As all of you know from reading my blog and following my recipes I have truly embraced the one pan meals. They are so super easy to prepare and cook not to mention cleaning up is pretty snappy. I threw this recipe together the other night and I have to say it was pretty tasty. Juicy roasted tomatoes and balsamic vinegar act as a delicious sauce for this wonderful week-day meal but why not for the weekend as well? You’ll love the tomato balsamic sauce not to mention melted mozzarella cheese! This is a keeper and the little bit of red onion added another delicious layer of flavor to this tasty dish. This is what I did, I actually gave you all a few options in the ingredients dept. so mix and match what works best for you .
3-4 skinless chicken breasts ( I used 3 breasts for the two of us) 1 nice size chicken breast per person is probably a good guess.
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Italian Seasonings — if you don’t have this use 1/2 tsp. dried basil and 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste
2 Teaspoons of Garlic Powder — divided or use 1 1/2 Tablespoons Fresh Garlic which would probably be 5-6 garlic cloves
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes which I left whole if you’d like for a mushier sauce you can 1/2 the tomatoes
1/4 red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon packed brown sugar–if you want to omit the sugar you can — I used it
3/4 cup to 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese — I used shredded
*you can garnish with fresh chopped parsley or fresh basil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place chicken breasts in a sprayed ( Pam or any other baking spray you like) and drizzle with the olive oil. Season with dried seasonings and if you’re using fresh garlic 1 Tablespoon of it here.
Rub seasonings all over the chicken. Put tomatoes and red onion around the chicken in the baking dish.
Whisk together the balsamic vinegar, sugar and garlic powder or remaining 1/2 Tablespoon of fresh minced garlic. Pour over the chicken breasts and flip each breast to evenly coat.
Bake in pre-heated oven for app. 20-25 minutes depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle. You can cut into a piece to check for doneness.
When chicken is cooked through sprinkle with cheese and set oven to broil for 4-5 minutes or until cheese is melted .
This would be delicious served over rice or pasta but we just ate it as is and it was pretty delicious on its own.