This time of year I confess, I want it all. I want fast easy meals that are delicously comforting, filling AND healthy all at the same time.
In my search for this mythical perfect meal I came across this recipe. It all cooks in just one pot, it tastes equally good with or without the breadcrumbs (Yay low carb version). AND you can serve it over pasta or with any vegetable of your choice.
I love to serve this up with cauliflower for me and whole grain pasta for my husband. Flavor wise it is not overpoweringly tomato like so many dishes with tomato paste are, the mushrooms balance it well leaving just a deep savory taste.
Versitile, quick, easy, tasty, and optional low carb ... what more could you want?
Chicken in a Pot
¾ cup chicken broth
1 ½ tablespoons tomato paste
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon dried oregano
⅛ teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic, minced
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
3 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups fresh sliced mushrooms
In a medium bowl, combine the broth, tomato paste, ground black pepper, oregano, salt and garlic. Mix well and set aside.
Dredge the chicken in the bread crumbs, coating well. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Saute the chicken in the oil for 2 minutes per side, or until lightly browned.
Add the reserved broth mixture and the mushrooms to the skillet and bring to a boil. Then cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove chicken and set aside, covering to keep it warm.
Bring broth mixture to a boil and cook for 4 minutes, or until reduced to desired thickness. Spoon sauce over the chicken and serve.
A quick look at the magical energies involved in all these ingredients shows you exact why this is such a comforting dish to eat. Everything is loaded with nurturing protective energies. The perfect late winter, early spring dish!
chicken - health, healing, fertility, nurturing
tomato - protection, warding, health, money, luck, love
black pepper - cleansing, purification, banishing, protection
oregano - peace, tranquility, protection, luck, health, loneliness, heartbreak, psychic powers, dreams, privacy, legal, homesickness
salt - protection, banishing, exorcism
garlic - protection, health, strength, endurance, male fertility, male potency, courage, inspiration
Wheat (in bread crumbs) - nurturing, prosperity
olive oil - Fidelity, marriage, peace, protection
mushrooms - psychic awareness, physical strength, hidden truths, courage, healing, health