Chicken meets blueberries in this unusual dish of Blueberry Balsamic Chicken from the Provence region in the South of France. Do not be put off by the color of the sauce on the chicken, it is the taste which is good.
Sweet blueberry sauce, livened up with a dash of balsamic vinegar, is the key to this succulent blueberry chicken recipe. It tastes delicious in the summer when the berries are fresh off the bush. Yet, frozen blueberries can be used to create a super special year-round dish.
If you are eating the dish in the summer, then serve it as they do in Provence, with rice alongside. In the winter, whipped, creamy mashed potatoes elevate the comfort food factor or even for a special occasion, match with Aligot, another classic French dish of potatoes but with garlic and olive oil whipped in. Add roasted or sautéed carrots for an extra pop of color on the plate.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 chicken breasts (skinless, boneless)
- 1 teaspoon salt (divided)
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (ground, divided)
- 2 shallots (thinly sliced)
- 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon rosemary (coarsely chopped)
Preheat the oven to 350 F. If frozen blueberries are being used, thaw them and reserve both berries and juice for the recipe.
In a large skillet, set over medium heat, melt the butter into the oil. Season the chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Brown the chicken breasts for 3 minutes on each side, until they turn golden brown. Transfer the browned chicken to an ovenproof baking dish.
Add the shallots to the pan and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Add the blueberries and any blueberry juice, balsamic vinegar, honey, rosemary, and the remaining salt and pepper to the pan. Bring the mixture to a rapid boil. Reduce the heat and allow it to simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
Pour the blueberry balsamic sauce over the browned chicken, place a lid on the baking dish, and cook it in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until the chicken tests done. Allow it to rest at room temperature for 10 minutes, and then serve hot.
This blueberry balsamic chicken recipe makes 4 servings and can easily be doubled for larger crowds.