Monday, November 28, 2011
November SRC - Chicken with Rustic Balsamic Tomato Sauce
I can't believe that it's the end of November already! That means that it's time once again for our reveal party for Group D of the Secret Recipe Club.
I was paired with Kathleen's blog, Gonna Want Seconds. I knew from the first couple of minutes of thumbing through her recipes, that I was going to find many, many favorites to try. Her recipe for Chicken with Rustic Balsamic Tomato Sauce is a perfect match for my ways of cooking so I decided that would be my choice for the SRC.
Like Kathleen, I do not peel nor seed tomatoes unless it's absolutely necessary - and then it better be for a worthwhile cause. hahaha! This is a one pan dish so full of flavor. I made a couple of changes - I couldn't find decent plum tomatoes anywhere so I subbed two containers of grape tomatoes, which worked perfectly fine. I also left out the Rosemary because I thought that I had some in my freezer but I didn't and I didn't feel like running back to the store before dinner. I'm sure that the fresh Rosemary would add even more wonderful flavor to this dish. I left out the shallots because my family doesn't care for them. I love balsamic vinegar and the reduction in this recipe is fantastic when cooked with the tomatoes.
I served the chicken over rice but egg noodles would work nicely, too. If you want a lighter meal, serve the chicken with a side salad.
Chicken with Rustic Balsamic Tomato Sauce
4 tsp olive oil-divided
4-5 skinless boneless chicken breast - I used a 2.5 bag
2 tbsp fresh rosemary-chopped - I omitted
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 c. shallots-chopped - I omitted
3 tbps garlic-minced
1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
6 plum tomatoes-diced - I used 2 pints of grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 c.chicken broth
1/4 tsp sugar - I added it
1/4 c. fresh basil-chopped
Heat 2 tsp oil in a large pan. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with salt and pepper. Add to skillet and brown on both sides. Transfer the chicken to a platter.
Add 2 tsp oil to the pan. Lower the heat and add garlic. Cook about two minutes, stirring often.
Add the vinegar, stirring to scrape up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook until the vinegar is almost evaporated.
Stir in the tomatoes, chicken broth and sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
Add chicken back to pan, turn to cover with sauce. Continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through. Stir in basil.
Serve over rice or egg noodles. For a lighter meal, serve the chicken with a side salad.
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