Thursday, September 13, 2012

Chicken Tenders with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze

Chicken dishes are my favorite meals to make! When my husband and I first got married I rarely cooked meals from scratch.  I would buy all the processed garbage and even though most times it did not taste good we figured at least our bellies were full.  Now that I cook almost every night I have come along way from my beginning days of cooking.  Chicken dishes have always been one of my favorites and most of the times they are fairly simple to make.  This one I found from a fellow BeachBody coach's blog and it sounded tasty.  I figured why not give it a try and the response from my family and I was that we loved it!

I did not follow the recipe exactly as it stated I make a few changes to make it even easier.  I will post both the way I prepared the meal and the way I originally found how to prepare the meal.

Chicken Tenders with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze

Ingredients...

Cooking Spray (preferably olive oil cooking spray)
12 oz. chicken tenders
ground black pepper, to taste (I used 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
fresh parsley (optional to garnish)

Directions...
(the way I did it)
  1. In a large zipper bag, combine pepper, garlic, balsamic vinegar, honey, and chicken broth and mix
  2. Add chicken to bag and mix around trying to coat each of the tenders
  3. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes to one hour (I am sure the longer you leave it in the stronger the taste will be)
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  5. Spray large cooking dish with cooking spray
  6. Place entire contents of bag into dish
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes uncovered or until juices run clear
  8. Garnish and serve
Directions...
(original way I found the recipe)
  1. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken tenders and season with pepper.  Cook, turning pieces halfway through, until cooked, approximately 7 minutes.  Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low, add garlic and saute.  Then add vinegar, honey, and chicken broth.  Simmer, scraping the bottom of the pan for 1 minute.
  3. Return chicken to pan.  Mix all ingredients together and heat through.  Garnish and serve.
Again I made this dish the first way and it tasted great! 

Enjoy!
~Alyson
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