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15-minute Creamy Balsamic Chicken

IMG_0206 Portland is in a bit of a predicament. We got snow, yo. And more is on it’s way.

My daughter is THRILLED.

We’ve lived in and around the Portland-metro area for the last 3 years and never have gotten snow. I remember one time we got a few ‘flurries’ but they were gone and melted by noon.

I used to love living in Portland because it was mild and rainy in the winter. Rain means I don’t have to shovel snow. And we all know I purposely choose to do things with as little effort as possible. #lazymom

This is why I go through parchment paper, cupcake liners and aluminum foil like crazy. So I don’t have to wash pans after I cook. Um, duh.

Also, dishes are the worst.

So, today’s dinner totally reflects my lazy attitude towards work. Even though I’m a blogger who loves food and really honestly loves to cook, I go through phases of hating my kitchen because it means I need to make dinner. I’m sure you have these phases too. Sometimes, it just feels like a CHORE and you’d rather sleep the day away, go shopping, drop your kids off at your in-laws and go on a 14 week vacation pick up Chinese takeout.

Well, here’s a  super simple dish that’s bound to fill a few tummies with a relatively healthy meal that is ready is a flash. I ate mine with steamed broccoli for a lower carb version and my family had theirs over pasta. Both are delicious and will hit your table in about 15 minutes.

Here’s how you make it: IMG_0160 Are you ready for these ingredients. OMG, this is seriously such an easy recipe it’s bananas. What you will need is: a jar of light alfredo, some Mrs. Dash, some thyme and some balsamic vinegar. IMG_0170 Oh and some chicken. Duh.

Also, salt and pepper, but I didn’t take a picture of those. IMG_0171 Sooooo, what you do is sprinkle the chicken tenders with all your seasonings and brown in a non-stick pan. Pull those out, then stir in the alfredo sauce and balsamic vinegar and stir. Put the chicken back into the sauce, simmer 5-10 minutes and it’s done.  IMG_0210 All the spices from the chicken and the brown bits at the bottom of the pan flavor this ‘gravy’ or sauce so well that it hardly needs any adjusting at all. I like to make extra sauce too so I make 1 1/2 times the recipe and recommend you do the same if you’re a gravy type of person.

WHICH YOU SHOULD BE. #iheartgravy

Anyways, that’s it that’s all! Enjoy your weekend. Stay warm! xoxo

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15-Minute Creamy Balsamic Chicken

Easily my favorite, most flavorful, fastest chicken dish. A definite family favorite.

Yield: 2-3 servings Prep Time: 2 minutes Cook Time: 13 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

1 lb chicken tenders
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Chicken seasoning
salt and pepper, to taste
1 15-oz. jar light alfredo sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar {do not substitute any other vinegar!}

Directions:

Lightly spray large, deep skillet with nonstick cooking spray and place over medium heat. Sprinkle chicken tenders on both sides with thyme, Mrs. Dash, salt and pepper. Place into hot skillet and brown each side. Chicken does not have to be fully cooked, but probably will be. Remove chicken from pan. Pour in alfredo sauce and balsamic vinegar. Stir to combine, then add in chicken. Coat chicken in sauce, cover pan and reduce to medium low heat until ready to eat.

Serve plain, over pasta, steamed veggies or rice.

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36 Comments

  1. I just started following your blog and Im so glad I found you!

    I made your Southwest Chicken Chop salad that my family LOVED. It was deeeeeeeelicious!!!

    Today, I made your Mrs Fields cookies. HOLY COW……these cookies are aaaaaaaaamazing! I was a little hesitant at first but Im glad I tried these.

    Next up Im dying to try is the Double Chocolate Mousse Pie (aka the pie that got you married) and also the 15 Creamy Balsamic Chicken!

    Thanks for sharing all your recipes and time.

    Next time youre in Chicago, you have to try Cafe BaBaReeba and Gibson Steak House!

    Ansa
    Chicago, Illinois

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  2. This looks good and easy and I am right there with you.. I get in a cooking rut and thankfully, I have people like you to help me out. This is also a great recipe for college kids…and new to living on their own people…that is, my children. I also go through foil, cup cake liners, and parchment…great step saver. Thank you! Enjoy the snow. We have way too much of it this year in the NE.

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  3. Hi Lauren! I’m writing from Finland and I absolutely loooooove your recipes! So thank you :)) Since I’m not familiar with US products, could you explain what this Alfredo sauce is? Thank you very much in advance!

