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Skinny Cacciatore Recipe

Skinny Cacciatore Recipe

I needed a menu light on calories but heavy on flavor for my husband's associates. They weren't watching calories, but I was and wanted to eat, too. This recipe was a big success and no one guessed I'd "skinnied" it down! —Anita Webb, Hartsville, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1-3/4 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (29 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 9 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • Additional shredded carrot, optional

Directions

  • 1. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, brown chicken in 2 teaspoons oil; drain. Remove and keep warm. In the same skillet, saute the green pepper, celery and onion in remaining oil for 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms, carrot and garlic; saute 2-4 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender.
  • 2. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomatoes and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-12 minutes or until thickened. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  • 3. Stir chicken into tomato mixture; cook for 8-12 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Discard bay leaf. Drain spaghetti; serve with chicken mixture. Garnish with additional carrot if desired. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups chicken mixture with 2/3 cup spaghetti equals 393 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 968 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 33 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.