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4 (8 ounce) containers strawberry yogurt (1.32 if you use coupon and it doubles)
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (1.00 or so, depending on quality of vinegar)
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (1.99/1 lb.–usually you get two HUGE chicken breasts in these packages. Cut them in half)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
4 large strawberries (.33)
2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
1 teaspoon minced fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (optional)
TOTAL COST $4.64 plus price of condiments and small amounts of herbs
1. In a medium bowl, stir together the yogurt, 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar, sugar, pepper, cinnamon and salt. Place chicken breast halves in a shallow baking dish, and pour the sauce over them. Refrigerate for 1 hour, turning chicken over half way through. [Personally, I wouldn’t eat the marinade that the raw chicken has been in, even with heating it. I suggest setting aside some marinade to cook in step 3.]
2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Scrape the marinade off of the chicken breasts, and place them into the hot oil. Quickly brown the chicken on both sides, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and let rest for 3 minutes.
3. While the chicken is cooking, transfer the marinade to a saucepan. Bring to a low simmer over medium heat. Remove stems from strawberries, and slice thinly so they will fan nicely. Set aside.
4. Slice chicken breasts on the diagonal into 1/2 inch thick slices. Place on serving plates, and sprinkle with lemon juice. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the marinade over each chicken breast, and fan one sliced strawberry over the top. Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh mint and parsley. If you really love balsamic vinegar, finish the dish off with an artful drizzle.
I would serve this on top of a romaine salad.
We already have a balsamic chicken dish that we love, but this sounds SO good I may have to try it! I could just drink balsamic vinegar. Really.
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