Chicken Rx

Make this tasty dish to keep your brain and body in top shape

October 7, 2008
Chicken Rx

Rosemary not only tastes good in culinary dishes such as rosemary chicken and lamb, but scientists have found that it's good for your brain as well.

A collaborative group from the Burnham Institute for Medical Research in La Jolla, California, and Japan report that the herb contains an ingredient that fights free-radical damage in the brain. The active ingredient in rosemary, carnosic acid, can protect the brain from stroke and neurodegeneration due to injurious free radicals. These free radicals are thought to contribute not only to stroke and neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's but also to the ill effects of normal aging on the brain.

Grilled Rosemary-Lemon Chicken Skewers
The rosemary, lemon and olive oil marinade gives this easy dish a Mediterranean flair. Serve with a fresh green salad and a side of wild rice for a complete meal.

Serves 4

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. minced fresh rosemary
1/4 tsp. salt
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken tenders
Bamboo skewers

1. Combine first five ingredients in a glass dish or resealable plastic bag. Add chicken tenders and coat thoroughly. Marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

2. Soak bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes.

3. Heat grill to medium. Thread chicken onto bamboo skewers and grill 3-4 minutes on each side or until juices run clear. Discard remaining marinade.

NUTRITION FACTS (per serving):
194 calories, 24 g protein, 2 g carbs, 7 g fat, 0 g fiber, 64 mg cholesterol, 222 mg sodium, 0.5 g sugar