iCooked: Week 1

Okay people… I am going to start something new here at PinkHairedGirl.net. It is called iCooked and it will feature one meal a week that I, Crystal Renaud cooked for myself from (relatively) scratch. You are welcome to try these recipes for yourself or post in the comment section recipes of your own that you like for me to try. Please keep in mind that there are limits to what I can cook such as: Weight Watchers point levels and also difficulty of the meal preparation (hey folks, I am learning!).

I will also post pictures of the prep and the finished product so YOU know I actually did it.

Tonight’s iCooked recipe is Chicken Fingers with Ranch Dip and Seasoned Fries.

This recipe came from WeightWatchers.com. And, actually they were really delicious and the first time I’ve ever baked chicken and it didn’t come out all dried out. The fries were good too but I think I went a little overboard with the Creole seasoning. Definitely had a kick to them! I also would add a little Creole seasoning to the chicken mix for a little added flavor, even though it doesn’t instruct to do so. Thank you, Mandy for helping me navigate the grocery store!

3 oz. of chicken/half a potato = 1 serving
Makes 4 Servings.

1 pound(s) uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 1/2 packet(s) uncooked instant oatmeal, 1 oz each (about 1 cup total)
2 tsp garlic herb seasoning, preferably salt-free
1/2 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 large potato(es), Russet, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick fries
1 tbsp Creole seasoning (I used Zataran’s)
1/2 cup(s) fat-free ranch salad dressing

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray (I used 2 separate baking sheets).

Coat chicken strips with mustard. Combine oats, garlic herb seasoning, salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Dip chicken strips in oat mixture and turn to coat; place chicken strips on prepared pan.

Arrange potatoes around chicken on pan; lightly coat both with cooking spray. Sprinkle potatoes with Creole seasoning.

Bake, flipping once, until chicken is cooked through and both chicken and potatoes are tender and golden brown, about 30 minutes. Serve chicken and potatoes with dressing on the side. Yields about 3 ounces of chicken, 1/2 a potato and 2 tablespoons of dressing per serving.





  1. ooooh… yum. looks like you’ll be cooking WITH me when you get here in may.

    um. how many pieces of chicken did you REALLY eat? seriously? looks like you were cooking to feed jon & kate plus 8

  2. Wow…looks great Crystal! I am adding these recipes to my file!

    I love to cook so I will be enjoying your iCooked posts 🙂

  3. looks yummy. i may try this (minus ranch and plus potato skins) for tomorrow night’s dinner. thanks for the suggestion!

  4. YUMMY! I love this new segment. Learning to cook is fun, but even more fun w/ out the pressure of a hungry hubs. Great job trying to learn now. And it’s so much healthier!

  5. You rock! I am proud of you.

    Can I give you a totally simple but delicious dish that I cook for my family at least once a week? Three ingredients plus a seasoning and condiment makes it super economical and simple, and the ingredients themselves make it healthy! As for WW points you can figure those out easily. Add a salad and you’re set. Makes great leftovers, too! Ready?

    1 lb ground lean turkey
    seasoning of choice*
    1 can black beans, partially drained (you still want a little of the sauce that’s in the beans)
    cooked rice (I prefer short grain brown, but you can adjust based on your points allowance!)
    soy sauce

    Cook ground turkey over med heat until crumbly and cooked through. Add beans and cook until warmed through. Serve over rice with soy sauce. SO GOOD. You can also cook and chop some broccoli and mix it in there, that’s delish too. Hope you like!

    *I like Paul Pruddhome’s chicken seasoning, but you can use pretty much anything you like. I’ve done Lawry’s, Mrs. Dash, and Old Bay)

  6. No offense, but chicken fingers, ranch dressing and fries don’t sound very healthy…even if it comes from Weight Watchers…I’m a little confused here…

  7. we just had this for dinner. i used stone-ground mustard, a little honey, seasoning, and oats. i cooked the potatoes extra long, and i used mustard and ketchup for dip. i liked it, but joshua didn’t. the chicken and potatoes didn’t taste fried and greasy, and the spinach tasted like spinach. oh well. maybe i’ll try making the WW baked “fried” chicken so tha i can eat it (free of dairy, soy, egg, wheat, corn, nuts, and fish).

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