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Easy Bistro Chicken

This Italian-inspired chicken dish is a one-pot meal your family is sure to love.  Serve over hot cooked macaroni or cavatappi pasta.

Cooking Light JANUARY 2002

  • Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 chickenbreast half or 1 thigh and 1 drumstick, 1/2 cup sauce, and 1 cup pasta)

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 (6-ounce) chicken breast halves, skinned
  • 4 chicken thighs (about 1 pound), skinned
  • 4 chicken drumsticks (about1 pound), skinned
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sliced green olives
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Dash of ground red pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 (28-ounce) can Italian-style tomatoes, undrained and chopped
  • 8 cups hot cooked macaroni or cavatappi
  • Parsley sprigs (optional)

Preparation

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken breast halves to pan; sauté 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Remove from pan. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and remaining chicken pieces; sauté 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Remove chicken from pan.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in pan. Add onion and garlic; sauté 5 minutes. Add celery; sauté 5 minutes. Add basil and next 8 ingredients (basil through tomatoes). Return chicken to pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.

Uncover and simmer 25 minutes or until chicken is tender. Discard bay leaves. Serve with pasta. Garnish with parsley sprigs, if desired.

Note:

You can chop the tomatoes in the can using kitchen shears.

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 406
  • Calories from fat: 18%
  • Fat: 8.3g
  • Saturated fat: 1.6g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.9g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.6g
  • Protein: 37.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 43.6g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 99mg
  • Iron: 4mg
  • Sodium: 663mg
  • Calcium: 79mg
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