Just look how good this looks? Doesn't it look like I've been cooking this meal all day? Well you're all wrong FTY readers! This is a recipe I came up with while I was making dinner one night. I was well what you call "winging it" because like most of you busy cooks out there I had absolutely NOTHING to make! I just reached for the catalina dressing and said ok "you! you are going to make dinner happen whether you like it or not!". Ok I'm not that odd. Don't worry folks I don't talk to salad dressings *looking around* but I do like to get inspired by the oddest ingredients sometimes. Chicken is a staple in most families, and mine is no exception so I started adding things here and there... here and there... then finally I had a quick braised chicken meal ready in minutes. The sauce is both deep in flavour and tangy because of the dressing. So if you're a fan of tangy dressings this may be a good recipe for you. If you like it with a bit less tang than go ahead and add more sugar or honey.

Serves 2

  • 2 chicken breasts, cubed
  • coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp dried sweet basil
  • 1 pint of cremini mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/3 cup catalina dressing
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp sugar (or more if you like it sweeter)
  • a splash or two of water or chicken stock
  • handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped

1. Preheat a large heavy bottom skillet, on medium high heat. Take the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Add it into the hot skillet and brown lightly for a couple minutes. Add in the chopped onion, chili flakes, dried sweet basil, and the sliced cremini mushrooms. Let it all cook for a good 5 minutes or so.

2. Add in the chopped tomatoes; making sure to stir occassionally. The juice from the tomatoes will help create a sauce. Add in the catalina dressing, dijon mustard, sugar and a bit of water or stock; stir to combine the ingredients. Lower the heat to a simmer, place the lid on and let it simmer for a good 10-15 minutes or until the sauce comes together nicely. Take a taste of the sauce and if you wish add a bit more stock or sugar; depending what you feel it is lacking. Serve warm beside cooked white rice with broccoli.

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