Heart Healthy Recipe: Chicken Picadillo

February 05, 2021

This zesty one-pot meal contains several heart-healthy ingredients and is easy to throw together on a busy weeknight- give it a try! 

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yields: 6 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup of chicken and vegetables)

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, rinsed and finely chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, rinsed and finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp garlic, mashed (about 3 cloves)
  • 12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup golden seedless raisins

For garnish:

  • 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, rinsed, dried, and chopped (or substitute 1 tsp dried coriander)
  • 1 Tbsp capers, drained
  • 2 Tbsp green olives, chopped

How to Make It: 

Step 1: Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat.  Add the onion, bell peppers, and garlic, and sauté until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.

Step 2: Add the chicken, and stir fry for another 5–10 minutes until chicken is no longer pink inside.

Step 3: Add the tomato sauce, chicken broth, lemon juice, cumin, bay leaves, water, and raisins to the vegetables and chicken.

Step 4: Cover the pan, and reduce the heat.  Simmer for 10 minutes.

Step 5: Remove the bay leaves, and garnish with fresh cilantro, capers, and green olives, and serve.

Tip: Serve with brown rice and black beans.

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