Balsamic chicken is moist and super flavorful. Served with vegetables or over a bed of quinoa, it's a Perfect Every Time Meal.
Whenever I want succulent deliciously marinated chicken, I simply take a bag from the freezer, thaw it, put it in a tray and bake it. I never even have to wash my hands! I often make a bed of veggies to cook them on. This way I have a complete meal with no mess at all.
When I get home from Costco with my 10 pounds of chicken, I get to work on my freezer bag meals. First I prep my freezer bag marinades while my hands are still clean (balsamic marinade below, Dijon marinade coming soon). I will do 2 bags of Dijon chicken and 2 more of balsamic. I portion out my chicken in 2 to 2.5 pound portions. I wash and pat dry the chicken. Next I put the chicken into the bags. Finally I massage the chicken and toss it into the freezer.
2 - 2 1/2 lbs chicken thighs, boneless skinless
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
Place everything in a gallon freezer bag, remove all the air and seal.
Massage the chicken in the bag till it's well coated.
Freeze it for another day, leave it in the fridge for up to 5 days, or cook it right away.
When your ready to cook it, continue below:
I then chopped up 5 red peppers, 1 large onion and 2 handfuls of baby carrots and tossed them all around with the chicken to coat them a bit with the sauce/marinade.
Arrange the veggies on the bottom of the tray and the chicken on top, pretty side up.
I baked it all at 450 degrees for 40 minutes.
If you want, and it's not essential, once you remove the chicken from the oven, you can pour the juices in a small pot and reduce the liquid by half and pour it back over the chicken. It will concentrate the flavors and make it even tastier.
Serve with quinoa.
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Chicken looses 25 percent of its volume when cooked, so 2.5 pounds becomes less than 2 pounds which is perfect for a family of 4 with leftovers or a family of 6 without leftovers.
Don't freeze the vegetables in the bag. They will not be nice when you thaw them.
If you want smaller freezer bag portions, just put less chicken with the same amount of marinade. You'll just have more delish juices for your quinoa to soak up.