Using thin sliced chicken breasts is an easy way to get dinner on the table in a hurry on those days when you have too much going on. We are finishing the downstairs area of the cottage.
The lower level of the cottage has a sitting area and the guest bedrooms. The sitting area is an awkward shape because it is part of the original cottage and we had to add a stairwell to the upper floor which is all new.
This was my problem corner. Originally I wanted to put a chair and a half sleeper here but there just wasn’t room. I finally found a comfortable leather chair and ottoman that fits the space perfectly. Across from this is a flat screen TV and a “future” TV console table. I am still looking. I love the pictures of our Granddaughter above the chair.
This gives you more of a perspective on where the stairs changed the shape of the sitting area. The french doors lead to the sleeping porch.
So, I have been shopping this week and have had little time to spend in the kitchen. The chicken recipe is a very loose adaptation of one that appeared in Gourmet years ago. There is a lot of flavor in this dish even though it goes together quickly. The wine, garlic, balsamic vinegar and honey are reduced to a glaze which is drizzled over the breaded chicken cutlets. David went back for seconds.
CHICKEN CUTLETS WITH BALSAMIC VINEGAR AND HONEY GLAZE
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
4 thin sliced chicken cutlets
3/4 cup breadcrumbs (I used half Panko crumbs and half whole wheat dried bread crumbs)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 egg, beaten and thinned with a little water
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 cup white wine
Parsley for garnish
Mix the balsamic vinegar with the honey in a small bowl. Set aside. Dip the chicken cutlets into the egg wash and then into the seasoned breadcrumb mixture to coat. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Fry the chicken cutlets in two batches until they are browned on each side and cooked through. Remove to a platter. Wipe out the skillet and add the butter. Cook the garlic in the butter for about 1 minute. Stir in the wine and boil the mixture until the liquid is reduced to about 2 tablespoons. Stir in the reserved vinegar mixture and boil the mixture until it is syrupy. Spoon the glaze over the chicken and sprinkle with parsley. Serves 2.