Ready in Minutes Dinner: Saucy Tomato & Artichoke Chicken

Today, I present to you: the easiest dinner ever. Delicious and nutritious, too!


When Matt and I go to CrossFit together, we usually end up going in the late evening, so by the time we get home around 8 or 9, we want something really quick and easy. This is a meal I used to make all the time but completely forgot about until I unearthed it from my recipe collection for an AnneTheRD client looking for quick and tasty chicken dinner ideas!

The secret is diced tomatoes – I use these Muir Glen brand ones that have basil and garlic added in. So tasty.


Here’s everything else we used!


To make this dish, simply drizzle a pan with a little olive oil, then throw the raw chicken, the can of tomatoes, and any other veggies you want (we used artichoke hearts and fresh mushrooms) on top.


Stir it around so it’s evenly distributed on top of the chicken.


We added on a huge pile of raw spinach as well, then popped a lid on the dish and let it cook for about 10 minutes or so on high, until the chicken was cooked through.


Et voila! That was easy. We served it with a side of quinoa but you could easily leave the quinoa out or have another veggie – perhaps roasted sweet potatoes? – on the side. Or just have the dish by itself! This dish got a big thumbs up from both me and Matt. Easy and tasty. We’ll be making variations of this more often now that I rediscovered it!


Speaking of my nutrition counseling clients, time to get back down to work! I had a new in-person client yesterday and have another new client via Skype later this afternoon. So far, I’m really loving having the private practice. It’s been so great to work with others one-on-one and to feel like I’m really helping people to be happier and healthier. I love it! I’ve been working with an interesting mix of clients, too – some that want help with GI issues or IBS, some dealing with specific medical conditions, and some looking for help with weight loss or intuitive eating. It’s also been great to have a mix of the counseling plus freelance writing/blog work. I like being busy and doing a lot of different things so it’s a perfect mix. Since I started the private practice ( in February, I’ve had about 20 clients sign up, most of whom have signed up for multiple follow up sessions with me as well after the initial assessment. I’m happy to say I also just added two testimonials to my business website from clients that I’ve been working with on a continual basis for a couple months now. So far so good! :)

I’ll also be spending some time later today packing because I’m flying off to Los Angeles tomorrow morning! I’ll be in Santa Monica for a couple days for a fitness event with Jamba Juice. Any tips from those of you in that area for fun things to do/places to eat? I’m so excited!

And speaking of, if you’re in the Los Angeles area, free from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, and interested in attending the Jamba FiTrends Expo – send me an email (anne {at}! I have 10 extra tickets for readers and it should be a really fun time. At the event, they’ll be showcasing the latest trends in fitness this year, including Piloxing (Pilates + Boxing), LaBlast, Bokwa and more. AND Venus Williams will be there to share her top fitness tips and secrets. So cool!

So with that, I’ll catch you guys later from the west coast! Have a great day!


  1. 1

    Your chicken dish sounds wonderful and so quick. I’ll have to give it a try. It’ll be my excuse to buy artichoke hearts. Love ’em.

  2. 2

    Have fun in Cali! :)

  3. 3

    I think my husband and son will love this dish, but it is hard to tell how much chicken you used. Thanks for your blog.

    • 4

      Ah, great question! :) We used two chicken breasts, but you could easily add more! Just increase the cooking time a little and if you add more than one more chicken breast, you might want to add an additional can of tomatoes, too.

  4. 7

    I looove artichokes, especially with chicken! I am from Cali but live in the Northern part so not close to LA unfortunately. Otherwise I’d so be there! Sounds like a blast.

  5. 8

    Hi Anne! This event sounds like so much fun! I am in L.A. but unfortunately busy that morning. I DO have some great restaurant/fitness studio recommendations though…

    -Urth Cafe, amazing coffee and fabulous mexican taco salad
    -Brian Kest’s SMPY Yoga, donation based yoga with the best instructors I’ve ever tried. Vytas is my favorite!
    -Primitivo Wine Bistro, fabulous tapas and paella
    -True Food Kitchen
    -M Street Kitchen, great happy hour!

    Hope that helps :)

  6. 10

    Oh man, I wish I could attend the event! I used to live in LA and worked in Santa Monica (right by the Promenade Jamba Juice!) but moved a few months ago. Sounds like a good event – have fun!

