Chicken Cacciatore

Health fare

October 30, 1990

This classic chicken dish has been slimmed down to make a fast, healthy meal for your family. Most cooks will need to supplement their pantry with just seven ingredients. The recipe makes six servings. Take the leftovers for lunch.

WHAT YOU NEED

6 skinned, boned small chicken breast halves (3 ounces each)

2 tablespoons olive oil or cooking oil

2 medium sweet red or green peppers, cut into strips

1 large onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings (1 cup)

2 cloves garlic, minced

Two 4-ounce jars whole button mushrooms, drained

1/2 cup dry white wine

1/4 teaspoon crushed dried red pepper (optional)

One 28-ounce can tomatoes, cut up

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons dried basil, crushed

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

1/2 teaspoon salt

! 1/4 teaspoon pepper

HOW TO MAKE IT In a heavy 12-inch skillet or Dutch oven brown chicken in hot oil all sides (four to five minutes total). Remove chicken; set aside. Add peppers, onion and garlic to skillet drippings. Cook until vegetables are tender.

Add mushrooms, wine and serrano or crushed red pepper to vegetable mixture. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, until almost all liquid evaporates. Add undrained tomatoes, tomato paste, lemon juice, basil, sugar, thyme, salt and pepper. Return chicken to pan.

Simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes or until chicken is tender and no

longer pink.

-- Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

Shopping list

* 6 skinned, boned small chicken breast halves (3 ounces each)

* 2 medium sweet red or green peppers

* 1 large onion

* 2 4-ounce jars whole button mushrooms

* 1 28-ounce can tomatoes

* Tomato paste

* Lemon juice

Pantry: dried basil, dried thyme, dried red pepper, dry white wine, garlic, olive oil or cooking oil, pepper, salt, sugar.

Nutritional breakdown

Serves six: each serving has:

* Calories: 253

* Protein: 29 grams

* Carbohydrates: 13 grams

* Fat: 8 grams

* Cholesterol: 72 milligrams

* Sodium: 511 milligrams

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