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Smothered Chicken


You can microwave everything in the same dish, including a whole head of garlic; once cooked, the cloves are soft enough to mash, and the taste is mild and sweet.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, June 2005


  • 1 large onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 whole garlic head, (unpeeled)
  • 1 red bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, cut into 1/2-inch chunks (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, (6 ounces each)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. In a 2-quart microwave-safe dish, toss onion with oil. Place garlic in the center. Cover; microwave on high 5 minutes. Stir bell pepper and tomato paste into onion.

  2. Rub chicken with paprika and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper; place on vegetables, with thickest part of breast facing edge of dish. Cover; cook on high until chicken is opaque throughout, about 10 minutes. Remove chicken.

  3. Remove garlic; slice off top, and squeeze cloves into a small bowl. Add mayonnaise and lemon juice; mash with a spoon. Stir into vegetables; spoon onto plates, and serve chicken on top.

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