Even though dry herbs don’t give quite the same fresh and zesty flavor as fresh herbs, they are still super useful to have around. Tonight, I couldn’t wait to cook but I didn’t have anything planned. Usually when I have nothing planned, I end up falling back on something that is comfortable for me. On my comfort days I never reach out and try new things. Surprisingly as I was looking through a blog, that provides me with inspiration every morning, I saw this amazing recipe and thought “man I wish I could cook this right now” and I was able to because I had all of the spices handy in my cabinet! I just substituted some of the frozen vegetables for fresh vegetables and WA-LAH, a delicious meal.
Balsamic Vinegar Chicken with Fresh Veggies
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
3/4 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper (if you have it)
1/2 teaspoon of rubbed sage
6 chicken tenderloins (or 2 tenderloins per person)
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 green pepper
1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
1 teaspoon rosemary
1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1. Preheat oven to 450°.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
3. Combine 1/2 teaspoon salt, fennel seeds, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, garlic powder, and oregano.
4. Brush chicken with 1 1/2 teaspoons oil; sprinkle spice rub over chicken. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan. Add chicken; cook 6 to 8 minutes or until browned: Flipping every minute or so.
5. Arrange chicken in an 11 x 7–inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 450° for 7 minutes.
6. Heat remaining olive oil over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers, onion, and rosemary; saute 3 minutes.
7. Stir in broth, scraping pan to loosen browned bits.
8. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high. Stir in vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Serve bell pepper mixture over chicken.
I paired this amazing recipe with some instant white rice. Very quick meal.
Note: Every time I make a new dish for my dad and boyfriend I ask them what they rate it on a scale of 1 to 10 and my dad gave this one a 9. Which is very unusual for him because I usually get 8. He is always my toughest critic, always something to improve. Of course, the smart boyfriend, gives me a 10. He gets some yummy cookies tomorrow for that one.