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Balsamic-Roasted Chicken Breasts Recipe

Posted on 19th of March, 2010 by Lévana

Balsamic-Roasted Chicken Breasts Recipe

You will never say your chicken breasts come out dry ever again. The marinating step is important here, so please do not skip it, the reward is a fabulous dish. Smile: This is one of only a handful of recipes in my book that do need an extra step, so: Not too bad!

 

Ingredients:

1 bunch basil, leaves only (about 1 cup packed)

1/2 cup olive oil

6 large cloves garlic

Coarsely ground pepper to taste

1 cup dry white wine

5 whole medium boneless chicken breasts, skin on if you can find

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Instructions:

In a food processor, form a paste with the basil, oil, garlic, pepper and wine. Transfer to a mixing bowl, combine well with the chicken, and marinate overnight.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Arrange the chicken in one layer, marinade and all. Bake 15 minutes. Add the vinegar and bake 10 more minutes. Let them rest just a few minutes, then slice each breast across, you will get 3-4 thick slices per breast. Serve hot with all the cooking juices. Room temperature will be OK too.

image via howsweeteats.com

Filed under: Chicken Breast Recipes, Chicken Recipes, Gluten Free Recipes, Kosher for Passover Recipes, Kosher Recipes, Passover Recipes

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34 Questions

  1. Annie, on Said:

    I will be making this chicken dish tomorrow night for ten guests. I don’t have chicken breast with skin. Will it still come out moist without skin?? Also can I slice the breasts before marinating?

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    • Lévana, on Said:

      Annie Nonono please don’t slice the breasts before they are fully cooked. Why on earth would you want to do that? And if you have chicken breasts with skin, please add a little olive oil in your marinade.

    • Lévana, on Said:

      Cathy, if you are using chicken thighs, I would do 425 degrees, skin side up. 40 minutes.
      I should still tell you, even for people who hesitate to make chicken breasts, this recipe is fantastic. The breasts come out tender and soft like butter. Just sayin’…..

  2. Rena, on Said:

    Unfortunately, I can’t eat garlic. Do you think this would taste good without garlic or should I just make a different recipe which doesn’t call for garlic?

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    • Lévana, on Said:

      Rena, no I think it will still work fine without garlic. The dish has a lot going for it even without it!

  3. Susan, on Said:

    Thanks Levana- since it will be for my first Seder, please tell me what “blech” means. I never heard this term.

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    • Lévana, on Said:

      It’s a thin metal sheet set over the stovetop, over low-flame stoves, to keep the food warm

  4. Susan, on Said:

    I have 20 dinner guests for Seder. I don’t want to spend time slicing all that chicken as dinner is about to be served. Can it be sliced ahead of time and kept warm in the oven? How much chicken would you suggest I buy?
    Thanks.

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    • Lévana, on Said:

      Of course you can slice it and keep it warm. But you must make sure it doesn’t continue to cook. In other words, I wouldn’t keep it warm on the first Seder, where it will stay in the oven 3-4 hours. In this case I would leave it on a blech. Chicken breasts are just too delicate!

  5. Galia, on Said:

    Thank you Levana! Some people in my family can’t have wine for health reasons. Is there an alternative you would recommend?

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    • Lévana, on Said:

      Of course it does! recipe is complete, cooking time is there, it’s all there!

  6. Robin, on Said:

    Thank you for this great recipe. I made it (skinless) for our Passover seder and received rave reviews, especially from my father-in-law. I only wish I had more leftovers!

    Question: How much are the marinade and chicken juices supposed to reduce during cooking? I thought (probably because I’m not an experienced cook) it would be more concentrated by the end. Thanks again!

    Reply
    • Lévana, on Said:

      It’s a delicious dish. If your liquids seem too thin, simply reduce them on a high flame in a saucepan: it won’t take a minute!

  7. Sarina, on Said:

    Thanks for letting me know!

    Here’s a better question, then: is it ok to use white wine with your brisket recipe? I’d really prefer to only have to buy one bottle for cooking. Thanks again.

    Reply
  8. Loren, on Said:

    This chicken was absolutely fantastic! My entire family and guests loved every bite. I love easy recipes that taste so gourmet. Thanks for making me look good…although I did give you all the credit when they asked for the recipe!

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    • Lévana, on Said:

      Hi Loren, Isn’t this chicken the best? Hey I wouldn’t mind sharing the credit with you: what’s creation without execution????

  9. Beth, on Said:

    Great idea! I will try it next time I make a large quantity of the chicken breasts.
    Thanks again for a wonderful recipe.

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  10. Beth, on Said:

    This recipe was wonderful for Pesach. It also was so fresh tasting after a day or two.
    Very unusual to have chicken breasts stay so moist, even after rewarming two times.
    Thank you for a wonderful new way to make Chicken breasts (PS I made them skinless and it was still terrific)

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    • Lévana, on Said:

      You don’t even need to warm it each time you serve it: dice leftovers into a salad, as I did just yesterday: diced chicken breasts, watercress, romaine, diced apple, diced celery, diced avocado, minced red onion. Dressing: A nice oil-vinegar-dijon dressing

  11. Lévana, on Said:

    THe recipe is 100% tried and true. Please try to retrace and tell me what you did, so I can advise you!

    Reply