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Chicken with Balsamic Sauce

Chicken with Balsamic Sauce

I’ve found so much joy in cooking lately.  It’s been great for me to be able to pick up spring-fresh ingredients and think of new dishes.  In days that waver between warm and sunny and cold and dreary, it’s soothing to explore the colors of cooking and move away from the somewhat colorless dishes of winter.  And amidst the uncertainty of a world in recession and in a state of violent flux, it’s one of life’s consistent pleasures to be able to cook a meal for family and friends and enjoy conversation and friendship.  I’ve served the following meal twice this week to friends and each time it varied a bit (me and my inconsistent measuring skills) but it’s a very forgiving recipe and you can alter it as much as you want!

Chicken with Balsamic Dressing

  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup flour, well seasoned (I add about a tablespoon of Spike)
  • olive oil
  • 2 red onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 6 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 3-4 sweet red chilis, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • parsley, chopped for garnish

Slice the chicken breasts in half horizontally – you’ll now have eight thin slices.  Depending on the size of your chicken breasts, it may be helpful to roll them thin with a rolling pin so that you have nice uniform pieces.  Dredge in seasoned flour, shaking off excess.  Heat some olive oil in pan and brown the chicken on both sides.  Remove from pan and set aside.  

Love all these colors!

Love all these colors!

In the same pan (don’t rinse it) add the red onion, celery, garlic and chili and cook for about five minutes or until the celery and onion begin to soften.  

Slicing the celery.

Slicing the celery.

Chopped veggies ready to be cooked.

Chopped veggies ready to be cooked.

 Add the tomatoes and cook over medium high heat until tomatoes begin to break down, about 5 minutes.  Add the balsamic vinegar and stir sauce to mix flavors.  Season to taste (I usually end up adding a little salt here but you don’t need to add a lot). Return the chicken breasts to pan (just lay them on top of sauce) and simmer for about 5 more minutes so sauce thickens.  Place two chicken pieces on each pan and spoon sauce over.  Sprinkle with parsley.  Serve with green vegetable (I like french green beans steamed until tender-crisp and drizzled with a little olive oil and lemon juice with fresh parmesan shavings on top).  Serve with fresh, hearty, wholegrain bread to soak up the excess sauce.




About Rebecca

Hi! After five years in Europe, I'm adjusting to life back in the US. I use this blog to record my adventures, post photos, organize recipes, and post about things that interest me.
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2 Responses to More cooking…

  1. Renae Brouwer says:

    Even though I don’t try all of the recipes you post, I love reading them and seeing the tasty pictures! -maybe that’s b/c I’m pregnant and quite enjoy food these days….who knows. 🙂

  2. POP says:

    Becca, since you have been on a political bent recently, that is, besides sharing your scrumptious looking recipes, I thought you might enjoy thees classic comments. These quotes remind us that NOTHING should surprise us when it comes to people and/or politics. I guess there really isn’t anything new under the sun.

    In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress.

    — John Adams

    If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.

    –Mark Twain

    Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself.

    — Mark Twain

    I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.

    — Winston Churchill

    A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

    — George Bernard Shaw
    A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.

    — G. Gordon Liddy

    Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.

    — James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

    Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.

    — Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

    Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

    — P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian

    Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.

    — Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

    Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

    — Ronald Reagan (1986)

    I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

    — Will Rogers

    If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free!

    — P.J. O’Rourke

    In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.

    — Voltaire (1764)

    Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you!

    — Pericles (430 B.C.)

    No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.

    — Mark Twain (1866)

    Talk is cheap…except when Congress does it.

    — Anonymous

    The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.

    — Ronald Reagan

    The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.

    — Winston Churchill

    The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.

    — Mark Twain

    The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.

    — Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

    There is no distinctly native American criminal class…save Congress.

    — Mark Twain

    What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.

    — Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995)

    A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.

    — Thomas Jefferson

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