Turkey BBQ Meat Loaf
Breadcrumbs are traditionally used in meatloaf and meatballs to add moisture to the finished dish and, sometimes, even to add bulk to stretch the meat for your dollar. I often use oatmeal instead as it will do the trick to create moist and delicious dishes while adding fiber—it’s not just a bunch of white flour. I don’t add too much because I still want the dishes to be predominantly protein-based, but it’s very important to add some, especially with leaner meat like chicken and turkey breast. With the right recipe, turkey and chicken loaves can taste just as fattening as their beef counterparts! Got leftovers? Use them to make my BBQ-Bacon Meat Loaf Sandwich.
Use organic ingredients whenever possible.
- Yield: Serves 4 1x
Olive oil spray
1 cup chopped red onion
4 slices extra-lean turkey bacon, chopped
2/3 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1 lb. extra-lean ground chicken breast
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/8 tsp salt
1/3 cup barbecue sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Lightly mist a 9″ × 5″ × 3″ nonstick loaf pan with olive oil spray.
- Place a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Lightly mist the pan with spray and add onion and bacon. Cook, stirring, for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the onion is tender and just barely starting to brown and the bacon is crisped.
- Remove pan from the heat and allow mixture to cool.
- Combine the oats and milk in a medium mixing bowl and stir to mix. Let mixture stand for 3 minutes, or until the oats begin to soften.
- Add cooled onion and bacon mixture, chicken, egg whites, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and salt. With a fork or clean hands, mix the ingredients until well combined.
- Transfer the mixture to prepared pan and spread so the top is flat. Spread barbecue sauce evenly over the top.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until chicken is completely cooked through and no longer pink. Let the loaf sit for 10 minutes before cutting into 8 slices to serve.
- Calories: 258
- Sodium: 529 mg
- Fat: 3 g
- Carbohydrates: 20 g
- Fiber: 2 g
- Protein: 35 g
- Cholesterol: 76 mg
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