Thursday, April 2, 2009

Raspberry-Balsamic Chicken with Shallots

I hope everyone has had a great week. There's lots of goodness going on over here which has kept me from blogging this week but I plan to share with you tomorrow with my Not So Fat Friday yumminess. 

This dish could have easily been a part of NSFF but I really wanted to share it today. From Eating Well.com , I made it this week & really enjoyed it. It was perfectly paired with some whole grain couscous that I kicked up a bit by cooking in broth & then adding some lemon juice, garlic powder & a little thyme to go with the thyme in the main dish. This was super easy to make, delicious & healthy. That's a triple threat right there!!!!!!!!


{There is more sauce than what appears in the dish}

¾ cup seedless all-fruit raspberry jam
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
4 4- to 5-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 ½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup chopped shallots (2-3 large)
1 ½ teaspoons minced fresh thyme

Combine jam & vinegar in a small pan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring often, until the jam is dissolved, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in salt & pepper & let cool slightly. Reserve 1/2 cup of the sauce. Place chicken breasts & the rest of the sauce in a large sealable plastic bag. Seal & shake gently to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. 

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots & thyme. Cook, stirring often, until the shallots begin to soften, about 1 minute. Remove the chicken from the marinade (discard marinade). Add the chicken to the pan & cook until just beginning to brown, 2 minutes on each side. Add the reserved raspberry sauce; stir to melt the jam & coat the chicken. Reduce heat to low, cover & cook until the chicken is cooked through & no longer pink in the center, 6 to 10 minutes. Serve immediately.


{My Thoughts}


The 3 boneless chicken breasts I had were very thick so I sliced them thinner & used about 4 of the thin cutlets which ended up in line with the recipe. If I had pounded them thin they still would have been too big. 

If you halve this recipe for some reason I highly recommend you keeping the jam & vinegar quantity the same. I also recommend doubling the shallots regardless. I felt there were not enough. Sweet Vidalia onions would work very well if you have those on hand instead. 

As for the jam, I went with the brand Polaner All Fruit Fruit Spread which had the least sugar of most of the jams out there. I also used the dried thyme from my pantry & would again.

21 comments:

Rachael said...

i always love a new recipe that is both healthy + full of flavor!

Briony said...

this looks delicious (minus the shallots for me) haha....i am lovin the new header!

newlyweds said...

Yummy, I have shallots planted in the garden now, and some chicken breast in the freezer. I wonder if this would be good with jalapeno jelly?

mommaof4wife2r said...

i love the beauty of the finished dish...and can i say, delish! i love using jams in recipes. yummy!

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

This sounds wonderful!! I am going to try it this weekend (I LOVE cooking with shallots and hardly ever do it anymore!!)

Maria said...

I love cooking with shallots, so much flavor!!

Kristina P. said...

I LOVE balsamic chicken! This looks awesome.

Kacey R. said...

Oh yum! I am putting this on the menu FO Sho'!

Jen said...

What a new and cool thing to make with chicken. Love it.

Cheffie-Mom said...

I've made recipes with jam before! They are delicious. Yum! Thank you for this one!

FROGGITY! said...

That's so delicious sounding. I love your recipes! How are things in your world?

P.s. I watched Twilight! I can't wait to read the books!

Ronda said...

That looks really, really good. Now you can use the left over jam with bread and bree! I think I'll do that dish this weekend.
XO

Pam said...

The sauce sounds divine. Tasty meal!

The Blonde Duck said...

That sounds delish!

Pixeltrash said...

Mmmmmmm... This sounds like something I would make for sure. I'm all over this one! Thanks for sharing!

Scary Mommy said...

I actually think my entire family might eat that. It looks awesome!!! And I'm loving the new banner!

Brenda said...

I have the jam and the onions, maybe I will try that, it looks great!

Modest Gal said...

You are making me hungry! Love the recipes and your blog!!!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

oh this is so close to a recipe that I have been making for years! yumm yum

Angela said...

Yum, Steph - sounds great! I love fruit sauces for chicken and pork. I make a pork with plum sauce in the summer that I just love. Will definitely try this!

I love the new banner at the top too!

PS any news from this week!?

Chef Chuck said...

Now that sounds very good!! Raspberry:)