Chicken, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Recipes

Are You Worried? And a Not-So-Boring Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

Not-So-Boring Chicken Stir Fry

Are you worried?  Well STOP IT!!!  We can worry about our bills, worry about our health, worry about our kids, worry about the weather and worry about worrying until finally we are faced with a situation that warrants something to actually worry about and we find ourselves too frazzled to adequately cope.  The solution?  Let go a little bit; or a lot.  There are millions of things outside of our control and if we spend too much time fixating on what might happen, we will miss all the wonderful stuff that’s happening right now.  So, when those cumbersome thoughts start to take over an otherwise happy day take a few deep breaths, think of three things that make you smile, and focus on what you are going to do next to make your life more positive rather than filled with worry about the maybes or the unknowns.

Here’s a happy thought to get you started, a deliciously simple new recipe!

Not-so-boring Chicken Stir Fry!

1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, diced into bite size pieces

1 red onion, sliced

2 tablespoons bacon grease or coconut oil

4-5 garlic cloves, minced

1 8.5 oz can of artichoke hearts, chopped

1 bunch rainbow chard, chopped

1 cup sliced mushrooms

Juice from ½ a Meyer lemon

¼ cup chicken stock

Black pepper to taste (the more the better in this recipe!)

Sea salt to taste

Olive oil

Over medium heat, saute the onion in bacon grease until the onion starts to turn brown.  Add the chicken pieces and cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes.  Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute. Add the lemon juice, chicken broth, and mushrooms. Mix well and bring to a boil.  Cover and cook for another 3-5 minutes.  Add the chard and basil and cook down until the chard is wilted (about 2 minutes).   Add the artichoke hearts and stir just until warm.  Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt if desired.


Sarah Fragoso

Sarah Fragoso is an international best selling author of 6 books, co-owner of the Chico, CA based gym JS Strength and Conditioning, and founder of the Everyday Paleo franchise. Sarah is the co-host of the popular Sarah and Dr. Brooke Show podcast and she also conducts workshops and retreats on the subjects of nutrition, lifestyle and fitness.

Her message is from the heart and she carries a genuine desire to help other families looking for guidance. These attributes have contributed to her successes and provide the drive to keep the discoveries coming.

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  1. Sounds incredible! Can’t wait to try it!

  2. Hi all,
    We tried the Dancing Chicken Salsa tonight on the stove top (no pressure cooker..but it is on the list). It was delicious! Even my “I don’t like salsa anything” teen ate. Success all around.
    FYI – We started a family “to cook book”. It ‘s binder with 3 sections:1) recipes to try 2) recipes we liked 3) recipes we didn’t . Anyone can add to the “recipes to try” section and then we decide where it goes after that. Dancing chicken salsa took its proud place in the “recipes we liked” section.
    Thanks for sharing Sarah.

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks Jenn!!

  3. I love the recipe, especially because it has Meyer lemons in it. I also LOVE the recipe binder idea! I am gonna run it by my wife to see how she likes it!

  4. This recipe looks awesome… going to have to make it next week for sure! Thanks for posting the step by step pictures also.

  5. melissa says:

    I have a question, what is the difference between chicken stock and chicken broth? I have asked and few people and everyone seems to think that they are the same. Does chicken broth have gluten?? This may be a silly question but I am really curious.

    1. Hi Melissa,
      I never really thought there was a difference, but apparently there is according to this article that I found
      I try to make my own whenever I cook a whole chicken, I’ll boil the carcass for a couple of hours and use the stock/broth (whatever….) for recipes such as this, or I’ll buy the organic free range chicken “broth” from Trader Joe’s which is gluten free. : )

  6. You’re so right about the worrying…I find that some aspects of my like (my awful day job) consume me with worry/anxiety sometimes– so much so that it impacts the rest of my life! My workouts, my interactions with other people– and my food choices! It’s sometimes startling to realize how much one worry can mess with you!

    Stir-fry sounds so good right now! I have some meats and veggies hanging out in my fridge that would be great in stir-fry…

  7. Debbie S says:

    So do you use rainbow chard because of color? Or does it have a different flavor than regular swiss chard? I am asking in case our produce section doesn’t have rainbow chard. Thanks I have been enjoying your site and look forward to getting the book:)

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Debbie! In my opinion, rainbow chard tastes the same as any other chard. It just happened to be at my health food store so I bought some!

  8. LauraB says:

    Great advice AND a yummy recipe – thanks:)

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks Laura! : )

  9. Therese says:

    Hi Sarah,

    I hope you will continue to use your background in psychology and share your knowledge with us. My husband is ill with cancer and so I found your comments extremely helpful and uplifting. I am forever worrying about the unknowns and “what ifs”. Thank you Sarah! I am so happy I found your blog!

    Therese 🙂

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Therese,
      I’m so glad you found my blog too! Thanks for sharing what’s happening with your family, stay strong, and know that you are NEVER alone. : )

  10. Debbie S says:

    Ok I made this lucious dish and we loved it. I doubled the recipe to make sure we had leftovers. It is amazing to me how picky children are. My kids ate it all loving it, but my 10 year old asked me not to make it when her friends come over. This kid doesnt’ like this, another kid doesn’t like that. why is it that people cater to their children when it comes to eating? Like making two meals, one for the kids and one for the adults. If you feed them ‘food’ from the beginning, they will continue to eat ‘food’. I am just trying to understand the mentality, not be on a soapbox:):)

  11. Jessica W. says:

    We ate this for lunch today and it was great! I couldn’t find any kind of chard at my local grocery, so I threw in a few handfuls of baby spinach instead. It was delicious:)

  12. Just as good for leftovers! I’m single, so leftovers that taste good score well with me. Excellent for the cold weather we’ve been having here.

  13. That looks so yummy! Healthy meal for the family to indulge with.
    I believe in positive aura…positive environment and positive thoughts. I agree that we should focus on what we are going to do next to make our life more positive rather than filled with worry about the maybes or the unknowns.

    1. Sarah says:

      Awesome Sophie, thank you!! : )

  14. I’m a little late on getting in on the comments, but I don’t see basil in the list of ingredients, but then it says “Add the chard and basil and cook down until the chard is wilted”. Am I missing something? I love basil, but don’t want to add too much and overpower it. Is there an amount listed somewhere? Thanks! Can’t wait to try this one!

    1. Oh no, I can’t believe it’s not in the ingredient list, oh shoot! I’ll fix it now but use 1/2 a cup of fresh diced basil. I’m probably too late with my comment, I’m so sorry!!

  15. Beth says:

    Hi Sarah! I am just discovering Paleo and wanted to tell you that I made this recipe last night and it was SO awesome. I added some zuccini that was laying around and will henceforth call it “Sunshine Stir fry” because it tasted like spring. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Sarah says:

      so glad you enjoyed it Beth, thank you for letting me know!!

  16. Nicole says:

    Just made this dish and it is amazing! You’re really helping make the switch to Paleo easier!!

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