Recipe for Skinny Chicken Cacciatore topped with Mozzarella – a quick one pan supper that’s pocket friendly and comforting

2 tablespoons olive oil
250g Portobello mushrooms, halved or diced
1 red onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 of each, orange and yellow sweet peppers, deseeded and roughy chopped
4 free-range chicken fillets, de-boned and skinless
1/3 cup dry white wine, Chenin Blanc will be good
400g tinned, chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 teaspoon dried red chilli flakes
peel of 1 small lemon
3 bay leaves, fresh or dried
1 teaspoon sugar or xylitol, if Banting
several stems fresh thyme and oregano
salt and pepper, to taste
chunks of roughly torn mozzarella

How to
Heat 1 tablespoon love oil in a deep sided frying pan. Sauté the mushrooms on a high heat for several minutes until nicely browned. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the mushrooms to a plate.

Heat the remaining olive oil in the same pan and add the onion. Cook over a medium heat until softened. Add the garlic and sweet peppers and cook for a further 2 minutes.

Season the chicken fillets on both sides with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Shift the vegetables to the side of the pan and brown the chicken on both sides. Deglaze the pan with the wine and reduce by half.

Add the tomatoes, stock, chilli, lemon peel, sugar and herbs. Return the mushrooms to the pan, cover with a lid and simmer for about 20 minutes. Adjust seasoning if needed.

Place the mozzarella on top and brown under a hot grill until the cheese is bubbling and golden.

Recipe provided by Bibby’s Kitchen @ 36, a food blog by Dianne Bibby. For more details on monthly cooking classes hosted in Johannesburg, email [email protected].

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