Friday, November 18, 2011

Balsamic Vinegar Chicken with Diced Tomatoes

This is one of my favorite recipes to make...not sure if it's one of JJ's favorites to eat, but I always feel so gourmet when I cook it. (You know, instead of the typical cheapy hamburger-helper-esque dinners). It tastes especially good with a fresh green salad. I want to try it with asparagus, but JJ hates asparagus (all things green, really), so that's sorta out of the question. Here goes:

-1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (or 1/4 cup of balsamic and 1/4 cup of chicken stock if you want a less vinegar-y taste)
-3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (pounded thin)
-1 onion, thinly sliced (JJ and I use onion flake equivalent instead...neither of us are big on onions)
-1 garlic clove, minced
-1 tsp rosemary
-1 tsp oregano
-1 tsp basil
-1/2 tsp thyme
-1 can diced tomatoes

Season chicken breast halves with ground black pepper. Brown in a large skillet in a few tablespoons of olive oil. (If using regular onions, you should throw them in with the chicken...the onion flakes burn so I wait a little). Throw in the garlic; let it stew a little. Mix rosemary, oregano, thyme, and basil with balsamic vinegar. Put that mixture and the can of diced tomatoes in the skillet, basting the chicken with the liquid. Simmer 15-20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center.

We usually eat this over angel hair pasta, but it's good with rice too. And super easy! I love one-skillet meals =).  And no, I don't have any pictures of my own cooking, but I did find this one on the internet that is pretty close to what it looks like when it's done (except we try not to smother ours in cheese):

We are also starting to think about Thanksgiving dinner. Since it will be just us two, we want to make a meal that is both special and NOT TOO CRAZY. We are thinking:

-Cornish game hens, with rice stuffing
-Cranberry sauce (from the can, because that's how I like it, and JJ is ambivalent)
-Mashed taters and gravy
-Some sort of beans?
-Blueberry pie

I know, I know. Blueberry pie for Thanksgiving? Sounds weird, right? Well, my uncle Jim makes literally the BEST PUMPKIN PIE in the entire world. It's so good it makes me sad when I eat other pumpkin pies. Seriously. So I kind of don't want pumpkin pie because I think it would just remind me that I'm not in instead we are going to make blueberry pie! Yummy!

Any other ideas for Thanksgiving dinner for two?


  1. Mmmm...this recipe looks so good, but we will probably be using a bit too much cheese like the picture. :)

    LOVE your blueberry pie idea.

    We miss you guys. :)

  2. OMG!! You master chef you!! This recipe looks ravishing! I might have to attempt this dish :)