Grilled fruity balsamic chicken with cilantro salad.

"Fire up your grill for this elegant and tasty summer meal. The balsamic glaze can be made up to a week ahead and kept until you're ready to use it. This is quick and easy to make but also very impressive. My entry in the "Ready, Set, Cook" competition."
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  • In a small saucepan over medium high heat, bring the vinegar to a boil and cook until it is reduced by half, 20-25 minutes.
  • Stir in the molasses and black pepper.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Brush the balsamic glaze into the chicken and place on the heated grill to start cooking.
  • When the chicken is nearly done place the peaches on the grill, cut side down and grill until they are nicely brown (about 2 minutes).
  • Turn them over, brush the cut side with the balsamic glaze, and continue to cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Remove the peaches and chicken from the grill and give them another coat of glaze.
  • Combine the cilantro and olive oil in a blender or processor and puree.
  • Whisk in the vinegar,onion, salt and pepper.
  • Toss the dressing through the prepared lettuce and cucumber.
  • ---TOSERVE---.
  • To serve this dish, place the salad onto two plates.
  • Lay a sliced chicken breast on top of the salad and place two peach halves beside the chicken.
  • Scatter the shaved parmesan over the top and garnish with a sprig of cilantro.

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  1. T. Woolfe
    This one definately goes in the *Chicken rotation*. It might be a good one one to slightly microwave/precook the chicken to keep down the the burning on the sugary glaze on the grill/grillpan. Reducing Balsamic has some great uses. T.
  2. Darkhunter
    The presentation was excellent. The taste was awesome! When I went to the fridge to get my peaches, my family had gotten there first. I substituted plums. The tartness of the plums was complimented nicely by the sweet balsamic. I would not hestitate to serve this to anyone.
  3. Sagadahoc
    Easy and delicious. I need to get meals out quickly on weeknights since I work I to the evening and DH rises early. This was uncomplicated, yet as DH expressed, "an elegant, light summer meal". Definitely worth repeating. Thanks!
  4. gailanng
    Kid #3 was away, so I made this salad for DH and me served alfresco at sunset. Me romantic? Well, I suppose anything is possible.


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