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    My Mom's " Red Chicken "

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    50 mins

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    Becky #7's Note:

    So delicious! So easy! So healthy! So... saucy! My mom has been cooking this for decades. It's a modified version of a recipe from a cookbook called "The No Willpower Diet". It's perfect comfort food--chicken in a yummy, tomato-y sauce. Enjoy!

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    1. 1
      In a large pan (large enough to hold all the chicken in one layer, along with some sauce), brown the chicken in the oil. If you have a non-stick pan, you can omit the oil.
    2. 2
      While the chicken is browning (or before), mix the tomato paste with the liquid from the canned mushrooms. Add more water if necessary -- the goal is to be able to pour the sauce, though it should still be pretty thick. (If you want to use fresh mushrooms, then you can just use water for this step.).
    3. 3
      Sprinkle the chicken with the thyme, salt, and pepper.
    4. 4
      Cover the chicken with the chopped onions.
    5. 5
      Pour the tomato/liquid mixture on top of everything. Mix things together as well as you can. At this point it might seem like you won't have enough tomato sauce, but as the chicken and onions cook, they'll release their liquids and you'll have more sauce.
    6. 6
      Cover and simmer for 40-45 minutes. Uncover occasionally to shift things around, flip the chicken over, and pour the sauce over the chicken. Add water as needed (but it might not be needed at all).
    7. 7
      If you're using fresh mushrooms instead of canned, sauté them in a separate skillet.
    8. 8
      When chicken is cooked, reduce the heat so that the sauce is no longer simmering. Add the yogurt, mushrooms, and parsley. Stir until everything is blended and warm.
    9. 9
      Serve over rice (we use brown rice) -- you'll definitely want something to soak up all the yummy sauce!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 20, 2012


      As is, this is too bland for my taste. The sauce is nice and thick but definitely needs something.

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    • on July 20, 2010


      My husband pretty much eats whatever I give him, and doesn't really complain or brag about any of it. However, I tried this recipe several months ago, and he can't get enough of it. He request it every week. It is yummy! I don't use the mushrooms (I don't like them), and I use chicken brith instead of water. I tried it once with chicken breast, and it took a lot from the flavor. I also use brown rice sometimes, but it's not as good as the white.

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    • on March 04, 2010


      This was pretty good! I used a bit more thyme because I LOVE it. I found that the yogurt made it taste a little... yogurt-y. Next time I may try half yogurt and half low-fat sour cream. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Nutritional Facts for My Mom's " Red Chicken "

    Serving Size: 1 (244 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 184.3
    Calories from Fat 32
    Total Fat 3.6 g
    Saturated Fat 0.9 g
    Cholesterol 69.2 mg
    Sodium 458.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 16.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.5 g
    Sugars 11.6 g
    Protein 22.6 g

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