Reflux-Friendly Cooking: Grilled Chicken with Zucchini Cakes

by Tracy Davenport, Ph.D. Health Writer

Reflux Friendly Cooking is a weekly feature that will be full of quick and easy food ideas that are acid reflux friendly and can be easily modified to meet the needs of everyone in your family Each week I'll provide a simple menu that is designed for easy digestion. I'll also give you suggestions on how to modify the same recipe for others in your family without acid reflux disease. Bon Appétit!

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken with Zucchini Cakes.

Spicy barbeque chicken does not work for most with acid reflux disease. Instead of using BBQ sauce, honey with a little bit of mustard on top of grilled chicken is a delicious alternative. Zucchini makes a great side dish to this chicken recipe and many of us are looking for ways to get use up zucchini this time of year.


4 chicken breasts

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 lemon

1 garlic clove

salt and pepper to taste

1 large zucchini

1 egg

1/4 cup honey

3 Tbs. mustard


Butterfly the chicken breasts. Make the marinade in a large plastic bag by adding the olive oil, lemon, and garlic clove. Place the chicken in the bag with the marinade and refrigerate for one hour (making sure to massage the marinate into all of the chicken). While the chicken is marinating, grate the zucchini on to a clean kitchen towel. Wrap the towel around the zucchini and then squeeze the water out over a sink. Place the zucchini in a bowl. Add one egg and a dash of salt and pepper to the mixing bowl. Mix gently together. Make the zucchini mixture into small patties and cook in a skillet until brown on each side (if the zucchini is still too wet even after you squeeze the water out, you can roll each patty into a bit of flour before putting it in the skillet to help the patties stay together). Remove the chicken from the marinate and grill until cooked through on both sides. While the chicken is grilling, mix together the honey and mustard in a small bowl. When the chicken is just minutes away from being done, spoon the honey mixture on top of the chicken and grill for a few more minutes. Serve the chicken along side the zucchini patties.

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.
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