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Balsamic and Shallot Chicken Breasts

Photo: Romulo Yanes; Food Styling: Simon Andrews; Prop Styling: Helen Crowther
Hands-on time 23 mins
Total time 43 mins
Yield Serves 6 (serving size: 1 chicken breast half and about 2 tablespoons sauce)
Chef Boyce remembers his father's chicken from weekly family barbecues when he was a kid. Our take amps up flavor with a balsamic reduction and cooks it stovetop for better control over doneness.

Ingredients

  • 6 (8-ounce) bone-in chicken breast halves, skinned
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 chopped seeded plum tomato
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions

Nutrition Information

  • calories 250
  • fat 4.6 g
  • satfat 0.9 g
  • monofat 2.2 g
  • polyfat 0.8 g
  • protein 42.6 g
  • carbohydrate 6.9 g
  • fiber 0.4 g
  • cholesterol 105 mg
  • iron 1.8 mg
  • sodium 372 mg
  • calcium 39 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Sprinkle the chicken evenly with pepper and salt. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 teaspoons olive oil to pan. Add chicken, meat-side down; cook 7 minutes or until browned. Turn chicken over; cook 3 minutes. Place chicken on a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 350° for 23 minutes or until done.

  3. Return the pan to medium-high heat. Add remaining oil, shallots, and garlic; sauté for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add tomato and tomato paste; sauté for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add broth; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add vinegar; reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 20 minutes or until reduced to 2/3 cup, stirring occasionally. Serve sauce with chicken. Sprinkle with green onions.

Cook's Notes

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