Thank you to Sunkist for sponsoring this post.
I never really paid much attention to sodium before I had kids. Of course, once I had kids, I became a devout label reader (for them and for myself). Although I didn't know much about sodium, it didn't come as a huge surprise to me, to learn, that almost all Americans consume more sodium that recommended. I don't mean by a little either, on average we consume, 3,400 mg per day and the recommended amount is 1,500-2,300, depending on age, activity, and a few other factors. I know, crazy, right?!
Johnson & Wales even conducted a study about this stuff (who knew). The results show that it is actually possible to reduce the sodium in recipes by enhancing the flavors with Sunkist lemons. Awesome, right?
Still not convinced? That's okay. I'm going to share a recipe with you today that will have you convinced that you can #TabletheSalt by flavoring with lemon instead of salt.
Lemony Sweet & Spicy Chicken
(Flavoring with Lemon Instead of Salt)
I have experimented in the past with adding zest to chicken cutlets so I knew this would work too. First, I set up my breading station: 1 plate flour, 1 shallow bowl of beaten egg and 1 plate of breadcrumbs. Here's where things started to deviate from my usual sodium filled chicken nuggets. Instead of loading my breadcrumbs up with salt, I added the zest of 1 Sunkist lemon and fresh parsley.
While the chicken was cooking, I worked on my dipping sauce. I'll admit, I had the general idea in my head but then I just started tossing things in there, except salt of course! In the end it ended up being a delicious, vibrant, sort of sweet, sort of spicy, thick lemon glaze type sauce (I love when deliciousness is the result of madness). Instead of using it as a dipping sauce, I opted to spoon it right over the chicken. So, as usual, do what you please, heck drizzle it over and then dip it! Go nuts!
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Lemony Sweet and Spicy Chicken
For the Chicken
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Check out this Sunkist S'alternative chart below to see how you can reduce the amount of salt in your recipes. And don't forget to visit the Sunkist website to find more recipes and information about sodium and how to reduce sodium in your diet.
Many thanks to Sunkist for sponsoring this post and encouraging me to use lemon as a delicious and healthy alternative to salt.