Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Easy Chicken Cattiatore Recipe

First off, thank you so much for all the lovely comments about Lallie's dance recital.  I sometimes feel a little strange putting so many pictures and videos of her on the blog but first and foremost, this blog is for our family members, including grandparents, that live 1,000 miles away and cannot see Lallie every day.

Moving on to our topic today.  I am not a cook....definately not a good cook by any means.  In fact, I really dislike cooking and think that sometimes I am a full-time working mom, just so I don't HAVE to prepare meals.  I mean, seriously, I am so excited that Lallie might be served hot meals for lunch next year so I don't have to pack her lunch....EXCITED!  I don't know, maybe I'd like it better if I didn't have time constraints.

However, I do have a few meals that I do enjoy cooking, and cook well.  Husband's current favorite is my Chicken Cattiatore Recipe.

I can have this from prep to plate in about 30 minutes.

This is not what mine looks like, this is traditional, but mine tastes
just as good!

Four 4- oz chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
1/2 cup frozen diced onion
2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/4 cups water
2 cups spaghetti / tomato sauce (see recipe notes below for variations)
1/2 cup diced frozen green bell pepper
1/2 tbsp oregano
1/2 tbsp basil
salt and pepper to taste
White jasmine rice

Brown chicken, onions and olive oil in pan, 5-7 minutes (salt and pepper chicken a bit)
Add water and remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
Simmer on medium high for about 20 minutes until sauce cooks down a bit and thickens
Serve over white jasmine rice

For the rice, we love Vigo white jasmine rice.  It comes out perfect every time in 20 minutes.  Just combine
1 1/2 cups rice (rinse the rice a couple times) with 2 cups water.  Bring to a boil and then simmer on low until cooked up.  It's the perfect amount of rice for this meal.

NOW - about the spaghetti sauce.  Let's say you don't have this but your pantry has crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes or some pizza sauce.  Use those instead and just combine, taste and flavor until you're satisfied.  If you have some leftover, freeze it for the next batch of Chicken Cattiatore.

Bon Appetite Y'all!


  1. This sounds delightful and I love that you improvise so well.
    Loved the post previous to this one. Lallie is so darling.

  2. This looks delish and after not having anything very tasty for the past few nights (my bad) this is going on the grocery list and menu! Yum!

  3. I am trying this recipe this weekend!
    I love how easy it is; canned goods and frozen vegetables are about as complex as I can handle!

  4. love this recipe looks delish and super simple. I will definitely be giving it a try.


  5. I'm going to try this recipe- thanks for sharing! xo

  6. Finally catching up on blogs this week. This recipe sounded great so I'm trying it tonight. It is simmering as I type this and smells so good cooking. Thanks for sharing it!