Saturday, February 19, 2011

Balsamic Glazed Chicken Breast

Roger and I purchased our first charcoal grill together about three weeks ago.  This is really exciting for us to share with you because we've used our grill about a half-dozen times.  Two bags of charcoal, 32 ounces of lighter fluid, and 5 pounds of burnt or undercooked meat later - we finally got it right!  We have come to realize through our smoke-filled trials and errors that it is best to keep it simple when it comes to grilling.  I present to you our FIRST grilling masterpiece:

4 split chicken breasts, with skin
2 tbsp powdered garlic
1 tbsp salt
2 tbsp peanut oil, or any oil of your choosing

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup soy soy sauce, add more if desired
1 more tbsp powdered garlic
1 tsp dried rosemary

  1. Sprinkle chicken with garlic powder and salt.  Generously brush with peanut oil on both sides, set aside to begin glaze
  2. Combine all glaze ingredients in sauce pan and cook over medium heat on stove, approximately 15-20 minutes
  3. Sear chicken breasts on high-heat grill over direct heat, 2 minutes per side (please do not skip this step, it keeps the chicken nice and juicy)
  4. Once seared move chicken to indirect heat and close grill
  5. Turn chicken every 10 minutes, 4 -5 times (depending on size of breasts)
  6. Brush glaze over both sides of breasts and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes
We plated the chicken and it looked great (much like our past failures).  We both looked at each other, trying to hold back our excitement for fear that we would once again be disappointed.  We brought the chicken into the kitchen, set it on the counter and plated up.  Roger grabbed a knife and delicately cut through the first breast while I held my breath.  It was like watching a movie in slow motion - his fork being brought to his lips... as he began to chew he closed his eyes and said, "BABY!  You have to try this!"  I was paralyzed (just kidding) - I dug in and we didn't speak for at least 3 minutes.  It was amazing.  It was so good that we ate dinner standing at the kitchen counter, staring at each other.  We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did.


  1. Precious B.21/2/11 6:21 PM

    This recipe sounds delicious. It's similar to Filipino style BBQ chicken. I'll have to give this recipe a try!

  2. It was AMAZING! I think you'll love it! Please come back and let me know how you liked it! Thank you for stopping by Precious!