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Almond Chicken & Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce Recipe

Almond Chicken & Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce Recipe

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. YIELD:4 servings


  • 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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 349 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 476mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 3g fiber), 29g protein.

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walkerjo User ID: 7514182 255308
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2016

"Sauce is lovely."

buffetfan User ID: 4035139 241974
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016 Edited Jun. 25, 2016

"Definitely making this recipe again! To make the chicken cook evenly, I did flatten the breasts. Next time I make this I may dredge the breasts rather than shake them in a bag. My husband, son and I all cleaned our plates. I felt there was too much fat in the pan after removing the chicken so after making the sauce I put it through a fat strainer. I put the solids in a gravy boat and strained the fat off. I think the sauce was better. Next time I'll drain much of the fat before sauteeing the shallots. As a Volunteer Filed Editor I highly recommend this recipe."

htlcooks User ID: 1763937 237971
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2015

"This was delicious! I butterflied each breast, then pounded flat to make sure it would cook a little quicker and not burn the coating - worked great. The sauce was just perfect. I have made it twice to rave reviews and will be making it many more times. Thanks!!"

s_pants User ID: 174050 227544
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2015

"I was a liitle disappointed in this recipe, but I would make it again. The coating was starting to burn by the time the chicken was completely done and it would not all stay on...maybe try to double coat next time and make sure the chicken is cut thin enough to cook quicker. Absolutely loved the sauce with it, but not overly flavorful without it."

RuneTheRed User ID: 8302402 223256
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2015

"My boyfriend and I absolutely love this recipe. I do make alterations to it, though. I reduce the balsamic vinegar by 1 TBSP, use 1 cup of fresh (blended) strawberries, and add 2 TBSP strawberry preserves. I use the leftover sauce (if any) for any chicken I may have during the week. It's fantastic!"

sls777 User ID: 6137319 215892
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2014

"This was really good. I would definitely flatten the chicken to 1/4" thick, otherwise the crumb coating will burn before the center is done."

tjhl48 User ID: 7676320 183035
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."

Deana Sims User ID: 3477171 162652
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2014

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

mar4bill User ID: 1059512 162651
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2014

"This has become one of my favorites."

motochick179 User ID: 5555951 120815
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."

Julieahsu User ID: 7068954 180734
Reviewed May. 31, 2013

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

becky1789 User ID: 7220904 97168
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2013

"This is excellent! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe. It is the best way I have had chicken. What's more - I had all the ingredients in, so it's cheapish too. I used plain bread crumbs, a small yellow onion (most common here in UK) and a garlic clove. It went really nice with the spinach. I had it with rice and salad too because I have massive appetite! Superb, thank you."

SylviaCoffee User ID: 7231810 180626
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2013

"Super easy, fast, and delicious! Did dip chicken in lightly whisked egg."

chandra_24 User ID: 7042813 180621
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2013

"THE BEST chicken EVER!! This recipe I was really excited to try. I tried it out and my fiance' was ecstatic and really commended me for making this. I'm new to trying new recipe's and cooking every day, but this chicken was amazing. It has the best flavoring and was juicy. The leftovers didn't last long!"

luannd User ID: 6233507 210569
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2012

"Very tasty and delicious! I served this dish with some butter & parsley rice. I modified the recipe to include the step of dipping the chicken into a beaten egg before coating in crumb mixture."

lutherallie User ID: 2823623 120814
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2012

"I had a horrible time getting the bread crumbs to stick to the chicken....The only thing they stuck to was the bottom of the pan. I agree with the other subscriber that there needs to be some sort of egg mixture before the bread crumbs. A complete mess!"

casum User ID: 4075339 143504
Reviewed May. 16, 2012

"Very yummy!!!! Will make again, again, and AGAIN! everybody loved it!"

kutiemomma33 User ID: 6667866 120782
Reviewed May. 11, 2012

"It was very delicious. My family absolutely loved the strawberry-balsamic sauce!!"

m_mccornack User ID: 3874498 113365
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2012

"This is one of my favorite chicken recipes!!!"

fhchiqui13 User ID: 3852793 97125
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012

"Made this recipe for my boyfriend and i in Spain and it turned out fantastic! I definately recommend trying it!"

Needsmusic User ID: 5941084 166415
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2012

"I really liked the flavor of this recipe. With that said I had some difficulty. The bread crumbs didn't really stick to my chicken (felt like i needed maybe a flour dip, then egg dip, then the panko/almond) so I didn't get the nice pretty crunchy chicken pictured. It also took longer to cook than I expected. My sauce also never seemed to thicken. I'm not a fan of rosemary so I'll likely leave it out next time. I'm guessing my problems were more 'chef issues' than recipe issues so I'll try it again b/c the flavor of the sauce was awesome."

