Friday, January 20, 2012

Roasted Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Bell Peppers

We love the sweet, tangy goodness of balsamic vinegar around here.  So when I saw a recipe that included chicken, peppers, and balsamic vinegar, I knew we had to give it a shot.  I adapted this from a Cooking Light recipe, which means it rates fairly high on the healthy scale as well.  I'm thrilled to report that it was a hit with all members of my family and will become a regular on our menus.  Not only was it tasty, but it has a low difficulty level as well.  It is a two step process, but it produces some really moist and flavorful results.

Roasted Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Peppers

For the rub:
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon oregano

4 chicken breasts
2 Tablespoons of oil
2 cups sliced red bell pepper
1 cup sliced yellow or green bell pepper
1/2 cup sliced onion
1 cup chicken broth
11/2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 450. 

Brush both sides of chicken breasts with 1 1/2 teaspoons of oil and sprinkle with rub.  Add 1 1/2 teaspoon oil to skillet and heat over medium-high heat.  Place chicken breasts in skillet and cook 3 minutes.  Flip chicken over and cook 1-2 more minutes.

Remove chicken from skillet and place in a sprayed 9x13 baking dish.  Bake at 450 for about 10 minutes or until the internal temperature registers 170.  (I had some very voluptuous chicken, so I ended up cooking mine for about 15-20 minutes.)

While chicken is baking, put 1 Tablespoon olive oil in skillet over medium high heat and add sliced bell peppers and onion.  Saute for about 3 minutes.  Carefully pour in 1 cup chicken broth and stir to deglaze pan.  Reduce heat to medium low and allow to simmer 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes, return heat to medium high and stir in balsamic vinegar, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper.  Cook 3-5 minutes more, stirring frequently.  Serve over chicken.  Enjoy!

We served this with Parmesan risotto and peas.  It was a hit all around our house.  Hope you enjoy it too! :)

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