Monday, February 13, 2012

Raspberry Balsamic Chicken

Romance is in the air!

I'm a hopeless romantic.  I admit it, I am.  I want the romance, I treasure the memories.  I'm sappy!  I've even gone so far as to plan romantic moments...or at least steer them that way and hope they turn out!  I know, I'm really hopeless.  So it's no wonder that I adore Valentine's day.  I believe that you should express your love everyday.  But Valentines, is just a designated day to celebrate all the love you have for friends, family, and that special someone.

I think I've read too many romance novels.

One thing that is romantic to me is serving a dish that signifies love.   My take on Raspberry Balsamic Chicken is just that, romantic.  Certain items scream romance, raspberries being one of them.  The sweet tart flavor is perfect paired with balsamic vinegar makes a wonderful sauce.  The best part other than the's quick and easy to make.  Baking the chicken is a great way to eat healthy and it lends to a moist and tender chicken.

This would make a wonderful dinner for that special night.  What do you like about romance??

Some step by step pics for you.

A nice, romantic dinner!

Raspberry Balsamic Chicken

1 t. canola oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 c seedless raspberry jam, or sugar free raspberry jam
1/4 c balsamic vinegar
1/4 t black pepper
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a small saucepan add oil and, garlic.  Cook for 30 seconds.  Add raspberry jam, balsamic vinegar, and pepper.  Bring to a boil, turn heat down and simmer for 3 minutes until it reaches a glaze consistency.  Reserve half of the sauce and set aside.

Spray a baking pan with cooking spray.  Brush chicken breasts with remaining glaze on both sides.  Place inside the baking dish.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Serve, pouring reserved glaze over chicken breasts.

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