One thing diabetics often complain about is getting bored with their diets.  The poultry recipes in this article will offer some new ways to prepare turkey and chicken for the diabetic as well as others.  How about an Herb-Crusted Turkey Breast that has 0 carbs leaving room for a tasty side dish? Or Asparagus Chicken on English Muffins for something different?  This open-faced chicken sandwich on a whole-wheat English muffin is like no chicken sandwich you've ever had before! Sound good?  I thought so.  And the best part is that these recipes are just as tasty for those who aren't diabetic.  You can serve this to anyone with confidence.

HERB-CRUSTED TURKEY BREAST 
1 (3 - 4 lb) fresh turkey breast
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
1 tsp Italian seasoning

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Completely remove the turkey skin; wash turkey and pat dry.

Mix the lemon pepper and Italian seasonings with the melted butter and brush mixture over the turkey breast.  Place breast on a roasting rack in a shallow pan; cover with a loose foil tent.

Bake the turkey at 375 degrees for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees.  Remove the foil tent and continue to bake for another 30 minutes or until the meat thermometer reads 170 degrees and the meat is tender.  Remove from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.


Yield: 8 servings
Per serving: 140 calories, 2 g fat, 80 mg cholesterol, 29 g protein, 0 g carbs, 70 mg sodium

ASPARAGUS CHICKEN ON ENGLISH MUFFINS 
1 lb fresh asparagus, trimmed cut into pieces approximately 3-inchs
water
1 1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
2 tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp prepared mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 lb cooked chicken breast, sliced
4 whole-wheat split and toasted English muffins
2 med tomatoes, sliced
paprika for garnish

In a saucepan, cover the asparagus with water and bring to a boil.  Cover and cook 2 minutes or until crisp tender.  Drain and set aside.

Using the same saucepan, combine the sour cream, lemon juice, mustard and salt; cook on low until heated through; remove from the heat.

Warm chicken in microwave if necessary.

To assemble: per serving plate, place two of the muffin halves side by side on the plate.  Top with sliced chicken, tomato slices, asparagus, and sauce.  Sprinkle lightly with the paprika.

This recipe has almost equal grams of carbs and protein making it perfect for diabetics.

Yield: 4 servings.