Grilled Chicken and Peaches is a tasty recipe that you will definitely want to make. This recipe is wonderful for all the balsamic vinegar lovers! As far as I know, the next best thing to eating fresh ripe peaches, is grilling them. Be sure and use fresh peaches when making this delicious Grilled Balsamic Chicken dish. This Grilled Balsamic Chicken and Peaches is perfect to prepare and serve in the summer months. It is a great way to enjoy the fresh peaches that are in season.
Magic seems to happen when peaches are grilled and the heat caramelizes the natural sweetness of the fruit. The balsamic glaze perfectly complements the smoky sweetness of grilled peaches. The taste is fantastic and will definitely impress your family and friends at your next cook out.
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar (commercial-grade)
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 2 tablespoons black pepper, coarsely ground
- 1/2 cup basil leaves, fresh and roughly chopped
- 3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup olive oil, extra-virgin
- 4 whole chicken breasts, boneless and skinless*
- Coarse salt and freshly-ground pepper to taste
- 4 ripe peaches, skinned, halved, and pitted**
Balsamic Glaze: In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring balsamic vinegar to a boil; reduce heat and let simmer until the vinegar is reduced by 1/2, approximately 20 to 25 minutes. Stir in molasses and black pepper. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine basil, garlic, and olive oil. Rub chicken breasts with the basil mixture; sprinkle with with salt and pepper.
Preheat Barbecue grill (spray grill with vegetable-oil cooking spray). Place chicken onto hot grill and brush with balsamic vinegar glaze. Cover barbecue with lid, open any vents, and cook 20 to 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. (juices will run clear when cut with the tip of a knife); turning and basting several times.
Just before chicken is fully cooked, place the peaches on the grill (cut side down). Brush the top side of the peaches with some Balsamic Glaze. Grill just until they are lightly browned, approximately 2 minutes. Turn the peaches over, brush the cut side with the balsamic glaze and continue to cook for another 2 minutes.
Remove the chicken and peaches from the grill, transfer onto a serving platter, and serve immediately.
NOTE: Peaches may be served whole or sliced with the chicken breasts.
Makes 4 servings.
* The U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as food agencies in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, advises against washing poultry. Rinsing chicken will not remove or kill much bacteria, and the splashing of water around the sink can spread the bacteria found in raw chicken . Cooking poultry to 165 degrees Fahrenheit effectively destroys the most common culprits behind food-borne illness.
** Cut the peaches following the natural line that circles the fruit.
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Source: Photo courtesy of Betty Crocker website.