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Recipe of the Week: Chicken Cacciatore

Recipe of the Week: Chicken Cacciatore

If you know how to balance your macronutrients properly, you’re going to probably find chicken as your go-to source of meat because it’s lean, can be prepared in many different ways, and can be added to just about any dish to bump up the protein.

If all you do is saute your chicken, however, you’re going to get sick of it pretty quickly. That’s why love recipes like this one from my bestselling cookbook, The Shredded Chef: it’s easy to make, tastes fantastic, and the macros are perfect for sticking to a sensible meal plan (high-protein, moderate carb, low-fat).

Give it a go! You won’t be disappointed!




Calories Per Serving


Protein Per Serving

45 grams

Carbohydrates Per Serving

48 grams

Fat Per Serving

7 grams


6 ounces quinoa rotelle pasta

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (6 ounces), rinsed, dried, trimmed of fat, cut into strips

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1/2 medium onion, chopped

1/2 cup fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 can (28 ounces) of plum tomatoes, with juice

1/2 cup dry red wine

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 bay leaf

1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped


Heat the oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and brown on both sides. Add the onions, mushrooms, and garlic and sauté until vegetables are tender.

Add the tomatoes, wine, oregano, and bay leaf and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 30 – 35 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and sauce has thickened. Stir occasionally.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions.

Add the cooked pasta and 1/4 cup of the pasta water to the chicken, cook for 1 – 2 minutes, mixing well so the sauce sticks to the pasta. Remove bay leaf and top with fresh parsley

What You Get to Eat


Picture courtesy of Culinary Ginger

What did you think of this week’s recipe? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • TheFabulousMrsK

    This sounds really yummy! I’m definitely going to give it a try!

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! One of my favorite simple chicken recipes!

  • Angee

    YUM, I am a Pescatarian, so only eat fish, and this works well using white fish too.

    • Michael Matthews

      Yeah, definitely!

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  • Eric L

    I’ve made this before (sans pasta) and it was absolutely delicious! Make a double batch, pack it up and you’ve got meals prepped for a few days!

  • Jerry

    Any idea how much (ounces) a portion is? We’ve already eaten some of the diced the chicken and pasta and now wondering how much to portion out for later?

  • Richard

    Watching my friends during college eating the same old chicken and rice or starving themselves to gain or lose weight always looked boring and painful. I knew there had to be someone out there who figured out how to make awesome dishes that made eating for fitness exciting. I’m glad to say I just bought the shredded chef and look forward to tasting and seeing my future results!!

    • There’s no need to be boring with your food just because you’re on a diet. 🙂

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