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Balsamic Chicken- A.K.A. Chicken with Worms and Baby Corn

15 November 2011

This is one of my favorites.  It's an adaptation from a Time Life recipe card.  My kids LOVE baby corn, so I added it to this recipe. The first time that we had it, my kids didn't want to eat the onions. My husband and I decided to call them worms and made a big show of eating them and talking about how good and sweet they were. (We also ate them with our fingers and let the kids do the same.) Once they tasted how good they were, they were hooked. And now, years later, they still call them worms- we do eat them with forks now though!

Balsamic Chicken

1 lb- 1 1/2 lb chicken breasts (If the breasts are thick, cut them in half to make two thinner portions)
1-2 onions- sliced
8 oz. package (approximately 2 cups) slice mushrooms
1 package fresh baby corn (You can used canned, if that's all you can find- but don't use marinated!)
2 cups chicken broth
4 T flour
2 T balsamic vinegar
2 T lemon juice
1 1/2 t salt
dash pepper
olive oil

*Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

slice onions and mushrooms. Toss all vegetables with olive oil until coated.

Coat the bottom of a cast iron skillet or roasting pan with olive oil.  Place chicken breasts in pan and turn so that both sides are coated with oil.

Add the vegetables to the pan. Bake  uncovered at 450 degrees for 10 minutes.

Turn the chicken over. Make sure that the uncooked side is now touching the bottom of the pan. Stir and toss the vegetables.

Cook, still uncovered, for another 5 minutes.

While the chicken is cooking, whisk 4 T flour into 2 cups of chicken broth.  Add 2 T balsamic vinegar, 2 T lemon juice, 1 1/2 t salt, and a dash of pepper.

Add liquid mixture to chicken and vegetables. Cover with foil and cook for 10 minutes.

Remove foil, stir vegetables and and cook for 10-15 more minutes, uncovered.

Remove from oven when sauce is bubbly, chicken is cooked through, and onions are soft.

Allow to sit and thicken for an additional 5-10 minutes (if you can wait- we rarely can!!)

Can be served with rice, pasta, or bread, if you choose. We usually just toss it in a bowl and call it a meal.

This post is linked up to Tempt my Tummy Tuesdays, and Tutorial Tuesday.

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