Let's face it, eating healthy can be challenging. But with a bit of creativity and clever ingredient substitutions, you can whip up a healthy and delicious meal! This chicken recipe is packed with hidden vegetables, making it the perfect way to sneak in some extra nutrients without sacrificing flavor. This one is perfect for the whole family!
The key to this dish is the flavorful sauce. It starts with classic ingredients like garlic, onion, and bell pepper for a base layer of flavor. Then comes the grated carrot and zucchini. These are pureed into the sauce, so they become almost unrecognizable - but still bring a ton of nutrients to the table. Finally, the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, basil, paprika, cumin, and coriander add that "wow" factor to this dish. Not to mention it's packed with protein from the Chicken Breasts.
And don't worry about how long this recipe takes - it only requires about 30 minutes of active cooking time! The first step is to season your chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides before searing them in olive oil until they're golden brown. Then you can move on to sautéing your onions and garlic before adding in your grated vegetables. Once everything is cooked through, you can stir in your canned tomatoes, tomato paste, spices, and chicken broth - then let everything simmer together until it's thickened into a delicious sauce!
Finally, you have to transfer everything to an oven-safe baking dish and pop it in the oven for 15 minutes or so. When it's finished baking, you'll have perfectly cooked chicken breasts served up in a flavorful sauce that happens to be loaded with hidden vegetables! Top it off with fresh parsley for even more flavor – then enjoy!
Eating healthy doesn't have to be complicated or boring – especially when you make creative recipes like this! This easy-to-make chicken recipe has all the flavors of a classic Italian dish without the guilt – plus plenty of hidden veggies for added nutrition. All you need are a few simple ingredients and about half an hour of cooking time – then dinner will be on the table before you know it! So, give this nutritious dish a try tonight – your taste buds won't regret it!
Chicken with a Twist
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 carrot, peeled and grated
1 zucchini, grated
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides.
Heat the olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the chicken to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes on each side, or until browned.
Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
Add the onion, garlic, carrot, zucchini, and red bell pepper to the skillet and cook for 5-7 minutes or until the vegetables are softened.
Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, basil, paprika, cumin, and coriander to the skillet and stir to combine.
Whisk together the chicken broth and cornstarch in a small bowl until smooth.
Pour the chicken broth mixture into the skillet and stir to combine with the vegetable mixture.
Return the chicken breasts to the skillet and spoon some of the sauce over the top.
Cover the skillet with a lid or foil and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
Sprinkle chopped parsley over the top of the chicken and serve with the remaining sauce.
Enjoy your delicious and nutritious chicken with hidden veggies sauce.