Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Chicken Faux-prese [Caprese] w/ Tomato Basil Cream Sauce

I don't want to hear that you don't like feta cheese. Close your eyes, use it in this dish, and you won't even KNOW it's feta! The way it is used here, combined with cooking it, really mellows it out, and adds that "ah-ha!" factor to this dish. I dare you to try it. may have had Chicken Caprese at Olive Garden...or any other pseudo-Italiano restaurant. Here is a quick, "faux", healthy version!

Chicken Faux-Prese w/ Tomato Basil Cream sauce
  • 1 c. bread crumbs
  • 1/3 c. (+ depending on taste) crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 T. fresh basil, or 1 tsp dried basil, or 1 tsp. Shirley J pizza & pasta seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. salt [if you use the pizza & pasta seasoning, which you should, be easy with the salt!]
  • pepper
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 2 T. fresh lemon juice [bottled okay, but fresh is better!]
  • 4 boneless, skinless breast halves [I used tenders]
  1. Combine bread crumbs, feta cheese, pizza & pasta seasoning, salt & pepper in a shallow bowl. I use a pie dish, because it's shallow and wide.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil & the lemon juice. Dip the chicken in the olive oil, and then dredge in the bread crumb mixture, pressing to coat.
  3. Place on a sheet pan (I use my cookie sheet). Lightly drizzle a little bit of olive oil (if you have any olive oil/lemon juice mixture left over, use that!) over the top of each piece of chicken. Don't saturate it, but a little bit will help the chicken brown and keep it from drying out.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, until chicken is done. Serve with pasta & tomato basil cream sauce.

Tomato Basil Cream Sauce

  • Your favorite jarred spaghetti sauce, homemade spaghetti sauce, canned tomatoes, or fresh tomatoes
  • 1 T. chopped fresh basil [Can use 1 tsp. dried basil or omit and use only Shirley J]
  • 1 tsp. Shirley J pizza & pasta seasoning
  • 1/4-1/2 c. Shirley J cream sauce
  1. In a saucepan, mix together spaghetti sauce (or tomatoes...if using fresh, pulse them in a food pro until wet), basil and pizza & pasta seasoning. Heat and stir until combined.
  2. Slowly stir in cream sauce. You can add more or less, depending on your taste, and how "creamy" of a sauce you want.

Serve over pasta (I used wheat spaghetti, I think), with chicken.

Things I used today:
Shirley J pizza & pasta seasoning
feta cheese
Shirley J cream sauce

Be sure to check out the Shirley J site & add their blog to your faves as well!

1 comment:

  1. gosh, this looks fabulous! i hope you'll be entering this or another into this month's recipe contest since the pizza and pasta seasoning is the key ingredient!

    love all your stuff!