Back when I gave birth to my daughter almost 27 years ago, my mom made me many meals that I could freeze and reheat so that I would not have to worry about cooking. This meal was one of those dishes that I continued making over the years and have tweaked it to make it more heart healthy. It is versatile as you can use boneless skinless chicken breasts or chicken legs and thighs, whichever you may already have on hand. Back when my mom made it she would use the legs and thighs with the skin on which added flavor, but now I do not use it for health reasons. Now I prefer to use the boneless/skinless chicken breasts which isn’t as flavorful but it still makes for a great dish. So let’s get to cooking! Here are the ingredients that you will need for this recipe.
2-4 pieces of low sodium turkey bacon 2 pounds of chicken breasts 1 medium onion, chopped or sliced black pepper 1 pound can of diced no salt added tomatoes 1/4 to 1/2 cup of Heinz 57 sauce 1 Tblsp of sugar olive oil
Cut bacon into 1″ pieces and saute with some olive oil until partially cooked then add the onion and continue cooking until onion is tender. Remove the onion and bacon and reserve about 2 tblsps of drippings in pan. Brown the chicken in the drippings and sprinkle with the black pepper. Drain any excess fat. Combine the bacon, onions, tomatoes, Heinz 57, and sugar then add to the chicken, Continue cooking until chicken is cooked. You can thicken the sauce if desired, but I never need to.
This recipe can be made with regular bacon and you can add salt if desired, and since I have had it both ways, I can honestly say that the flavor is good either way. I have used only two pieces of bacon with great success with the flavor, but you just don’t get as many pieces in the complete dish as you would with using the four. When someone needs to eat heart healthy this is one of those comfort foods that is a great go to as it feels like a hearty meal when paired with rice, but the guilt isn’t there. Also, you can use Italian flavored tomatoes with it and it seems to boost the flavor level up a notch, or you can add your own basil and oregano for that extra kick.
This recipe is another one of those that is very forgiving and you can kick it up a notch with whatever spices you may have on hand. Why don’t you give it a try today and let me know how it works out for you!