Friday, August 9, 2013

Rosemary Balsamic Chicken with Sauteed Melody

In this EXTREME Texas heat, it is really difficult to keep anything planted alive outside. At the beginning of summer, my family and I planted vegetables (squash, jalapeno, bell pepper, tomato and eggplant) as well as some herbs (rosemary, basil, and mint).

All the vegetables looked really promising, and I thought for sure they would do well. Haha, oh the deception... the squash and eggplant didn't make squat, and the pepper plant has so far given us a single, wimpy baby. The jalapeno plant did alright, and the tomatoes too. But other than that, no produce for us!

The herbs are what really has thrived, honestly.  I try to use them as much as possible to thank the garden spirits, or whatever else is letting them live. I used some basil in this recipe!

Rosemary Balsamic Chicken with Sauteed Melody 
Serves 2 

2 chicken breasts
2 rosemary twigs, chopped
1 TSP garlic powder
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 
1/3 onion, chopped 
1 cup large chopped colored bell pepper
2 tomatoes, diced 
1 (thawed) package frozen green beans 
1 TBSP coconut oil 

1) Combine your chicken with the marinade ingredients: the garlic powder, the rosemary, and the vinegar. Cover and let sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

2) In a large pan, melt the coconut oil over medium high heat. Saute the onion for about 3 minutes, until soft.

3) Add the bell pepper and saute another 3 minutes. 

4) Toss in the tomato and mix around. Let the tomato get soft, about 3-5 minutes. 

5) At this point, add your chicken breasts, with any marinade. There should be some liquid from the vegetables, but also add 1/2 cup water. 

6) Cook about 5 minutes on each side before progressing. 

7) Add your thawed green beans. If most of your water has cooked out, you may want to add a bit more, just make sure it is not too much. You don't want this all liquidy!

8) Cover the pan, and again, cook the chicken for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until done.

Serve and enjoy!

So tell me... what is your favorite ways to use your garden?
Has your garden actually survived this year?!


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