Balsamic Poached Chicken With Asparagus and Potatoes

"From Real Simple April 2006"
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1hr 20mins




  • Heat oven to 400°F.
  • Place the potatoes in a roasting pan. Drizzle with the oil. Season with 3/4 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper, and toss.
  • Roast for 30 minutes, shaking the pan once.
  • Add the asparagus to the pan with the potatoes, season with the remaining salt, and toss.
  • Roast until the asparagus is tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan, bring the broth and vinegar to a boil.
  • Add the chicken and, if necessary, enough water (up to 1/2 cup) to cover it. Simmer for 1 minute.
  • Cover, remove from heat, and set aside until cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  • Transfer the chicken to a cutting board.
  • Return the liquid to medium-high heat and simmer until reduced to about 1/3 cup, about 10 minutes.
  • Thickly slice the chicken.
  • Divide the ingredients among individual plates. Drizzle with the balsamic mixture.

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  1. We really enjoyed this and I loved the fact that is a full meal that you cook all at once (even though it is not all in the same pan). The sauce and chicken took longer than I expected to cook, so next time I will start on step 6 as soon as the potatoes are in the oven and will let the chicken poach/rest for 20 minutes. Also, I decided to make 2 lb of potatoes (and doubled the other ingredients used in step 2). That seemed to be the right amount, but 1 lb might still be fine if I am serving dessert too. Next time I will use a 9 X 13 pan instead of my roasting pan which is huge. Everyone loved the flavor of this.
  2. Loved the red potatoes and asparagus, and in fact, I have added it as it's own recipe with 4 WW points on Recipezaar. The technique for the chicken produced a really moist breast, but the overall flavor of the balsalmic was too sharp and plain. (It also makes a mess when it's cooking down if you're not careful!) Mix it with some other herbs or mushrooms, and hopefully it'll be better than what I had!


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