Oh chicken, the most versatile protein. Oftentimes I find that the problem with trying to turn a recipe into being totally digestion friendly is figuring out what to use in place of black pepper. Such a little thing adds so much flavor! But for most GERD sufferers (myself included), it’s simply not an option. In fact, it’s basically my kryptonite (along with beans) so even though my digestion issues are mostly in check, one meal flavored with black pepper and game over.
It actually wasn’t too difficult to come up with a pepper substitute for this chicken. I love paprika and figured adding that to a creamy base would be quite good and may even result in a paprikash-ish kind of flavor. The results were delicious! The topping doesn’t bake on crispy, but it does brown a bit (without tasting burnt) and develops a splendid texture. The chicken cooks to tender perfection underneath the creamy topping and the end result is fantastic.
It was also super simple and quick to throw together, from start to finish right around 30 minutes. Pounding the chicken breasts to even thickness certainly helps in that area. I actually get asked fairly frequently why flattening the chicken is so important. To be clear, it’s not necessary but is definitely highly encouraged. When you pound out your chicken to be even thickness, they cook at the same rate and cook evenly so that you don’t end up with some undesirably tough parts. The few minutes spent flattening them out will also save you anywhere from 10-20 minutes in cook time, too, depending on how thin they end up. To me, this makes it all worth it. I’m all for having the food go from oven to my mouth as quickly as possible!
The fat content shown in the nutritional information below is quite high. A lot of the fat ends up in the bottom of the pan, but this is still a relatively high fat dish so I would still recommend having a lowfat side dish with this for those with digestion issues. Some steamed carrots and green beans (in low fodmap portion sizes) with a small plain baked potato with a couple tablespoons of lowfat lactose free yogurt and some chives on top or a lowfat rice would be good ideas.