I haven't had a slice of pizza for over 1-1/2 years, since learning that I have celiacs (an intolerance to gluten). Not long after that discovery, I chose to go totally grain-free, which has made all the difference in reversing my diabetes. I don't miss pizza itself, but the flavor of pizza is another matter. This recipe tastes so much like the real thing that I feel like I just ate a slice! I think the secret is the turkey pepperoni. It adds zip to the sauce. I think this easy recipe will become a family favorite! If you are lucky enough to have any leftovers, cut up the chicken into bite-size pieces, stir them back into the sauce and serve over zero calorie, zero carb shirataki noodles. It will be the best chicken cacciatore you'll ever eat!
Supreme Pizza Chicken
Makes 6 servings
2 lbs chicken pieces, skin removed (I used thighs and breasts)
2 TB coconut oil
1 cup strained tomatoes (I used Pomi brand) or plain tomato sauce mixed with 1 TB tomato paste
1/2 cup red wine
1 small onion, chopped
4 oz. mushrooms, sliced
1-1/2 tsp dried oregano
2 cloves garlic, minced
34 slices of turkey pepperoni, cut into quarters
Salt and pepper to taste
3 TB Parmesan cheese, shredded (shredded mozzarella can be substituted)*
1. In a heavy Dutch oven, heat coconut oil over medium heat. Brown the chicken on all sides, remove to a platter and set aside.
2. To the pot add the wine, strained tomatoes (or tomato sauce thickened with tomato paste), onion, mushrooms, garlic, oregano and turkey pepperoni. Return chicken to pot and turn heat to low. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
3. When chicken is done, remove it to a serving platter. Turn heat to medium and boil sauce for about 10 minutes or until thickened to desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Return chicken to pot to reheat briefly. To serve, spoon sauce over chicken and sprinkle each portion with 1/2 TB cheese.
Nutritional information per serving: 324 calories, 6.2 g carbohydrate (1.2 g dietary fiber, 2.4 g sugar), 14.6 g total fat (7.1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 117 mg cholesterol, 585 mg sodium, 45.8 mg calcium, 473 mg potassium, 37 g protein. Net carbs per serving: 5 grams
* For those with food allergies: To create a dairy-free version, omit cheese or substitute a dairy-free cheese product.
Recipe by Kathy Sheehan, copyright 2014