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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 282.7
  • Total Fat: 11.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 78.8 mg
  • Sodium: 307.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 8.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.7 g
  • Protein: 30.8 g

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Chicken Breasts with Red Wine Sauce

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Chicken Breasts with Red Wine Sauce

Introduction

This is a lighter take on the classic Italian preparation of Chicken Cacciatore (or Chicken Hunter Style). Our made-over version uses white meat rather than dark and less oil to cut almost 60 calories per serving and reduce the fat and sodium of the traditional recipe. This is a lighter take on the classic Italian preparation of Chicken Cacciatore (or Chicken Hunter Style). Our made-over version uses white meat rather than dark and less oil to cut almost 60 calories per serving and reduce the fat and sodium of the traditional recipe.
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    1 pound boneless, skinless chicken
    breasts
    1⁄2 tsp black pepper
    2 tbsp canola oil
    1 yellow or white onion, sliced
    1 cup mushrooms cut into quarters
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1⁄2 cup (4 ounces) red wine (see Note)
    One 14.5-ounce can stewed tomatoes,
    with liquid
    1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    2 tsp chili powder
    1 tsp thyme
    2 tsp Dijon mustard
    1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
    12 pearl onions, peeled and halved
    (optional, see Note)

Directions

1. Slice the chicken breasts in half and pat dry
with a clean cotton cloth or paper towel. Season
with pepper.
2. Place the oil in a medium saucepan with a
heavy bottom and a lid; once the oil is hot, add
the chicken. Lightly brown the chicken on all
sides, remove from the pan, and set aside.
3. Add the onions, mushrooms, and garlic to
the hot pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until
the onions turn light brown, 4 to 5 minutes.
4. Add the wine; stir to combine with the vegetables
and scrape the bottom of the pan to
loosen the browned bits. Simmer until the wine
reduces by half in volume, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir
in the tomatoes, Worcestershire, chili powder,
thyme, and mustard;, then return the chicken
to the pan. Bring to a simmer and then reduce
heat to low. Cover with a lid and simmer for 35
to 40 minutes. Garnish with the chopped parsley
and pearl onions (if desired) before serving.
Note: In choosing a wine for cooking, always
use one that’s good enough to drink. Never buy
“cooking wine,” which is full of additives and
sodium. Keep a four-pack of small wine bottles
on hand for cooking.
Halved pearl onions is a classic garnish for this
dish. To serve them, peel and lightly brown them
in a small sauté pan just before the chicken is
done cooking. Add to the dish just before serving.






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  • Incredible!
    55 of 55 people found this review helpful
    Can't beat this one. Chicken tenders work great too. I also add chopped black olives. After browning the chicken, and sauteeing the other veggies (except tomatoes) I put this all in a crockpot for 5 hrs or so. The house smells great when my husband gets home. - 10/20/09

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  • 22 of 24 people found this review helpful
    Great job on trimming the cals and sodium. One tip I always use: I freeze the last of wine in Ice Cubes and then bag them for later use. You just pop 2-4 wine cubes into a recipe that calls for wine. We all are faced with just a little of wine remaining in the bottle and this beats throwing it away - 1/7/10

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  • Incredible!
    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
    Made this this evening. The gravy that came from this was so absolutely delicious, my husband even got himself a piece of wheat bread and poured the gravy over and ate it. This is a definite keeper. - 10/5/09

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  • Incredible!
    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
    I made this tonight for my husband and I. The only change I made was to add a green pepper in with the onions and mushrooms. It was so delicious I couldn't help myself and I had 3 servings! Thankfully 3 servings only adds up to 539 calories and that was right around what I needed to eat for dinner. - 11/13/09

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  • 14 of 14 people found this review helpful
    love this recipe it is a keeper. Just going to cut back to 1 Tsp of chilli next time. It was a little spicely for me. - 11/19/09

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  • Good
    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
    This is very similar to my Chicken Cacciatore recipe, but I add green peppers and Italian seasoning, and only 1/2 teaspoon chili powder. I also serve it over whole wheat pasta. It is one of my favorite dishes!! - 1/7/10

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  • Incredible!
    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Made this last night for company. Everyone raved how good it was. They even took home leftovers. - 11/1/09

