Catch your Valentine with Chicken Cacciatore!


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Are you looking to capture the heart of your beloved this Valentine's Day, but you don't have time to shop or cook? After all, February 14th is a Thursday night this year and most of us have to work all day. 


Let your hunt begin with Chicken Cacciatore! Cacciatore means "hunter" in Italian, and is usally made with tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms and herbs. The other night I whipped up this simple variation on the theme and was very pleased with the outcome! The ingredients are mostly staples that I keep handy. You can even buy frozen chopped bell peppers and frozen wild mushrooms to have in your freezer for times such as these.


This was quick, simple and inexpensive to make. Yet, it was still packed with flavor! If you don't have the budget or the desire to serve filet mignon to your Valentine, try this dish. You'll look like a culiary genius and will most assuredly catch the attention of the one to which you're aiming Cupid's arrow. 


SIMPLE CHICKEN CACCIATORE

(for two large servings)


2 skinless boneless chicken breast halves

1/2 of a large onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced (fine if both of you are eating it!)

1/2 of a large red bell pepper, chopped

1 cup sliced mushrooms (I didn't have any, so I just left them out)

1 can diced tomatoes or 1-1/2 cup fresh chopped tomatoes, with juices

1/2 tsp. thyme

1/2 tsp. oregano

1/2 tsp. marjoram (opt.)

2 T. red wine or vegetable broth

salt and papper

sunflower or olive oil

Cooked whole grain pasta (I used gluten-free)


Rinse the chicken breasts, pat dry, then season with salt and pepper. Heat the oil, then brown the chicken in a skillet. Remove from the skillet and add a little more oil if needed, then cook the onions for a few minutes. Add the garlic, peppers and mushrooms, sautéing another few minutes. Add the wine or broth and cook another few minutes. Add the tomatoes and herbs, cooking about 5 minutes for canned tomatoes or 10 minutes for fresh.


Add the chicken breasts, cover and simmer another 15 minutes or so, until done. Taste and season accordingly. Serve over pasta.

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You can make a simple salad of arugula (spicy aphrodisiac), avocado (symbolizes male virility), tossed with olive oil, lemon juice and a little parmesan cheese to go with this, and perhaps a side of asparagus (another aphrodisiac), and you have a meal… in no time! 


This dish can work for gluten-free diets (with the right pasta), detox diets, and just about any diet or non-diet! You don't have to spend hours in the kitchen or break the bank to impress your love with an appealing dinner. You might want to spend your time in other ways… 


Stay tuned for how to finish off your meal with a sexy, healthy dessert!

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