Saturday, September 16, 2017

Chicken with Balsamic Glaze

I love recipes that are quick, easy and yet have that little something "extra" to them.  I thought this recipe fit the bill so I decided to try it.  I made a few changes to it so I'll give you the original recipe plus the options I came up with!  It was a big hit with both me and hubby, and I'll definitely make it again.

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 large boneless, chicken breasts cut in half horizontally (I used four boneless chicken thighs instead)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half (I used half a pint and it was plenty in my opinion)
2 minced cloves garlic
1 medium onion, chopped
basil leaves, sliced

First make the balsamic glaze.  Put the vinegar in a small pan over medium high heat.  Reduce until the consistency of a syrup. (I over reduced and got an almost jam like consistency. Easily fixed by adding a bit of water and reheating it.)

Season the chicken with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Heat the oil until very hot.  Add the chicken and let brown for about one minute. Turn the breasts and brown the other side.  Reduce heat to low, cover the pan and cook for approximately ten minutes or until chicken is cooked through.  Remove chicken to a serving dish and keep warm.

Turn the heat back up to high and reduce liquid in pan until it is syrupy.  Reduce heat to medium and add the onions.  Saute until the onions are soft.  Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds then add the tomatoes. Cook for two minutes (I wanted my tomatoes cooked more so I cooked them longer than that.) 

There were so many lovely browned bits in the pan that I decided to deglaze it with a tablespoon or two of water at this point but that's optional.

Spoon onion/tomato mixture over chicken and drizzle balsamic glaze on top. Sprinkle with basil.

This was a little too thick--I had to add water

Chopped veggies ready to go

Brown chicken

Saute veggies


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  1. Thanks for another lovely recipe, Peg! I can taste it now. Hugs. MJ

  2. I made a parchment wrapped chicken recipe very similar to this recipe with the addition of pea pods, wild mushrooms, scallions, etc. It was so good. I love all meat with balsamic marinade or glaze, or sauce. Thinking of making next week again. Love your books, Peg.

    Cynthia B

    1. Thanks, Cynthia. I love the idea of doing this in parchment--such a healthy way to cook. And the addition of more veggies would make it a full meal--bonus!

  3. Looks wonderful. I am not a fan of a frying pan though unless it is for eggs. May try to adapt this a bit for the oven. Or get someone else to make it, lol. Love your books!!

    1. Thanks, Kay! I think this could be adapted for the oven. You could bake the chicken with the onions and tomatoes which would cook everything together--then top with glaze.

  4. Isn't balsamic vinegar amazing?
    This sounds like a winner.