This is a fast, easy weeknight meal that is easily adapted to what you have in your fridge. You an switch up the vegetables to any that you like- for example, snap peas and cauliflower instead of green beans and broccoli. I personally would probably opt out of adding the tbsp of brown sugar- but a slightly sweeter sauce gets better reviews from my favourite taste testers. I know this seems like a lot of balsamic, but between the sweetness added and all of the vegetables, it mellows out and and is not too vinegary.
Time: about 25 minutes start to finish – though it depends on how you cut your chicken
You will need:
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into slices or chunks for faster cooking
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 2 cups thinly sliced carrots (mine weren’t exactly matchstick, I quartered baby carrots)
- 2 cups green or yellow beans cut into approximately 1″ pieces
- 1 red pepper, halved and sliced
- 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 3/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 chili pepper
- 1-2 cloves of garlic minced or pressed
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tbsp oil
- salt and freshly ground pepper
Place chicken in a large skillet over medium high heat with a tbsp oil. Season chicken generously with salt and pepper. While chicken is cooking, slice the red onion into half moons. Flip chicken over and add onion to pan.
While chicken and onion are cooking, slice up the rest of the vegetables. By the time you are done, the chicken should be mostly cooked through, though if it’s still pink that’s fine. Whisk together balsamic, honey, brown sugar, garlic, chili pepper and cornstarch and set aside.
If some of your vegetables are in larger pieces (my carrots for example) add them to the pan with the chicken and cover for 3 minutes before adding the more tender vegetables.
Add the rest of the vegetables and cook covered for 3 minutes.
Add the sauce, and cover for 3 minutes. If at the end of 3 minutes, you want the sauce to reduce more, uncover for an additional 1-2 minutes. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
Ta da! You’re finished! If desired, sprinkle with some fresh chopped parsley. This is lovely served with rice if you’re into a carb to soak up the extra sauce.