Chicken kissed by caramelized balsamic onion-cheese crust

Since I can’t cook during the week when I am in Vienna, I love to cook and try new stuff on the weekends. Today I thought what I could cook with what I had in my fridge and the outcome was a tasty cooking experiment I will definitely repeat.

For my lovely chicken for one I took:

  • 1 piece of chicken breast
  • 1 middle sized red onion
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • a lot of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 big spoon of honey
  • salt, pepper and a bit of garlic powder
  • 2 big spoons of grated cheese (mozzarella or as in my case edam cheese)

I also made some oven baked mini-potato pieces as side dish and ruccola salad.

This meal is what I call efficient food. A lot of the step happen parallel and you can do other stuff during the baking time ;-)

When you start cooking, heat the oven as hot as possible with normal heat. Cut the potatoes into pieces and drizzle some drops of oil on them. I seasoned them with salt and pepper and put them on a plate with baking paper before I put it into the oven.

While the potatoes bake, fry the chicken with salt and pepper in a pan and put it aside after it had some heat. During the frying time, you can cut the onion into small cubes and after you’ve wiped out the pan with kitchen paper you fry the onions in the rest of the oil. Don’t let them get too dark! Now it’s time for the vinegar. Apply it generously over the onions and add a little bit of water. Let the liquid reduce, add the honey and refill a little with water. Let it reduce again. Add salt, pepper and garlic and let it cook to a dark, caramelized mass. Looks freaky, but you will recognize the sweet smell. All of the strong onion taste will be gone, also the sharpness of the vinegar.

Take out the plate and put the chicken on it. Place the onion mass on the chicken and top it with the cheese. Put it into the oven and let it bake there fore about 15 minutes. Before taking it out give it a round of circulating air heat. This will make the crust perfect. In the meanwhile you can prepare the salad.

The onion mass might also be a nice topping for bruschetta, just mix it with Parmesan. Or you can eat it with liver (if you like it). Of course you can take any meat you want, but I like chicken most and if you don’t over-fry it also won’t be dry as turkey tends to be for example. Instead of potatoes a piece of ciabatta might also taste awesome or you just skip the carbs.


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