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  4. Good morning Lauren…..
    We are making a visit to Portland in a few weeks and I know you live near Portland, we wanted your advice, if you would tell us what your favorite:
    1. Portland restaurant is
    2. Thing to do in Portland
    2. Adventure out side of Portland
    We are planning to go to Cannon Beach and Multnomah Falls… we have 2 extra days and thought maybe the wine area or maybe Astoria or maybe even Crater Lake. We are all from Atlanta Area and have never been to Portland. Read most of the guide books and internet so torn what to do and know you would know the best…..Thanks for your thoughts ~ Angie

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  5. looks delish! do you think white balsamic vinegar would work?

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  6. This looks excellent and I have all those ingredients at home :)

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  7. This looks mouth-watering! Thanks.

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  8. Thanks- perfect timing! We’ve got some chicken in the fridge we need to use, and have the Alfredo and Balsamic already here (thus no snowy trip to the store required)… Looking forward to trying this tonight.

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  9. This looks crazy easy and good. I may try it with a “cauliflower alfredo” sauce – I will report back if so! Thanks!!

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  10. those pictures make it hard not to lick my computer screen. you’re my hero lauren :)

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  11. Looks delicious! I actually like it better with the broccoli but I’m sure the carbs were delicious too!

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  12. Made this for dinner tonight! Delicious!! Thanks for the recipe!

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  13. Okay, so I have this secret way to convince my husband to try new recipes. I simply say, “it’s from Lauren’s Latest” and he will try anything. His response is always the same to that line “she hasn’t steered us wrong so far.” So I tried this yesterday night being that 1. I had most of the ingredients on hand and I cannot stand eating jarred alfredo sauce plain (especially since we make browned butter alfredo every other week) 2. it looked super easy 3.we have a 3 month old and it looked quick enough to cook and eat even if we encountered a fussy time.
    I will admit, I started to doubt after I added the balsamic…. I am not a huge fan of vinegar smells. It’s taken me to this point in my life to like honey mustard and I still can’t tolerate the normal kind… so straight up adding vinegar is not usually my thing. But after letting it all meld together. Well folks, we have another recipe that will be added into the rotation. Absolutely delicious!
    Thank you so much! So sorry for my momentary doubt :)

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  14. Great recipe! I am definitely in need of more quick and tasty weeknight dinners. We live in Woodland, WA so not far from you guys and this would have been a great hit on one of the lazy snow day nights for sure! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Lauren — February 16th, 2014 @ 10:20 pm

      Oh yeah! Not too far from me :) Yay! Love hearing about my readers close by!

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  15. Do you think this could be adapted to be a slow cooker recipe? I know, really lazy, right?

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  16. Is there any way to make the shelf life of this longer?

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  17. Nice recipe, just the article was painful to get through. So, thank you for putting just the recipe itself further down.

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  18. Tried this tonite! Loved it! Easy ,fast & delicious!

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  19. Hi, I’m from Scotland, i love your recipes. Thanks x

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  20. Mrs Dash seasoning? whats the equivalent? Please x

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    • Lauren — May 11th, 2014 @ 7:31 pm

      Any chicken grilling seasoning blend.

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  21. Any substitute for Mrs. Dash chicken seasoning? Thx!

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    • Lauren — May 11th, 2014 @ 7:28 pm

      Any chicken grilling seasoning would work.

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  22. Wonderful recipe. .I think it would be wonderful to reduce the balsamic w the chicken drippings until it thickens, then add the sauce. .it will sweeten it naturally. ..

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  23. Made this for dinner tonight and we LOVED it! Awesome recipe!
    From illinois 😀

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  24. I made this for my boyfriend last night and we both absolutely loved it! By the time I was halfway through my meal, he had already licked his plate clean (this is not an exaggeration)! This is my first recipe of yours that I have made, but it definitely won’t be the last. Thanks!

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  25. Dear Lauren,
    Firstly, thank you for your awesome recipes, I love your page!
    Having said that, I have a request…when you use a ready-to-use product (like the alfredo sauce) in this recipe, it leaves those of us who don’t have access to those things, a bit in the dark. Would it be possible to add how to make the bottled ingredients so we have an alternative?
    If you think its too much then I understand. just a thought.
    Thanks for the delicious things tho!

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  26. What do you like best rice or pasta served with it.

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  27. I was wondering if sautéed/browned onion would be a good addition to this recipe?!

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  28. I made this today, very good. I am not a cook, but this turned out good. Thanks!

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  29. this looks yummy. I have a question, sorry I am not the best cook. When you say that you double it, do you double the whole recipe or just the sauce/gravy part?
    Thank you

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  30. Hi I’m thinking of doing a blog and really don’t know where to begin. I LOVE YOUR SITE!! Did you start first with your on website? Any info will be extremely appreciated. thanks and God Bless

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