Easy Weeknight Dinner
Between work, taking care of the kids, walking the dog, running errands, spending time with family, exercising, and having personal time, it is often difficult to make a delicious, well balanced, and healthy meal during the week. I put together this recipe based on a pre-made cacciatore simmer sauce I used to get from Trader Joe’s for an easy weeknight meal.
This simple and healthy version of Chicken Cacciatore will satisfy your craving for Italian and can be put together in about 30 minutes. I like to serve it on top of whole-wheat spaghetti, cooked al dente for a lower glycemic index, with some steamed broccoli
on the side. Serve it over spaghetti squash or sautéed spinach and use gluten free flour for a gluten free alternative.
Chicken Cacciatore (Serves 4)
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
1 pound chicken breast cutlets
2 tablespoons whole-wheat flour, for dredging
salt and pepper, to taste
1 ½ – 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
1 small white onion, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
2 – 4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 4 oz can diced black olives, drained
2 cups homemade or prepared marinara sauce (I recommend roasted red pepper)
1 – 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
½ cup dry red wine (optional)
½ cup fresh basil, coarsely chopped
8 oz. whole-wheat spaghetti
1. Heat ½ tablespoon olive oil in heavy bottom skillet or dutch oven on medium
2. Spread enough whole-wheat flour to dredge chicken on a plate, sprinkle in salt and pepper. Dredge chicken on both sides and place in pre-heated skillet. Cook, undisturbed, on both sides until golden brown 4-6 minutes per side. Remove from skillet and set aside.
3. Add remaining ½ tablespoon olive oil, mushrooms, onion red bell pepper, and garlic to skillet. Sauté until soft, about 10 minutes. Add black olives, prepared marinara sauce, crushed red pepper, and red wine. Add chicken back to pan and cover in sauce. Reduce heat to a simmer, and simmer uncovered for 10 – 20.
4. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti until it is al dente.
5. Stir fresh basil in to chicken/sauce mixture and serve over spaghetti.
What are some of your favorite weeknight meals? What tips and tricks do you have for
making healthy, home cooked meals amidst a busy schedule?
By Lauren Anderson – Boulder, CO builder of amazing meals