The month June is officially upon us! I am always excited when the Farmers Market open up and it makes cooking a whole new adventure. Sometimes I wish I lived in a warmer state so I could have access to them all year round! One of my favorite things to hit the Farmers Market in the summer is freshly picked strawberries. They are usually smaller than grocery store strawberries but so much sweeter! They also come in that cute green cardboard like container!
For this chicken recipe I marinated the chicken as well as glazed it. At first, I was concerned it was going to be over-kill. I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. While chicken is baking in the oven you can simmer the glaze which make this a pretty quick and easy dish for the weeknight. I serve it along with a kale or spinach salad. This is Sweet Strawberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken is going to become one of my go-to summer chicken recipes. As long as fresh strawberries are available to me I am going to be simmering them in balsamic vinegar!
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl whisk together the shallots, garlic, brown sugar and balsamic vinegar.
Place the chicken breasts in a pyrex baking dish. Sprinkle them with the salt and pepper. Then pour the marinade over the chicken breast. Turn the chicken to coat. If you have time let the chicken marinate for up to 2 hours.
Place the chicken in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Meanwhile prepare the glaze.
In a medium sized sauce pan combine the balsamic vinegar, honey, dijon, garlic, and shallots. Bring it to a boil. Then lower the heat and let the mixture simmer about 10 minutes, uncovered.
After ten minutes you may find the mixture is still thin not a syrup like texture. In a small cup or bowl add a dash of water to the teaspoon of cornstarch (almost like a tablespoon of water) and whisk it together before adding it to saucepan. Once you add the cornstarch to the saucepan whisk to combine. Let it simmer another 2 minutes you will notice the mixture will get thicker.
Add in the strawberries. Let it simmer another 3 more minutes. You will see the strawberries start to break down a bit. Then turn off the heat.
Add baked chicken to a platter or a plate. Spoon the strawberry glaze over the chicken. Serve with greens such as spinach or kale.