  7. 11

    Looks like a lovely dish! I love artichoke hearts, great in a creamy (albeit vegan) garlic sauce!

  8. 12

    I’ve been ambivalent about artichokes (I know, it’s crazy) so this sounds like the perfect dish for me to commit to them. ;-)

    Oh, I would have loved to attend Thursday’s event but I have a meeting I can’t get out of. It sounds awesome. I live in San Diego, but LA is just a two-hour hop, skip, and jump away. :)

    Sadly, Campanile–my favorite restaurant in LA–has closed. Susan Feniger’s Street is great. If you’re in the mood for Mexican, try Red O.

  9. 13

    Ditto to the suggestions above for M Street Kitchen (and the adjoining pizza restaurant at Stella Rossa Pizza Bar), True Food Kitchen and Primitivo.

    If you like sushi, try Sugarfish. If you like Spanish tapas, try Bar Pintxo. If you are up for a quick sandwich from a Santa Monica classic, check out Bay Cities. Other great SM favorites are the Yard (little brewpub – good for beers and apps), Ivy at the Shore (more of an old SM classic), Milo and Olive, and Huckleberry – great for breakfast!

    Enjoy your trip!

  10. 14

    P.S. Red O is owned by Rick Bayless, who (as I’m sure you know) makes all those yummy Frontera sauces.

  11. 15

    Looks great. The L.A. event looks awesome. This Michigan gal obviously won’t be attending, but I’d love it if you did a post about Piloxing! I’d love to know more.

  12. 16

    Pinkberry for frozen yogurt and Cafe Crepe on Third Street in the promenade offer a variety of delish crepes. The fresh strawberry with nutella with a touch of fresh whipped cream is amazing. The promenade also has street entertainment as does Venice Beach, but I enjoy bike riding down toward Malibu. Also there are tons of mountain trails nearby. Have fun!

  13. 17

    I’ve got to second the rec for True Food (Foods?) Kitchen. I’ve only been to the one in Scottsdale, AZ, where my parents live, but it is seriously yummy. Their seasonal salads are amazing, and so are the juices.

  14. 19

    Looks good! Did you just let the whole thing simmer, covered? Or were you flipping the chicken periodically?

  15. 21

    that looks delish! great idea. i must say, i would probably add a heavy sprinkle of parmesan cheese, too… :)

  16. 23

    Delicious looking dinner with all of my favorite ingredients =) Have fun on the fitness event. We love Jamba Juice in our house!!!

  17. 24
    Lauren K says:

    First of all, I worked for Jamba Juice for 3 years…love! Second, this recipe seems right up my alley in the easy factor. Can’t wait to make it. Have a blast in LA!

  18. 25

    Quick and easy recipe; I’ll have to try it, Thanks! Have fun in L.A!

  19. 26
    Danielle says:

    Looks like an awesome, yet simple, recipe!

    I second Urth Cafe! Have a great trip!

  20. 27

    Urtth Cafe is good. You’d really like it. If you can find the Kogi BBQ truck go there. It’s usually in Venice on Saturdays. So good!

  21. 28

    Hmm a fun thing to do while you are there…hop up to the Bay area for a visit! :)

  22. 30

    Cannot wait to try this recipe! It looks delicious and combines some of my favorite foods. Thanks for sharing.

  23. 31

    This recipe was delicious!! I am still a novice in the kitchen, so I loved how easy it was too. Thank you for sharing!

  24. 32

    This dish sounds great! I’m going to try it tonight and also throw in some zucchini and summer squash that I have. Question…do you drain the artichokes?

    • 33

      If the artichokes are canned in water, yes. If they are canned in olive oil, drain a little but leave some in for flavor!

      • 34

        This was so tasty! Even my husband loved it! I had half a can of black beans in the fridge so I served it over the beans and some brown rice. I also added the zucchini, squash and some fresh green beans (felt great to use up a bunch of stuff in the fridge!). I’m adding this to my regular recipe rotation. Thanks Anne!

  25. 35

    I made this last night for dinner. Easy and delicious.

  26. 36

    Thank you! I just added this to my rotation of post-yoga dinners. I added a bit of capers. Delish!


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