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!
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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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (548g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 100 (18%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 11.1g||15 %|
|Saturated Fat 1.9g||9 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 6.3g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 1.5g|
|Cholesterol 136.9mg||42 %|
|Sodium 302.3mg||10 %|
|Potassium 1803mg||47 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 54.5g||16 %|
|Dietary Fiber 8.3g||33 %|
|Sugars, other 46.2g|
|Protein 58.8g||84 %|
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Calories per serving: 556
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