Hello and welcome back to a new week!
I am totally enjoying this break from school and am definitely soaking up all the extra time with gratefulness and filling it with new recipes.
I was nervous to make this only because balsamic vinegar can be very overpowering, but I paired this ingredient with a few more of my favorite things: MOZZARELLA CHEESE (which I personally believe makes every meal better) and BROWN SUGAR (also a personal favorite).
The mozzarella cheese subdues the vinegar by adding dairy and balances the acidity and the brown sugar makes the chicken crispy and also adds sweet to acid – another smart balance.
Altogether this recipe surprised me it also excited me because it was easy to make and quick to prepare and only contains TWO ingredients
balsamic vinegar + brown sugar = love (or whatever)
– 2 Chicken Breasts
– 1/2 tsp. Salt/Pepper
– 1/4 tsp. Garlic
– 1/3 c. Balsamic Vinegar
– 3 tbsp. Brown Sugar
– Mozzarella Cheese (Sliced or shredded)
– Tomatoes (1/4 c. baby tomatoes halved, or 2 Roma tomatoes cubed)
– 2 c. Mushrooms, sliced
– 1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1. In small bowl, prepare balsamic sauce. Add balsamic vinegar and brown sugar and mix well. Set aside
2. Prep chicken breasts: Coat in Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper
3. On stove, preheat pan to medium-high heat and add chicken breasts and garlic. Cook about 8 – 10 minutes on each side until chicken breasts are almost done cooking. Lower heat and allow to simmer
4. Pour glaze onto simmering chicken and immediately add sliced mushrooms and halved (or cubed) tomatoes to pan with sauce and allow to cook for another 8 minutes until mushrooms and tomatoes are tender and chicken is cooked through
5. Top chicken breasts with mozzarella cheese and let sit for about a minute
6. Remove from heat, plate, and enjoy
Blake is not a fan of balsamic vinegar and so the only way I made this is because he is at a soccer game (sorry babe); however, he did enjoy this meal more than I anticipated which is always a win-win
– I used chicken breasts (because they were defrosted) even though I think chicken thighs would have worked equally as well. I also only pan-seared the chicken.
– For an added crispiness and texture: after chicken is cooked, place slice of mozzarella cheese on top of chicken and broil for about 2 – 5 minutes – SO GOOD
– This sauce can also double as a marinade, hence the use of chicken thighs as a substitute
– I strongly disagree with tomatoes, so I coated them in Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper before adding them to the pan – but this is only because I am not a fan of the taste (although they turned out equally as good)
– Brown sugar is strongly recommended, however, honey will work just as well as a substitute. Also, add Italian seasoning or Parsley based on preference
Thank you to everyone who is still continuing to read and subscribe and follow (and all you new people too)!
I THINK I am posting another recipe later in the week, however, my birthday is Friday and I might be busy – but my goal is to post one more recipe within the week.
I have next week planned and it is going to be a good one, so be sure to check in again for some of my favorites and learn why I prefer baking to cooking