Chicken with Balsamic BBQ Sauce

In watching the new Cooking Channel, I got to watch an older episode of Everyday Italian, one of my favorite Food Network shows.  Giada was making Chicken with Balsamic BBQ Sauce, and I knew I had to make this, and soon!  I made it for dinner tonight, and I was not disappointed.  The hardest part of this recipe was waiting for the sauce to reduce because it smelled so good I wanted to eat it right away!  Everything came together so easily, and cleanup was a breeze.  I cooked the chicken on my cast iron grill pan (which I got for $15 at TJ Maxx…score!), but you can also do this on the grill, and even in the oven.  I highly recommend trying this recipe…you won’t be disappointed!

 

Chicken with Balsamic BBQ Sauce

For the Balsamic BBQ sauce:

1 cup balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup ketchup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and stir until all the ingredients are incorporated and the mixture is smooth. Simmer over medium heat until reduced by 1/3, about 15 to 20 minutes.

For the chicken:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Place a grill pan over medium heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Lightly coat with some of the BBQ sauce using a pastry brush. Place the chicken on the grill. Place the remaining BBQ sauce, still in the small saucepan, over low heat or on the edge of a gas or charcoal grill and allow to gently simmer while the chicken cooks.

Cook the chicken about 8 minutes per side.  Continually brush the chicken with BBQ sauce every few minutes. Remove the chicken from the grill and let rest for at least 5 minutes. Serve with the heated BBQ sauce alongside.

Source:  Food Network Website

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