Italian Chicken with Summer Vegetables

Summer is almost here, yet spring just doesn’t want to let go. So why not embrace both seasons by cooking a meal that is hearty enough for a cool evening yet fresh and light enough for those long summer nights. For me, nothing screams hearty and fresh like Italian food. If that sounds like you…or a culinary aspect to spring/summer you want to check out then you need to try this Chicken with Summer Vegetable recipe. I paired it with a side of rice and some garlic sauteed kale. For those watching their figure or trying to get ready for the summer swimsuit season this recipe is light on calories and worth only 7 WeightWatcher points per serving!


  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 (4-oz) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

Preheat the broiler. Mix together the garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle over the chicken breast (reserving half for reverse side) and place on broiler pan that has been coated with nonstick spray. Broil around 6 minutes then flip, sprinkle with remaining spice mixture and broil another 6 minutes until done. Place in warm oven until ready to plate.

Summer Vegetables:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced (or as much as you want)
  • 1 zucchini, cut lengthwise into quarters and then sliced
  • 1 summer squash, cut in half lengthwise and then sliced
  • 4 garlic gloves, minced
  • 2 cups fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onions, diced
  • 1/2 fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium/high heat. Add mushrooms, zucchini, squash, garlic, and salt, saute 3 minutes or until they begin to soften. Add tomatoes, onions, and basil, continue to to saute another 3-5 minutes or until it reaches your desired softness. You can add more or less vegetables, as you desire. I always think more vegetables the better! Serve the vegetables on top of chicken and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Adapted From:
The best of Cooking Light. Edited by Holley C. Johnson. Birmingham, Al: Oxmoor House, 2004

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One Response to Italian Chicken with Summer Vegetables

  1. D.H and the summer swimsuit season. Mmmmmmm

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