Saturday, June 26, 2010

Cacciatore-style Chicken bake

What a beautiful day today was, sunny and extremely hot! I went for a walk to the City Market and picked up some chicken. I think it is time to try a new recipe! I found this one in a Kraft What's cooking magazine (Fall 2006) and the picture looked really good. I had most of the ingredients already in the cupboard, so i decided this was the recipe to try!

1 cup hot water
1 pkg (120 g) Stove Top stuffing mix for chicken
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 small each red and green pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
2 cups pasta sauce

Preheat oven to 425 F. Add hot water to stuffing mix; stir until just moistened, set aside.
Place chicken, peppers and onions in 8 inch baking dish. Mix lightly. Pour pasta sauce over chicken mixture; top with prepared stuffing.
Bake 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

As it is the weekend, i had company for dinner. And we both agreed that it tasted a little bland. It seemed to be missing something. It might be that i did not use a red pepper, i could not find one. I also had to use Turkey stuffing, the store was sold out of chicken. The jar of sauce was Garlic, but that did nothing to enhance the taste. I precooked the chicken in a pan on the stove, i am a little hesitant to throw chicken into the oven in a dish and hope it comes out cooked, even if it is cut into small pieces.

I was pleasantly surprised that it came out of the oven looking almost like the photograph in the magazine. It definitely made the promised four servings. Let's hope the leftovers have a more enhanced taste. It looks delicious, but i probably will not be rushing out to make it again unless i can figure out something to make it have more flavor. But, that is how you learn, by trying something new!

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