Speedy Chicken Cacciatore

Speedy Chicken Cacciatore

Speedy Chicken Cacciatore
    Servings
    4-5people
    Cook Time
    30minutes
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    Servings
    4-5people
    Cook Time
    30minutes
    Meal Plan
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    Ingredients
    • 4tablespoon olive oil, divided
    • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs *
    • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
    • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped, divided
    • 1 (32-ounce) jar high quality pasta sauce
    • 8ounce sliced mushrooms
    • 1/2tablepoon dried basil
    • 1/2tablespoon dried oregano
    • 1/2teaspoon sea salt
    • 1/4teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 8ounce dried penne pasta noodles
    • 2 bags spinach
    • Juice of 1 lemon
    Instructions
    1. Bring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta.
    2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken pieces and brown for 2-3 minutes each side. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.
    3. Add onions, peppers, and 3 minced garlic cloves to skillet and sauté until onions are translucent, about 3 minutes. Add pasta sauce and next 5 ingredients (through black pepper) and combine with onion mixture.
    4. Add chicken pieces back to skillet, cover pieces with some of the sauce, reduce heat to medium, cover and cook for 10-15 minutes until chicken pieces are cooked through.
    5. While chicken and sauce simmers, finish cooking pasta, drain, and cover, and set aside.
    6. To make spinach: Heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil in another skillet over medium high heat. Add 3 cloves of minced garlic, sautéing constantly so as not to burn the garlic, about 30 seconds. Add spinach and combine with garlic until spinach wilts. Add lemon juice and salt; combine well, remove from heat and cover until ready to serve.
    7. When chicken is done, serve chicken and sauce on top of cooked penne. Serve with spinach.
    Recipe Notes

    I like to use Muir Glen’s organic pasta sauces to save time, but if you have a favorite sauce recipe you’d like to use, by all means, please do!

    When I have the time, for an additional 10-15 minutes, I make a delicious homemade sauce by sautéing 2 cloves of garlic in olive oil, adding a container of Pomi’s Italian pureed tomatoes with 2 teaspoons dried basil and oregano, a pinch of sugar or agave syrup, salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes, and voila! It’s perfect tomato sauce.

    My youngest is not fond of peppers, so I sometimes leave out the red peppers and it is still delicious.

    To make this gluten free, substitute gluten-free pasta (like brown rice pasta) for wheat-based pasta.

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