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Chicken with Cocoa Tomato Sauce

By Paula Deen


Difficulty: Easy

Prep time: 15 mintues

Cook time: 40 minutes

Servings: 4



  • 4 skinless chicken breast halves boneless
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/2 teaspoon salt salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/2 teaspoon pepper pepper
  • 3 tablespoons for cooking olive oil
  • 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
  • cooked and kept warm yellow rice


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.