Photo: Romulo Yanes; Food Styling: Simon Andrews; Prop Styling: Helen Crowther
Hands-on Time
23 Mins
Total Time
43 Mins
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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

pcscooks's Review

January 09, 2014
Excellent, I used half a cup of balsamic vinegar.

1sandwichfamily's Review

August 20, 2012
Loved the short ingredient list and prep time, but the sauce was way too vinegary. The chicken was bland without. I wouldn't try again.

inspired2cook's Review

June 19, 2012

carolfitz's Review

June 16, 2012
We love the ingredients and made to recipe but for us it was a waste of time and money. After dinner the sauce went down the disposal, mostly untouched.

SusannahM's Review

June 02, 2012
As stated by some other reviewers, the vinegar taste was quite overwhelming. First CL recipe I've been disappointed in and I've made a lot of them, so I can't complain. Will try again but reduce the balsamic.

KellyDiff's Review

May 26, 2012
I thought this was good/fine, but not outstanding. With so many chicken choices, probably won't make again, but it was a fine weekday meal.

SusanCinNC's Review

May 23, 2012
It was ok when it was fresh. The vinegar was really overwhelming, as the other reviewer commented. It's more apparent if you have leftovers, and not so good reheated. Probably won't make this again.

doldfamily's Review

May 19, 2012

Fran0831's Review

May 15, 2012

mousepotato's Review

May 13, 2012
Simple and quick and good, but vinegar was a bit overwhelming. Will use less next time. Great depth of flavor in the sauce otherwise.