Wheezy37 User ID: 5757259 210568
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2012

"I couldn't find the bread, so I just crumbled up some regular bread and used that.

It was delicious, it's my new favorite way to have chicken. I had to work hard to save it for leftovers, but I was glad I did so I could have it again the next day. It's good cold too!"

Juliev320 User ID: 6277608 104539
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"I used marionberry jam instead and it was marvelous. Will definitely make again"

kyrajane User ID: 2637503 180733
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"We ABSOLUTELY loved this. I halved it, but made the same amount of sauce...So glad I did because it was just enough. I used onions instead of shallots. Was amazing, and I can't wait to make it again!"

lucky482 User ID: 5833277 180611
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2011

"This was so yummy.

Instead of using strawberry preserves since I had just gone strawberry picking a few weeks ago, I substituted a reduction sauce using 1 1/2 c Frozen Strawberries (Sliced and Thawed), 1/2 c Sugar, 1 Tbsp Lime Juice and cooked it at medium heat until it thickened about 10 minutes. The fresh flavor made it that much more yummy. Everyone was finger-licking the sauce from their plate.
Will definitely make this again. It was a hit."

MerrySampler User ID: 267857 180731
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2011

"This was easy and delicious! My husband raved and asked me to make it again."

cathwhy User ID: 3557194 164853
Reviewed May. 17, 2011

"The recipe was delicious. My only problem was that the almonds wanted to burn before the chicken was cooked. I finally put the chicken in the oven and baked it."

shortyan6el13 User ID: 5750444 180729
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2011

"loved it! I thought the timing was a little off. I ended up baking it for about 20 minutes at 3:50 because it was still very pink after the 4-5 minutes on each side."

aslan50mac User ID: 5673592 111467
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2011

"Made this tonight, my family loved it, I used raspberry jam as I had no strawberry and 1/2 onion and minced garlic. Yummy!"

LLMom123 User ID: 5650121 178860
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2011

"Delicious! We had this for supper tonight, and my husband and I loved it!"

AlaskaChic1981 User ID: 987616 183034
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"Highly recommend wilting spinach in sauce. Used sour cherry jam which tasted great."

pofigster User ID: 2841872 104537
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2010

"My wife and I agree that this is possible the best thing we've ever made together (and we've made a lot of good food).

I love baby spinach in a salad - I could not eat the wilted baby spinach on it's own. However, when taken with a bite of the chicken and the sauce it was delicious."

NinaJ User ID: 2056812 179413
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2010

"quick and easy enough for a weeknight dinner but a great dish to serve to company. Not only would I make this again I have several times."

gimli User ID: 4102463 180609
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

"Delicious! Instead of serving it with spinach we served it over white rice. Also added fresh strawberries as garnish. Wonderful recipe and will definitely add it to our rotation of family favorites."

Kansas954 User ID: 5328593 104535
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2010

"Delicious! This sauce is soooo good. I used onions and used 11/2 tablespoons of a balsamic glaze in place of the vinegar. A perfect pairing with the spinach."

joniotto User ID: 1827180 164850
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2010

"Although this is easily made, the flavors are complex and delicious together! This is definitely going to be a family favorite!!"

terria310 User ID: 4981621 183032
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2010

"It was very easy to make and delicious! My husband loves it too!!"

ann.ross User ID: 1581352 98244
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2010

"This is so yummy and easy. One of my husbands favorites."

auds1102 User ID: 4340751 183031
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2010

"This was so good! I will be serving this to company for sure. My Husband loved it!"

yummypoptart31 User ID: 4841132 113167
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2010

"My mother said it was so good that she wasnt gonna let me cook this for anyone else but her! hahaha Very tasty! :-)"

sljharris User ID: 1755827 164849
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2009

"I made this with Peach Preserves, pine nuts, and no shallots - and it was STILL awesome. The sauce is fantastic. YUM! My husband loved it and my co-workers were all drooling over my leftovers the next day. Definitely a keeper!!"

adsimo User ID: 4364146 180597
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2009

"Yummy! Really easy but super fancy looking and tasting. Great dish for company. Can't wait to have someone over and impress them with this! Btw I used a few chopped onions instead of the shallots and it was great."

designsbybriana2 User ID: 1489025 178848
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2009

"This is one of my favorite recipes. My husband wasn't sure about the sweet sauce but then tried it and LOVED it too!!"

tropical10 User ID: 3583102 120780
Reviewed May. 1, 2009

"This was delicous! Will be making it again next week. Nice and crispy on the outside and the sauce is amazing."

Poeschl User ID: 3716764 97123
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2009

"The recipe in the magazine did not use bread crumbs and it wa really good. that is the one I will make again"

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