It’s been snowing here all day and the inches are accumulating. A good day for staying indoors. My oven was already warmed up from having baked a dessert, so I decided to put together a meal that would be mostly cooked/baked in the oven with only a short period on the stove top for some pre-browning. I love it when the whole meal is in the oven, and I can set the table and relax while its cooking, don’t you?
This chicken dish was served with stuffed acorn squash. I thought that chicken would be good with the squash, but wasn’t sure how I wanted to prepare it, so I went looking on the all recipes.com web site and came up with this recipe. Everyone who had made it rated it very highly for ease of preparation and outstanding flavor. So I decided to give it a try. I’m sure glad I did, because I have joined the ranks of all those other folks who made it and loved it. Although I was missing one of the ingredients, I substituted roasted red peppers for the sun-dried tomatoes with equally tasty results. I don’t think that I would ever have made a sauce from chicken broth and balsamic vinegar, but here it works and the aroma of this dish while it’s cooking will certainly get your taste buds salivating.
ONION CHICKEN IN BALSAMIC SAUCE
Yield: serves 2 Adjust amounts accordingly to serve more.
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 chicken leg quarters
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
- salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Lightly spray a 9-inch baking dish or 13 x 9-inch pan.
2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and reduce heat to low. Allow onion to caramelize, stirring only enough to prevent sticking and to be sure that all sides are fully cooked. Add garlic and sauté briefly. Transfer to prepared baking dish.
3. Increase heat to medium. Add chicken pieces to skillet and brown on both sides. Remove chicken and place in baking dish.
4. Combine the chicken stock and vinegar. Deglaze the skillet with this mixture, then bring to a boil and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has thickened. Add in the sun-dried tomatoes, or in this scenario, roast red peppers. Pour mixture over chicken. Cover dish tightly with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 45 – 50 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.
Note: Some modifications can be made to this recipe such as using chicken breasts or thighs instead of leg quarters, add sliced mushrooms to the onion/garlic mixture, serve over pasta of some sort to take advantage of the great sauce. These are all suggestions by others who made this dish.