Healthy Dish #5 – ONE POT Spanish Chicken and Potatoes

Healthy Dish #5 – ONE POT Spanish Chicken and Potatoes

Healthy Dish #5 – ONE POT Spanish Chicken and Potatoes

 

So, I’ve been scouring light recipes online and in magazines galore lately and I’ve found that they mostly share the same elements: lean proteins, an abundance of fresh herbs and spices, vegetables galore, and pretty much no Marshmallow Fluff to speak of.

Oh, if only someone had told me to ditch the Fluff years ago . . .

Speaking of which, are you missing the Fluff? What I mean is, should I start incorporating some regular dishes back into my repertoire instead of all healthy all the time? Let me know in the comments please!

Back to the recipe at hand . . . Spanish Chicken and Potatoes.

I loved the convenience of this one pot meal. What’s not to like about only having to clean a single, solitary pot? It’s perfect for someone rushing home from work, supervising kids, or anyone plain yearning to change into pajama pants and kick their feet up as soon as possible without having to wash a sink load of pots.

The taste of this dish is super as well. I think it’s the eggplant in the sauce that really thickens it and elevates the whole dish to deliciouso status.

Oh yeah, and I used chicken breast as called for in the recipe, but feel free to switch them out for chicken thighs or even drumsticks, which I think I’ll do next time. I find they have so much more flavor and juiciness. You’ll simply have to watch their doneness as you go.

If you’re not cutting back on carbs, serving this with a hunk of crusty bread would be great. If you are trying to lower your carb intake, a simple side salad is delicious as well.

Alrighty, here’s how you make One Pot Spanish Chicken and Potatoes.

Recipe courtesy of: Pinch of Yum.com

Serves: 6

Nutritional information per serving: Calories – 360, Sat. fat – 3.2g, Fiber – 4.9g, Protein – 27g 

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup olive oil

1 large yellow onion, sliced (about one cup)

3 cloves garlic

5 ripe tomatoes, cut in half

1/2 of large eggplant, skin removed and diced (2-3 cups)

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 lbs. chicken breast meat

1 large Russet potato, sliced

salt and pepper to taste

1 teaspoon all purpose seasoning such as poultry seasoning

1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves

 

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium high heat. Add the onions and garlic. Scoop the juices, seeds, and flesh out of the tomatoes into the pan. Add the eggplant pieces and simmer the mixture for 5 minutes or until everything is softened.

Spanish chicken and potatoes: Not done/Done

 

~Place the scooped out tomato halves over the sauce, open side down. Simmer for a few minutes until the tomatoes have steamed and softened. Break them up in the pan and simmer for another 5-10 minutes.

Spanish chicken and potatoes: Tomatoes steaming

 

Transfer to a blender or food processor, puree until mixture reaches your desired consistency, and stir in the salt. Taste and adjust to your liking.

(The fragrance wafting up from your processor at this point is going to be heavenly! Just saying.)

Spanish chicken and potatoes: Pureeing the veggie sauce - what a wonderful smell!

 

In the same pan, add one more quick drizzle of olive oil and add the chicken and potato slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and seasoning. Saute for a few minutes on each side until they’re browned.

Add the sauce back to the pan, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes or until the chicken and potatoes are fully cooked. Top with fresh parsley and serve with crusty white bread.

Spanish chicken and potatoes: 0% Fluff, but 100% delectable!

 

And here’s the handy printable version.

ONE POT Spanish Chicken and Potatoes

Serves 6
Website Pinch of Yum.com

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 Large yellow onion (sliced (about 1 cup))
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 5 ripe tomatoes (cut in half)
  • 1/2 Large eggplant (skin removed and diced (2-3 cups))
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2lb chicken breast meat
  • 1 Large Russet potato (sliced)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon all purpose seasoning such as poetry seasoning
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves (chopped)

Directions

Step 1
~ Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium high heat. Add the onions and garlic. Scoop the juices, seeds, and flesh out of the tomatoes into the pan. Add the eggplant pieces and simmer the mixture for 5 minutes or until everything is softened.
Step 2
~Place the scooped out tomato halves over the sauce, open side down. Simmer for a few minutes until the tomatoes have steamed and softened. Break them up in the pan and simmer for another 5-10 minutes.
Step 3
Transfer to a blender or food processor, puree until mixture reaches your desired consistency, and stir in the salt. Taste and adjust to your liking.
Step 4
In the same pan, add one more quick drizzle of olive oil and add the chicken and potato slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and seasoning. Saute for a few minutes on each side until they are browned.
Step 5
Add the sauce back to the pan, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes or until the chicken and potatoes are fully cooked. Top with fresh parsley and serve with crusty white bread.

And hey, if you have a second, please remember to leave a comment below to let me know if you want to see more healthy dishes, or want to mix things up a bit. Thanks!

To Fluff or not to Fluff.

That is the question!

Written by Becky


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14 Comments
  • Catherine says:

    I’m in for the healthy ones that are EASY! This one sounds great. I’ll be on the lookout for a decent looking eggplant, something that is not necessarily always available here in Small Town, USA. I’ll add it to my ‘city’ shopping list.
    Love all your musings and ponderings, with or without recipes! We’re a lucky bunch of readers when you take us along with you on your fun trips. . . and lucky that young Logan decided to stay in a marching band, so we can go along on more fun trips.

    • Becky says:

      Well, I’ll be! I was wondering where you went, young lady! Healthy and easy, you say? I’ll give it my best shot. I actually have one soup and an appetizer coming up that should satisfy your request. Hope all is well!

  • Debbie says:

    Fluff is always good too! Love your recipes fluff or not!

    • Becky says:

      Thanks for weighing in, Debbie. I’m going to give you one Fluff point, and call it a day.

      P.S. I kinda miss the Fluff too!

      P.P.S. I will deny it if pressed, though.

  • Patty from MMC says:

    I believe in everything to eat – in moderation. Wouldn’t mind some comfort food ideas – sometimes you just need some to make the day better.

    • Becky says:

      Hmm, Patty, it seems that you’re leaning towards some Fluff, but think that some healthy thrown in the mix is a good thing. I’ll mark you down for 1 vote each.

  • Diane says:

    Thanks Becky:
    I personally like your lighter recipes – I know what ever you cook will be full of flavor, which is often lacking in lower fat/calorie recipes.

    I also love your witty way of writing.

    • Becky says:

      Aw, thanks, Diane. Hope you’re prepped for the big snow heading your way! I’ll chalk your vote up as one for the Healthy side of things.

  • Sue says:

    I kind of miss a little fluff or some chocolate! Like the healthy recipes as well.

  • Stephanie says:

    “…and pretty much no Marshmallow Fluff to speak of.” LOL! Thanks for my first laugh of the day!

    In response your question about healthy versus regular recipes, I’d like to see a mix of both. I try to incorporate healthy elements in regular recipes to at least elevate their “healthy” quotient. A recipe might not be considered ‘healthy’ but if it contains whole grains, veggies or a great protein like salmon, then even if it has a decadent cream sauce, I still feel like I’m doing something right! So I’d say “mix and match” and try to incorporate at least one redeeming quality in your regular recipes!


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