My LOVE for Italian food and my desire to try and eat clean doesn't always find a good balance because lets be REAL here... Italian food is FULL of cheese, carbs, fats, oils, and so many other DELICIOUS ingredients that are not always on the healthy list. Now balance is KEY here and YES, you gotta just go all out and be REAL with the situation BUT if you've got some serious goals in front of you, you have to find ways to make the meals work within your guidelines.
SO, in an attempt to satisfy my desire to eat WHATEVER the hell I want to, I am on a MISSION to take my fave meals and make them more healthy; without losing the FLAVOR! Here is one I KNOW you all will LOVEEEEEE as much as my family does. Enjoy!
"Healthier" Chicken Cacciatore
1.5 pounds skinless chicken thighs (with the BONE if you can find it)
tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup onions, chopped
1 cup bell peppers, chopped
1/2 packet Sazon Tropical Seasoning (I know its WEIRD but its LOW in sodium and adds a tremendous amount of FLAVOR!)
28oz can NO-sodium organic diced tomatoes
- In a large pan, heat oil and chicken broth on medium-high heat until sizzling.
Add in garlic, onion and peppers; saute for about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium.
Add in chicken and sprinkle sazon seasoning on top. Cook on each side for approximately 3-4 minutes; you are just trying to add some color to the outside of your chicken aka get it a little crispy-looking.
Pour in can of chopped tomatoes; cover and SIMMER for as long as you possibly can. (I simmered for about 2-3 hours; turning the chicken every 30-minutes.)
Serve over whole wheat pasta with a side salad and you are GOOD TO GO!