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Mediterranean Chicken Two Ways

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I was in the mood for using these Mediterranean style ingredients but I couldn't decide how to use them so I made two dinners using chicken breasts, zucchini, olives, grape tomatoes, parsley. See how a slight difference in way you cook can make a whole new dish. When you cook for yourself you can Save Money, Eat Healthier, Live Greener and Have Fun!
Ingredients
  Zucchini 2 Large, chop
  Kalamata olive 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chop
  Parsley 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chop
  Chicken breast 2 , chop
  Grape tomato 1 Cup (16 tbs), slice
  Garlic cloves 4 Large, chop
  Olive oil 6 Tablespoon
  Jalapenos 2 , chop
  Romano cheese 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), grated
  Pasta 1 Cup (16 tbs), cooked, drained
  Red pepper 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), roast
  Salt 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
Directions

GETTING READY:
1. Cut the zucchinis into half and cut into slices.
2. Cut the olives around the pit.
3. Cut the grape tomatoes into halves.
4. Cut the parsley roughly.
5. Cut the 2 chicken breasts into chucks.

MAKING:
6. For the first dish: In a pan, add 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 cloves of chopped garlic.
7. Add 1 chopped chicken breast into the pan and stir. Cover with lid and let this brown for about 5 minutes.
8. Take the chicken out.
9. Add 1 chopped zucchini, 1/2 cup chopped grape olives, 1/4 cup kalamata olives, 1/4 cup parsley and 1 chopped jalapeno.
10. Brown all the vegetables.
11. Add 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and put the chicken back into the pan.
12. Cover with lid for about 5 minutes.
13. Remove from stove, add 1/4 cup of roasted red peppers and plate.

6. For the second dish: In a pan, add 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 cloves of chopped garlic.
7. Add 1 chopped chicken breast into the pan and stir. Cover with lid and let this brown.
8. Add 1 chopped zucchini, 1/2 cup chopped grape olives, 1/4 cup kalamata olives, 1/4 cup parsley and 1 chopped jalapenos.
9. Add 1/4 cup wine and cover with lid for 5 minutes.
10. Open lid and stir and add 1 tablespoon of tomato paste and mix. Add another tablespoon of tomato paste.
11. Add salt and pepper to taste and stir and cover with lid to cook down for 10 minutes.
12. Add 1/4 cup of freshly grated Romano cheese and more pepper, if needed. Add 1 1/2 cup of cooked pasta and toss.
13. Add 1/4 cup of roasted red peppers, stir and take off the stove.

SERVING:
14. Plate the first dish and serve as a side dish.
15. Plate the second dish and serve as a main dish.

TIPS: Use white wine when you want lighter flavors and want to keep the color of the dish. Use red wine while using tomato sauce and heavier meats and you don't mind getting the dish coloured.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Mediterranean
Method: 
Saute
Ingredient: 
Chicken
Restriction: 
High Fiber, High Protein
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
2

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