As I was searching my pantry for some inspiration for my next meal, I came across jars full of jams and preserves. Many people think of jam as something to be spread on a piece of toast with their morning coffee. And yes, that’s a great way to use jam. But, there are so many creative ways to use the fruit jams sitting in your pantry. Try using it as a vinaigrette (like I am in this recipe), a unique marinade, or in a glaze or sauce. It’ll definitely give regular ol’ chicken breast some pizazz. Try impressing your family and friends with orange-glazed salmon or sesame orange chicken for dinner by using orange marmalade!
In this Berry Chicken Salad, I took 2 pre-washed bags of field green mix, 1 lb of strawberries and 1 pint of blueberries and turned it into an elegant dinner. I marinaded the chicken breasts in a simple yet flavorful white wine marinade. I use this marinade a lot for grilled chicken for salads because although it is flavorful, the flavor profile never takes away from the rest of the salad ingredients.
The Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette is so delish and will kick any store bought dressing in the you know what! This is a great and easy recipe to put together mid-week when you’re just truly exhausted, or an impromtu cocktail party in your home. You will look like a gourmet chef with this one!
Take the chicken breasts and slice them at an angle and place them around the bowl for a decorative touch. Drizzle the entire salad witht the Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette and serve.
Then sit back and enjoy the praise!