Saucy Peach-Balsamic Chicken Recipe
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Saucy Peach-Balsamic Chicken Recipe

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I throw this sweet-savory chicken dish together in no time on a weeknight. I serve it with rice and steamed broccoli, and the whole family loves it. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup sherry or additional reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup peach preserves
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half with 1 tablespoon sauce: 249 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 427mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 0 fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch.


  1. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, brown chicken on both sides in butter. Remove from the skillet and keep warm.
  2. Add broth and sherry to the skillet, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Stir in the preserves, garlic and tarragon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in vinegar. Return chicken to the skillet; cover and cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until a thermometer reads 165°. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Saucy Peach-Balsamic Chicken in Simple & Delicious June/July 2011, p18

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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lurky27 User ID: 1251896 250637
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2016

"Great flavor! Definitely worth making!

- Theresa"

flipperpie User ID: 7104866 248738
Reviewed May. 28, 2016

"Made this for dinner this evening. Must agree with someone who said this was restaurant quality. It was easy, fast and delicious.

Only change I made was to thicken the sauce a bit with cornstarch. Can't wait to try it with orange marmalade. Definitely a keeper."

Rprew User ID: 8186237 243496
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2016

"This was really flavorful and quick enough for a weeknight meal. Will definitely make again!"

KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 241663
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2016

"My husband loved this! I used chicken thighs with skins (he likes those) and, not having peach preserves, I used a can of Solo apricot filling. I doubled the recipe & froze servings for my sons, who don't live at home. Served over wild rice - a very tasty recipe!"

annrms User ID: 2649709 233043
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2015

"This is a great tasting recipe! I cut the chicken into thick slices and increased the sauce by half. When DH tested the sauce, he put in a little crushed red pepper to get that sweet/sour/hot balance."

ckbray User ID: 5521724 228434
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2015

"This was a wonderful restaurant worthy dish. I LOVED it. Mine looked much better than the picture. I didn't have the peach preserves so I used apricot and crushed the garlic which provides a much stronger garlic flavor. I also added 1 Tablespoon of flour to the sauce to thicken it. I will definitely make this again. Even my very picky teenage son liked it. Great over rice."

Ceege User ID: 730520 219779
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2015

"Would this be as good using a pork tenderloin? I think it would make a wonderful entree for dinner guests. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks"

AnglerAl User ID: 3034730 110471
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013

"It's a great standby as it's quick and easy. The taste is fantastic, and I've experimented with different fruits with great results. Orange or pineapple are every bit as good as the original."

eatnrun User ID: 2156030 191251
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2011

"I used pork chops and it was great. I may double the "sauce" next time. My husband insists on having "gravy" and this sauce was tasty on rice."

ibpiggy34 User ID: 5659529 110470
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2011

"This was a huge success! I used Smucker's Sugar-Free Peach Preserves and added a vidilia onion. Served it with/over whole wheat cous-cous and a hearty vegetable salad. It was loved by all and reheats perfectly."

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