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Easy Skillet Chicken with Bacon Balsamic Cherry Reduction

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This easy skillet chicken dinner is a perfect clean eating meal you can make in less than 30 minutes and use to keep the whole family happy and full.

This easy skillet chicken dinner is a perfect clean eating meal you can make in less than 30 minutes and use to keep the whole family happy and full | via aimeemars.com | #SkilletChicken #30MinuteMeal #CherryReduction

Just the other day I was chatting with my Sister-in-law about Clean Eating and really how to do it when you have kids. Cause let’s be honest, kids make cooking anything a challenge and if that drive through window was serving up all organic, grass-fed, stuffed with veggies and tastes like sugar type food then I’d do it daily, multiple times even. Alas, this place does not exist…

So this means most food has to come from my kitchen πŸ˜³πŸ™„

It comes from my kitchen while I’ve got one toddler painting the bathroom with toilet water and the other holding on to my leg screaming because I won’t let him eat the dog food.

 

This easy skillet chicken dinner is a perfect clean eating meal you can make in less than 30 minutes and use to keep the whole family happy and full | via aimeemars.com | #SkilletChicken #30MinuteMeal #CherryReduction

In order to survive the daily struggle of life that is so real here, we live in the space of 80/20 when it comes to clean eating. What I mean is that 80% of what we consume is clean, wholesome, and for the most part organic and healthy. The other 20% is what I refer to as less-than-healthy, which some days can slide to the 30% and even 50% (And oh yeah there are totally days that fall into the 100% non-healthy too. It happens, I mean you saw this cake post right?). Other 20% type foods are those snacks I’m tossing in the back of the car to keep tantrums at bay such as Organic Cheddar Bunnies or Pea Chips.

Sometimes this 80/20 rule will apply to a single meal such as this Easy Skillet Chicken with Bacon Balsamic Reduction, which sounds WAY fancier than it is, but tastes fancy! Aside from the balsamic vinegar, and barely even that, there isn’t anything processed in this meal so it falls into the clean eating category, however, the bacon grease used in the reduction sauce and the couscous aren’t very high on the healthy foods list. That’s where the 80/20 comes into play.

 

This easy skillet chicken dinner is a perfect clean eating meal you can make in less than 30 minutes and use to keep the whole family happy and full | via aimeemars.com | #SkilletChicken #30MinuteMeal #CherryReduction

This easy skillet chicken dinner is a perfect clean eating meal you can make in less than 30 minutes and use to keep the whole family happy and full | via aimeemars.com | #SkilletChicken #30MinuteMeal #CherryReduction

There are those days it seems the stars align and I have a bit more time to cook dinner, but often I need quick, easy, and healthy. This easy skillet chicken meal is just that E to the Z! In fact, it’s so easy, I actually created it on the fly and made it before the kids realized they hadn’t been fighting for 25 minutes. Hive five y’all! Just before realization hit and all hell broke loose dinner what on the table, their attention diverted. And I deserve a glass of wine…

If you’re wondering where to start with clean eating dinners then here is a good recipe to get you going.

This easy skillet chicken dinner is a perfect clean eating meal you can make in less than 30 minutes and use to keep the whole family happy and full | via aimeemars.com | #SkilletChicken #30MinuteMeal #CherryReduction

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This easy skillet chicken dinner is a perfect clean eating meal you can make in less than 30 minutes and use to keep the whole family happy and full | via aimeemars.com | #SkilletChicken #30MinuteMeal #CherryReduction

Easy Skillet Chicken with Bacon Balsamic Cherry Reduction


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  • Prep Time: 5 Mins
  • Cook Time: 25 Mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings

Description

This easy skillet chicken dinner is a perfect clean eating meal you can make in less than 30 minutes and use to keep the whole family happy and full.


Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 24 ounces Boneless Chicken Thighs (about 6 thighs)
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Bacon Grease
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup Cherries, pitted
  • 1 cup Pearl Couscous

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat and add the Olive Oil. Sprinkle the Chicken with the Chili Powder, Thyme and Salt and Pepper. Add each piece of chicken to the skillet and fry on each side for a couple of minutes, until golden brown. Remove from skillet and place on a plate (the chicken will fully cook once put in the oven later).
  3. Turn the heat down and add the Bacon Grease, Balsamic Vinegar, which will bubble and fizz, and Cornstarch. Stir to combine and let simmer until the sauce begins to thicken slightly. Add the Chicken back to the skillet and top with the Cherries. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove skillet from oven and baste with sauce and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. While the chicken is cooking in the oven prepare the Couscous according to package directions.
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4 Comments
  1. mmm 😍 i’ve used dried cherries in pan sauces before, but fresh ones sound like such a treat! the first batch i get my hands on this year will go straight into my mouth plain, but i think i can sacrifice a few for this sauce when the second batch of cherries comes around πŸ˜‰

    1. aemars says:

      See, that’s what I should have done, but no I got all excited one night and just tossed them into this recipe and now the grocery store is completely out!!! Sigh… I guess I’ll just have to wait. The next bag though is all mine!

  2. You make all these delicious meals so easy! Adding this to my must try list as well πŸ™‚

    1. aemars says:

      Thank you! That is, in fact, my goal. Working on an e-cook book too…

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