This dish brings flavors of my childhood to the kitchen table. My Italian mother (and her mother…) made a similar dinner for their families to enjoy. The great thing about this dish is it doesn’t take long to make (my version, that is). And, it doesn’t require a long list of ingredients. Here it goes…
1-1/2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into quarters
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove minced garlic
salt and pepper
1 green bell pepper, cored and sliced
1 small onion, sliced
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
1/3 cup red wine (you might need to open up a bottle to make this recipe and pour yourself a glass while cooking).
3 bay leaves
1/2 can pitted black olives, drained (optional)
1 pound cooked spaghetti
Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add garlic and chicken pieces. Salt and pepper the chicken and brown on one side, about 3 minutes. Turn chicken, salt and pepper again, and brown for an additional 3 minutes. Add green pepper and onion. Saute for a few minutes, scraping the pan for any remnants of cooked chicken. Add undrained tomatoes, sauce, wine and bay leaves . Cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes. Add optional black olives at the end of cooking. Serve over cooked spaghetti noodles. Enjoy with a green salad and crusty Italian bread. Mangia, Mangia!