Balsamic vinegar is a flavor enhancer that adds zest and inspiration to many foods. Although it is considered a wine vinegar, it is not made from wine but rather from the pressings of grapes that were never allowed to ferment into wine. It has been used for a number of years and lends itself to all kinds of cooking from salad vinaigrettes, to sauces and to main dishes. It brings out the sweetness of fruit such as peaches, strawberries and pears. But, today we’ll look at how it makes a great chicken dish for your family and guests.
Balsamic Vinegar and Garlic Chicken:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons flour
teaspoon sea salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil
6 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 can chicken broth
1 tablespoon butter
teaspoon dried mint
1 large onion sliced and split into rings
Clean chicken breasts, split them into three pieces, and clean off all membrane and fat pieces. Wash them thoroughly. Mix in a Ziploc bag the flour, salt, pepper and paprika. Put chicken breast pieces into the bag and coat well. Heat the oil in a heavy skillet. Shake excess flour off the chicken and place in pan. Brown both sides evenly, adding the garlic and the onions after the second side has cooked. Add the balsamic vinegar and the chicken broth and then add the butter. Turn the heat down to medium low and continue cooking for ten more minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan and cover with foil. Let the sauce continue to cook and reduce. When gravy like, add the chicken back to the pan and heat through. Place on serving dish and sprinkle the mint over the top of the chicken. Serve immediately with rice and vegetables.
You can vary this dish by experimenting with your own spices for the dredge with the flour. I have used Emeril’s spice mix, and I have added ground chipotle pepper and/or crushed red pepper to change the flavor. You can add oregano, thyme, rosemary, or even a bay leaf. Be creative. This is a fast and easy dish to prepare for your family. You can even change the meat and make it with turkey breast, or fish like salmon, cod or halibut. Have fun experimenting and enjoy the flavors of balsamic vinegar and spices!
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