Friday, April 13, 2012

Baked Balsamic Chicken

It's been a while since I've blogged any recipes, but I have all the photos of what I want to post.  This is a recipe that was in People magazine back in January and it was called Coolio's Spicy Chicken.  A friend posted it on facebook and I had to try it.  It's very quick to make and easy.  It does bake a while, but doesn't require much prep work.  I didn't think the name of the dish was altogether correct because in my opinion there wasn't anything 'spicy' about it.  I suppose you could make it spicer, but in my house we make our own individual plates spicy - not the whole dish.  Some like it HOT (like me who eats jalapenos from the jar) and some like it not hot at all (like my hubby who sweats when he eats pepperoni pizza), the kids all lie somewhere in the middle of that.  I thought this recipe was great and the sauce & veggies were good over top of mashed potatoes.  I mostly used boneless skinless chicken breasts, but I did get a package of chicken legs because sometimes it's just fun to eat drumsticks.  This would be a great dish to serve to company too since it makes a large batch or you could make both dishes and freeze one to have on hand for another time!

Baked Balsamic Chicken

6 - 12 pieces of boneless skinless chicken breasts*
8 chicken legs
1 teaspoon seasoned salt (like Lawry's)
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 medium onion, sliced
1 4.5oz can chopped green chilies
2 10-oz cans cream of chicken soup
2-3 green and/or red bell peppers, chopped

Preheat oven to 400.  Place chicken in a large bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Add balsamic vinegar, garlic and onions and mix thoroughly.  You probably have to use your hands.  Mix in rest of ingredients and divide all the chicken pieces and sauce evenly between 2 greased 9x13 baking dishes.  Bake 50-60 minutes until chicken is tender.

*If you only want to use bonless skinless chicken breasts then use about 10 or 12 breasts between the two pans.  If you prefer to have some legs then only use 6 breasts along with about 8 drumsticks.

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