Low Points – Big Flavor Chicken Cacciatore

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It’s been a long while since I posted anything here but this meal was so good, I decided to it NEEDED to be shared!

I had a taste for something Italian tonight but didn’t want pasta (I’m back to losing a few pounds on WW and wanted a low point meal). I googled some ideas and saw some inspiration for Chicken Cacciatore recipes but as I usually do, I create my own version of things and tonight’s meal with a total home run!


I started off by running up to store to get a good can of whole tomatoes (San Marzano) – and some good cheeses. Since the cheese and chicken were the only points in this meal, I wanted them to be DELICIOUS! I picked up some good quality Ricotta and Pecorino Romano.

I also picked up a few Patty Pan squash, some organic carrots, and red peppers. Patty Pan squash are the large yellow (or green) squash that look like flying saucers. If you can’t find Patty Pan, just pick up the largest yellow squash you can find.


If you haven’t tried any of Mom’s Gourmet Seasonings, you seriously need to. Sally Koepke is the founder and she’s a dear friend of mine. Her seasonings are available nationwide but not every store carries them. Whole Foods, Giant Eagle, and Winn Dixie are a few of the stores that carry it. You can always order it on their website at www.momsgourmet.net.

The one you need for this recipe is “Ciao Down” (it’s an incredible Italian blend). If you can’t find it, you can make your own blend using the ingredients in the recipe below.

I coated the chicken with a touch of olive oil and few healthy tablespoons of Ciao Down. Then a added the chicken to a hot cast iron skillet and browned it on both sides for about 5-6 minutes each side.

I put the veggies (carrots, red peppers, garlic scapes) and when it all browned, I removed everything from the pan to make room for the Patty Pan squash. I browned both sides. You don’t want to put the squash in too early because it will just become mush. You will want some crunch to it.

Add a touch of wine and deglaze the pan. Add a piece of chicken on top of each squash, and then add the rest of the veggies back into the pan.

Add a 32 oz can of San Marzano tomatoes, more Ciao Down, some fennel power, red pepper flakes and some salt and pepper.

Top each piece of chicken with 1 tablespoon of ricotta cheese and spoon some of the tomato sauce on top of it.

With a spatula, scoop a piece of the Patty Pan squash with the chicken on top and scoop out some veggies too. I served it with a leaf lettuce salad.

Load up on the veggies and you will have a super meal. You can also serve it with your favorite pasta.

Chicken Cacciatore with Veggies

This is a super healthy, LOW WW POINTS version of Chicken Cacciatore I made up myself and OMG - it's good!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Chicken, Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 2 - 4 Boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 Red pepper julienned
  • 1-2 Summer yellow squash Patty pan, or other large yellow squash, sliced into 4-8 pieces
  • 1 Large carrot Sliced at an angle for long pieces
  • 1 Can whole plum tomatoes San Marzano are the best
  • 1 Garlic scapes Chopped into 1/4" pieces, or 2 cloves garlic sliced
  • 4 tbsp Ricotta cheese
  • 4 tbsp Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1 tsp Red pepper flakes
  • 3 tbsp Mom's Gourmet "Ciao Down" italian seasoning Or mix basil, garlic, fennel, anise, oregano, thyme, black pepper together
  • 2 tbsp Fennel powder
  • 1/2 c White wine
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Add a bit of olive oil to a pan and heat
  • Coat and marinate chicken with Ciao Down spices and olive oil
  • Add chicken to hot plan and let it sear and cook. Flip once cooked to the other side.
  • Julienne peppers, carrots and add to pan.
  • Add garlic scapes or garlic and mix
  • Slice patty pan squash to get large wide pieces. Remove chicken and add squash. Brown on both sides.
  • Add wine to the pan and deglaze to get all the browned bits.
  • Add chicken back and place on top of the squash.
  • Add the can of tomatoes and squish some of them.
  • Add more Ciao Down seasoning and lots of fennel powder. Add salt and pepper as well.
  • Top each piece of chicken with 1 tablespoon of ricotta cheese and spoon some of the sauce on top of the cheese.
  • Sprinkle with a bit of grated pecorino romano cheese. Leave a few larger bite-sized chunks in the pan as well.

Notes

This is only an 8-point WW meal when you have 5 oz of chicken!
5 oz chicken: 3 points
1 oz ricotta cheese: 2 points
3/4 oz pecorino romano cheese: 3 points
 
Adam LapsevichLow Points – Big Flavor Chicken Cacciatore

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