Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Garlic Sauce

This is the last chicken recipe for a while, I promise. Except for the sesame chicken coming soon. Then after that, I promise that is it for a while.

Why promise? Have you ever seen my chicken section in the recipe index? It's a little over the top. The recipe index is a good way for me to see where I could use a little more variety in my cooking. The pie section is suffering.

For the chicken:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Kosher salt and ground pepper
4 Tbsp olive oil, divided

For the sauce:
1 Tbsp flour
1 Tbsp butter, softened
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar
1 cup of chicken broth

Set the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray and set aside. Season both sides of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.

In a large skillet over medium high heat, add 2 Tbsp of the olive oil. Once the oil runs quickly in the pan, add two chicken breasts. Cook on each side until well-browned, about 3 minutes on each side. Once browned, place chicken breasts into the prepared baking dish. Add 2 more tablespoons of oil into the pan and brown the other two chicken breasts. Remove the pan from the heat and set the chicken breasts in the baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

In a small bowl, combine flour and butter. Mix, making a paste. Set aside. In the same pan that the chicken was browned in, add 1 Tbsp olive oil. Once hot, add minced garlic. Saute for 1 minute. Add balsamic vinegar and bring to a simmer, while scraping the bottom of the pan. Pour in chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Whisk in butter and flour paste and simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes. Serve sauce over chicken breasts.

Yields 4 servings.

Served with this: Fried cauliflower and Caesar salad. But next time, I am making mashed potatoes. The sauce is great when sopped up with mashed potatoes.


My crazy crazy life said...

Chicken boobs...HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Looks delish...another great one I gotta try and steal and put on my blog! (of course I always give you props)

Nicole Shelby said...

oh yum...
i can never get enough of chicken.
i love balsamic.
together? yum.

Shelby Lou said...

So if I could... I have a request... more fish dishes. :D I love your fish recipes.

Thank goodness this is the last chicken recipe.. I was afraid you might turn into a I COOK CHICKEN BLOG. haha jk.. not a very funny joke, but i tried.

goodbuygirl said...

Do you have any other good recipes with quinoa?? I am anxious to use such a handy little grain. Love your blog.

Vanessa and Company said...

This looks really good.
I have to say, I am really loving the
additional recipe suggestions you have been adding to your posts.

There was one recently for Peanut Butter Cookie Cups (something like that), and those things should be illegal. DELICIOUS.

Ingrid said...

Oh, I get it! Chicken knockers. Ha-ha! Took me a moment. Um, yeah, I know I'm slow. You would think with 6 brothers (no sisters) I would get these kinda jokes.

Anne said...

I made this for our dinner guests tonight and it was amazing! In fact, I'll probably make it again tomorrow night. Yum!