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This balsamic chicken is a delicious, bright and sweet combination of mint, grapes, balsamic vinegar and chicken. Savory and sweet. Really enjoyable chicken dish. One warning, however -- it's quite challenging to clean up in a non-stick pan if you let the glaze carmelize too long!
"Enjoyed this again, and I cannot say enough good things about this recipe. If you've looked at the list of ingredients and say you probably won't like it, give it a try and you might be surprised. The flavors combine in a sweet/minty/exquisite way that's hard to describe. HOWEVER, do be careful about your choice of the pan. Boy is that sugar that the balsamic vinegar leaves behind difficult to clean up off a stainless-bottomed pan! The caramelization is what gives it the flavor, so don't be afraid to let it go a little, but enlist someone with elbow grease in the cleanup ahead of time. "- stevemur
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In medium bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mashed garlic, brown sugar, 1/4 cup fresh mint and 1 teaspoon salt. Pour ingredients into large zipper-lock bag; add chicken and seal bag. Turn chicken to make certain that all parts are coated with marinade. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.
To cook chicken, place large skillet on stove over high heat. When very hot, add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Remove chicken from marinade and let excess drip off. Add chicken to skillet and saute, turning, until both sides are nicely browned and chicken is cooked through, about 5 - 7 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to plate and keep warm.
In large bowl, toss spinach, fennel bulb, grapes and 1/4 cup fresh mint. In small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup olive oil, red wine vinegar, minced garlic, shallots, 1/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Pour vinaigrette over slaw and toss well to coat. Divide slaw among four plates. Cut chicken into long, thin strips and arrange on top of slaw. Garnish with additional mint slices, if desired.
BigOven Tip: Easily make this ahead of time! Marinate chicken and make vinaigrette up to 24 hours in advance.
This was PHENOMENAL. Who would have thought that grapes, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, spinach and mint would create the basis for such a wonderful recipe? (I didn't.) But I tried it and my wife and I both loved it. A keeper. Served on its own with a crisp Savignon Blanc. (Note, they were out of fennel at my local market, so I skipped that part of the recipe but left all else unchanged.)
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malloryp 6 months agoLove the fennel slaw. Will definitely make again.
leogirl3 6 months agoRefreshing summer dish!! Whole family loved the new flavors and we got to use the mint from our garden! I only had one fennel bulb so I added celery and a green onion.
Sugarbows 6 months agoFor me, it was too much work for the output. Wouldn't make again probably.
leashaxox 7 months agoDefinitely one to try! Everyone enjoyed
cjmonte 8 months agoLike many, I was intrigued by the ingredients. I thought that I would like this, but I was not so sure about my daughter and wife. Everyone loved the chicken and the slaw! The only addition I made was to add the marinade to my skillet after browning both sides of the chicken. I covered the skillet and steam/cooked the chicken the rest of the way. It came out juicy and added a little more flavor (IMHO). Great recipe.
Palletest 9 months agoGood recipe, easy to make.
ChefThom 11 month agoI was unsure about this recipe at first. I made it because my wife requested it and it turned out very good. The different flavors go very well together. Thanks for a great idea!
stoleek 1 year agoI've made this several times now and portion it out for my lunches. It tastes great freshly made and it also makes for a yummy gluten free meal later; I keep it in three containers and mix at work - chicken (to reheat), slaw mixture, then spinach (so it doesn't get limp) My husband loves it for lunch too.
Lynn1143 1 year agoThis recipe was a blend of healthy and exotic. The spinach/fennel/mint slaw was amazing with balsamic chicken. Wouldn't change anything...just perfect. Lynn
traceybresslermuldowney 1 year ago
LibbiPeach 1 year agoLoved this, altho too strange for my hubby. I loved the flavors especially of the chicken .. I would definitely make it again !
Brandyb0923 2 years agodelicious! A new family favorite, thanks for sharing!
jena82388 2 years agoThis dish is amazing! I've made it multiple times and have yet to hear any complaints or suggestions. I've also made it with steak rather than chicken, and most family members agree it tops it! Definitely marinate it for 24 hours.. It's worth it! THANK YOU for posting!!!
vetronpaulsupport 2 years agoGreat recipe!!!
vekblom 2 years agogreat recipe I marinated the chicken overnight and it was very tender
Ashleestein 3 years agoAwesome recipe! I used cucumber instead of fennel, and then drizzled the finished salad with a balsamic reduction as well as the dressing from the recipe. Delish!
Ldgalindo 3 years agoI made this for a party and everyone loved it! It is the surprising combination of ingredients, I'm sure!
Sharnelle 3 years agoThis was my husbands favorite recipe so far. Said it had a teriyaki taste to it
Cassiecarter 3 years agoAbsolutely amazing! My friends request me to make it! I just added black peppercorn feta which was amazing!
sleeper01 4 years agoVery easy to make and the chicken was so sweet and juicy! Loved it!