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Wednesday 8 March 2017

Chicken Tonnato : A Low Carb Taste of Italy !

This Italian-style light lunch dish is perfect if you have any left over chicken or turkey. Tonnato is a creamy, tangy sauce made with capers and canned tuna, some people also include anchovies, although this recipe suggestion doesn't.

Here are the ingredients you need to serve four - 5g carb per serving.
Tonnato sauce
2 tablespoons small capers
1 can tuna* in olive oil
2 garlic cloves
¼ cup / 60 ml chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ cup / 120 ml
¼ cup / 60 ml olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


1½ lbs / 700 g chicken breasts
7 oz. / 200 g leafy greens

* Tip/Suggestion
If you use a can of tuna in good quality olive oil, you can use the entire content of the can in your sauce and you probably won’t need to add any additional oil.

Please see recipe instructions at Diet Doctor site here

Basil is a versatile and widely used aromatic herb. Basil is an annual plant that is easy to grow from seed but is very sensitive to cold. The plant grows well in warm climates and is widely used throughout southern Europe, particularly the Mediterranean, and in many parts of Asia. There are numerous species of basil; some have scents reminiscent of pineapple, lemon, cinnamon or cloves; others have beautiful purple leaves. The variety called holy basil (tulsi) is an essential part of an authentic Thai curry. In Mediterranean regions, basil and tomato is a classic combination. Pesto, made from basil leaves and pine nuts, with parmesan or pecorino cheese and olive oil (traditionally pounded together in a mortar and pestle – the latter lends pesto its name) is another classic dish.

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Felice di mangiare
All the best Jan


Anonymous said...

Looks like a delightful lunch!

Jo said...

That looks yummy and a good way to use up leftover chicken.

Valerie-Jael said...

This looks very yummy again! Hugs, Valerie

Tom said...

...looks refreshing.

The Happy Whisk said...

Nice sized bowl.

Sandra Cox said...

I love using olive oil in foods.

Debbie said...

very nice, i really like the flavor of capers!!!

happyone said...

Yummy. You sure post some wonderful recipes.

Rue said...

That looks like something lovely for lunch, Jan! I love capers too :)


Dianna said...

I need to make this. I have some leftover chicken in the freezer that would be perfect for this recipe. Thank you SO much!

Launna said...

I like everything about this dish except I'd have to skip the tuna ... I'm not fond of fish, even though it's good for you xox ♡

Martha said...

So good! And I love the smell of basil. I always grow some in my garden.

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Wow,what a great recipe! This looks so yummy! I want some on my salad tonight, easy to make with ingredients on hand! :)

Kasztanowy Domek said...

Delicious look! :)


Magic Love Crow said...

Fantastic post!!! Thank you!

Lisabella Russo said...

Alex's brother loves basil, he may want to try this recipe, thanks!

Lisa said...

Looks like a good option for a warmer day, the sun is out here already.
A nice glass of wine would be a great accompaniment.
Lisa x