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  • Very Good
    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
    This was great on whole grain rice. I cut up the breasts, sauted them with the onions. Then added that along with everything else to a crock pot. - 10/29/09

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  • 11 of 12 people found this review helpful
    I have made this recipe before and it is delicious. Sometimes I like to add black olives or black beans to it. - 10/21/09

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  • Incredible!
    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Wasn't too excited about this recipe when I made it. It was good but not great. But I just had it again today for lunch and it was fabulous. I think sitting in the sauce just really made the flavors stand out. I will definitely make again, but maybe let it sit in a slow cooker for a better flavor. - 1/26/10

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  • Incredible!
    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    This is truly delicious and the leftovers are even better the next day. It's great for people on low carb diets and with the low calories (and carbs) people with larger appetites can have two servings without feeling guilty. We definitely will add this to our list of frequent favorites. - 1/14/10

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I made this tonight, but was missing a few ingredients so I substituted white wine for red and balsamic vinegar for Worcestershire. I also omitted the chili. I served this with brown jasmine rice and sauteed kale & garlic. It was fantastic. I WILL be making this again. - 1/8/10

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  • Very Good
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I fixed it for dinner last night and the hubby and I both really enjoyed it. Thanks for a very good recipe. - 10/27/09

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Delicious! Last time I made it with peeled, cubed eggplant instead of mushrooms, and I think it was even better that way! I now slice the chicken breasts in half through the flat part of the breast so that I get two big, thin breasts-- more tender & flavorful, plus it feels like I'm eating more. :) - 2/15/10

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  • Very Good
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Everyone love this. Next time I am going to cut down the chili powder and add basil and rosemary....a little more Italian! - 1/13/10

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Absolutely delicious!!! and so easy to make. The aroma in our house smells like a good restaurant. My entire family loved it and I will be sending a batch back to college with our son. - 12/28/09

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Great recipe! - 10/14/09

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I added carrots to the pan so I had my veggie right there. - 1/24/10

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    We made this last night, and the flavor was delicious. Very filling, too! - 1/12/10

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  • 5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Wonderful! I substituted 100% grape juice for the wine and added some sliced green pepper with the onion. Served over whole wheat pasta. Yummy!! - 1/7/10

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Great combination of tastes! - 1/4/10

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    very good and easy, i did not have mushrooms and it was still good - 12/12/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
    This sounds wonderful. I'm dying to give it a try. - 11/10/09

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  • 5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    always looking for a new way to cook chicken; made this last night; it was wonderful. Fortunately, I made extra, so I'm having leftovers tonight. Thanks! - 10/21/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    i made this tonight and my family loved it! it is a definate keeper in my recipe file! - 10/20/09

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    My family and I absolutely love this recipe - and it does make great left-overs too! :) - 3/1/10

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I made this twice & it was great both times. But the 2nd time I reduced the chili powder in half & it was fabulous. It's a keeper. - 2/28/10

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Delicious! I made this just like the recipe, except only used 1 teas. of chili powder. The mushroom/tomato/onion Hunter sauce was great over rice. Thanks Chef Meg! - 2/10/10

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    It's a keeper! I served this delicious dish with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. I always cook extra to share with my parents, and they enjoyed it, as well. - 2/2/10

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  • Very Good
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This was very good and very simple. Added green bell pepper and green onion along w/ italian style seasoning and a dash of celery seed. The whole house smelled great. - 1/11/10

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  • Very Good
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    We loved this recipe, I added chopped red bell pepper as well and baked it instead of simmer on the stove. Great recipe. - 1/10/10

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I'm definitely making this again! It had a great flavor. - 12/8/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This was awesome! I took it to work and my co-worker loved it too! I gave it 5 stars!!! - 2/23/10

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Everyone here at home LOVED it...I am not a big tomato fan, so it isn't a favorite for me, but definitely would have again. - 2/15/10

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This was pretty good! Mine tasted a little bland, but that could be due to my cooking and not the recipe. I did end up adding some ground red pepper to give it a bit of zip and a little Accent in place of salt. I will eat the leftovers tomorrow. Maybe the flavors will meld. I will make again. - 2/8/10

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This was super tasty and my picky husband enjoyed it and asked to make it again!!! - 1/22/10

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    YUMM-OOOO!! My family loved this dinner!!! - 1/22/10

