Chicken Breasts with Smoky Pepper Sauce

Chicken Breasts with Smoky Pepper Sauce
Photo: Jacob Fox
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 2 8 ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, halved horizontally*

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 red and/or green sweet peppers, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 small onion, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rings

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 14.5 ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh oregano

  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • Fresh oregano (optional)


  1. Sprinkle chicken with salt and black pepper. In a large nonstick skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook about 10 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink (170ºF), turning once. Remove from skillet; keep warm.

  2. For sauce, in the same skillet cook sweet peppers, onion, and garlic over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until peppers are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomatoes, the 1 tablespoon oregano, and smoked paprika. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Return chicken to skillet; heat through. If desired, garnish with additional oregano.


To cut each chicken breast half, hold the chicken flat on a cutting board with the palm of your hand. Starting at the thicker end of the chicken, cut horizontally away from you toward the thinner end to make two even chicken breast pieces.

Serving Suggestion:

If desired, serve over hot cooked whole wheat couscous. Start with 2/3 cup uncooked couscous and cook according to the package directions.

To Make Ahead:

Cool chicken mixture. Transfer mixture to a shallow freezer container. Seal, label, and freeze for up to 2 months. To serve, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Transfer chicken mixture to a microwave-safe shallow baking dish. Cover with vented plastic wrap. Microwave on 100% power (high) for 3 minutes. Stir mixture. Continue microwaving on high in 30-second intervals until chicken mixture is heated through.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

283 Calories
14g Fat
13g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 283
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 451mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 113.9mg 570%
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 2.4mg 13%
Potassium 467mg 10%
Folate, total 46.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.9mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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