Friday, August 6, 2010

Get in the kitchen...

Over the summer my work schedule changed and allowed me to work 4 10 hour days, thus allowing me to have a day off through the week. This is something that I have thoroughly enjoyed. One of the reasons I have enjoyed it is because it has allowed me time to get in the kitchen and get to cooking. I know... something I never thought I would say! Brian happily volunteered to be the guinea pig for my cooking.

I'm not a girl that can just whip something up at the drop of a hat. But I can follow a recipe with the best of them!

So enough words... Let's get to the food!

Balsamic Chicken (from South Beach Diet) with Oven-Roasted Potatoes and Corn on the Cob


2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves, minced
2/3 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1-2 tablespoons white wine (optional)
1 1/3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Rinse the chicken and pat dry. Combine the rosemary, garlic, pepper, and salt in a small bowl and mix well. Place the chicken in a large bowl. Drizzle with the oil, and rub with the spice mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Spray a heavy roasting pan or iron skillet with cooking spray. Place the chicken in the pan and bake for 10 minutes. Turn the chicken over. If the drippings begin to stick to the pan, stir in 3-4 tablespoons water or white wine (if using).

Bake about 10 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest portion registers 160°F and the juices run clear. If the pan is dry, stir in another 1-2 tablespoons of water or white wine to loosen the drippings. Drizzle the vinegar over the chicken in the pan.

Transfer the chicken to plates. Stir the liquid in the pan and drizzle over the chicken.

We didn't have chicken breast but we had chicken tenderloins so I just adapted and make them work. Brian gave this meal two thumbs up and I would say it was very yummy! And Healthy!

Do you enjoy cooking? Can you just whip something up without an recipe? If so, I am highly jealous!

1 comment :

Kristin said...

YUM! This looks fabulous!