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  • Very Good
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Thanks for the great Chicken it was very good. I also cooked in my crock pot , smelled so good. - 1/19/10

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    My 10-year-old daughter had a blast helping me fix this (and eat this) for dinner. Loved it. - 1/19/10

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Family pleaser. I added red and green peppers. - 1/14/10

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Delicious and easy! Going to keep this one around. - 1/11/10

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Taste is great. Kids loved it too. Will do it again. - 1/10/10

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    What a treat! The sauce for this was delicious. - 1/8/10

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I have done that wonderful recipe in the past. This version seems still better. Thank you. Totally deliciou ! - 1/7/10

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  • Very Good
    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This is like something my mother used to make when we were kids.Tastes good and easy to make. - 1/7/10

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  • 3 of 5 people found this review helpful
    What is the difference between stewed tomatoes and just canned whole or diced tomatoes? - 10/14/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I love making Chicken cacciatore, I also add stuffed olives to it the taste is even better. - 10/14/09

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  • 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    A truly excellent dish... However, I prefer slightly less onion (the 12 pearl ones are good tho'), and sliced mushrooms instead of quartered....

    This is a full 5-star dish...

    Thanks again Chef Meg, for the makeover.... - 3/17/10

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  • 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Made this in my pressure cooker after a day at work. From start to finish it took me less than 30 minutes and it was wonderful. - 3/12/10

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Great recipe! I added the eggplant also as someone else suggested. - 3/12/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This was SO good. I am actaully gull for the first time in a week, and I have leftovers! My family loved it as much as I did :) I served it over brown rice with roasted brussels sprouts. The whole meal was great! I will definitely be making this again. - 2/28/10

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  • 2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This is great - 2/13/10

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  • 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This is added to my favorites. One of the best chicken recipes I have tried. - 1/27/10

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  • Very Good
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Very tasty! - 1/22/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    very good...will make this again - 1/10/10

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  • Very Good
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Yes. This will be going on my list of meals. - 1/7/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Yummy and smells great too. - 1/6/10

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  • 2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Almost like coq au vin! Maybe lighter! - 11/3/09

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  • 2 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Thank you....can't wait to try it. - 10/26/09

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  • 2 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This sounds Great. I will try it tonight. - 10/21/09

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  • 2 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Sounds great. Can't wait to try it .I bet even my fussy kids will like it. - 10/20/09

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  • 2 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Sounds delicious. Can't wait to try - 10/20/09

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  • 2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Yes thanks! - 10/20/09

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  • 2 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I've been cooking my chicken in Salsa for years, never knew I was actually making Chicken Cacciatore. This sounds fancier but the Salsa is cheaper. - 10/20/09

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  • 2 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I have some recipes from my Sicilian God Mother that always have my DW's friends begging for the recipe.

    When they find out it's MY Family Recipe and that I made the meal, they usually can't find their jaws.

    This is a recipe my Auntie Pat (who says God Mother Pat?) would have approved of. - 10/12/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I luv this recipe, it sounds just perfect. - 10/11/12

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I make a more elegant variation of this with yellow peppers (volume & color), 1/4C each of brandy & white wine instead of red wine, skinless thighs for more flavor, & fresh tarragon & thyme; drop the chili & Worcestershire. I use a mix of portabella, shitake & regular mushrooms - about 2C total. - 6/11/10

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    My OH loved this but it was too hot for me - will try again with a bit less chilli powder I think - I am a wimp though! - 5/5/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was a wonderful meal and easy to make! I will definitely make it again. - 4/29/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Was awesome! I served it over a bed of wild rice. - 4/24/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    very good recipe..my husband and daughter like it too...will definately make again! i thought it could use a little more red wine ..but it was good! - 4/23/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This recipe is awesomely good! It's fairly easy, uses common ingredients yet I wouldn't hesitate to serve to company. We'll absolutely be having it again! - 4/22/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was really delicious...the flavor combination was heavenly and the chicken came out tender and tasty. Hubby and teenagers loved it too. I added a red pepper also. DH is doing low carbs so this recipe fit the bill for him. Do try this! - 4/21/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was a great dish! I'll undoubtedly be making it again...probably with a few more mushrooms. - 4/12/10

