Mediterranean-style dishes are healthful for a variety of reasons. They generally are lower in saturated fats, higher in monounsaturated fats, and full of antioxidants. This Mediterranean Chicken recipe is flavorful, without a lot of added salt.
What Makes It Taste So Good?
This chicken dish was given to me by my mother-in-law. She uses a whole stick of butter to saute the onions, and I have to admit that it tastes fabulous!
But, my family really needs to get on the healthy eating track, so I’ve been cutting down and substituting when I can. Here, you’ll use olive oil rather than butter.
Dishes like Mediterranean Chicken are recognizable across cultures, and only vary by the spices used. This recipe can easily be adapted to feed a crowd. You can serve it with rice, pasta, quinoa, or even spaghetti squash or other spiralized veggies.
Sometimes, I use boned chicken pieces and remove the skin. Other times, I use boneless and skinless chicken breasts and thighs. Bones add to the flavor of the dish, but are not necessary for a great result.
The secret to the flavor is the abundance of onions and slow simmer. Like all stews, it tastes even better when reheated.
Make it ahead, and serve it on those nights when you want to be a part of the fun. Who wants to always be slaving away in the kitchen?
Keeping It Gluten-free
Serve Mediterranean Chicken with your favorite rice or quinoa, roasted potatoes, or veggie noodles. Add a green salad and you have yourself a delicious gluten-free meal. Easy!
Mediterranean Chicken is an easy main dish that incorporates antioxidants and good fats. It's also a gluten-free entree that will appeal to a wide range of tastes.
- 1/4 c. olive oil
- 2 lbs. chicken pieces skinless, boned or boneless
- 3-4 cooking onions sliced
- 12 oz. tomato sauce
- 6 oz. tomato paste
- 1 tbs. oregano, dried
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- salt & pepper to taste
In a stew pot, heat olive oil and and add the chicken pieces, turning them to brown all sides. Add onions, toss, and continue browning.
Sprinkle oregano over chicken and onions, then add the tomato sauce and paste.
Add cinnamon, salt, and pepper.
Simmer on low heat about an hour. Serve or cool and reheat.
Nutrition information is provided for boneless, skinless white meat chicken.
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