Thursday, October 20, 2011

Quick Chicken Cacciatore

When we were first married, I used to regularly go to cooking classes taught by our local grocery store.  My husband worked nights at the time while he was finishing up college and I was teaching first grade.  So I loved having something to do while he was gone and learned a lot of basics about cooking.   And beings that I was also very busy grading papers and writing lesson plans at night--I also loved gathering recipes that were quick and easy to make.  I was excited to try this recipe that was demonstated because it fit that description perfectly!   It really is so delicious and tastes a lot fancier than it is to make.  I especially like making it with fresh linguine (found in the refrigerator section).  Unless you're more talented than me and can make your own linguine.  But then that probably would change the title from Quick to Complicated, right?  The onion, green pepper, and fresh garlic simmer with the chicken and create a fantastic italian flavor.  The italian seasoned tomatoes also make this so easy.  You can play around with it and add more spices if you like.  And parmesan cheese on top of hot, bubbling cacciatore is a must!  You'll love this simple, easy, delicious meal!

Quick Chicken Cacciatore from Pampered Chef

1 pkg breaded precooked chicken breast (6-8 patties)
1 small white or yellow onion
8 oz fresh linguine (in refrigerator section)
2 cans (14.5 oz) Italian-seasoned diced tomatoes
Fresh cloved garlic
1 medium green bell pepper (optional)

Cut chicken patties and bell peppers into strips.  Chop onion.  Cook linguine according to package directions.  Drain and keep warm.  Meanwhile, heat skillet over medium heat.  Lightly spray with olive oil.  Add chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes (stirring frequently).  Add tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, and fresh garlic.  Bring to a boil; cover.  Reduce heat to simmer for 8-10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.  Serve over hot linguine.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, if desired. 

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