Monday, June 30, 2008

Balsamic Chicken with Tomatos

I saw this recipe on a few different blogs (I am not sure where it originated - if I missed you lmk and I will give credit) and KNEW it was something I would love. Balsamic anything? Yum. Fresh local tomatos and basil? Double yum. Cheese? Awwws yeah. And this is EASY too! Ive made it twice so far and it just pulls together for a quick easy dinner (with veggies and salad).

Balsamic Grilled Bruschetta Chicken

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, thawed
Pinch of salt
¼ Cup balsamic vinegar
¼ Cup extra virgin olive oil
8 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
4 Roma Tomatoes, seeded and diced
8 fresh basil leaves, stacked, rolled and thinly sliced into chiffonade
3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
Pinch of salt
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1. Preheat a grill pan over medium heat on the stovetop. Spray with cooking spray. Combine balsamic and olive oil in a bowl. Season both sides of chicken with pinches of salt and place on grill. Brush top sides of chicken with balsamic mixture. Cook for 4-5 minutes and flip chicken. Brush with additional balsamic and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes or until cooked through. During the last 2 minutes of grilling place 2 slices of cheese over top each chicken to melt. (I liked marinating the chicken for about 15 min or so in the oil and balsamic for a stronger flavor)

2. In a large bowl combine the tomatoes, basil garlic, salt and balsamic. Toss gently to combine. Place chicken breasts on a serving plate and top with tomato mixture. Serve warm.

So so good!

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