Wednesday, November 02, 2005

A simple chicken dish

Chicken Cacciatore
Minutemeals 3 Ways to Dinner Copyright 2002

1 large onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 package (8 ounces) sliced mushrooms
1 pound skinless boneless chicken breasts halves
1 jar (16 oz) good-quality basil-and-tomato marinara sauce (about 2 cups)
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes I couldn’t find my pepper flakes so I substituted chili garlic paste

1. Coarsely chop the onion.
2. Place the oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add the onion and mushrooms and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes, or until the onion is tender.
3. Meanwhile, cut the chicken breasts into 1-inch chunks.
4. Push the vegetables aside, add the chicken and cook, turning the pieces often, for 3 to 4 minutes, until the chicken is lightly browned.
5. Add the marinara sauce and pepper flakes, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

I wanted a quick, light recipe and this fit the bill. Nothing special about this recipe but it was good.

This cookbook promises 20-minute gourmet meals and gives you a shopping list and preparation schedule for each meal. I just made the entrĂ©e and served it with pasta but they served it with garlic bread, a salad and fruit for dessert. This cookbook could be useful for a busy person who doesn’t have time to plan meals. I like that the recipes have few ingredients and steps which is just what you want sometimes. I picked it up for $1.99 in Ollie’s.

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