Sunday, July 19, 2009

Chicken Cacciatore - A healthier version

I recently stumbled upon a fantastic blog entitled Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes ( She has so many delicious looking recipes on her blog and lately I have been having fun making and trying some of them out. This was the first of Gina's recipes that I have tried. This meal was FANTASTIC. This dish was so full of fresh flavor and is so low in fat and calories. Both Brad and I loved it. It was also simple and relatively quick to make. I also found this dish provided for generous portions. After dinner and setting aside leftovers for Brad's lunch, UI had enough to freeze for another meal. It froze really well and was just as delicious the second time around. I will DEFINITLEY be making this again. Who ever thought healthy food could taste so good? Until now not me!

Chicken Cacciatore

Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 3 servings • Time: 30 minutes • Points: 4.3 ww points

3 chicken thighs, skin and fat removed (I used 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts instead of the thighs and legs)
3 chicken legs, skin and fat removed
1 tsp olive oil
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 ( 28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons drained capers (I didn't have any of these so left them out)
1 tsp dried oregano leaves
chopped fresh basil leaves
2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
freshly ground black pepper

Season chicken with salt. In a large heavy saute pan, heat the oil over a medium-high flame. Add the chicken pieces to the pan and saute just until brown, about 5 minutes per side.

Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside. Add the pepper, onion and garlic to the pan and saute over medium heat until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the tomatoes, broth, and oregano. Return the chicken pieces to the saute pan and mix in with the sauce. Cover the pan and bring the sauce to a simmer. Continue simmering over low heat until the chicken is just cooked through, about 20 minutes. Add the chopped basil when done. Serve over whole grain angel hair pasta if desired.

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