“My Version Of Chopped”

On Tuesday of last week I had a little extra time so I decided to be creative in the kitchen. As some of you know, I work part-time as the Director of Marketing for my husbands company and I keep my grandson who Cohen who is 4 years old. When I pick him up from pre-school he is usually so tired that I have a hard time keeping him awake on the drive home. He naps for about 2 hours every afternoon which works out great for me to cook. Although sometimes I want to take a nap too but I would rather do something creative.

I had 5 boneless, skinless chicken thighs thawed for dinner and had no idea of what to do with them. I opened my fridge and acted like I was on “Chopped”. My basket included, balsamic vinegar, spinach leaves, goat cheese and bacon. Not a hard basket I know, but it was my choice!

I made a marinate for the chicken with:

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

2 TBS  dijon mustard

1 lemon juiced

3 garlic cloves sliced

1TBS olive oil

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I put the chicken thighs and marinate in a zip-lock bag for 2 hours in the fridge. I did move the chicken around after an hour to make sure it was all covered.

After I marinated the chicken I put the chicken and marinate in a saute pan and cooked for about 20 minutes, flipping the chicken once. I know you are thinking….the marinate? Yes the marinate. As long as you bring it to a boil for 10 minutes it is fine. After cooking the chicken, I took the chicken out of the marinate and set it aside.

Using the same pan I then added:

1/2 cup chicken broth

2 TBS  balsamic vinegar

2 TBS flour

a little bit of salt and pepper

I cooked the sauce on med high until it thickened and then added the chicken back into the pan with the marinate. I let it cook for another 5 to 10 minutes.

In the mean while I had bacon cooking at 350* in the oven. I placed it on a cookie sheet for about 20 minutes covered with foil and it worked out great. After cooking the bacon I placed it on a paper towel to get the grease off.

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I place a handful of spinach on the plate and sprinkled bacon and goat cheese over the spinach.

Then I added the chicken to the top of the spinach and drizzled with the sauce that I made from the marinate, more goat cheese and more bacon. I have to say it was very good. I even surprised myself with the taste.

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You could serve this meal to company and they would be so impressed! It was not hard to do.

This meal has so much flavor and could be served with a baked sweet potato. I did win CHOPPED but I was the only one in the kitchen, however, I did not receive the $10,000.00 check.

You can cook….just give it a try!

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