Thursday, August 15, 2013

Pollo alla Pizzaiola

Pollo alla Pizzaiola is a very well known dish in Italy. Takes its name, as you might guess, from the pizza because it's made with tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil :)

Everyone prepares it their own way: some people like to add garlic, others add capers... I use oregano and black olives.

This dish is a very good and healthy option when you want to cook chicken in a slightly different way and kids like it a lot too! It's also very easy and fast to prepare, so it's perfect if you don't have too much time to spend in the kitchen.

In this way you'll get from normal boring chicken breasts something a little more special :)

Ingredients (serves 2):
  • 400 gr of chicken breasts
  • 200 gr mozzarella cheese
  • 300-400 gr tomato sauce
  • rapeseed oil or olive oil
  • flour
  • salt
  • some fresh basil leaves
  • oregano
  • black olives

Take the meat out from the fridge to room temperature about 20-30 minutes before cooking.
If the chicken breasts are too thick, slice them in 2 parts so they will cook better (and faster). Coat the chicken on both sides with the flour, tapping on their surface so the flour sticks onto it.
Warm up some oil in a nonstick pan, place the chicken and fry them until both sides get a nice golden color.
Add salt, oregano and basil. Pour the tomato sauce and olives, let it cook at low flame for 5 minutes so the sauce gets a bit thicker.
Slice the mozzarella into slices and put one slice on top of each chicken breast. Turn the flame off (or to minimum), cover the pan with a lid and wait until the mozzarella is a bit melted. Serve immediately.


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