Friday, December 3, 2010

The "Art of Flavor"

Are you a tired of not being able to dine out because of the high cost of eating at a restaurant? Is chicken the only meat you can afford to make these days and it just doesn't seem enough? Your troubles are over. I have the best chicken recipe. It does not take long to make and the best part its absolutely divine. Everybody that tries it says it is better than eating at an restaurant. I call it "Teresa's Italian Chicken."

Cook Time: 30 minutes      Level: Easy
*  A package of organic free range chicken breasts
*  1/2 cup of olive oil
*  4 teaspoons of real butter
*  2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning 
*  1 teaspoon of garlic powder
*  1 teaspoon of onion powder
*  1 large can of diced tomatoes 
*  2 jars of marinated artichoke hearts
*  1 jar of wild organic capers
*  Parmesan cheese in grated form for sprinkled topping
*  1 small lemon 


Toss the chicken in a bowl and add the italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder until chicken is completely coated. Heat 1/2 inch of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place chicken in oil and brown chicken evenly. About 5 minutes on each side or until chicken appears to be fully cooked. Next add the diced tomatoes, artichokes, and capers. Make sure you do not drain liquids in the jar except a little from tomatoes and a little from capers. Cut a small lemon, remove seeds and add lemon juice to the chicken. Let this simmer for 15 minutes and then add butter. Now simmer another 5 minutes with heat turned down to a medium to low heat. Remove from heat and serve on top of angel hair pasta. Sprinkle parmesan topping to your taste. 


The best chicken to use is the organic free range chicken breasts, but you can use regular chicken breast if you prefer. I usually get a package with three to four chicken breasts. The extra virgin olive oil can be what you like, but I use Carapelli brand for sauteing and baking. Most of the seasonings I prefer are made by McCormick. You can use a less expensive one for the garlic and onion powder, but try and get a good quality Italian seasoning. As for the diced tomatoes, Hunts tends to be reasonably priced. Marinated artichoke hearts tend to be pricey, so if Progresso is out of your price range then get Reese. Organic foods sometimes have less salt then regular foods in jars that is why I choose organic capers. They are the Mediterranean Organic. Parmesean cheese usually is okay as a generic brand, but I love Kraft. Everything is a little better with butter, so make sure you use the real thing. No substitutes. 

End Note
I hope you enjoy this recipe for many meals to come.

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