I was either searching for a chicken casserole or a chicken drumsticks recipe yesterday but somehow a pan fried chicken breast recipe came up in the search results.
The combination of ingredients - balsamic vinegar, orange juice and rosemary - looked intriguing so I decided to give it a try (recipe here).
It is a great recipe if you are angry because the first step involves bashing!
This is the chicken breast before it met the bottom of my saucepan:
And this is after:
The chicken didn't brown up much during the initial pan frying. The breasts were bought from a supermarket and they were oozing water when cooked. I had a suspicion they were soaked in water to increase the weight. I'll stick with chicken from the butcher next time.
This is a progress shot, after the addition of vinegar, stock, orange juice and chopped rosemary.
I have to admit it didn't look very promising at that point. The "sauce" was very watery and the chicken looked so bland. I ended up adding a teaspoon of corn flour at the end to thicken up the sauce a little bit.
Here's the final product. My camera has been playing up so the photo is a bit blurry.
The chicken was moist and tender, and the flavours worked surprisingly well together. I like citrus in meat dishes so this is right up my alley. It is a great meal for a summer evening.
Important note: Please follow the recipe's suggestion and serve it with rice. I didn't do so for the adult serves but I mixed it with some rice for TLG. He didn't like the dish (I think it's the orange juice), so I ended up eating his portion and the rice with the sauce tasted really good - I think it improves the dish by at least 30%! Next time I will serve it with rice and some steamed green beans.