Every time I turn around it seems like my friends and family in the North are getting blasted with snow and cold this winter. While it might not be inclement in Houston, we are dealing with some strong, cold winds that make nighttime lacrosse games a little less than comfortable. But it’s March! We need to start believing in seasonal change so it comes to us.
Let’s start with a fresh and delicious dinner that evokes Springtime in your mouth with fresh cherry tomatoes and a delicious balsamic reduction! This recipe starts with a quick and easy homemade bruschetta which is tossed atop grilled chicken breasts for that outdoor cooking feel, then finished in the oven with melty mozzarella and a sweet/savory balsamic glaze. Just close your eyes and pretend you’re enjoying this fresh and tasty dish on your back porch while a cool Spring breeze washes over you : )
- 10 ounces cherry tomatoes
- 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- black pepper to taste
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- 4 chicken breasts
- 4 ounces mozzarella medallions
- Set oven to broil and move oven rack to the top position.
- Cut the cherry tomatoes into quarters. Combine quartered tomatoes, 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and olive oil in a bowl and mix to combine. Set aside.
- Pour 1 cup balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan then bring to a boil. Turn heat down to medium then simmer and reduce until vinegar is thick enough to coat a spoon, about 10 minutes.
- Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and cook on a grill pan until cooked through, flipping halfway through. Transfer chicken to casserole dish, then top with bruschetta and 1 ounce of mozzarella medallions each.
- Broil until cheese has melted then drizzle with the balsamic vinegar reduction.
This is a fresh and flavorful dish, combining pops of fresh tomato, the tang and sweetness of balsamic vinegar and the luciousness of melty mozzarella cheese, all on top of a lean and delicious grilled chicken breast. It’s great for days when you’re longing for Spring in the middle of winter or a hot summer’s afternoon.