Saturday, April 4, 2009

Chicken with Balsamic BBQ Sauce- Giada De Laurentiis Style

Today, was a beautiful and warm California spring day. I decided it was a good day to grill with our Weber. I bought a whole chicken for $9.00, and I had asparagus in the fridge. I remembered a recipe from Food Network for a Balsamic BBQ sauce, that I've made many times.

The ingredients are simple-- and, as you can see, I have a huge bottle of Trader Joe's Balsamic Vinegar that I want to use. The sauce needs ketchup, brown sugar, garlic, balsamic, dijon, worcestshire, salt & pepper. Simple. Literally, you throw all the ingredients into a pot and simmer for about 15-20 minutes.

While shopping, today, I could not resist a fresh loaf of French bread. I made Pioneer Woman's Garlic Cheese Bread again.... (wickedly, good.... but my family loves it):

The spread isn't low-cal-- cheese, mayo and green onion. This is sinfully good.

I grilled the chicken for about 8 minutes per side, lightly basting as I went along.

We love asparagus, and can never eat too much of this. I season with salt, pepper and olive oil for about five minutes on the grill.

Dinner's ready! This smells so good!

The chicken was so moist. My boys like dark meat and I'm strictly a chicken breast kinda gal. It was cooked perfectly. We have leftovers for a picnic that hubby and I plan to have tomorrow-- we need some time at the ocean, to enjoy each other and to de-stress, after church.

We feel so blessed to have such beautiful weather, locally grown produce and that we had a wonderful dinner as a family.

There is nothing like counting our blessings to make us realize that we don't need to worry about the storms of life that hit us.

I'm feeling much better. Thank you, my foodie friends, for being such a wonderful and encouraging group of friends!


Deb (who's about to snuggle with my husband to watch HBO's "The Ladies' #1 Detective Agency" by Alexander McCall Smith...a series of books I've enjoyed reading over the years)

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Elyse said...

What a fabulous-looking feast! It was a beautiful day in California today--my only complaint about the Bay Area is the chilly wind. Other than that, it was just gorgeous. I'm so glad you took advantage and had a BBQ! That chicken looks totally delicious, and man, that cheesy bread looks amazing. (And can we talk about how I love asparagus on the grill? Delicious!)

mamakd said...

That looks delish! Have fun snuggling!

Donna-FFW said...

OK when am I invited over??? I want to come to your home, chat, visit, and eat. It all looks fantastic.As Usual!

Wyn said...

Oh this looks so good. We still have snow and the BBQ would have to be dug out. Sigh, jealous! I'm not a fan of balsamic vinegar. I've only had it at Italian restaurants in the olive/vinegar dip for bread and it has turned my tummy so I've never tried it in anything else.

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Wyn, balsamic vinegar is so versatile. I love the sweetness of it-- on strawberries, as a vinaigrette and in this sauce. Give it a try, and I think you'll like it.

It's another beautiful day, so I'm going to grill pork tenderloin and use the leftover BBQ sauce from yesterday. Yippee!!

Stacey Snacks said...

I made Giada's bbq chicken a while back, but never posted it. It was pretty good.
That cheese bread looks too good!
I am staying away!

Ginger said...

Your chicken looks beyond good. What can I say about the cheese garlic bread but can I have a piece please? Really wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing....

Monica H said...

WOW! This looks so good. All of it! I'm hungry all over again!

Judy said...

I love BBQ chicken. Balsamic vinegar rocks, I use it all the time. BTW, please visit my blog to pick up an award.

Sara said...

Wow, that BBQ sauce looks amazing! I'm going to have to try it soon. That cheese bread looks incredible too! Both of these are going on my to-do list.

Maven said...

I found this recipe tonight and am grilling it as I type! That PW garlic bread recipe looks to die for!!

Nice meeting you :-)