Peachy Basil Balsamic Chicken

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by Francesca Patterson

After discovering this recipe the other night, I have found my new favorite use for peaches. Growing up, I was obsessed with having chicken with sweet cooked apples or chicken with a zesty white wine sauce. That kind of food is still always my craving, especially after realizing the wonders of cooking with wine (in the food)! After spending the past week smelling the fresh southern peaches we have right now at Norman’s, I couldn’t help but dream up ways of combining those things. 
This recipe is fantastically easy yet uses crisp and tangy flavors to create something magical. I would highly recommend trying this on kids or picky eaters of any age since it is sweet and flavorful. The acidity from the peaches and vinegar in this recipe tenderize the chicken and give it a light glaze that goes very well with potatoes, rice, or cauliflower. Try this quick dish if you are looking for something different to do with the chicken in your freezer or just want to try something with the beautiful summer peaches. 
 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-2 lbs of chicken breasts or tenders
  • 3-4 ripe yellow peaches (sliced but not peeled)
  • 3 cloves of garlic (diced) 
  • 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar 
  • 3 tbsp of white wine or lemon juice
  • fresh basil (a handful or to taste) 
  • olive oil 
  • salt
  • pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil on medium high on a large skillet. Begin cooking chicken with just salt and pepper on each side. Cook until chicken begins to brown, about 5-7 minutes on each side. Remove and set aside. 
  2. Keep the temperature at medium-high and add a few more tablespoons of olive oil. Begin sauteing the diced garlic and add the sliced peaches. Allow the peaches to become fragrant, and then cover them for about 3 minutes. 
  3. Then, place the chicken back in the skillet. Pour in the white wine (or lemon juice) and balsamic vinegar over the chicken and peaches, and cook on medium-low. Allow the balsamic to reduce for about 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. The consistency will thicken quickly. 
  4. Add fresh basil and cook for another 2 minutes. 

 

 
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