I love Taziki's. Their Friday special is one of the greatest gifts to mankind. And so when I pinned this Balsamic Chicken recipe on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to try it. The reviews were okay, but most of the reviewers ended up changing a few things to make it more tasty (it is a clean-eating recipe I believe and so some people commented that it was bland and needed more flavor.) I knew I would be changing some ingredients too (because what would some chicken be without a little pasta and feta cheese??) so here is how I tweaked the recipe:
3 T. butter
3 chicken breasts
3 T. minced garlic, divided
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
2 T. olive oil
2 tsp. Balsamic vinegar, plus a little for de-glazing your pan
1/2 cup water
1 package sliced mushrooms
1 package cherry tomatoes, halved
1 container feta cheese
whole wheat pasta (I used spiral but you could use ziti, bow ties, whatever!)
Heat a frying pan on medium high. Melt 2 T. butter. Sauté 1 T. minced garlic for 2-3 minutes. Salt and pepper your chicken breasts, then add them to the butter and garlic pan. Sear on each side for 2-3 minutes, getting them nice and brown (not completely cooked through.) Transfer the browned chicken breasts to a casserole dish, cover with foil. Splash your frying pan with a little Balsamic vinegar (maybe a tablespoon or so) and use a wooden spoon to scrape all the chicken bits up. Then add another tablespoon butter and melt with the Balsamic. Add your sliced mushrooms and your halved tomatoes. Allow them to cook for a good 7-8 minutes on medium high. While they are cooking, mix together your olive oil, your 2 tsp Balsamic, water, chopped basil and the other 2 T. minced garlic. After the mushrooms and tomatoes have cooked for a few minutes, sprinkle them with salt and pepper then pour them over your chicken breasts. Top with your olive oil/Balsamic mixture that you mixed up and then top everything with about half of the feta crumbles. Put it in the oven and bake it for 30 minutes.
While the chicken is baking, salt your pasta water and cook your pasta. Drain and set aside.
When the chicken is done you can mix everything together. Add the rest of the feta cheese. You could also add some Parmesan at this point if you wanted.
This turned out SO yummy. It's a little more work than the original recipe requires, but I promise you will NOT be disappointed. And you can mix up your olive oil/Balsamic mixture in advance! (I also think it would be good to marinate the chicken in an extra batch of the Balsamic/olive oil/basil mixture, so if you want to mix up a double batch and use half of it for a marinade, go for it!)
We served this with a simple salad.