Chicken in balsamic, orange & rosemary sauce

Chicken in balsamic, orange & rosemary sauce

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Takes 25-30 minutes


Serves 4
Low-fat tender chicken in a rich gravy with rosemary and balsamic vinegar

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy


  • kcal259
  • fat9g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs11g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre0g
  • protein34g
  • salt0.3g
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  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

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    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…

  • 150ml/¼ pint fresh orange juice
  • 150ml/¼ pint chicken stock
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary leaves



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 1 tsp light muscovado sugar
  • knob of butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • orange segments and fresh rosemary sprigs to garnish



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • boiled rice and green salad to serve



    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…


  1. Put the chicken between pieces of cling film and flatten slightly by bashing with a pan. Unwrap and sprinkle on both sides with pepper. Heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat, then fry the chicken for 5 minutes, turning halfway through.

  2. Pour 2 tbsp vinegar over the chicken, add the orange juice and stock and sprinkle with the rosemary and salt. Bring to the boil, lower the heat and bubble gently for 5 minutes until tender, spooning with the sauce frequently and turning chicken halfway through.

  3. Stir in the sugar, butter and rest of the vinegar, then sizzle for a few minutes until reduced and glossy.

  4. Put the chicken in a serving dish, spoon the sauce over and garnish with orange and rosemary. Serve with rice and a crisp green salad.

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1st Sep, 2010
I had done this recipe sooo many times. It's easy, healthy and looks great. The only thing I alter is that I use cubes of chicken stock and I use almost half a cube with 150 ml. of water.
27th Aug, 2010
Yummy!!! you won't be dissapointed. I added extra sugar to balance out the vinegar and used fresh sage and a sprinkle of dried thyme as i didn't have any rosemary, i personally like lots of gravy so maybe next time i'll increase the ingrediants. x
18th Aug, 2010
It was great chicken definately needs longer though i served it with sauteed potatoes and asparagus wrapped in parma ham and it was lovely with that aswell
17th Aug, 2010
This was really very tasty. I flattened the chicken by bashing it one breast at a time with a frying pan so it cooked perfectly in the given time. I found my sauce didn't really thicken though so I think next time I'll take some advice from above, remove the chicken and really bubble the sauce adding a little extra sugar. Fab receipe though, will definately make again, gonna use the leftovers in sandwiches tomorrow...yum!
11th Aug, 2010
Very very good results!!! I did this recipe for my mum and dad and we all loved it!! Will definitely do it again for a dinner party with friends!! Just one small change: i used honey instead of the brown sugar cos i didn't have any at home but still very good results!!
30th May, 2010
This really tantilises the taste buds! I loved it, I did use turkey strips instead and it tasted devine, go on try it :-)
19th May, 2010
I made this last night and enjoyed the different flavours, however I will use less vinegar next time as it was too sharp for my taste. Like others commentators I found the chicken took longer to cook than recipe recommended.
8th May, 2010
Tastes lovely. The flavours work together really well.
30th Mar, 2010
Cooked this tonight for a couple of friends. Went down really well. I think next time I'd serve it with some good mash potato.
22nd Oct, 2009
This is one of the nicest recipes I've ever come across. The chicken is so lovely and tender! Can't recommend it highly enough! My boyfriend has pestered me to make it every day since we had it! I made brown rice and roasted peppers and tomatoes to go with it. It worked wonderfully. Yum!


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