Make a delicious meal (Cacciatore family style) with a Portuguese salad. The recipes follow. I love the fresh aroma of herbs in my dishes! Each Spring I grow different herbs so I can have them fresh for meals.🌿

Chicken with Vegetables in a tomato sauce.

In a sauce pan brown with some olive oil:

* 4 heads of garlic

* One medium onion

* Half of a sliced red, yellow, orange and green pepper

* 1/3 C of white mushrooms sliced

* Add fresh herbs towards the end - basil, oregano, sage, parsley and rosemary.

 Place it all on a pan and cook let it cook. After it’s cooked about 15 minutes take out of the pan. Add more olive oil and add chicken breasts ( cut in half to make them thin), put a little salt and pepper on each side and cook completely.

* Cook rotini pasta (half a box) according to directions and drain.

* Add one jar of marinara tomato sauce and warm up with chicken. Add vegetables and transfer to a big platter that already has the rotini pasta cooked and drained in the family platter.

* Put cooked chicken with vegetables on top.


Portuguese salad recipe

* I head of red lettuce

* 1/2 of one sweet med onion

* 1/3 of cilantro chopped

* 4 or 5 Tablespoons sprinkled in the salad.

* Sprinkle a bit of red wine vinegar on it, salt and mix it all.

 PS: Since mom is visiting and does not like mushrooms, I used Zucchini and yellow squash instead.


You can do this dish on the slow cooker as well by placing the chicken in first then the rest after. Cook on low for about 6 hours or on high in about 4 hours. Cook pasta according to package directions separately, then serve on large dish placing pasta first the chicken on top with veggies from slow cooker after. It’s so delicious!

Herbs that I suggest you grow in the Spring: parsley, sage, thyme, basil, oregano, cilantro and mint (this one is invasive and needs to be on it's own pot).

Enjoy and if you make it, please let me know how you like it!

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