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Monday, February 7, 2011

Almond Chicken with Strawberry Balsamic Sauce

This is a recipe that my mom recommend I try.  She's pretty good at sending me recipes she's tried and liked.  I don't always end up making them...  It has nothing to do with the recipes she chooses, it's just that...well...there are SO many recipes out there and I think I put them away and completely forget about them.  But this one...this one I KNEW I was going to have to try.  I love the flavors of strawberry and balsamic vinegar together!  It's such a wonderful combination.  I changed the sauce just a tiny bit from the original recipe.  I just knew it could be simplified, yet still be amazingly good.  I also baked this instead of pan frying it like the recipe called for.  I figured it couldn't hurt to make it a little more on the healthier side!

I guess what you can take away from this is:  My mother has fantastic taste... at least in food!!

Almond Chicken with Strawberry Balsamic Sauce
Adapted from Taste of Home
Printable Recipe 
1/2 cup panko
1/2 cup unblanched almonds, coarsely ground
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup strawberry preserves
3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dried, crushed rosemary
1 teaspoon adobo sauce (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place a wire rack in a baking sheet with a lip and spray the rack with non-stick spray; set aside.

Add the panko, almonds, salt, and pepper into a resealable bag.  Rinse the chicken, shaking off any excess water, and place in the bag; shaking to coat.  Repeat with additional pieces of chicken.  Place on wire rack and allow to sit for 5 minutes.  Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through (165 degrees) and the coating is golden brown.

While the chicken bakes, make the sauce.  In a bowl, mix together the preserves, vinegar, rosemary, and adobo if using. Stir until combined and smooth.  Serve with chicken and enjoy!!

One Year Ago:  Balsamic Chicken Tenders with Caramelized Onion & Pepper


Cranberry Morning said...

I can't even imagine this combination, Jenn, but I'm eager to try it! I certainly like all the components, so I would imagine that I'll love this recipe. Thanks and thanks to your mom. :-)

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Well you know I love strawberry and chicken together - this one sounds & looks like no exception! LOVE the balsamic in the sauce! I'm guessing the adobo was your special touch :) Nice one, I bet the heat is awesome with the sweet & sour fruit sauce. YUM I want to make this one soon!

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Get out of town! What a perfect Valentines Day recipe! I am with Andrea - I want to make this NOW. Thanks for sharing!

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Oh that sauce is divine and soooo perfect for V-Day. Nice work, Jenn!

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

Cheeseboy said...

I'm a sucker for the strawberry sauce.

Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) said...

Oh my goodness, Jenn, I'm drooling over here! You always come up with the most creative combinations, and I am loving this idea and these amazing flavors together. Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a great week, and OH! Happy belated birthday to your sweetheart. :)

Roxan said...

Jenn, this looks delicious! Your chicken is the second chicken recipe using strawberry sauce today, and I've never seen that before. Maybe it's a sign that I should try it?

Design Wine and Dine said...

Very nice combination of sweet and savory! Love the crunch of the almonds too!

Looks like your mom was right on with this one!

Big Dude said...

This sopunds delicious Jenn.

Pam said...

Love the crunchy chicken and the sauce sounds perfectly delicious.

Michael Toa said...

This looks so good. I had pork chops with strawberry sauce before and it was delish. Love the crunchy topping too.

Chris said...

Wolfgang Puck uses almond in the breading for his crab cakes and that texture really works. Great idea to try it for chicken too!

Marybinashland said...

Jenn...made this last night...I am loved! Told Sharon I made it and now she thinks she is really something!!! Excellant!

Jenn said...

LOL.. Yes, Mary.. she thought the same thing when I told her that!! :) Glad you enjoyed it!