Are you unsatisfied with the seasoning options available in the supermarkets? You’d be hard pressed to find one that doesn’t contain MSG, preservatives, or an unnecessary amount of salt!
Solution? Make your own!
You could be forgiven for thinking that pumpkin seed meal is an unlikely choice for seasoning chicken (or any meat). However, this ingredient defies the odds and is not only a healthy option for chicken seasoning, but also a tasty one! You can very well use pumpkin seed meal to coat your chicken before frying it in the fry pan, but we have added a few other ingredients to give it that extra great taste!
These ingredients are:
- Plain Flour (Gluten free flour can also be used)
- Pumpkin Seed Meal
- Sweet or Smoked Paprika
- Garlic Powder
- Salt (and/or Massel Chicken Stock Powder – this brand has no nasties)
Simply add whatever amounts you desire to create the flavour you want to achieve (you can also be creative with other herbs and spices). I make up a big batch and store it in a sealed glass jar in the pantry.
If you are a “stick to the recipe” kind of person and would like a rough guide of measurements for each ingredient, then this is my recommendation (give or take).
- 3-4 tbsp Plain Flour (Gluten free flour can also be used)
- 3 tbsp Pumpkin Seed Meal
- 1-2 tsp Sweet or Smoked Paprika
- 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- Optional: 1 tsp Massel Chicken Stock Powder
This will make up a reasonable amount and you will not even need a 1/4 of this total amount to season 2 chicken fillets. Separate 3/4 of the mixture before dipping the chicken in the seasoning and store in a sealed container.
Once the chicken has been coated with the seasoning mixture, add some oil or butter to a fry pan, and fry the chicken for about 4-5 minutes both sides or until cooked. (The duration of cook time will depend on how thick your chicken fillets are. I usually slice the chicken breast in half to reduce the thickness.)
This recipe will go very nicely with a simple meat and 3 veg meal.