La Chatte Gitane (or The Gypsy Cat) was the name we chose for our cottage in France. We chose it while on the road, moving home, from Ireland to France with 2 dogs and 7 cats in the car.
This blog began its insignificant life as a recipe book for friends and family who would ask me repeatedly for a recipe of this, that and the other.
Since then it has taken many different directions, like gypsies tend to do. Sometimes making a U-turn and revisiting familiar roads and taking a break when necessary.
You'll find recipes here, but also musings about the places we've called home, the gardens that we've established, not always successfully, the homes we've improved and the environments we've lived in. Currently, that is back in Ireland.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Chicken Cacciatore (265 cal) - 5:2

It might not be the exact Italian version, but it is a very tasty low calorie version. With a bit of tweeking you could even use it on one of you 5:2 fast days.

serves 4
  • 4 fillets of chicken, 150 grs each
  • 2 onions, 200 grs finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated or minced
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tin plum tomatoes, 400 grs, chopped
  • 2 tbsp greek yoghurt
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 very mild chilli, sliced in rings (I have them in my greenhouse, now I use them in and on everything, not for 'seriously spicy' food, though)
  • a few fresh basil leaves, to taste
  • preheat oven 170°C - fan assisted
  • on the hob, sautee the onion and garlic in one 1 tbsp of olive oil till onion has turned translucent
  • add the tomato puree and leave it to cook out for a minute or so
  • in go the chopped tomatoes from the tin
  • simmer for 10 minutes
  • take from the heat and add the dried basil, the chilli and stir in the yoghurt
  • season
  • heat a non stick pan on the hob with 1 tbsp olive oil
  • season the chicken fillets with salt and black pepper
  • sear them in the pan on both sides
  • transfer to a suitable roasting tin and cover with the sauce
  • in the preheated oven for 20 minutes to half an hour
  • the chicken fillets should be cooked through, but cheque to be sure.
I served some pasta with it for Bert, it was a non fast day afterall and as I am staying off the carbs I topped mine with a spoonful of my rustic olive tapenade (recipe for this will be posted at a later date)


  1. That looks yummie! I'm going to try this one tonight, with some pasta. I couldn't live without carbs.

  2. Thanks for the recipe, it was really good. I usually put a tiny bit of sugar in tomato sauce. Since I only had greek yoghurt with honey in my fridge, I used that instead of the sugar and it was really good.
    I'm always 'in' for other low calorie recipes!


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