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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Balsamic Chicken and Veggies

We are always on the search for easy (and tasty) meals. Sometimes, a first result turns out terrific. Other times it's OK, but needs a bit of "improvement."

This recipe falls into that second category. It was modified slightly from an online source. It's a quick one-pan skillet meal with lots of fresh ingredients; peppers, onions, garlic, zucchini, and basil. And, dinner can be ready in under a half hour  

Balsamic Chicken with Peppers, Onions, Zucchini
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips or chunks
  • Salt & pepper
  • 4 TBSP olive oil
  • 4 C thinly sliced multi-colored bell peppers (red, yellow, orange, green)
  • 1 C zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
  • 1/4 C chopped fresh basil or 1 TBSP dried basil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper; marinate in balsamic vinegar for a few hours.
  2. In a large skillet, sauté chicken in 2 TBSP olive oil over medium high heat. Turn once and cook for about 8 min or until browned; remove from pan.
  3. Clean pan, then add 2 TBSP of olive oil to skillet and cook, peppers, onion, zucchini. Stir often until softened. Add garlic and cook for another minute.
  4. Stir in basil and balsamic vinegar, then return chicken and juices to skillet.
  5. Reduce heat to low. Simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
Serve with a side of salad or rice. We skipped both and enjoyed a side of fresh-baked bakery bread instead. Perhaps not the best choice when watching our food intake, but at least the main meal was a light one.

Our opinion was that while we both enjoyed the recipe for its contents and low (314) calorie count, the dish needed more flavor. One reviewer suggested adding brown sugar and soy sauce. When (and if) we re-try this recipe, there will be more flavor add-ins.

5 comments:

Emma Springfield said...

Sounds good. Maybe a bit of cooking wine would help.

Mildred said...

John absolutely loves peppers. This would be a quick meal for a busy day. Thanks, and enjoy the weekend.

Catherine said...

The name of the dish alone sounds wonderful... I love balsamic :) Even better, it looks like the perfect meal with rice. Thank you for sharing it Beatrice,... and thank you so much for your concern regarding last Friday's attacks on Paris. My family continues to go about our routines normally, with increased vigilance and hope. xo

Country Gal said...

That would go nicely on a bed of rice . Looks and sounds YUMMY ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

gigihawaii said...

Sounds very colorful with the multi-colored peppers and zucchini.

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