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Almond Chicken & Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce Recipe
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Almond Chicken & Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce Recipe

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Crispy chicken with a sweet-tart sauce is served alongside wilted spinach for this special meal. Virginia Anthony of Jacksonville, Florida says, “I created the recipe many years ago for a contest, and it won the Grand Prize! It’s easy to make and comes off as very elegant.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup unblanched almonds, coarsely ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • Butter-flavored cooking spray
  • 3 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots
  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup strawberry preserves
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 package (9 ounces) fresh baby spinach

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half with 1/4 cup spinach and 2 tablespoons sauce equals 349 calories, 13 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 476 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 29 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the bread crumbs, almonds, salt and pepper. Add chicken, one piece at a time, and shake to coat.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet coated with butter-flavored spray, cook chicken in 2 teaspoons oil over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until juices run clear. Remove and keep warm.
  3. In the same pan, cook shallots in remaining oil until tender. Stir in the broth, preserves, vinegar and rosemary. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 5-6 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring 1/2 in. of water to a boil. Add spinach; cover and boil for 3-5 minutes or until wilted. Drain; serve with chicken and sauce. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Almond Chicken & Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce in Healthy Cooking April/May 2009, p59

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half with 1/4 cup spinach and 2 tablespoons sauce equals 349 calories, 13 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 476 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 29 g protein.

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Mar. 12, 2014

"My son and I thought this recipe was amazing. This recipe is both good for a family meal or to entertain with. Didn't

have strawberry preserves on hand so I used raspberry. I wont even try the strawberry because I loved the raspberry so much."

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Reviewed Mar. 6, 2014

"This is a wonderful dinner. Everyone in my family loved it and I will be making it again and again."

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Reviewed Feb. 15, 2014

"This has become one of my favorites."

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Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

"The chicken is really delicious! It did take longer to cook than the recipe said. The sauce is also very good, but I think that next time I make it that I'm going to not add the rosemary as it was too much for me. I added some garlic to the sauce too. My boyfriend loved the chicken as well and has been asking when we can make it again. Also loved how easy this recipe is to make."

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Reviewed May. 31, 2013

"I make just the chicken part and serve with all kinds of things..sandwiches etc."

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