biggest loser dinner: chicken cacciatore

>> Thursday, January 21, 2010

peg and i were watching biggest loser the other night and saw curtis stone make a healthier version of chicken cacciatore, ringing in at only 300 calories per serving. i played with the ingredients a little bit and was somewhat pleased with the results. something did seem to be missing - i think next i might add some red pepper flakes for more heat or maybe fresh herbs to bring out more flavors.  all in all, its a great recipe to keep on hand when you've overindulged for the day and need something light for dinner.

4 4-ounce boneless chicken breasts
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup chicken stock
2 cups sodium free diced fire roasted tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 cups broccoli, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons capers
1 cup steamed brown rice to serve

heat evoo in large saucepot over medium high heat. season the chicken with s&p and sear for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. remove the chicken from pan and add more evoo. saute the onions, garlic and bell pepper for 5-7 minutes, until onion becomes translucent. add chicken stock and allow to reduce until almost dry. add the tomatoes, thyme, bay leaf, oregano and more s&p. bring to the simmer and reduce heat to low.

add the chicken back to the sauce and simmer gently for 8 to 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened slightly. stir in capers.

to serve, spoon 1/4 cup of brown rice onto the center of a serving plate. place one portion of chicken on top of the rice and spoon some of the sauce and vegetables over the chicken.

click here for curtis stone's original recipe and nutritional information.


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