Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms and Thyme - Slender Kitchen
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Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms and Thyme

By Kristen Mccaffrey
  
adapted from: dlife.com
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215
Calories 
4g
Carbs 
5g
Fat 
34g
Protein 
4
Weight Watchers® SmartPoints™
(5 PointsPlus®)

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Rating: 4.5 - 5 comments

Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms and Thyme is one of those meals that you will make over and over again. It has so much flavor, couldn't be easier to make, and tastes like a dish you would get in a restaurant or at a fancy dinner party.

This dish is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Golden brown chicken breasts, earthy mushrooms, a slightly sweet and tangy balsamic vinegar and thyme sauce, and a sprinkling of fresh parsley. Yum. As an added bonus it feels like a gourmet style dish and comes together in under 25 minutes. Plus we usually grate some fresh Parmesan cheese on top or finish it with a good sprinkling of goat cheese. Nothing better.

I absolutely love dinners like this. They're fancy enough to serve for guests but simple enough to make at home any weeknight. And most importantly, it's a meal you can feel good about feeding your family. With only 214 calories and 5 grams of fat, it's good for you and also low carb, gluten free, Paleo and Whole30 friendly. It's also all cooked in one pan, which makes clean up painless.

Here are some tips and tricks for making this Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms and Thyme:

  • Personally I couldn't love mushrooms more but if they aren't your favorite, you could use zucchini, summer squash, or green beans instead.
  • If you can't find chicken breast tenderloins for the recipe, just use a whole chicken breast and slice it down into smaller strips so that they cook more quickly and evenly.
  • Thyme is my favorite spice to use in this recipe but you could substitute in Italian seasoning, oregano, rosemary, or marjoram. You could also use fresh herbs instead of dried if you have some on hand.
  • Although parsley is a great way to add freshness to the dish, you could also add fresh basil or chives to finish the dish.
  • One of our readers had a great idea to add cherry tomatoes during the last five minutes of cooking! Love it!

Looking for a side dish to try to serve with this yummy dish? Some classic pairings are brown rice, couscous, quinoa, a baked potato, or orzo. Or you could try:

Here are some tools I use when preparing this dish:

  • I am in love with this pan that I used to prepare this dish but you could use any heavy bottomed pan or cast iron since it can be on the pricy side. However in my opinion, it's worth the investment since you will never have to replace it.
  • High quality balsamic vinegar: Since the balsamic vinegar is one of the main flavors in this recipe, it's really important to choose a high quality one that will pack in the flavor and bring the right amount of sweetness and tartness. This doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune though. Personally I usually buy the Whole Foods 365 Aged Balsamic Vinegar and also enjoy this one and this one.
Prep Time

Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms and Thyme

163
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Ingredients

4
  • 1.33 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 U garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2.5 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp. parsley, chopped

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
6 oz. chicken and 1/2 cup mushrooms
Amount Per Serving
Calories 215
Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
6%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 74mg
24%
Sodium 69mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate 4g
1%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 3g
Protein 34g

Directions

  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the chicken and sear on both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside.
  2. Add the garlic and mushrooms to the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes until mushrooms begin to soften.
  3. Add the chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, and thyme to the skillet. Stir and scrape any browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken and let simmer for 10-15 minutes on low heat or until chicken is fully cooked.
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Notes

I used chicken tenderloins but any chicken breast will work. For large chicken breasts, cut into smaller tenders or cutlets to ensure they fully cook.

Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms and Thyme is ready 25 minutes, tastes like a restaurant dish, and is healthy and low carb.
† SmartPoints™ and PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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