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Monday, 21 December 2020

Chicken Breasts With Rosemary ... and a Rosemary Christmas Tree ... That's different !

Chicken is a favourite in our house, and I suspect with many readers. No matter what day of the week, if chicken is on the menu, we enjoy it! Today I share a recipe for chicken breasts simmered in tomatoes, wine, and rosemary.

Serves Four
3g carbs per serving
4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 1/2 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp Minced Garlic
1 tbsp Lemon Zest
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1 Cooking Spray
1/2 cup White Wine
1/2 cup Chopped Tomato
1/2 tsp Ground/Dried Rosemary
sprigs fresh rosemary as garnish (optional)
1. Place chicken in shallow dish.
2. In small bowl, whisk olive oil, vinegar, garlic, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Brush over chicken.
3. Let stand for 10 minutes.
4. Coat large skillet (frying pan) with cooking spray and heat over medium. Add chicken and cook until browned, 3-5 minutes per side.
5. Add wine, tomato, and rosemary to skillet (frying pan) and heat to boiling.
6. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until chicken is cooked, 12-15 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 165°F.
7. Serve garnished with (optional) fresh rosemary and vegetables of your choice
From original idea here

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Ground Rosemary, mentioned in Don Quixote and Hamlet, rosemary has a storied past. It was used to ward off thieves, boost memory, and inspire fidelity among newlyweds. Historically associated with remembrance, rosemary was presented to grooms on the morning of their wedding as a reminder to be faithful.
Rosemary is used in abundance throughout European cuisines, while its popularity in lamb and chicken dishes have earned it a place in American cooking as well.
Its story is best told in the many lamb, pork, and chicken recipes that call for Rosemary's piney flavour.

Rosemary Christmas Trees
It’s Christmas time again and maybe you are looking for another decorating idea, or you live in a small apartment and just don’t have the room for a full size Christmas tree. Of late, rosemary Christmas trees plants have become popular nursery, garden centres and grocery store items.

Not only is rosemary used as a Christmas tree festive ornamental for the season, but it is predominantly disease and pest resistant, aromatic, a culinary treasure, and responds beautifully to pruning to maintain the shape. Additionally, a rosemary tree for Christmas can be planted in the garden to wait the following holiday season while maintaining its role as an indispensable herb.
Read a little more about Rosemary Christmas Trees here

Sharing some other recipes you may like
Lemon and Rosemary Pork with a Chickpea Salad - see here
Lamb Rump with Rosemary Cauliflower Mash - see here
Roasted Celeriac and Brussels Sprouts with Rosemary and Duck Fat - see here

You will find a variety of articles and recipe ideas within this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues please take these into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan


Valerie-Jael said...

Very yummy! Valerie

Elephant's Child said...

I LOVE the idea of a rosemary tree.
Thank you. I may have to get (another) plant to prune and shape for next year.

Emma Springfield said...

We eat a lot of chicken breast. This sounds tasty.

Jenn Jilks said...

Hubby's aunt gave us a rosemary tree one year. I managed to kill it, sadly. I love rosemary, ant feel badly!

Tom said... make a beautiful little Christmas tree.

NanaDiana said...

I love rosemary and use it quite often. I have had one of the rosemary trees for several years...and move it outside in the summer. Have a wonderful week. Diana

CJ Kennedy said...

Mmm, chicken and rosemary, and I like the rosemary Christmas tree. said...

The tree looks great.

Divers and Sundry said...

That chicken recipe looks tasty!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

My daughter in law had a Rosemary Christmas tree a few years ago and lived in the pot for a long time! The recipe sounds yummy! holiday hugs!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I actually bought one of those rosemary shaped trees about seven years ago. It didn't last through winter. It was my first experience with rosemary. Not sure I'm doing much better this winter, but at least this plant lasted through two years of my mistreating it (grin). I see the rocking horse on the tree and fixated on that.

happyone said...

I like rosemary and love that little tree. Should get one!!

Jeanie said...

I see quite a few of those rosemary Christmas trees and really like them. That chicken recipe looks especially delicious. I love rosemary and I'm copying this one! Happy Christmas week to you and Eddie. Please stay in and stay safe. I worry about my friends in the UK these days.

Teresa said...

Felices fiestas y salud.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

I have never succeeded with rosemary as a plant. It always dies out - indoors. Not sure if it is too much water, too little, too hot, too cold - but I know it is too difficult to keep it alive. Tried several times. Perhaps a plastic one will do!

God bless.

My name is Erika. said...

I could cut my rosemary into a tree shape. Fun idea, with a wonderful odor. And your chicken looks delicious. I made a roast with rosemary last week and it smelled wonderful!

Lorrie said...

Rosemary is one of my favourite herbs. I have a huge bush of it and try to trim it in autumn and spring. It's so fragrant and I love the little lavender flowers it makes. The chicken dish sounds wonderful.

L said...


Jeff said...

a Rosemary tree would be quite fragrant in an apartment, I'd think. I Had a bunch of Rosemary when I lived in Georgia--it was one of the few things the deer wouldn't eat and I would often plant a batch of rosemary with other plants to deter the deer.

peppylady (Dora) said...

A rosemary tree how awsome is that.
Coffee is on and stay safe

Lady Caer Morganna said...

I LOVE rosemary chicken! I eat it a lot!! The tree is cool! Thank you or sharing!

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

This does look very delicious! I have all the ingredients on hand, too. I have managed to keep two rosemary plants alive by planting them in large clay pots and keeping them against the house under the eaves on the south side. You can tell I am proud of myself - haha! Interesting lore - I like the tradition of giving it to grooms :) Wishing you and loved ones a lovely Christmas filled with many blessings xo Karen

Jo said...

Another great chicken recipe and what a lovely idea for a Christmas tree.

linda said...

It looks yummy and very easy to make another lovely recipe to me to try. I never thought about a rosemary Christmas tree, something to think about as I do have rosemary in the garden.

Iris Flavia said...

That chicken sounds yummiest!!! I will try this (after Christmas, no more shopping now!).

Hootin Anni said...

The tree is pretty darned cool. I like the idea. And, of course that chicken recipe sounds delicious.

Ygraine said...

This chicken sounds SO delicious - I will give it a try...and the rosemary Christmas Tree looks absolutely amazing! WOW!!!

Have a lovely afternoon, and stay safe and happy!😊😊

Hugs xxx

At Home In New Zealand said...

I've not heard of rosemary Christmas trees before, but I really like the idea.

RO said...

I won't be cooking a traditional meal for the holiday, so I really like this one a lot. Of course, I'll be adding lots and lots of cayenne pepper to heat things up!(lol) Thanks so very much! Merry Christmas and lots of hugs, RO

sandy said...

looks absolutely delicious~!

Luiz Gomes said...

Boa tarde parabéns pela receita deliciosa. Desejo um Feliz Natal com muita paz e saúde para você e sua família.

JFM said...

Love the tree and the chicken looks delicious 🍪☕🎅🎁🎄

Kezzie said...

Ooogh, that chicken looks utterly delicious!!!
I love the idea of a Rosemary Christmas tree!

Magic Love Crow said...

Thank you for the recipe and thank you for the tree! What a great idea! Big Hugs!

baili said...

i think i have seen this herb here in of the house lady when my mom and sister lived in rented house in Islamabad though it is not common her

idea of using another tree if big christmas tree is not possible sounds great too

pam nash said...

I love the little rosemary trees though they take much attention to keep them look as such. Myself, I plant my rosemary by the front door - protection and close for cooking snips!

Martha said...

So delicious!