Sunday, August 7, 2011

Chicken with tomato and pepper gravy

I made this new recipe tonight and it turned out really well.  It calls for a lot of tomatoes, but Ryan doesn't like tomatoes and he really enjoyed this meal - so don't let it scare you off.  The flavor was mild enough that it was delicious, but not over powering.  Starting with prep time, I'd say it took me about 35 minutes to get dinner on the table (I make the rice in the microwave - thank you Uncle Ben's)
Not pictured: kosher salt and water. I also used 3 tiny green bell peppers from the farmers market instead of one large one.
Simmering for the last 10 minutes or so while the gravy mixture thickens (chicken stays moist in the sauce while it's cooking)
Finished product.  Hard to see, but there is a thin layer of rice on the bottom of the dish.  We'll definitely be making this meal again.
1 tbsp vegetable oil
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
 2 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp onion powder
 1 1/2 tsp prepared minced garlic
1/2 cup soy sauce (divided 4 tbsp/4tbsp)
4 tbsp of minced dry onion flakes
2 tbsp cornstarch
2 1/2 cup water
1 green bell pepper (sliced)
4 plum tomatoes (roma plum tomatoes seeded and chopped)
4 cups of brown rice (2 pkgs of the uncle ben's 90 second ready rice)

1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and onion powder, and place in skillet. Cook for about 7 to 8 minutes - flipping halfway through. Add the garlic, 4 tablespoons soy sauce, and 2 tablespoons of minced onion. Cook until chicken is no longer pink, and the juices run clear.

2. Dissolve cornstarch in water in a small bowl, add remaining 4 tablespoons of soy sauce and stir together. Pour cornstarch mixture into skillet with chicken. Stir in green pepper, tomatoes, and remaining 2 tablespoons of minced onion. Simmer until gravy has reached desired consistency, about 10 minutes on medium heat.

3. Serve 1 chicken breast with 1/4 of gravy/pepper+tomato mixture over 1 cup of brown rice.
Makes 4 regular size adult servings (probably 8 WLS servings depending on how far out you are).

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