A Stress Reducing One Skillet Meal


A Chicken Skillet

This dish was born from my research of foods and scents with stress reducing effects.  I found that chicken is a great source of tryptophan, which can help you sleep better and dark leafy greens as well as whole grains are rich in B-vitamins with the ability to calm your nerves.  Berries are a good side dish and support your cortisol level and I think I will add some chopped almonds next time as they are rich in vitamin E, that helps to fight some of the damage caused by stress.  

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Lavender, scent of apples and red wine with your meal

Lighting a lavender scented candle, decorating your table with a bowl of beautiful apples and adding a small glass of red wine wraps it all in a nice, warm and cozy stress reducing package, requiring minimal effort and time.

One small glass

Yes, red wine in moderation has stress reducing effects, so do include one small glass with your meal.


A Stress Reducing One Skillet Meal

Serves 4
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Inspired by Anita
A one skillet chicken supper, easy to make with stress reducing qualities.


  • 1 Red Onion (Sliced or chopped)
  • 4 cloves Garlic (Chopped)
  • 3 Medium Sized Carrots (Cut into thick slices)
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes
  • 700g Boneless Chicken Thighs
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Chopped Cilantro Leaves
  • 1 Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
  • Sea Salt to Taste
  • Spinach (A big handful or more)

Steps to take

Step 1
chicken rub
I like using chicken thighs for dishes like these because of the extra fat needed to keep the meat tender and juicy. Cut the thighs in three parts, brown on both sides in olive oil or coconut oil and season with my own chicken rub http://anitasig.com/my-favorite-whole-roasted-chicken-rub/.
Stir-fry veggies and add the liquids
Step 2
Add onion, garlic and carrots to the skillet and stir fry to draw out the flavor. Add cumin, smoked paprika and chicken broth and allow this to simmer until chicken is cooked trough and no longer pink in the middle.

I have a sort of a love/hate relationship with smoked paprika. It smells delicious, tastes heavenly but is also overwhelming and always takes center place. Perhaps the strong smoky flavor is an acquired taste, just like cilantro and olives. At some point I also had a love/hate relationship with those two that, with time, transformed into a love/love relationship.
The finishing touches
Step 3
Finally, we stir in the chopped cilantro and a big handful of spinach, or a lot if you prefer, and the freshly squeezed lime juice.
On the side
Step 4
I recommend serving whole grains with this dish such as brown rice, quinoa or barley and perhaps sliced fruits or berries. Raspberries, for example, with their stress-reducing qualities would be a good choice.

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