Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mexican-Style Pasta With Chicken and Peppers

A delicious, easy and healthy meal, you're going to love it!

4 cups low sodium chicken broth
2 minced garlic cloves
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 tablespoons sugar
4 plum tomatoes, well drained or 6 whole canned tomatoes, well drained
3 scallions
1 large green bell pepper
3/4 lb vermicelli or other thin pasta (I used bowtie pasta)
1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 (4 ounce) can chopped mild green chilies, drained
1/4 teaspoon salt (omit if using regular chicken broth)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro

* I added red pepper flakes to taste, stirred in a 1/2 cup light sour cream just before removing from heat and then topped with some shreaded pepper-jack cheese to individual servings.

1 In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken broth, garlic, cumin and chili powder to a boil over medium-high heat.
2 Meanwhile, coarsely chop the tomatoes, scallions and bell pepper. Break the vermicelli into 2-inch pieces.
3 Add the chicken to the boiling broth, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove the chicken and set it aside to cool slightly.
4 In a large nonstick skillet, warm the oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the vermicelli and cook, stirring, until the vermicelli is lightly browned, about 2 minutes. (I omitted this step; I began to cook the pasta, then finished cooking in broth mixture with veges.
5 Add the broth mixture, tomatoes, scallions, bell pepper, green chilies and salt, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is cooked, about 7 minutes.
6 Meanwhile, shred the chicken. Mince the cilantro (if using).
7 Stir the shredded chicken and cilantro into the pasta mixture and serve hot.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Chicken Piccata



  1. 1
    Halve one lemon lengthwise and slice one half crosswise into 1/8-1/4 inch thick slices.
  2. 2
    Juice the remaining 1 1/2 lemons to obtain 1/4 cup juice.
  3. 3
    Salt & pepper each cutlet generously and coat each with flour.
  4. 4
    Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat until hot, add 2 tbsp oil, saute half of the cutlets until medium brown (2 minutes per side).
  5. 5
    Transfer cutlets to warm plate.
  6. 6
    Add remaining oil and repeat with remaining cutlets.
  7. 7
    Add shallot or garlic to pan over medium heat -- saute until fragrant (30 seconds).
  8. 8
    Add stock and lemon slices, increase heat to high and deglaze pan; simmer until liquid reduces to about 1/3 cup.
  9. 9
    Add lemon juice and capers and simmer until sauce reduces again to 1/3 cup.
  10. 10
    Remove pan from heat, swirl in butter until it melts and thickens sauce; swirl in parsley.
  11. 11
    Spoon sauce over chicken and serve immediately.

I made this yesterday and I served it with mashed potatoes and asparagus. It was DELICIOUS! It was really easy to make too. Not really low fat though, sorry.