Sunday, July 20, 2014

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Cherry Balsamic Sauce

I just love, love, love my small, local family farms and what they provide for me and you.  Pastured chicken is the BEST ever!  Most farmers typically raise pastured chickens in "chicken tractors or trailers" that move from place to place all over the pasture so the chickens can scratch and eat bugs and other goodies from the pasture. These chickens aren't raised in a "factory farm" setting, but rather are allowed to free range and roam within the confines of the chicken trailer as it moves from place to place.  They are then brought into the coop at night for protection against predators. The chickens at Thames Farm are raised this way, and are so delicious. "Pastured poultry is a sustainable agriculture technique that calls for the raising of laying chickens, meat chickens (broilers), and/or turkeys on pasture, as opposed to indoor confinement. Humane treatment, the perceived health benefits of pastured poultry, in addition to superior texture and flavor, are causing an increase in demand for such products." (source: Wikipedia)

1-2 large pastured chicken breasts, split in half
Cherry Balsamic Sauce

Marinade split chicken breasts in 1/2 cup Cherry Balsamic Sauce for 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to grilling. Remove chicken from sauce, discarding sauce and grill over direct high heat for 30 minutes, turning chicken breasts occasionally and basting with more sauce as its cooking. Remove from heat and serve immediately, spooning more sauce over top of chicken breasts.

Yield: 2-4 servings