Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

We (hopefully) just had our last snow of the season. This has been one crazy winter! I figured I should make just one more “comfort food” perfect for a cold winter day. This recipe for Chicken Cacciatore from Cooking Light uses a slow cooker to make tender chicken thighs in a slightly spicy chunky tomato broth. (Cacciatore, or “hunter”, in Italian usually refers to a dish made with tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and wine.) You only have to cook the chicken in the slow cooker for 4 hours, so this recipe isn’t exactly good for a weeknight if you work during the day. It would make a great Saturday meal; prepare everything in the early afternoon to have dinner ready that night. Ingredients: 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 2 pounds) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 1 large red bell pepper, chopped 6 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 cup dry red wine 1/2 cup tomato puree 1 tablespoon tomato paste 2 tablespoons capers 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon black pepper 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 (14.5-ounce) can unsalted petite diced tomatoes, drained 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Chicken Piccata with Spaghetti

One of my earlier posts on this blog was a chicken piccata recipe. I used to make chicken piccata probably once a week, because it was one of the only recipes I knew! But since I’ve committed to learning how to cook, I haven’t made it in probably 2 years (there are so many recipes I have to try, I rarely go back to my previous go-to recipes). So I decided to revisit the recipe with a few tweaks. I’ve seen commercials for Land O Lakes Sauté Express products and just loved the idea. The Sauté Starters, made with butter, olive oil, and spices, are an easy way to cook up chicken or fish effortlessly. The Sauté Express Sauté Starters are specifically made for cooking on a stovetop and are portioned out in one ounce servings, enough to cook two chicken breast or fish fillets. So I thought the Garlic & Herb Sauté Express would be great in chicken piccata. Because I use the same pan to both make the sauce and cook my chicken, my piccata is browner than most you’ll find in restaurants. So I apologize for the presentation. But trust me, the flavor makes it worth it! … Continue reading

Chicken Puttanesca with Angel Hair Pasta

I border on having an obsession with seafood. If I could eat it every night I would. (I have over 60 seafood recipes listed on this blog alone!) But I apparently have caused my boyfriend to be “fished out” so I decided to make a chicken dish with another favorite ingredient of his: olives. Pasta Puttanesca normally includes a tomato sauce with olives and capers. This Cooking Light version is simplified to make it easy enough for a weeknight dinner. Ingredients: 8 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta 2 teaspoons olive oil 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups tomato-basil pasta sauce 1/4 cup pitted and coarsely chopped kalamata olives 1 tablespoon capers 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1/4 cup (1 ounce) preshredded mozzarella cheese Chopped fresh basil

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