Balsamic Vinegar Chicken
with Almond Peppers

Yield: 6 (1 chicken breast half plus 1/2 cup almond pepper mixture)
Source: Cooking Light (website)
Comments from a CA Kitchen: Pretty easy and very tasty. A little labor intensive. Will make again. Love the balsamic vinegar-bell pepper combination, and the nuts and raisins are a great touch. Some of the CL reviewers substituted cherries and cranberries for the raisins. Next time will use chicken tenders to eliminate pounding. Used red and yellow peppers which was really pretty. Doubled the vinegar and water at the end.

INGREDIENTS:

2 large red bell peppers (about 3/4 pound)
2 large green bell peppers (about 3/4 pound)
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
6 (4-ounce) skinned, boned chicken breast halves
3 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 egg whites
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons water

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut bell peppers into 2 x 2-1/2-inch strips. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add peppers; sauté 8 minutes. Add raisins; sauté 1 minute. Add 1/4 cup vinegar, sugar, salt, and black pepper; cook 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in almonds. Set aside, and keep warm.
  2. Place each piece of chicken between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; flatten to 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Combine breadcrumbs and cheese in a shallow dish. Place flour in a shallow dish; dredge each chicken piece in flour, and dip in egg whites. Dredge chicken in breadcrumb mixture.
  3. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, and cook for 3 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from heat. Place the chicken and bell pepper mixture on a serving platter; set aside, and keep warm.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons vinegar and water to pan; stir with a wooden spoon to loosen browned bits. Spoon mixture over chicken and bell pepper mixture.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:

Healthy Units: 6 per serving
calories: 288 carbohydrates: 19.4 g cholesterol: 74 fat: 9.5 g sodium: 253 mg protein: 31.3 g calcium: 73 mg iron: 2.8 mg fiber: 2.6 g

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