Zippy Chicken Cacciatore Recipe
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Zippy Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

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For an entree with Italian flair, try these tender chicken breasts simmered in a nicely seasoned tomato sauce. The sauce has chunks of green pepper and mushrooms, and gets a little zip from balsamic vinegar and red pepper flakes. —Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato puree
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • Hot cooked spaghetti, optional

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1 chicken breast half with 1/2 cup sauce, calculated without spaghetti) equals 248 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 67 mg cholesterol, 857 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 29 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 3 vegetable.

Directions

  1. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, brown chicken in 1 tablespoon oil. Remove and set aside. In the same skillet, saute the green pepper, mushrooms and garlic in remaining oil until vegetables are tender.
  2. Add the tomato puree, stewed tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, remaining salt and reserved chicken. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Stir in parsley. Simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes longer or until sauce is thickened. Serve over spaghetti if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Chicken Cacciatore in Light & Tasty December/January 2003, p29

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1 chicken breast half with 1/2 cup sauce, calculated without spaghetti) equals 248 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 67 mg cholesterol, 857 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 29 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 3 vegetable.

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Mar. 12, 2014

"Kids & husband loved this!"

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Reviewed Mar. 9, 2010

"Absolutely amazing, my children ate this and praised me,( they actually even ate the tomatos)I really enjoyed this version of Cacciatore, great meal!"

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Reviewed Aug. 25, 2009

"This recipe is the best! I use a 28 ounce can of tomato puree and I add onion and zucchini to the vegetables."

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