I’ve never made, nor even eaten, Chicken Pizzaiola before, but I positively plan on cooking it again!
Chicken Pizzaiola is a traditional Italian food, as far as I know. A lot of you, my foodie friends, out there are Italian, so please let me know if that is true---what is the origin of this dish? I believe the original recipe combines the taste of herbs with tomato sauce, poured over cooked chicken and topped with slices of mozzarella cheese.
I clipped this light variation of Chicken Pizzaiola from our local newspaper, The Northwest Herald. It has the delicious tomato sauce with plenty of oregano, red pepper flakes and piquant capers. Instead of layers of mozzarella, this is topped with grated Parmesan cheese.
It was delicious! I served it with a green salad and cooked spinach. It would be great served with spaghetti!
Chicken Pizzaiola with Capers
3 chicken breasts; boneless, skinless
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon seasoned pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
5 green onions, chopped
1 green bell pepper, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14-ounce can) tomatoes, no-salt-added
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon capers, drained
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, optional
Place chicken between 2 pieces of plastic wrap.
With meat pounder or rolling pin, pound evenly to about ¼” thickness.
Sprinkle chicken with oregano, salt and seasoned pepper.
Spray large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set over medium-high heat.
Add chicken and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.
Transfer to plate.
Add oil to skillet and reduce heat to medium.
Add onion and bell pepper; cook stirring frequently, until tender.
Add garlic and cook about 1 minute.
Return chicken to skillet along and add tomatoes, pepper flakes and capers.
Cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 10-15 minutes longer; depending upon thickness.
Serve sprinkled with Parmesan, if desired.
Tender, Moist & DELICIOUS!
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