Blackberry-Balsamic Glazed Chicken

April 6, 2008 · 5 comments

in chicken/poultry,dairy-free,healthy,quick and easy

You know, for a foodie, I can be pretty picky. I’m not crazy about most seafood. I hate mayonnaise. The smell of cauliflower alone is enough to make me cringe. And I don’t like fruit mixed with my meat.

I’m working on the last one. I’ve never been one of those pork-chops-and-applesauce-people; never the fan of fruit in a salads. But, lately I have been eating a lot of salads with fresh & dried fruit in them, and I even added some raisins to my Moroccan chicken and lentils. And I loved it. So, I decided I could venture even further into the world of fruit and meat and make chicken with a fruit sauce.

This Cooking Light recipe for raspberry-balsamic chicken has gotten rave reviews, so I thought I’d start there. I changed the method very slightly and settled for blackberry preserves instead of raspberry since the blackberry preserves were seedless and I felt the deeper flavor would go even better with the thyme and balsamic.

This turned out quite tasty! Now, I am not a 100% convert. I liked this, but I still didn’t LOVE it. I think if you love fruit and chicken together, this is a really great recipe, even for being so simple and basic. For me, while good, I would still rather save the preserves for my toast and the chicken for my dinner :)

Blackberry-Balsamic Glazed Chicken
adapted from Cooking Light
Serves 2

1 tsp. canola oil
2 boneless/skinless chicken breast halves
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 cup onion, diced
1.5 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
3 Tbsp. seedless blackberry preserves
salt and pepper

In a large skillet coated with cooking spray, heat the oil. Sprinkle the chicken with salt, pepper, and thyme. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook through, about 5 minutes per side. Remove from the skillet and keep warm.

Add the onions to the pan and saute until translucent. Stir in the balsamic vinegar and blackberry preserves. Stir continuously until the preserves melt. Serve the sauce over the chicken.

Nutritional Information Per Serving: Calories: 241 / Fat: 3.7g / Carbs: 23g / Protein: 26.5g 

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