Thursday, February 26, 2009

Lazy Day Dinner

I work in a very stressful environment, and I work a lot. By the time supper rolls around, it takes all I have not to just pop a frozen disk of dough and sauce in the oven and call it a night.

I got the idea for this chicken dish from a cookbook that specializes in weeknight meals for busy cooks. It's quick and easy, but very satisfying.

Easy Skillet Chicken

10 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 can sliced stewed tomatoes
1 can navy beans, drained and rinsed
1 clove minced garlic
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
Fresh ground black pepper
Shredded Parmesan cheese
Hot cooked angel hair pasta or jasmine rice

Dice the chicken into bite sized pieces. Brown in a skillet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Once chicken has just a hint of pink left in the center, (about 3-4 minutes over medium high heat) add tomatoes, beans, garlic, and seasonings. Gently break apart the tomatoes with a wooden spoon. Simmer, uncovered 7-10 minutes. Serve over pasta or rice. Garnish with a little Parmesan cheese.

* Note* If you like wine flavors, you may want to add a scant 1/4 cup of dry white wine to the pan when you add in the tomatoes. Be sure you like the wine you add in as the flavor becomes concentrated as it cooks down. No cooking wine please! It's just unnecessary salt and very little flavor.

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