Chicken with Cocoa Tomato Sauce

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Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Difficulty: Easy

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4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper, plus 1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil, for cooking
1 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 pint tomato sauce
1 pint diced tomatoes
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon sugar
Yellow rice, cooked and kept warm





Season both sides of chicken breasts with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. In a cast iron skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned, about 10 minutes on each side. Remove the chicken from pan to a plate and set aside.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, onion, and garlic to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, cocoa, oregano, basil, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Stir until well blended. Return the chicken to pan, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Turn chicken over and continue cooking, covered for 15 minutes. Arrange the chicken on a serving platter and serve over rice.

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Great recipe. Very creative and a great addition to chicken. It's gives it an unusual taste that decadent.

By Bachelor Cook on March 30, 2011


We had high hopes for this recipe because a friend also tried it and thought it was great. However, we thought it contained too much pepper since both the chicken and the sauce called for it. This overwhelmed the presence of the sugar and cocoa powder, neither of which was detectable. If we make it again, we'll probably leave out the pepper in the sauce and just use it to season the chicken breasts before browning.

By Wes Heath on December 26, 2010


My husband and I loved this dish. It was delish. It made the house smell good too, like I had been cooking all day. I will be making this again.

By Anonymous on November 09, 2010

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