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Chicken Cacciatore

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cacci14top[1]This was excellent and would be great to cook in the pizza oven, too.
Ingredients
  • 2 chicken drumsticks and 2 chicken thighs, with bones and skinned
  • 8oz. mixed mushrooms, like crimini and shiitake
  • Dried porcini mushrooms, soaked and softened in water (reserve water)
  • 1 onion, diced medium
  • 1 small yellow and red pepper, diced medium
  • 2 small carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 5 garlic cloves, shaved
  • pitted kalamata olives, a large handful
  • 1 cup porcini mushroom water
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • Assorted herbs, parsley, basil, oregano and thyme
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Season chicken with salt, pepper and sprinkled oregano.
  2. Heat a heavy cast iron skillet, drizzled with olive oil.
  3. Place chicken skin side down and do not move it until it reaches a deep golden brown and it’s easy to turn, brown other side for a few minutes. Remove chicken and set aside.
  4. Add vegetables, garlic, salt and pepper to taste, a few twigs of thyme, saute for 5 minutes.
  5. Add wine and let it reduce.
  6. Add mushroom water and marinara sauce.
  7. Toss in 1 teaspoon of salt, pepper and chopped fresh basil.
  8. Place the chicken back into the pan and sink into the juices.
  9. Simmer on low, stove top, for a couple of hours or until chicken falls off the bone. Uncovered.
  10. Garnish with fresh parsley.
  11. Serve with cooked pasta, polenta or warm crusty bread.
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Pork Cacciatore

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This was pretty good – and a different take on Cacciatore using pork instead.

5 Weight Watcher Freestyle Points (4 servings)

Ingredients:

12 oz. pork tenderloin, cut into chunks

3 small Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

1 bell pepper, cut into chunks

8 oz. cremini mushrooms, sliced or quartered

1 c. marinara sauce

Rosemary to taste

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Coat a pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle the pork with salt and pepper. Cook the pork until browned. Remove to a plate.

Add more cooking spray. Add the potatoes, onions, and 1/2 cup water. Cook, scraping up the bottom of the pan. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add the peppers, mushrooms, and rosemary. Season with salt and pepper. Saute until the vegetables are browned. Add more water if they start of stick. Cook for about 7 minutes.

Stir in the marinara sauce, pork, and 1/4 water. Bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce the heat, and cook until the vegetables are tender and the pork is cooked through (about 7 minutes).

Chicken Saute with Peppers & Goat Cheese

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This was unusual but very tasty.

This is 3 Weight Watcher Freestyle Points (4 servings)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 T. flour

12 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks

2 t. olive oil, divided

2 peppers, cut into strips

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 c. marinara sauce

1/4 c. water

Sliced fresh basil

4 T. Feta cheese, in chunks

Directions:

In a zip loc bag, mix together the chicken, flour, salt and pepper.

Heat 1 t. oil in a pan. Add the chicken and cook until lightly browned and cooked through. Remove from heat.

In same pan, add 1 t. oil. Add peppers and onions and toss to coat. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and lightly browned (about 12 min).

Add garlic and sauté for a few seconds. Stir in tomato sauce and water. Bring to a simmer.

Return chicken to pan. Heat through. Remove from heat and add basil. Mix to combine. Sprinkle feta cheese on top before serving.

Serve over rice. 1/4 c. of Basmati Rice is 5 Weight Watchers Freestyle points

Sausage and Vegetables

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This is so simple, but yet so tasty! It’s a perfect outdoor cooking event!

Ingredients:

2 sausages

1 red pepper, sliced into thin rings

1 green pepper, sliced into thin rings

1 yellow onion, cut into rings

1 fennel bulb, sliced

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Directions:

Grill the sausages until done. Slice into bite size pieces.

Coat the vegetables with olive oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Grill the vegetables. We used a grill basket for the onions and fennel so that they wouldn’t fall through the slats. When done, cut them into smaller pieces.

Mix everything together and serve.

Spanish Rice

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This was really good – the rice was nice and dry and the flavors were terrific. You can substitute black beans for the chicken if preferred.

Ingredients:

1 T. minced garlic

1/2 c. red onion, chopped

1 c. bell pepper, diced

3 c. water

1 1/2 c. quick brown rice

1 c. cooked chicken, diced

1 c. tomato sauce

1 t. chili powder

1 t. cumin

Salt & pepper to taste

Shredded Mexican cheese

Pico de gallo

Optional garnishes: Cilantro & avocado

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

In an oven proof skillet, add some olive oil. Saute the onions and garlic until translucent but not burned.

Add the pepper and cook until the peppers are softened. Remove the vegetables and set aside.

Pour water and tomato sauce into the skillet. Bring it to a boil.

Add the rice, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Return the pepper/onion mixture to the pan and mix well. Add the chicken and spices. Adjust the seasonings to taste.

Sprinkle the cheese on top.

Place in the oven for about 7 minutes (until the cheese melts).

Turn the oven to broil and broil until starting to brown (be careful not to burn it!).

Serve topped with pico de gallo.

Chicken Fajitas in a Pouch

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This is a super easy way to cook up your meat and vegetables in one play!

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts, skinned and deboned

1 green pepper, sliced

1 red pepper, sliced

1/2 yellow onion, sliced

1 T. chili powder

1/2 t. cumin

1/2 t. paprika

1/2 t. salt

1/2 t. pepper

Parchment paper

Corn tortillas

Shredded Mexican cheese

Guacamole

Pico de Gallo

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400. Place the peppers and onions in a bowl. Add some olive oil, salt and pepper and mix to coat everything well.

Place these on a sheet of parchment paper large enough to be able to seal it into a pouch.

Place the rest of the seasonings in a bowl. Mix well. Coat the chicken breasts with the seasonings on both sides. Place the chicken breasts on top of the peppers. Seal the pouch well and place it on a baking dish.

Cook in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until the chicken reaches a temperature of 165.

Remove from the pouch. Slice the chicken breasts. Serve with tortillas and toppings.

Stuffed Peppers

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This recipe would work with any pepper – I just happened to use poblanos for something different.

Ingredients:

4 medium poblanos

2 tomatoes, diced

1/2 onion, diced

1 T. minced garlic

1 t. dried oregano

1 t. cumin

2 c. cooked chicken, diced or shredded

1 c. shredded mozzarella

1/4 c. chopped cilantro

1/2 c. shredded Mexican cheese

Directions:

Cut the top off the poblanos and pull out the seed pod. Slice it down the middle.

Preheat the oven to 400. Line a baking dish with aluminum foil and brush with oil.

Cook the poblanos in the oven until slightly soft. Pull out and set aside.

Saute the onion in some olive oil. Add the tomatoes, garlic, and seasonings. Saute until the liquid has evaporated.

Meanwhile combine the chicken with the mozzarella cheese.

Add the tomato mixture to the chicken and mix well.

Fill each poblano with the chicken mixture. Place them on the baking sheet.

Cook for about 20 minutes until they are very soft and slightly charred.

Remove from the oven and top with the Mexican cheese. Broil it for about 2 minutes until  the cheese is melted.