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Flattened Chicken with Tomato Sauce

Categories: Comfort Foods, Entertaining, Kid-friendly, Low-fat, Quick to fix
Type: Main Dishes

Nobody can resist this chicken and tomato sauce dish.

Prep Time: 10M

Cooking Time: 20M

Serves: Serves 4


  • 4 small skinless boneless chicken breast halves (preferably free-range), about 4oz (115g) each
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, very finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 × 14oz (400g) can diced tomatoes, with juices
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
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  1. Sandwich each chicken breast between 2 large sheets of plastic wrap, and pound with a meat mallet or the side of a rolling pin until evenly flattened and about 1/4in (6mm) thick. Season well with salt and pepper, dust with the flour, and set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large frying pan over low heat. Add the onion, and cook for 5 minutes until soft. Add the garlic, and cook, stirring, for about 10 seconds.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes and their juices and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a low simmer, and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season well with salt and pepper
  4. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in another frying pan over high heat. Add the chicken, and cook for 10-15 minutes, turning once, until golden and cooked through. Remove from the pan and serve immediately with the rich tomato sauce spooned over the top.
  • A tablespoon of pesto stirred into the sauce really peps up the flavors; alternatively, stir in a pinch of hot red pepper flakes.

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Excerpted from The Illustrated Quick Cook.
Copyright © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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