Healthy Microwave Cooking: Cheesy Chicken BBQ

Boy, that title doesn’t sound the least bit healthy, does it!?!?  Good thing this recipe is :)

I was scouring my fridge during a lunch break attempting to make a decent meal out of insanely random leftovers when I was hit with a little inspiration.  Barbeque sauce!  Usually a summer/fall condiment, I didn’t really think about it, but the leftover rice and chicken was calling my name and I didn’t feel like loading it up with my usual El Picante Green Habanero Sauce (the sodium content is OUTRAGEOUS).  Here’s what I came up with and boy was it good!

Cheesy Chicken BBQ
Servings: 1
PointsPlus Per Serving: 14 (which seems like a lot, but it’s SUPER filling)
Calories Per Serving: 599


  • 1 cup cooked brown rice, 5 PP
  • 4 oz cooked chicken breast, 5 PP
  • 1 oz reduced-fat shredded colby jack cheese, 2 PP
  • 2 tbsp Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce, 2 PP

1. Mix together all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for around 3 minutes and enjoy!

Now, I was really hungry, so I ate a larger portion of chicken and rice than usual. If you want to cut down on the PP, use 3 oz of chicken for 3 PP and 3/4 cup of rice for 4 PP. That cuts it down to just 11 PP so far. You can also choose a different BBQ sauce, since I’m sure there are ones out there for 1 PP per 2 tbsps…. That would bring the meal down to 10 PP! Or you could just split the whole thing in half for 7 PP and add a vegetable as your side for much less PP. We just happened to have like NO fresh veggies in the house. These are hard times people. Sometimes a quick microwave meal makes more sense than making something completely new from fresh ingredients that get more expensive when the weather turns cold.

And even with the higher amount of points, the actual calorie count isn’t too bad. It’s a perfectly reasonable amount for a substantial healthy meal. If I’d thought ahead, I would have taken a picture, but I scarfed it down before I figured out I’d be putting it on the blog! Next time, people. Next time.