Goat Cheese Chicken Sandwich with Balsamic Reduction

October 8, 2011

This was the best chicken sandwich I've ever made.  Hands down.  Everything turned out great and came together perfectly.  The chicken was moist, 'cause I followed the basic instructions for grilling chicken breasts.  And then my first attempt at making a balsamic vinegar reduction turned out great (other than stinking up the whole house).  The reduction melding with the goat cheese and the mild flavor from the sautéed red onions was the perfect combination.  It's good.  Damn good.   And follow that with a nice cold beer....aaah, heaven.


2 boneless skinless chicken breasts

2 buns

6 tablespoons goat cheese

1 small red onion, sliced in thin rings

handful of spring mix lettuce

2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar reduction

1 tablespoon olive oil

salt and pepper


1Sauté red onion with olive oil in pan over low heat until translucent and tender.  Remove from heat.

2Fire up the grill to high for direct heat grilling. Clean and oil your grates.

3Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

4Place the breast on the hottest part of the grill 2 minutes.

5Using tongs, lift each breast, rotate 45 degrees and then place them back on the grill.

6After 2 to 4 minutes, lift the chicken breasts with tongs and flip them over.

7Grill for 2 more minutes and then rotate again 45 degrees to make our grill marks on this side.

8Continue grilling for another 1 to 2 minutes until juices run clear and then add the cheese.  Cook until cheese is melted, about 1 minute.  Remove from grill and let rest.

9Toast buns over direct heat until brown.

10Assemble sandwich with spring mix on the buns, then add chicken and onions.  Add reduced balsamic vinegar as a final touch.

For the balsamic vinegar reduction:

1Place three cups balsamic vinegar to a non-reactive,  heavy-bottomed pot, preferably stainless steal.  Heat on low, until it just begins to simmer.  Reduce until it thickens to the consistency of chocolate syrup, or to desired consistency, about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.  Be careful not to burn near the end of the thickening process.

2To test the consistency, drizzle a bit onto a plate and then check how sticky it is.  If  it is too thick, add a little water to the pot, stir it up, and retest.

3If you have a side burner on the grill, this is a great item for outdoor cooking.  Otherwise, it will likely stink up the whole house.  But it is worth it.  This stuff is the nectar of the vinegar gods.  Enjoy.


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