Sonny Bono chicken dish low in fat and cholesterol

Selma Kopelman of Brookline, Mass., sought help in finding Sonny Bono's pollo chicken recipe. She lost a recipe her daughter-in-law had given her.

Helena Blum of Baltimore came to the rescue. She said she had a recipe from the Feb. 6, 1990, issue of Woman's Day magazine. "I never tried it. Now I will," she wrote.


The dish features breaded chicken breasts, which are topped with fresh tomatoes and onions, and then baked.

Blum also included other information about Bono from the article. "Sonny Bono's parents worked when he was a kid, his father in a factory and his mom in a local beauty shop. The first one home made the meals, chosen from an array of old Bono family recipes. On Sundays, they cooked very special dinners together, and when Sonny and his older sister were old enough, they cooked too."


Sonny Bono's Pollo Bono

Serves 6


1 cup tomato juice

1/3 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves or 2 teaspoons dried

2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried

2 teaspoons minced garlic


2 teaspoons chopped shallot

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground pepper


6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 8 ounces each)

1 tablespoon olive oil


1/2 cup packaged seasoned bread crumbs

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 medium tomatoes, each sliced in 6 rounds

1 medium onion, sliced in 12 thin rounds

Mix tomato-sauce ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 5-7 minutes until sauce thickens. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Put chicken breasts in a plastic food storage bag. Pour in 1 tablespoon oil. Close bag and press to coat chicken with oil. Mix bread crumbs and cheese on waxed paper. Coat chicken with crumb mixture. Place side by side in 13-inch-by-9-inch broiler-proof baking dish. Top each breast half with 2 slices tomato and onion. Pour tomato sauce over chicken. Bake 30 to 35 minutes until chicken is opaque in center. Turn oven selector to broil. Broil chicken 4 to 5 inches from heat source for 4 to 5 minutes or until onion is tender.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "This dish is very low in fat and cholesterol. There is not a huge amount of tomato sauce, although the tomato slices release their juices during the broiling process. I would suggest Maui or other sweet onion for their sweet flavor and greater juiciness."


Recipe requests

* Edna Mae Kimmel of Pittsburgh wants a recipe for cinnamon waffles. "It was something my late German grandmother made. The batter was much darker as it contained quite a bit of cinnamon, and the finished waffle was thicker and quite crunchy and hard."

* Myra Weir of Baltimore wants a "chocolate, sugary consistency fudge recipe, which I had from years back. ... The fudge was poured in a long pan and sliced in squares. It melted in your mouth."

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