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Delicous! Just got through serving this to my family paired with the Alton Brown's oven baked brown rice! Wow, so good, even my kids liked it. Anything my kids eat is amazing to me. Thank you! I made the recipe as written except maybe a few extra mushrooms. Very good. - 4/2/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Made it tonight and it was great! It was a little spicy for my wife but defiantly will make it again just adjusting the spices. - 3/21/10

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    What are acceptable alternatives to using wine as I never cook with it (it's against my religion, yes really!)

    to STHOFFMAN: stewed tomatoes are canned tomatoes that have had peppers, onions, spices and the like added and cooked (stewed) into them. I'm allergic to peppers so use only regular. - 3/17/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    this looks devine. Only problem I have with it is that I save the bulk of my recipes to my Cooking software (MasterCook ver. 9) and the figures were not the same
    Chef Meg:
    Fat: 6.4g
    Carbs: 5.8g
    Cal:179.7
    Protein: 20.8g
    Master Cook
    Fat: 80g
    Carbs: 15g
    Cal: 861
    Protien: 18
    - 1/8/10

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  • 1 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Looking forward to trying this recipe - 1/7/10

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  • 1 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I'm going to make this tonight! - 1/7/10

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  • 1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Sounds good! - 1/7/10

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  • 1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    THis receipe is great I have something new to add to my chreistmas dinner. - 10/14/09

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  • This was extremely good. Added chopped green pepper and bay leaf for additional flavor. Smelled wonderful and tasted even better. This is one of my go-to recipes for sure!! - 3/22/14

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  • I LOVE when a recipe calls for a half cup of wine that way I feel justified drinking the rest of the bottle ;-)

    This was easy enough to make on a week night but fancy enough to serve company. The recipe is also adaptable enough to suit what you have on hand. - 1/13/14

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  • Great sauce! I added broccoli and a red pepper to it and the served it over past. It ended up making a great pasta sauce. I also cubed the the chicken first. - 6/19/13

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  • Interesting, will try it! - 4/19/13

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  • I don't care much for white meat in chicken, dry and a nasty aftertaste for me. I would much rather use extra virgin olive oil and instead of dijon mustard, a mustard with fresh ginger root..I wonder if a nice Cabernet Sauvignon would complement this well... - 4/13/13

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  • Very delicious but a bit spicy even with 1/2 the chili powder! I'll have to adjust it more next time, But definitely a fav. - 1/31/13

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  • chicken you can not go wrong with this receipe . it is easy and the taste in like a trip to Italy . - 1/23/13

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  • Very good.. Served it with Brown Rice.. It had my kids begging for seconds.. I did add yellow peppers to it as well.. - 7/14/12

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  • My husband said, "Mmmm, this tastes like more!"
    I did use cooking wine, rather than red wine, because it's what I had.
    What I don't understand is why the calories are so much lower on the serving in the cookbook than it is in this recipe section of SP. It doesn't look like anything else is differ - 5/20/12

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  • OMG, was this good! Next time, I'll cut the chili powder in half.. My lips are still burning. But family LOVED it. - 4/6/12

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  • Losing my luster for red sauces... Used fresh tomatoes, good wine, and garnished with fresh parsley and basil. - 4/3/12

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  • This recipe was soooo good! We served over rice with a side of asparagus and it was a huge hit with the family. - 3/7/12

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  • I made this light night. It was wonderful! - 3/6/12

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  • Maybe I did something wrong, but the flavor was a little too bland for me. My husband said "It's not bad..." which means "Please don't make me eat this again." I had to agree. I think I'll tweak it with some different spices and try it again. - 3/2/12

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  • WOW!!!!!! Made this tonight and I'm pretty sure that's one of the best dinners I have ever made!!! - 2/29/12

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  • This was so yummy- my favorite part was the mushrooms! I think I will add more than the recipe calls for next time. - 2/7/12

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  • Thanks, this is a good basic recipe, though I'm not a big chili fan. I made it in the slow cooker which worked well. It was way tastier a couple of days later after storing it in the fridge. I added some chargrilled veg which worked well. We enjoyed it and I would definitely make it again. - 2/4/12

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  • This was just great! I found it really easy to put together . I think it would taste good with just about any type pasta, rice or bean of your choice. A simple orange is a great after dinner compliment.
    I'll be making this often! - 2/2/12

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