4 5-oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/4-inch thickness
4 tsp balsamic vinegar, divided
1/4 tsp each coarse sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, divided
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
4 Campari tomatoes, cored, thinly sliced and seeds removed
3 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
16 fresh basil leaves
8 oz whole-wheat fettuccine
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 15-oz jars unsalted artichokes in water, drained, or 2 cups frozen artichokes, thawed
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup whole buttermilk
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp coarse sea salt
1/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves
3 tbsp unsalted pine nuts, toasted
Preheat oven to 350°F. Place chicken on a rimmed baking sheet or glass baking dish. Drizzle 2 tsp vinegar over chicken and sprinkle 1/8 tsp each salt and black pepper over top. On each chicken breast, layer 1/2 clove sliced garlic, 1 sliced Campari tomato, 3/4 oz cheese and 4 basil leaves. Roll chicken from top to bottom and secure with a toothpick. Drizzle 2 tsp vinegar over chicken breasts and sprinkle 1⁄8 tsp each salt and black pepper over top. Cover with foil. Bake for 25 to 28 minutes or until juices run clear. Remove toothpicks.
Meanwhile, prepare pasta: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente, adding minced garlic to cooking water. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking water; set aside.
Return pasta to pot and heat on medium. Add artichokes, grape tomatoes, remaining 1 tbsp vinegar and reserved cooking
water. Cook for 5 minutes, until tomatoes soften. Add buttermilk, 1/2 tsp black pepper, pepper flakes and 1/4 tsp salt. Continue to cook for 3 minutes, stirring often. (TIP: Gently simmer sauce but avoid bringing to a boil.)
Reduce heat to low and stir in 1/4 cup torn basil and pine nuts. Stir to combine. Cover to keep warm and serve with chicken.
Saucy chicken and vegetables are drizzled with a simple but flavorful olive and basil purée for a stunning dish that looks like it came out of a high-end restaurant – your family will never know that it’s actually quite straightforward to make!
A trick to keeping chicken breast juicy and flavorful? Brine it in salt water as we do in this easy recipe. This makes for a complete meal, thanks to a vibrant side of tomatoes and artichokes. For extra dietary fiber, serve with a side of arugula drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil.