Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Recipe Tuesday: Chicken Cacciatore- diabetic friendly!

For the next couple of weeks I am going to be posting diabetic friendly recipes on Tuesdays. I have several family member that struggle with diabetes and I had gestational when I was pregnant with number 1. :) Since then I have realized that eating the diabetic diet not only keeps me healthy it also helps me lose weight when I can stick with it. (Insert will power here..... ) So here is a tasty recipe that I hope is as yummy as it sounds!

Chicken Cacciatore

Per serving: 184 calories (26% calories from fat), 19 g protein, 5 g total fat (1.1 g saturated fat), 13 g carbohydrates, 3 g dietary fiber, 67 mg cholesterol, 216 mg sodium
Diabetic exchanges: 2 1/2 lean protein, 1 carbohydrate (3 vegetable)

8 5 ounce bone-in chicken thighs
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 quart Home-Style Tomato Sauce
2 teaspoons crushed dried oregano
1 teaspoon crushed dried basil
1 cup dry white wine or water
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
4 black ripe olives, sliced

Remove and discard chicken skin and any visible fat. Rinse chicken pieces and pat dry with paper towels.

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add chicken pieces and brown on both sides, about 7 to 8 minutes total. Transfer chicken pieces to two 8-inch square foil pans, 4 chicken pieces per pan. Set aside.

Add onion, garlic, bell pepper, and mushrooms to the skillet and sauté over low heat, stirring occasionally, until onion is limp and liquid has been absorbed, about 10 minutes.

Stir in reserved tomato sauce, oregano, basil, wine, and parsley. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce flavors blend, about 15 minutes. Remove from stove and cool for about 15 minutes.

Spoon sauce equally over the reserved chicken pieces and top each with half of the olive slices. Cover and seal with aluminum foil. Label and date. Freeze until firm.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375°F (190°C), Gas Mark 5. Bake the dish, covered, until sauce is bubbling and chicken is no longer pink at the bone, about 1 hour.