Balsamic Asparagus Chicken

chickenThis dish from Favorite Family Recipes may require a little more time than typical college student dinners, but it looks absolutely delicious. I would save this one for a night when you have a little more time to cook!

Here is the recipe (serves four):

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts

Marinade:

  • 3/4 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • pepper (to taste)

Sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 c. fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 can (about 2 c.) beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • pepper (to taste)

Topping:

  • 12 asparagus spears
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese (go to the deli section, they will give you 4 slices of each cheese. It’s less expensive this way)

Directions:

  1. Place chicken between 2 pieces of Saran Wrap and pound until it is about 1/4″ thick. 
  2. Place chicken in a ziploc bag, place bag in a bowl big enough to hold the chicken. 
  3. Combine marinade ingredients and pour in the bag. 
  4. Squeeze all the air out of the bag and refrigerate for about 2 hours. About 20 minutes before chicken is done marinating, heat oil in a large skillet.
  5. Add mushrooms and saute for a couple minutes. 
  6. Add remaining sauce ingredients, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer for about 30 minutes or until sauce thickens and reduces to about 1/4 of it’s original volume (when it is done, the sauce should be dark brown in color). 
  7. While the sauce is simmering, place chicken in a lightly greased glass dish and bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes (or until chicken is cooked through). 
  8. While chicken is baking, prepare the asparagus. 
  9. Bring a saucepan, filled about half-way with salted water, to a boil. 
  10. Toss in the asparagus and boil for about 4 minutes. 
  11. Quickly remove the asparagus and drop in an ice-water bath. 
  12. Remove chicken from the oven (when it’s finished) and layer on one slice of provolone cheese, a few asparagus spears, then one slice mozzarella cheese on each piece of chicken. 
  13. Set the oven to broil and broil for about 3 minutes or until cheese is melted and starts to brown a little. 
  14. Right before serving, spoon some of the sauce over each piece of chicken.

The recipe is definitely not quick, but it uses very cheap ingredients, making it a good option for a college student.

Here are two reviews of the recipe:

chicken1 chicken2Enjoy!