“9 ½ Weeks” Basil & Honey Balsamic Glazed Chicken

By Jackie DeKnock  ,   

August 17, 2015

Use fresh basil in your world tonight to liven up your meal and your sex life! A little goes a long way; it not only adds fresh flavour, but it could also enhance sexual desire by increasing heart rate and improving blood flow! Who knew? And the added benefit of honey in this dish is that it’s rich in B vitamins, supporting testosterone production, which can increase male desire. And for the female, it contains the boron used in estrogen production! A win-win with your honey!

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  • Yields: Serves 2, of course!

Ingredients

1 cup balsamic vinegar

1/8 cup honey (organic raw honey is the ‘bomb’ – the best)

2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper

½ cup finely chopped basil (plus 1 tbsp. for garnish)

2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Sea Salt

Freshly cracked black pepper

8 boneless skinless chicken breasts

3 tablespoons tomato paste

½ cup chicken stock or broth

1 tablespoon butter (salted or unsalted, your call)

Method

In a small saucepan over medium high heat, bring the balsamic vinegar to a boil and gently simmer until it is reduced by half, 20 to 25 minutes 20 Minutes. Stir in the honey and black pepper; remove from the heat and set your balsamic glaze aside.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the basil, garlic and olive oil and mix well to a paste. Rub the chicken breast with this mixture, sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.

In large skillet, heat to medium-high temperature. Add the chicken and cook about 10 minutes 10 Minutes or until slightly brown on all sides. Remove chicken and set aside on a plate.

Stir in tomato paste and slowly add chicken stock to skillet, scraping any bits clinging to bottom of pan (deglazing your pan).

Increase heat to medium-high temperature; add balsamic glaze and bring to a quick boil, then reduce the temperature to medium-low. Return chicken to skillet and cook, turning the chicken, about 10-20 minutes 10 Minutes until the liquid thickens slightly and becomes a dark mahogany glaze and a fork can be inserted in chicken with ease (internal temperature should be 165 degrees F or juices should run clear once you cut into the chicken).

Remove chicken to heated platter, swirl butter into the glaze, pour over the chicken and sprinkle with basil for garnish. Delish!

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