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in a pan of boiling salted water for 15 minutes.  Add the greens and cook for 5 minutes more, then drain well and season.

4. Serve the chicken and fennel braise with the potatoes and greens on the side.

Nutritional information (per serving)
Fat 10gr Carbs 27gr Fibre 10gr Protein 47gr 

From an original idea here

Did you know Fennel is Fabulous ...
Find out more here

If you should be interested in reading a little more about the LCHF lifestyle then why not have a look at our 'Introduction to low-carb for beginners' post here

… and to follow that lovely dish, if you may want a low carb dessert, here are five to choose from, please see more details here

All the best Jan


Lowcarb team member said...

N.B. Mother's Day 2019

In many countries today (12 May) is Mother's Day, but not here in the UK as we celebrated ours on 31 March. However, I take this opportunity of wishing all those who may celebrate today ... a very Happy Mother's Day.

All the best Jan

Elephant's Child said...

I think fennel is a severely underused veg. I love its fresh taste.

Tom said... more of the many ways to enjoy chicken.

Anonymous said...

delicious and so pretty too !

peppylady (Dora) said...

Wish I knew more about fennel.
Coffee is on

Lowcarb team member said...

peppylady (Dora) said...
Wish I knew more about fennel.
Coffee is on

Hello Dora, many thanks for your comment.
You can find out more about fennel by using the link below.

All the best Jan

Amy Purdy said...

This sounds like a good recipe.

Christine said...

Looks delicious!

Valerie-Jael said...

Yummy, chicken and fennel, two of my BIG faves. Have a great week, Valerie

Iris Flavia said...

I love your blog/recipes.
I can eat anything, but my hubby is sick (pancreas, as his Mum and his Dad´s Mum), my big Niece has Diabetes I and I fear to be alone with her (she´s 9).
Oh so often I am thankful for being healthy and sad for them being not.
I cannot go to a restaurant with hubby as it can result in big pain (you can ask but are they telling the truth? Once hot oil is involved, ohhh....).
His co-worker threw a party, he had "safe" food and at 3 in the morning he woke up in big pain, taking meds that have bad side effects.
Thank you for always making sure people have to be aware of the fact that they maybe cannot have a meal you publish here.

Margaret D said...

Looks rather good.
Thanks regarding Mother's Day..

Jo said...

That looks very tasty.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Um prato com aspecto delicioso.
Um abraço e boa semana.

Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

mamasmercantile said...

Fennel is something I rarely use but you have inspired me to learn more about it.

My name is Erika. said...

Yummy. Last week was not a good food week for me in the food department so this week it's back to the healthy. This looks like a good choice. have a super new week Jan. Hugs-Erika

NatureFootstep said...

this is probablyVVERY tasty :)

A Cuban In London said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous! Great recipe. Thanks.

Greetings from London.

eileeninmd said...


This sounds like a delicious chicken meal.
Thanks for sharing.
Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

CJ Kennedy said...

Thanks for the link of alternatives to potatoes. I never knew there were so many other veg that could be used in the same way

sage said...

Delicious looking and I like the link to potato alternatives. I wish I could easily find celeriac here-I’ve tried to grow it but without success (but I do grow turnips, rutabagas in winter and zucchini in summer)

This N That said...

Never tried Fennel..I'm not big on trying new things...I'm probably missing a lot..Enjoy your week...

Jeanie said...

Fennel is one of my favorites. This looks delish!

Jordi López Pérez said...

Tomo nota! Saludos.

Miss Val's Creations said...

I am not a big fennel fan but it does look cool on the plate!

carol l mckenna said...

Love fennel ~ and looks like a delish meal ~ would use pasta instead of chicken ~ (not a meat eater per se)

Happy Day to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Debbie said...

i have recently seen many recipes using fennel, i must try it as it is a food unfamiliar to me!!

Stephanie said...

Hello, sweet Jan! Ah, what a delight to pop in for a visit...I have missed you and your wonderful posts. I so enjoyed this post and the information you shared. Thank you, my friend.

Also, thank you for the sweet visits to my blog. Life has taken over and blogging has been put on hold for the time being.

Hugs and joy to you!

William Kendall said...

It sounds good.

Martha said...

This sounds wonderful!

DMS said...

I love fennel and have since I worked at a restaurant in which a cook used it in one of my favorite dishes.