Now that the kids are back in school, creating a delicious meal with a healthy balance during a busy week can be quite difficult, but is still so important. But did you know the Progresso™ has created a new line of Recipe Starters? Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ sauces are available in five flavorful varieties that can each be used as a starter to create numerous home-cooked meals. They have also created 80 different recipes using their Recipe Starters, that are quick and easy, and most use ingredients we already have in our homes.
The 5 Progresso® Recipe Starters varieties are:
Creamy Parmesan Basil: This creamy, full-bodied and indulgent sauce that was inspired by alfredo and creamy pesto sauces can be used to make dishes such as Crispy Garlic-Parmesan Chicken, Creamy Chicken Alfredo, Basil Chicken Ravioli Carbonara and Basil Chicken Thai Noodle
Creamy Roasted Garlic with Chicken Stock: With caramelized, roasted chicken broth, garlic and a touch of cream, this stock is perfect for dishes such as Creamy Lemon Chicken, Chicken Pot Pie and Chicken Enchiladas
Fire Roasted Tomato: A medium-thick tomato sauce, accompanied by flavors of roasted, caramelized tomatoes, oregano and bell peppers, which can be used as a great way to begin creating Pulled Chicken Sandwiches, Easy Weeknight Chicken Parmesan, Cheese-stuffed Mini Meat Loaves and Mole Tacos
Creamy Portabella Mushroom: Creamy and highly indulgent, this smooth sauce is rich with sautéed Portabella mushrooms, giving you any easy way to start delicious dishes like Easy Weeknight Beef Stroganoff, Steak and Mushroom Sandwich and Tetrazzini
Creamy Three Cheese: Rich and creamy with a blend of yellow and white cheeses, and a savory background of chicken stock, onion, garlic and cracked pepper, this is a great way to satisfy cheese lovers with Easy Weeknight Bacon Mac & Cheese, Twice-Baked Potato Pizza and Cheesy Egg Breakfast Tacos
I recently received a Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ Pack which included; 1 Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ Creamy Portabello Mushroom, 1 Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ Fire Roasted Tomato, a $10 Gift Card to purchase ingredients, Measuring Cups, Baking Dish, Sauce Scraper, and a Recipe Booklet featuring 5 recipes.
I decided to create the Easy Chicken Cacciatore with the Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ Fire Roasted Tomato. Not only was it so easy to make, my family loved it too.
Easy Chicken Cacciatore
Prep Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 35 min.
8oz uncooked spaghetti
1 package (20 oz) boneless skinless chicken thighs - (I used chicken breasts)
1 package (8 oz) sliced fresh mushrooms (3 cups) - (I omitted)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 can (18 oz) Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ fire roasted tomato cooking sauce
1/4cup chopped fresh basil leaves or 2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
1. Cook and drain spaghetti as directed on package.
2. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken thighs; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cook chicken 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
3. Remove chicken from pan; set aside. Reduce heat to medium.
4. In same skillet, add mushrooms and garlic. Cover and cook about 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. 5. Return chicken to skillet; pour cooking sauce over chicken. Sprinkle with basil; simmer about 10 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (at least 165°F). Serve over spaghetti.
It turned out great even when using chicken breasts instead of thighs and omitting the mushrooms (we are not mushroom people), and the kids really loved it! The flavor was perfect, and had a restaurant quality to it. Being able to create such an amazing meal with items I already had in my home in such a short time, was just amazing. We will for sure make this dish again in the near future, and are looking forward to trying even more of the Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ and recipes.
To learn more about Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ and to access their recipes, visit www.progresso.com/Products/Recipe-Starters. And don't forget to connect with Progresso™ on Facebook.
Where to Buy:
You can purchase Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ at your local grocer, and can be found on the soup isle. Right now, you can save $0.65 on one can of Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ with This Coupon.
One winner will receive the same Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ Gift Pack that I received which includes:
- 2 Cans of Progresso™ Recipe Starters™
- $10 Gift Card to purchase ingredients
- Measuring Cups
- Baking Dish
- Sauce Scraper
- Recipe Booklet featuring 5 recipes.
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