A few nights ago I had dinner with my good friend Janice (her blog is A Day in the Life – check it out for fun tidbits of her life in NY) while she was in town and we both mentioned our mutual love for the song “Fancy” by Drake. Well, it has been stuck in my head since last night when I kept thinking to myself how fancy I felt eating the delicious concoction I whipped up. Note: fancy should always be pronounced in a Queens accent (like Fran from the Nanny).
This dinner was really simple to prepare, involved few ingredients and came with a wow factor. Glazed figs? On a Wednesday? What?! The recipe was born when I bought a container of mission figs the other day. I had never had a fresh fig and was delighted to try them. I took a bite of a raw one when I got home and, frankly, found it kind of gross. Weird texture, not a lot of flavor. Not my favorite. But, sauteed and glazed up, their flavor profiles were maximized and really became quite pleasant. I served the chicken and figs with simple roasted potatoes and asparagus, but I suspect a bed of sauteed kale would be lovely.
Give this recipe a try when you want to be all fancy, without a lot of effort.
Chicken with Red Wine and Balsamic Glazed Figs
1 large chicken breast, cut in half lengthwise (you can do more or less depending on your appetite)
6 fresh figs, quartered
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. red wine
1/4 tsp. kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
dash black pepper
1.) Gather a medium sized skillet and a smaller pan or pot. Heat the larger one to medium heat and the smaller one to medium low.
2.) Take your pieces of chicken and sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper. Spray the larger pan with cooking spray and add in your chicken. Cook on each side for 5 minutes, or until cooked.
3.) Pour the red wine and balsamic vinegar into the smaller pan. Allow to thicken up for about 7-8 minutes (it should be looking syrupy). Then, add your figs. Cook for about 2-3 minutes then remove from heat.
4.) Remove the chicken and allow to rest for a few minutes. Top with the glazed figs.