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Basil Chicken with Marinara
and Italian tossed salad

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min

Inspired by Caprese salad flavors, this paleo-friendly chicken skillet includes a bright (and spicy, if you'd like!) homemade marinara sauce and fresh basil. Toss together a simple Italian salad while the chicken cooks.

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Spicy Marinara Sauce:
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
  • Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/4 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/4 tsp
  • Tomato paste - 4 Tbsp
  • Stock, any type - 1/2 cup (sub water)
Basil Chicken with Marinara:
  • Zucchini - 1/2 lb, chopped
  • Chicken thighs, bone-in & skin on - 1 1/2 lbs
  • Basil, fresh - 10 leaves, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Spicy marinara sauce (ingredients listed separately) - ~3/4 cup
Italian Tossed Salad:
  • Tomatoes, medium (sub half a cup cherry or grape tomatoes for each medium tomato) - 1, diced
  • Celery - 1 stalk, chopped
  • Lettuce, romaine (sub green leaf or iceberg) - 2 hearts, chopped
  • Black olives, sliced (2.25 oz / 63 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 2 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/4 tsp
  • Pepitas / pumpkin seeds - 1/3 cup

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Prep

  1. Make sauce - Chop garlic. Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add olive oil and when hot, add garlic, red pepper flakes and oregano and saute until fragrant, ~1 minute. Stir in tomato paste and stock and simmer until thickens slightly, ~1 minute. Add more stock if needed to reach a smooth, spreadable consistency. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Zucchini - Chop zucchini. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  3. Chicken - Pat dry and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Basil / Tomatoes / Celery / Lettuce - Prep as directed.
  5. Olives - Drain and rinse.

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Make

  1. Heat a skillet or frying pan with first part of cooking oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and sear until both sides are deep golden brown, ~3 minutes on each side. Set chicken aside and return pan to heat.
  2. Add second part of cooking oil and then zucchini to heated oil. Saute until zucchini is tender and golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add sauce and basil and stir to combine. Nestle chicken, skin-side up, in sauce and cover with a lid or foil. Reduce heat to medium and cook until chicken is cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. While chicken cooks, whisk together olive oil, vinegar and oregano. Toss dressing with lettuce, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers and pepitas.
  4. Serve chicken with salad on the side and enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (82)
Gluten-free (1)
Paleo (9)
Vegetarian (11)

31 reviews

made this with trader joes cauliflower crust. next time will make with whole wheat pizza dough, but the sauce was yummy! didn't make the salad, made our own usual salad instead

By: Jennifer
Posted: Dec 06, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

We added spinach and olives to the pizza and skipped the salad.

By: Leila
Posted: Nov 20, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Made with breasts instead of thighs. Made the marinara extra spicy and it was quite good. Filling -- didn't miss the pasta.

By: Sundi
Posted: May 23, 2017
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Use quality pre made pizza dough or make it from scratch.

By: Gabe
Posted: Apr 09, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Sauce was nasty and the pizza would have tasted better with dough from scratch.

By: Rhonda
Posted: Aug 28, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Used pre made crust

By: Sara
Posted: Jul 20, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful