The rich flavors of fresh vegetables, herbs, and red wine give this Italian chicken cacciatore recipe maximum taste with minimum calories. Serve over a bed of spaghetti or other pasta.
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 cups sliced cremini mushrooms
3/4 cup prechopped bell pepper
1 1/2 cups tomato-basil pasta sauce
1/4 cup dry red wine
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup (about 2 ounces) shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
How to Make It
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken evenly with oregano, dried basil, and red pepper. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Add mushrooms and bell pepper to pan; sauté 5 minutes. Stir in pasta sauce and wine; bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in salt and black pepper. Sprinkle with cheese and fresh basil.
One of the reviewers mentioned that it 'lacked something'. I suggest that the missing ingredient is garlic. How on earth does one think this dish would be good without that basic flavor? I also made a good tomato sauce instead of the store-bought one recommended, but that's a personal preference. I'm sure there are lots of people who think purchased jars of Italian sauce are all there is. Another recommended change - use boneless chicken thighs instead of breast meat for better taste and a more tender outcome.
Fixed this last night and hubby and I enjoyed it. I thought it was a little too hot for me so will reduce the red pepper next time. I like more sauce so will use the whole jar of pasta sauce next time. Easy and very tasty. Served over pasta. A definite repeat.
This was good but I agree with others...just a tad bland, nothing a little salt didn't fix up a bit though. I used CLs slow cooker marinara sauce and I left out the Basil in the end but I don't think this would have made much of a difference. I served this over pasta.