Living in Italian: Lemon Basil Chicken Endive Boats

May 15, 2018

Lemon Basil Chicken Endive boats are the perfect appetizer for any party.They are delicious, nutritious, elegant and portable. Each ingredient is packed with vitamins and minerals that guests will be talking about!

 

Endive is a part of the chicory family, related to other popular Italian leafy veggies like radicchio and escarole. Though instead of having that bitter trait like its relatives, endive is mellow, refreshing, crisp, with great body and crunch! High in fiber and a great source of potassium, endive is perfect to transform a simple hors d'oeuvre or appetizer into an elegant vehicle for flavor! 

Basil is a the most common herb in Italian cuisine and its bright color not only means it has great health benefits, but also adds a pop of flavor to any dish. Basil, like many fresh herbs, has anti-inflammatory properties with the added protection from antioxidants. Lemon is a citrus fruit filled with vitamin C, great for your immune system and building collagen for glowing skin! While a squeeze of juice can add a bright flavor, the zest contains natural oils for a deeper citrus flavor making it a great addition to baked goods and the peel an even beautiful garnish. 
 

Ingredients:

  • Endive

  • Chicken, diced

  • Lemon, juice of half

  • Radishes, thinly sliced  

  • Hummus

  • Olive oil

  • Sea salt, to taste

Preparation:

  • Dice chicken into small pieces and squeeze lemon juice over chicken in a bowl. Then add hummus to chicken and stir to bind ingredients together. Add another squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil

  • Stir mixture together. Add a pinch of sea salt

  • Place chicken mixture in endive boats

  • Garnish with radish and basil

     

Nutrition RX:

  • Endivesource of fiber which keeps the digestive system functioning properly, and important for heart health and diabetes management. It is also filled with vitamin A, crucial for healthy eyesight. In addition, it has minerals such as manganesecopperiron, and potassium  needed for optimal bodily functions.

  • Lemonfilled with vitamin C, great to boost your immune system and important to build collagen for glowing skin!

  • Basilhas antibacterial properties that reduce bacterial growth and anti-oxidants to protect against harmful free radicals that can damage your cells.

  • Radishis also a great source of fiber, which can promote weight loss and gives you a feeling of satiety and fullness.  Radishes are also a source of potassium, which plays a role in managing blood pressure and can even improve blood flow because its filled with anthocyanins (a flavonoid) which give it its vibrant appearance.

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