Healthy Chicken Marengo

"Healthy Penne Chicken Marengo"

Makes 4 servings. Per serving: 389.9 cal

5.8 g fat (1 g sat. fat), 513 g sodium,
20 g carbs,
5.6g fiber, 25 g protein

EASY PREP: Prep: 10 min Cook: 20 min

INGREDIENTS
  • 8 ounces penne
  • 1/2 cup dry-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes in puree
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Legend has it that Napoleon's chef created Chicken Marengo for the general after a battlefield victory. Despite its glorious history, it differs very little from a traditional peasant dish of chicken braised with tomatoes and garlic. This version is enlivened with a touch of citrus in the sauce. Served over pasta, it makes a well-rounded meal fit for a victorious soldier--or a hungry family.

Directions

1.Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain in a colander and transfer to a warmed serving bowl.

2.Meanwhile, in a small bowl, cover the sun-dried tomatoes with boiling water and soak for 5 minutes. When softened, drain and chop coarsely. Set aside.

3.Toss the chicken with the flour, thyme, and pepper. In a large, heavy skillet, heat the oil over high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Add the mushrooms and 2 tablespoons of the broth. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the mushrooms are barely softened and have begun to release their juices.

4.Add the crushed tomatoes (with puree), orange juice, orange zest, sugar, salt, the sun-dried tomatoes, and the remaining broth. Bring to a boil, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to release the browned bits. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 8 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened and the flavors are blended.

5.Pour the mixture over the pasta and toss to coat well.


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