1.11.2014

Baked Feta Chicken with Homemade Marinara Sauce

Happy New Year!  Hope your holiday season was as amazing as mine!  This year I spent the holidays with my family in Arizona.  Quite different from the east coast cold and snow I'm used to but I am definitely not complaining!

Now that the holidays are over and it's back to healthier eating choices, I needed to create something new and exciting instead of the same old boring grilled chicken and veggies.

One of my favorite appetizers is Baked Feta.  I thought about making it but then that would force me to sop it up with crusty bread, which I'm trying to avoid!  I figured I would try it over chicken and it was a success!  This would be great served over pasta but it pairs nicely with roasted vegetables as well.

In the original Baked Feta recipe, I used a jarred organic pizza sauce.  For this recipe I made a homemade marinara sauce.  I've included the recipe for my marinara below but either way is fine.

Enjoy!


Baked Feta Chicken with Homemade Marinara Sauce
recipe and photos by halftomatohalfpotato
serves 2


INGREDIENTS
1.5 cups crumbled feta cheese
1.5 cups marinara sauce (recipe below)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (adjust to heat preference)
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
garlic salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS
-preheat oven to 375ยบ
-stir feta, sauce and red pepper flakes in a small bowl
-season chicken with garlic salt and pepper
-place chicken in a baking dish sprayed with non stick cooking spray
-top with the feta and sauce mixture
-bake for approximately 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (times may vary depending on
 the thickness of the chicken)


Homemade Marinara Sauce
recipe by halftomatohalfpotato

INGREDIENTS
-4 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
-4 cloves fresh garlic, minced (i like to use my hand grater)
-1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
-fresh basil, chopped
-garlic salt and pepper


DIRECTIONS
-heat a sauce pan over medium-high heat
-add half the olive oil 
-add garlic
-cook until garlic softens 
-add tomatoes, basil, salt & pepper and the rest of the olive oil
-turn heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes

You could certainly make this spicy if you prefer by adding some crushed red pepper flakes.