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Friday, March 18, 2011

Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms

Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms

So this was a fun little experiment with my husband. Since he's been back from japan, he hasn't has much time to cook, with being in the barracks and all. So we decided to cook together at least one night a week. Last night we tried out hand at balsamic chicken, completely from scratch (no recipe being followed)


2 chicken breasts (or 4 chicken cutlets)
bread crumbs
1 cup wine
1.5 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 button mushrooms, sliced
1/3 cup balsamic salad dressing
3 tbsp italian seasoning
1 tsp flour
2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 lemon, juice and zested
1 tbsp olive oil

1. Run the chicken through breadcrumbs to get it nicely coated
2. in a 10 inch skillet, add 1tbsp olive oil and cook the chicken til its no longer pink in the middle (about 4 minutes each side, but depends on thickness)
3. remove chicken and dry on paper towl
4. Add the white wine to the pan, then the chicken broth, balsamic dressing, seasonings, lemon juice, lemon zest. Let it come to a boil.
5. OPTIONAL: Depending on how thick you want your sauce you can add the right amount of flour. For a less thick sauce add about 1 tsp flour, 2 tsp for a more thick. Let the flour dissolve, constantly stirring so there aren't any clumps.
6. Turn the heat to low and add the mushrooms + chicken. Cover the skillet and cook for 10 minutes or until the mushrooms are done.



Right before the lid went on.


Dinner time =)
Now, we thought the flavor of the chicken was a little bland and the sauce was too thin. I would have added more balsamic dressing (or balsamic vinegar but we didn't have any) to intensify the flavor. I also probably would have cut down the amount of wine and added more chicken broth. The mushrooms were delicious though.

6 comments:

Melissa said...

Looks good, I have a recipe for you to try out, when I get to feeling better Ill send you a copy of it, I think you and the hubby would like it.

Wandering Coyote said...

Looks good, but wouldn't more acid curdle the cream?

Alyse said...

MMm good point, personally I would have just added like a lemon slice, but yeah. I actually dont have much experience cooking with cream lol!

Petra Andrade said...

Wow Alyse, this looks delicious. Definitely an excellent suggestion, and it doesn't seem that difficult to make, either. (Which is always a plus when it comes to preparing meals in college!) One great thing about chicken is that it's very versatile; you can do almost anything with it, so it's good to keep on hand. You'll always find some great use for it, especially with great recipes like this. So thank you!

At Westwood College, we actually blogged a little bit about eating well in college. You can read the post here: http://bit.ly/qrrp7M

It's very easy to gravitate toward unhealthy food while in school, but it's not difficult to choose healthier foods with the right advice, and great blogs like this. So thanks again Alyse!

Petra Andrade, Westwood College

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