Family Favorite Saucy Chicken

Apr 26, 2020 | Main Meals

Saucy Chicken 

This family friendly chicken dish was inspired by a childhood favorite that my mom would make. In Spanish, “carne guisada” was originally made with veal. However, my family does not eat veal so I simply switched it out for chicken. You can also use turkey if you prefer! 

We enjoy this meal at least once a week; it’s amazing over rice, pasta, quinoa or any other grain your family enjoys. We try to switch up weekly. I love that you can create just a savory sauce with just a few pantry essentials like broth and tomato paste! I think you’ll agree that this is one of the easiest weeknight dinner you can make – if you can I recommend cooking up a batch over the weekend so it’s ready to go for Monday or Tuesday night!

Family Favorite Saucy Chicken

Prep: 15 minutes 

Cook: 25-30 minutes 

Makes: 5 Servings 



·      ½ onion, diced 

·      1 red bell pepper, diced 

·      1 carrot, minced 

·      3 garlic gloves, minced 

·      1.5 pounds chicken tenderloins or breast, cut into ½ inch pieces  

·      2 tablespoons tomato paste 

·      ¾ cup chicken broth 

·      1 tablespoon Italian seasoning 

·      ½ teaspoon cumin 

·      Salt & pepper 

·      1 tablespoon canola oil 



1.     Heat oil in medium sized Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, pepper, carrot and garlic. Cook, stirring often for about 5 to 7 minutes or until vegetables are softened. 

2.     Increase heat to medium-high and add chicken, stir to combine all ingredients. Cover for about 2 minutes. Uncover and continue to stir frequently until chicken is lightly browned (~8-minutes). Careful not to scorch your pan. 

3.     Add broth, tomato paste and all seasonings. Stir well and continue to cook for a few minutes more until chicken is cooked through and sauce thickens. (about 5 minutes). 

4.     Cover and remove from heat. Let stand for 8 to 10 minutes. 


Serve over pasta, rice or other grain you enjoy! 

Make ahead tip: The entire recipe, steps 1 to 4 can be prepared in advance. Cool completely and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Freeze any remaining chicken for up to 2 months. 

 Nutrition information for 6 ounce serving: 180 calories; 7g Carbohydrate; 3g Fat; 28g protein; 320mg Sodium; 2g Fiber 


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