Poultry, both chicken and turkey, are not only very popular foods, they are healthy for both diabetics and non-diabetics.  When cooking for your family or a group that includes a diabetic or two, you can safely go with chicken or turkey and not worry about how it will affect the diabetics.  These recipes are great for diabetics and tasty for the whole crowd!  The turkey and bean skillet is a great diabetic recipe as beans should be an important part of a diabetics diet.  The Jerk Chicken is a great recipe because it not only has protein rich chicken but several spices that are very important in helping our bodies handle calorie burn.  Serve either recipe with some brown rice and/or green salad for a healthy meal that will please everyone at your table!

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TUSCAN TURKEY AND WHITE BEAN SKILLET 

1 tsp dried rosemary, divided
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp black pepper, divided
1 lb turkey breast cutlets
2 tsp canola oil, divided
1 can (14 1/2-oz) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (16-oz) navy beans, drained
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Pound the turkey cutlets to 1/4-inch thickness.

Combine half the rosemary, garlic salt, and half the pepper in a small bowl mixing well. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the cutlets.

Heat half the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add half the cutlets and cook 2 to 3 minutes per side or until no longer pink in the center. Transfer to serving platter, tent with aluminum foil and keep warm. Repeat with remaining oil and cutlets.

To the same skillet, add the tomatoes with juice, beans, and the other halves of the rosemary and pepper; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Spoon tomato mixture over and around the turkey cutlets on the serving platter. Sprinkle the cheese over all.
Garish with a sprig of fresh rosemary, if desired.
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JERK CHICKEN STRIPS 
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 12 strips
2 tsp allspice
2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp canola oil

Combine the spices and mix together well in a shallow dish or pie plate. Toss the chicken strips in the mixture and coat completely.

In a medium skillet, over medium-high heat, bring the canola oil to hot. Add the chicken strips, in batches if necessary, and cook on both sides until cooked through.

Serve while hot.