Recipe: Soy-Balsamic chicken thighs

soychicken5I recently obtained a subscription to Real Simple, a magazine that literally makes me feel better about a lot of things in my life, from organization to awesome recipes (Don’t worry Food Network Magazine, you’re still my #1). The magazine covers everything from simple organization around the home to simple, classy clothing (an area I really need help with), and especially simple, delicious and easy recipes.  Hoo-ray.

In the most recent issue I found a recipe for soy-balsamic glazed chicken and decided to make it for dinner.  Great decision.  Instead of using the entire chicken like the recipe calls for, I just used the thighs.  The Russian and I love dark meat. (note: I couldn’t find this recipe on the Real Simple site, so pick up a copy if you would like to see this recipe in print!).

These thighs look hard to make, but (obviously) were not, and tasted incredible.


notice the wine.  Not essential for the recipe, but essential for my sanity.
Notice the wine. Not essential for the recipe, but essential for my sanity.

1 package chicken thighs [$4.50]

6 shallots [$1.50]

Balsamic vinegar [$5]

Fresh rosemary [$2]

Baby Argula (optional) [$4]

Soy sauce [$2]

Honey [$3]

Polenta (optional) [$3]

Note: I already had the soy sauce, honey, and polenta I used in this recipe in my pantry.


Preheat oven to 425.

Wisk 1/4 cup each of balsamic vinegar, honey, chopped rosemary, and soy sauce together in a bowl. Clean the chicken thighs and coat them liberally in the mixture.


Coast peeled shallots in olive oil and add them to pan. Place thighs in a baking dish skin side down and roast for 30 minutes.  Turn thighs over and roast for another 20 minutes.


Make Polenta according to package directions and compose a small arugula salad, if desired. Serve with the chicken and enjoy!

So tasty
So tasty

I loved this dinner and will make it again very soon.  The balsamic, soy, honey, and rosemary cook down into a glaze that penetrates the chicken with a slightly sweet, tangy flavor.  Try it soon!


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