This 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):
- 4 chicken breasts
- 3/4 c. balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 c. olive oil
- 2 tsp. brown sugar
- pepper (to taste)
- 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)
- 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)
- Place chicken between 2 pieces of Saran Wrap and pound until it is about 1/4″ thick.
- Place chicken in a ziploc bag, place bag in a bowl big enough to hold the chicken.
- Combine marinade ingredients and pour in the bag.
- 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.
- Add mushrooms and saute for a couple minutes.
- 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).
- 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).
- While chicken is baking, prepare the asparagus.
- Bring a saucepan, filled about half-way with salted water, to a boil.
- Toss in the asparagus and boil for about 4 minutes.
- Quickly remove the asparagus and drop in an ice-water bath.
- 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.
- Set the oven to broil and broil for about 3 minutes or until cheese is melted and starts to brown a little.
- 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: