Balsamic Fig Chicken
In order to save time and money, we recently began receiving meal kits from HelloFresh! We recently made their Griddled Onion Cheeseburgers, complete with a special sauce and crispy potato wedges. It has to be one of the BEST meals we have ever made, and everything we needed came right to our door!
On tonight’s menu is Balsamic Fig Chicken. Now, we have not yet mastered the art of cooking chicken. It’s just really hard! Receiving meal kits from HelloFresh allows us to expand our knowledge of cooking while being able to be creative with the meals given. We’re excited to share this recipe with you, as well as our thoughts on the dish: taste, cooking difficulty, and more!
Wow! Now as you’ve read above, chicken is NOT our strong suit when it comes to cooking. Between me and my fiancé, we have made good chicken MAYBE 4 times total. Well, we can add a tally to that list! This Balsamic Fig Chicken recipe was one of the easiest recipes I have ever used, and it created one of the most delicious dinner’s I have ever had. The chicken was tender and juicy, the broccoli was burnt to a crisp (just how I like it), and the potatoes were crispy yet tender.
Now, this did not come without a lot of learning. The two chicken breast I had were very thick, and I did not pound them or roll them out prior to cooking, which led to them needing to cook a bit longer than the original instructions state. I cooked them in a large pan for about 6 minutes on each side, cut them in half, and put them back in the pan for a minute to ensure that the inside was cooked through. I was worried that this would in turn make the chicken very tough, but they needed just that little bit of time to get just right!
The broccoli and potatoes I left in the oven for about 3 minutes longer than previously stated in the instructions, but that is because we love burnt and crispy veggies. It just makes them taste so much better! I am NOT a veggie person in the first place, and this was my first time in 25 years eating broccoli and actually enjoying it. I topped mine with a sprinkle of lemon zest for an extra kick, and it added a great flavor to the chicken and potatoes as well.
We opted to not add in the rosemary to the sauce at all, mostly because I cannot stand the taste of rosemary! I don’t think the absence of rosemary took away from the dish in any way- it was full of flavor. Now, while cooking the sauce, I noticed that it was too watery, even after the leaving it in the pan for the appropriate amount of time. I took a teaspoon and added a sprinkle of flour to the pan to create a fake roux, and it thickened up right away. The sauce, although filled with shallots and vinegar, was very sweet and complimented the rest of the dish extremely well.
All in all, this is definitely a dish we will be making again. I give it a 7/10 for cooking ease and an 8/10 for overall taste. Check out the final picture below to see how it turned out, and keep in mind that I am not a professional chef OR photographer!
Stay tuned for the next recipe 🙂