Fast & Frugal Friday: Balsamic Marinade for Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

by Jennifer on July 31, 2009

BlogHer was upon us and this mommy had tons to do so I needed a super quick and all in one kind of dinner. I relied on the old family favorite: some sort of marinade with balsamic vinegar. I have great balsamic raspberry recipe but I did not even want to stand at the stove so I threw this marinade together and let the chicken and vegetables sit while the oven warmed.

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
8 oz. Portabella Mushrooms
1 Zucchini

Marinade:
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
2 large cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon sea salt

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butterfly chicken breasts, place in a baking dish and drizzle with 1/2 of the marinade, toss to coat and set aside.

2. Cut the zucchini in half length wise and then cut at an angle into 1 inch pieces. I bought the mushrooms already sliced so I placed the vegetables in a dish, added remaining marinade and tossed.

3. I wandered off to fold some laundry and when I came back, the oven was ready and the food has been marinating about 10 minutes. I then placed the 2 baking dishes into the oven for 20 minutes, tossed and allowed to bake another 10 minutes or so.

4. Enjoy. Heads up: the chicken gets stained dark from the vinegar so be ready to see the reaction in the kids faces. We simply explained it was vinegar and they were fine.

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