Ok, so I’ve been told that I don’t put enough healthy meals up so I decided that this was going to be my way of providing a meal that is healthier than my normal stuff. Just because this chicken cacciatore is healthy doesn’t mean that it lacks flavor because I’m here to tell ya that this knocks my socks off every time.
In advance I want to let you know that for this meal I actually use brown rice instead of pasta and no sugar is added so technically this is also a diabetic friendly meal. If you want to use pasta I can promise you that it will be amazing but today is about being a little healthier than normal.
Check it out, try a taste, tell me what you think, and as always remember that I am not a photographer but I think I need to hire one…
3 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 cloves garlic (minced)
2 shallots (chopped)
12 oz sliced baby portobello mushrooms
3 tbsp olive oil
3 cans diced tomatoes (I use no salt added)
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup brown rice
2 1/2 cups water
1 tbsp margarine
1 tbsp salt
Some oregano, this part isn’t exact
Some black pepper, also not exact
What to do!
Since the rice takes the longest to complete go ahead and get 2 1/2 cups of water to a boil. Add 1 tbsp butter and salt and then stir in the brown rice. Lower heat to a simmer, cover and let simmer for 45 minutes.
While the rice is cookin, season your chicken however you would like (personally throw garlic salt and black pepper on it) and grill it until it’s done. I guess this is the easy part because you just have to grill the chicken.
Once the chicken is done bring it in the house and cut it into smallerish chunks.
On medium heat add olive oil, garlic and mushrooms to a pan and start those a cookin, make sure to stir regularly to keep from burning. After these have been going for a few minutes, add the chicken and balsamic vinegar and allow to cook for about 2 minutes.
Now the time has come to add the tomatoes, black pepper, crushed red pepper, and oregano to the pan and mix everything together.
Cover and lower the temp and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally.
Once everything is done, top the rice with the cacciatore and go to town. This will feed 3-4 normal eaters lol.