Friday Food : Chicken Cacciatore w/ Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Greetings! I won’t lie to you, this is another find from Kraftrecipes.com, part of their Healthy Living collection. I made this dish a few weeks back and wish I had made about 10x the amount. My only issue is the potatoes do not freeze/reheat very well. As you can tell it is another bright and colorful dish, which is a not-so-secret food crush of mine.

Chicken Cacciatore w/ Creamy Mashed Potatoes

What you will need:

  • 3/4 lb. red potatoes (about 2), cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1-1/2 cups small fresh cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 cup (1/2 of 8-oz. tub) PHILADELPHIA Chive & Onion 1/3 Less Fat than Cream Cheese
  • 4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1 lb.)
  • 1/2 cup KRAFT Light Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 each green and yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained

Directions:

  1. Cook potatoes and cauliflower in boiling water in large saucepan 20 min. or until tender.
  2. Drain potato mixture; return to pan. 
  3. Add reduced-fat cream cheese; mash until potato mixture is fluffy. 
  4. Serve topped with chicken, vegetables and basil. 
  1. Cook chicken in large nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium heat 3 to 4 min. on each side or until golden brown. Or on a George Foreman type grill as I prefer. Or in the toaster oven. Transfer to plate; cover to keep warm.
  2. Add dressing, mushrooms and peppers to skillet; cook and stir 6 min.
  3. Add tomatoes; simmer 8 min.
  4. Return chicken to skillet; spoon sauce over chicken. Simmer 3 min. or until chicken is done.

Photos & Comments

As mentioned above, the potatoes do not freeze and reheat very well. They taste fine (IMO) but become watery.

I listed the potato and chicken directions separately, but obviously given the time it takes the potatoes to boil, you can start on the chick and/or veggies while you wait. BE CAUTIOUS, boiling them too long will cause them to fall apart and ooze through the strainer.

If you are not keen on the cream cheese, you can always use your own version of potatoes or skip them all together and just do the veggie sauce/mix and chicken.

Very easy to make, and I think it’s fun to watch as the food change its forms and colors as new things are added to the mix.

2 thoughts on “Friday Food : Chicken Cacciatore w/ Creamy Mashed Potatoes

  1. You can circumvent the watery potato issue by cutting them into 1″ chunks, tossing with olive oil, salt and pepper and roasting in the oven on 425* until done. Top with fresh chives and grated parmesan right before serving. 🙂

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