Strawberry Glazed Basil Chicken

Turn a simple chicken breast into a gratifying meal with a jar of strawberry jam. Serve with a salad for a dinner you can make any night of the week
By Dianna Muscari

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I admit that sometimes I get carried away with inspiration and creativity, and I might post things that are fun to look at but unrealistic to make on a typical day.

But, as much as I want to live on cookie-crusted, ooey-gooey, boozy things… I know we need to throw some fruits, veggies and lean proteins in there, too.

So… I’m putting on my thinking cap and coming up with some of the best easy, minimal ingredient recipes just for you. And for me, too, because — I’m not gonna lie — this was one tasty dish.

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Just because you’re short on time and don’t have a ton of expensive ingredients doesn’t mean you can’t make something that tastes really good. This is proof.

Turn a simple chicken breast into a gratifying {even fancy!} dish. Who woulda thunk strawberry jam and chicken would make such a lovely pair? Served with a salad or some sautéed veggies, this is a dinner you can make any night of the week.

Strawberry Glazed Basil Chicken
 
Turn a simple chicken breast into a gratifying meal with a simple jar of strawberry jam. Serve with a salad for a dinner you can make any night of the week.
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Recipe Type: Main
Ingredients
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup strawberry jam
  • 1 tablespoon good quality balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • About 7 or 8 basil leaves, cut into ribbons
  • {Optional} Goat cheese, for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Season chicken breasts with a sprinkle of salt on both sides and place in pan. Cook for about 5-6 minutes on one side or until a nice golden crust forms. Flip and cook for another 4-5 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together strawberry jam, balsamic vinegar and water in a small bowl. When chicken is just about finished cooking, pour mixture over the top, nestling the chicken breasts into the sauce and scraping up brown bits on the bottom of the pan.
  4. Reduce heat and bring sauce to a simmer, letting it bubble for 3 or 4 minutes or until it has reduced and thickened a bit. Stir in most of the basil {you may want to save a little for garnish}.
  5. Remove chicken breasts from pan. Pour sauce over the top of each piece. Sprinkle with a little goat cheese if desired and garnish with remaining basil.
 

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