Recipe Redo (Guilt-Free): Coolio’s Spicy Chicken

05/19/2014 at 01:00 PM ET

Hungry Girl's Spicy Chicken Recipe
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Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of nine books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

The ’90s resurgence is everywhere these days: crop tops, Birkenstocks, Winnie Cooper on Dancing with the Stars… And hey, remember rap star Coolio? (If you need to take a minute to cue up “Gangsta’s Paradise,” go ahead, I can wait.)

Okay, back to the point: Turns out, Coolio really knows his food. He’s a cookbook author and even came in second place to Lou Diamond Phillips on the first season of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off.

When I saw the recipe for Coolio's Spicy Chicken, I was immediately intrigued — balsamic vinegar and cream of chicken soup, together? It sounds so crazy that it has to be good.

Turns out the condensed soup keeps the chicken really moist and flavorful, and who doesn’t love that? But, I knew that by choosing a lighter version of the canned soup, I could slash a ton of calories and fat grams from the dish. Plus, using a leaner cut of meat — hello, chicken breast — brings down the fat total, too.

Loads of flavor with a low calorie count… Those words are music to my ears.

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

HG’s Hot ‘n Creamy Chicken
Serves 4

1¼ lb. raw boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 16 strips
⅛ tsp. each salt and black pepper
1 10.5-oz. can 98% fat-free cream of chicken condensed soup
⅓ cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 cup chopped onion
2 tbsp. canned diced jalapeño chiles (not drained)
1 tbsp. chopped garlic

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a large baking pan with nonstick spray.

2. In a large bowl, season chicken strips with salt and pepper. Add remaining ingredients, and mix thoroughly. Transfer to the baking pan.

3. Bake until chicken is cooked through and tender, about 20 minutes.

In 1 serving (4 strips): 246 calories, 3.5g fat, 600mg sodium, 16.5g carbs, 2g fiber, 6g sugars, 35g protein

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Tara on

I love food but that picture looks gross.

Karen on

I would agree with Tara.. that photo is so incredibly unappealing like something from a weak buffet

Karen on

I would have to agree with Tara. That picture looks so unappealing. GROSS!

imeantit on

I think this looks delicious and will try it tonight. ..I need to remember to buy the reduced fat soup. I looks flavorful. Glad its low in cal.

Kathy on

It may not look like much, but it tastes great. It’s quick and easy, perfect for a weeknight dinner.

Terri on

Made it..was very blan. Gota spice it up and loose the soup made it like baby food. Healthy food should have taste!

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