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Friday, September 5, 2014

Paradise Cove Baked Chicken Breasts Recipe..Using The Great Granny Diet Book

Paradise Cove in Malibu CA is about half way between the Movie Star Colony and Zuma Beach, it is where they filmed a lot of The Rockford Files and is the location for many Celebrity private homes.
I made this one evening for a "sundowner dinner" at a famous singer's beach side home, and it is fantastic.
Try and make the sauce the day before and allow the skinless boneless chicken breasts to marinate in it overnight, before cooking.

serves 4-6

2tbsp olive oil
8 cloves garlic smashed and minced
1 cup minced onion
1/2 cup minced celery
1/2 cup minced carrot
1/2 cup pitted and chopped green olives
2 tsp minced fresh jalepeno or 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 cups chopped red tomato
2 cups chopped yellow tomato (if not available add another 2 cups red tomatoes)
1 tsp sea salt
1 cup vegetable stock
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 cup white wine or apple juice
2tsp dried thyme (or 1tsp fresh)
2tsp dried rosemary (or 1tsp fresh)
2 bay leaves

4-6 x 7ozs skinless, boneless chicken breasts

Make the sauce as for the Gallon of tomato sauce in my recipe book, THE GREAT GRANNY Diet,  adding the hot pepper and olives after adding the tomatoes.

Cook the sauce for 30 mins then test for seasonings and allow to cool completely.
Place the chicken breasts in a plastic bag and cover with the  cold sauce and marinate overnight or for 6 hours in fridge.

Preheat oven 350F middle shelf
grease a 10 x 9 inch ovenproof dish, and place 3/4 the sauce in first and top with the chicken breasts, adding the 1/4 left to top the chicken and bake,tightly covered in foil for 35-45 mins. so the meat is fully cooked.

Remove from oven and drain off any oil, grease, and sprinkle with fresh thyme and/or rosemary.
Serve with steamed rice, quinoa, mashed potatoes, couscous, whole grain pasta and or green salad.

VARIATIONS: you may add any sliced mushrooms or bell peppers (particularly good with roasted red peppers added just before baking)

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