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Orange-Balsamic Chicken with Asparagus, Green Beans and Polenta | www.tasteandtellblog.com

In my head, I have this idea of how my life should be. With this idea, I have all of my blog posts typed up ahead of time and scheduled to go live first thing every morning. But lately, the reality has been so much different. Take this post for example. I was planning on putting Abbi down to bed, then spending the rest of the evening typing up posts, visiting blogs, etc. Well, I put her down, and she immediately started crying. I decided to just let her cry it out, because it usually doesn’t take her too long to fall asleep. Boy, was I wrong! After crying for a long time, I finally went in and got her. I took her to rock her to sleep, but she wasn’t having it. I finally got to that point that I just gave up and let her down to run around. Finally, at almost 11pm, she crawled back up into my lap and fell asleep. And I fell asleep right along side her. When I got up to put her to bed, I was just too tired and it was just too late. Another night’s plans spoiled! (Good thing I love her so much to let her ruin my plans many nights!) So here I am this morning, finally typing up this post. Apologies to any of you that are waiting to link your Rachael Ray recipes!

I pulled out one of my old RR magazines for this one. Funny thing is that I had a bunch of recipes marked from this issue, but this recipe wasn’t one of the marked recipes! But it looked good, so I went with it. My husband really liked this one. I liked it after I did some extra salt and pepper seasoning. I liked that the orange is in both the sauce and the polenta, it really tied everything together. And I liked that you get your protein, carb and veggies all together!

Orange-Balsamic Chicken with Asparagus, Green Beans and Polenta
from Every Day with Rachael Ray April 2009

serves 4

total time: 30 minutes

4 pieces skinless, boneless chicken breast
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 pound thin green beans, ends trimmed
1 small bunch asparagus, trimmed
2 1/2 cups chicken broth, plus more if needed
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon grated orange peel and the juice of 1 orange
1 cup quick-cooking polenta
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat the EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning once, for 12 minutes. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil. Reserve the skillet.

Meanwhile, fill a medium saucepan with enough water to reach a depth of 2 inches; bring to a boil and salt it. Add the green beans and cook for 3 minutes, then add the asparagus and cook for 2 minutes; drain.

In another saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups chicken broth, the milk and orange peel to a boil. Whisk in the polenta and cook for 2 minutes for a creamy consistency, whisking in a little more broth if needed. Whisk in 2 tablespoons butter and cover to keep warm.

In the reserved skillet, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the vinegar, then the orange juice, then the remaining 1 cup chicken broth; simmer until slightly reduced, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in any juices from the chicken; season with salt and pepper.

Slice the chicken thinly on an angle. To serve, mound the polenta in shallow bowls or onto plates and top with the asparagus, green beans and chicken. Drizzle the orange-balsamic sauce on top.


Saturdays with Rachael Ray rules:

  • You can link any blog post, present or past, as long as it is a Rachael Ray recipe.
  • Your blog post must link back to this post, mentioning Saturdays with Rachael Ray.

That’s it!! Simple, simple. Just make sure the recipe is a Rachael Ray recipe – it doesn’t matter if it comes from her talk show, 30-Minute Meals, her magazine, or one of her cookbooks. But it must be from Rachael Ray. Any posts that don’t follow these two rules will be deleted from the Mr. Linky.

I can’t wait to see what you’ve made!


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13 Responses to Saturdays with Rachael Ray – Orange-Balsamic Chicken with Asparagus, Green Beans and Polenta

  1. The Meal Planner says:

    I just discovered your blog yesterday and I already get to participate in Saturdays with Rachael Ray! I too love her recipes and constantly find myself bookmarking them. Your Orange Balsamic Chicken with Asparagus, Green Beans and Polenta looks great!

  2. Joanne says:

    I truly would not have thought to mix orange into polenta! What an interesting idea.

    And you should never apologize for having real life take you away from blogging…it's way more important!

  3. Pam says:

    This is really different and sounds delicious! Leave it to Rachael – she's great!

  4. Sook says:

    Orange and balsamic together? Sure sounds delicious! Sook http://myfabulousrecipes.com

  5. lostpastremembered says:

    Lovely recipe… interesting to put the orange in the polenta and the chicken. Your story of best laid plans made me smile!

  6. grace says:

    polenta makes a great bed, does it not? 🙂
    i think the orange and balsamic combination must be so complex and refreshing–great selection!

  7. Elizabeth and Jared says:

    This looks so delicious. Something really impressive to be served at a dinner party. Yum!

  8. Barbara says:

    When you've got kids, Deborah, all plans go by the wayside! I remember it well. Good blog intentions have to be put aside to deal with everyday life!

    Nice recipe from Rachael. How interesting to add orange peel to polenta!

  9. Heather says:

    I love the Saturdays with Rachael Ray! I too am a fan of RR and have quite a few Rachael Ray recipes that I want to try so that I can play along but haven't had time to make them. Hopefully by next Saturday I will be ready to play along!

  10. teresa says:

    i know what you mean about things never working out the way you plan too, especially when it comes to kids.

    this looks so good! i love the different flavors in there!

  11. Sherry says:

    I just found your blog when I was Googling "Taco pasta toss" – which I made tonight. I hope you don't mind, but I linked to your review (my post will show up tomorrow) and I've also subscribed through bloglines because I really love RR recipes!

    Mrs. H

  12. Kim says:

    Kids are so precious, but they sure do make life unpredictable. I can see why your husband really liked this dish because it sounds fabulous. You can definitely count me in for all that yummy orange flavor.

  13. Nichole says:

    I get flustered looking for recipes on their site as well. I have better luck using the name of the episode (e.g. Throwdown with Bobby Flay, "Chicken Wings") then with the name of a recipe. I always search for the chef or show first and then I can find the latest episodes listed and it's easy to find specific recipes from there. =) Of course that only works if you're looking for something that you saw within the last few days. It can drive you nuts looking for something that you vaguely remember seeing a week or a month or even longer ago.

    I am not a huge RR fan. I have tried a few of her recipes and had surprisingly good luck with them. I just *can't* watch her shows. =/

    Anyway, irrespective of where this recipe originated, I'm going to give it a whirl next week. =) I know someone who is mad about all things beefy on a bun. I love that I have everything I need here except for the meat.

    I clicked over Via TasteSpotting and so glad I did. I'm off to check out what other tempting goodies you have posted here.

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