Balsamic Chicken Breasts; the cathouse

Happy 2021 !

I got my seed catalog the other day. That’s always a positive sign. Being able to grow things to eat always makes me feel very…. productive.

Now that we have a feral cat on the property my tender new plants should have a better chance of survival.

And it reminded me that I really should get some new masks for spring – tulips, maybe. Any type of spring flowers would be nice. It’s amazing how far mask fashion has come in the past 10 months. I need to get away from the dark colors of my winter masks.

Thinking about spring led me to start thinking about lighter foods – like these Balsamic Chicken Breasts.

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Balsamic Chicken Breasts

This is a quick, skillet chicken dish with intense flavors. 

  • Author: Katie
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Chicken

Ingredients

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  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, cut in half 
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbs cornstarch (maizena) dissolved in 1 tbs chicken stock or water

Instructions

  • Heat oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat. 
  • Add chicken breasts and brown on both sides, about 10 minutes. 
  • Add onion and garlic and sauté 5 minutes longer. 
  • Add stock, vinegar and sugar, cover, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. 
  • Thicken sauce with cornstarch mixture (you may not need all of it) and serve.

Notes

The little bit of brown sugar tempers the vinegar nicely. If you don’t have Balsamic you can use sherry or red wine vinegar – but increase the sugar to 2 tsp.

Keywords: chicken breasts. balsamic vinegar

Balsamic Chicken Breasts

Speaking of our feral cat….

Actually, as he is a feral cat he can’t really be ‘ours’ can he?

I’m feeding him so I’m claiming him.

We had originally taken a large cardboard box, cut a hole in it, and tucked it into a lower barn doorway for him. I could put food inside to keep it from the magpies. It was fine until the winter rains started.

The other thing that happens when the winter rains start is that mon mari is confined indoors. Bored, in need of a project, and tired of hearing me worry about the cardboard house, he built this:

Guapa is slowly losing interest in it – especially now that she understands that she can’t eat the food but it still must be sniffed every morning.

The cathouse has a nice overhang on one side so I can leave a water dish out and put the moist cat food there for his breakfast. He usually comes within a half hour to eat that. I leave a dish of dry food inside. Initially, he would just put his head in and eat, but now he goes inside. I even saw him peeking out the other day when it was sleeting. It would seem he has accepted it as shelter – sort of. He was inside today when I opened the barn door. He ran out and went into the woods.

It’s still new…. But solidly built with a roof on hinges so I can lift it to check inside. Mon mari lined it with Styrofoam so it should be warm (sort of).

Guapa is not jealous – she has the big house all to herself and the bed she had donated to the cardboard box is now back where it belongs, in her ‘spot’ by my desk.

Life is, once again, good.

6 thoughts on “Balsamic Chicken Breasts; the cathouse”

    • I wonder how long, if ever, he will not run immediately. I doubt that I will ever be able to actually touch him but it would be nice to not scare him.

  1. What a pretty, practical house! Mon mari did a great job on it and the hinged roof is a great idea.

    You might eventually get to pet your feral. I imagine, if you took a chair out in the spring and read there, you might even end up with the kitty in your lap. You never know. I’m just glad you’re taking care of him.

    • He still doesn’t seem comfortable in there, other than for eating. I’m guessing he has his own preferred sleeping spots…. But it’s getting so cold!

  2. The house is wonderful! And it’s equally wonderful that the cat is deigning to enter it.

    (Needless to say, the Balsamic chicken looks delicious! But, why not? I’ll say it anyway.)

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