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Lemon Chicken with Feta and Oregano

There are times that people with cancer need more protein. Protein helps to ensure growth, repair body tissue, and to maintain a healthy immune system. Good sources of protein include lean meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, nuts, dried beans, peas and lentils, and soy foods. Four ingredients cooked with chicken for this dish create an almost instant high-protein dinner. In addition to protein, chicken provides vitamins B6, B12, niacin and phosphorus.

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8 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/4 cup lemon juice, divided
1 tablespoon dried oregano leaves, divided
Salt and pepper to taste
4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
3 tablespoons chopped green onions (scallions)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the chicken in a 13x9x2-inch baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray and drizzle with half the lemon juice. Sprinkle with half of the oregano, and salt and pepper. Sprinkle with cheese and green onions. Drizzle with the remaining lemon juice and oregano.

Cover and bake for about 30 minutes, or until done. When the meat is ready, it should register 165 degrees Fahrenheit on a meat thermometer.

Nutritional information per serving

Calories 172, Protein (g) 29, Carbohydrate (g) 2, Fat (g) 5, Cal. From Fat (%) 25, Saturated Fat (g) 3, Dietary Fiber (g) 0, Cholesterol (mg) 81, Sodium (mg) 236.

Recipe courtesy of Eating Well Through Cancer

(Last updated on June 20, 2013 )