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Balsamic Glazed Chicken

I get inspiration to make something when I hear and think about it all day.  A friend at work made Chicken Piccata for her son’s birthday.  That sounded so good to me.  I just had to have something with that acidic taste.  I didn’t have any lemons.  So I looked around the pantry and spied the Balsamic vinegar.  Why not?

Now I’m back on my “life style eating” plan (not a diet) so you can’t see the 4 ounces of chicken breast under the vegetables.  It’s there.  I should have used Canola oil rather than olive oil and no butter.  The chicken had no fat on it, so a little flavor was necessary.

I get carried away during the holidays and eat things that aren’t good for me.  Winter is not necessarily a good time to restart, but I have to do it sometime.  I have gradually given up Taco Cabana’s chicken flautas.  I just can’t go cold turkey!  Now it’s time to get serious and focused.  I think I have all the issues I need to worry about out of the way (I hope). I can concentrate on not eating everything I take a picture of for you to try.

Resolution/Solution:  Eat more salads, vegetables and chicken.  Try fish once in a while.

Balsamic Glazed Chicken

Fancy Dinner-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin

What to cook when I want a nice Sunday dinner but I don’t have the big crowd that a BIG MEAL would require?   A pork tenderloin is a nice size for just one or two and the leftovers are perfect for lunch on Monday.  Tenderloin is also the perfect sponge for any flavors you might want to add.  There is a spice shop in Austin at the Arboretum called the Savory Spice Shop.  They have the most interesting spices and spice blends and their prices are the same as the grocery store.  Not only that,  the flavors are potent!  On even the basics I can use just a small measure and taste the full flavor. I panic when I run out of cumin and have to buy it at the grocery.   I go there whenever I go to visit my daughter in Austin.  It is our favorite shopping spot and just around the parking lot is The Cheesecake Factory in time for lunch!  Click Here for their Facebook Page.  They always have interesting events going on in the store and Alicia and Michelle are always there to show you around and give you good suggestions for what you need.

One Sunday I was in the mood for spicy-sweet.  I rubbed down my tenderloin after church and cooked it up for dinner.  I added some roasted potatoes, asparagus and a salad for the perfect post-gardening dinner.

Spicy-Sweet Pork Tenderloin

Prepare the tenderloin by trimming all the fat and patting dry.  Then rub the spice mix into the meat (rub recipe below).  Put in the refrigerator for at least an hour, overnight if you think of it. 

Pre-heat the oven to 400°



When you are ready to bake, pre-heat a medium pan that is oven safe over medium high heat.  Depending on how your tenderloin trims up it will be square or triangle shaped.  Sear the tenderloin on all sides until brown about 4 minutes a side.  Place the pan in the oven and let cook until a meat thermometer registers 150°.  Remove from oven, cover with foil and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

For lunch the next day slice the left over pieces into thin strips and serve over salad or with a cup of brown rice.

For the rub:

  • 2 tablespoons of dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of Hungarian Sweet-Spicy Paprika (Savory Spice Shop)
  • 2 tablespoons of Black Canyon Chili Powder (Savory Spice Shop)
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of allspice
  • Salt and Pepper