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Chicken with Cranberry-Balsamic Sauce Recipe

Chicken with Cranberry-Balsamic Sauce Recipe

Here’s a quick and delicious way to make ordinary chicken breasts elegant. The fruity sauce also livens up roasted pork and turkey.—Susan Cortesi, Northbrook, IL
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Directions

  • 1. Sprinkle chicken with 1 teaspoon salt and the pepper. In a large skillet, brown chicken in oil on both sides. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 425° for 12-15 minutes or until a thermometer reads 170°.
  • 2. Add the cranberry juice, vinegar, cranberry sauce and shallot to the skillet, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced to about 1/2 cup. Stir in butter and remaining salt until butter is melted. Serve with chicken. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half with 2 tablespoons sauce equals 359 calories, 16 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 117 mg cholesterol, 891 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 35 g protein.