Chicken in Tomato Vinegar Sauce and Meal Plan

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on June 21, 2010

For the longest time Dad-oo has been dreaming on a stainless steel, non stick pan. He has dreams of deglazing pork chops, chicken breasts and who knows what else. Yes, I’m pretty sure that he has actually dreamed about these things.

So when asked if I’d like to review a product of my choice from one of their 200+ web sites, I knew just what we were going to order. After a small bump in the ordering process, which was quickly resolved by my contact’s prompt reply to my email, this little number was on her way to our front door:

Look at that beauty.

Of course Dad-oo took this baby out for a test run as soon as he could. It did take a little while to get the hang of, since stainless steel needs a lower temp that other pans, due to excellent heat distribution. But he quickly figured it out. His deglazing dreams have come true. I’m pretty sure that we will never go back to our nonstick cookware. Never.

What else did we like about this pan? If you deglaze, it is super easy to clean (or you can just pop it in the dishwasher. It’s really deep, so recipes like the one below are easy to pull off. And you can pop it into the oven, up to 350º.

Look at this baby cook!

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Last week we made a delicious chicken recipe, just perfect for this pan. And can I just say that the chicken turned out so juicy and tender. It was perfect. Of course, I’m sharing the recipe with you.

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Chicken in Tomato Vinegar Sauce

Adapted from Aldi Meal Planner

2 tbsp  olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cans diced tomatoes, drained or undrained
2 cups chicken broth
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 bay leaf, broken
1-1/2 lb boneless chicken breast halves (approximately 4)
1/4 tsp rosemary, or 1 tsp fresh, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
2 tbsp unsalted butter

Over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a heavy sauce pan. Saute garlic for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, chicken broth, vinegar and bay leaf. Increase heat to medium high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes, or until the sauce has reduce and thickened (sauce will take longer to thicken if using undrained tomatoes).

Rub the chicken breasts with rosemary, and salt and pepper to taste. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large heavy nonstick skillet over medium low heat. Saute chicken until cooked, about 4-5 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate and cover with tin foil to keep warm.

Pour tomato sauce into same nonstick skillet and simmer, stirring with a wooden spoon to deglaze. Reduce heat to low. Stir in butter, parsley, salt and pepper to taste. Discard bay leaf.

Serve sauce over chicken, with a side of wild rice and your favorite veggie.

Meal Plan

Dinners for the week:

Monday: Leftovers from the weekend
Fish tacos
Cheese tortellini with homemade marinara sauce and garlic bread on the grill ($5 dinners)
Thursday: Brats, broccoli and red potatoes on the grill
Pizza with my breadmachine pizza dough and homemade sauce (
Saturday: Leftover pizza
Sunday: French toast casserole (

Toddler-friendly lunches:

Monday: Peanut butter and banana grilled sandwiches
Tuesday: Cheesy veggie quesadilla (Wholesome Toddler Food)
Wednesday: Grilled cheese and corn
Thursday: Stuffed pitas with turkey, hummus and cheese
Chicken nuggets and carrots
Saturday: Whole wheat bagel with peanut butter, honey and raisins
Sunday: Homemade crackers, hummus, cheese and carrots

I’ll also be putting together some of my Super Energy Granola Bars, Crackers and Graham Crackers, and Wheat Germ, Flax Seed Bread.

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1 life with kaishon June 21, 2010 at 7:52 am

I can almost smell it cooking : )

2 Allison June 21, 2010 at 9:46 pm

@life with kaishon, It definitely smells as good as it tastes.

3 TheKitchenWitch June 21, 2010 at 8:57 am

Congrats on your new pan! There’s nothing like new kitchen stuff! The chicken looks delicious and sounds easy!
.-= TheKitchenWitch´s last blog ..Welcome to my new home! =-.

4 Justine June 21, 2010 at 11:01 am

Ooh, I have new-pan envy. LOL!

Recipe sounds easy and delish – thanks for sharing. I’m always looking for new ideas. And I’m inspired to create my meal plan now too. Just need to make sure it works with the groceries I already got for the week. Yes, I’m a little backwards like that :)
.-= Justine´s last blog ..Same ol’ same ol’ is the new wonderful =-.

5 Allison June 21, 2010 at 9:47 pm

@Justine, I couldn’t shop without a meal plan. I’d end up with 5 bags a pretzels, some cheese and a gallon of ice cream. Tasty, but not good for meals. 😉

6 Emily/Miss Mommy June 21, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Your menu (and pan!) look amazing- I like your toddler menu. Thanks! Do you make your own hummus?

7 Allison June 21, 2010 at 9:48 pm

@Emily/Miss Mommy, I don’t normally make my own, our Aldi has some pretty good flavors. Do you make your own?

8 angie June 21, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Looks like a great pan……the chicken looks even better. Did I miss it? Cuz I’m free for dinner tonight……..:)

9 Allison June 21, 2010 at 9:48 pm

@angie, We may have a few left overs. Although I don’t think they will make it to CA.

10 Maria @BOREDmommy June 21, 2010 at 8:55 pm

That chicken looks delish – and I’m loving the meal plans. I wish I was organized as you are – I used to be. Does that count?
.-= Maria @BOREDmommy´s last blog ..Little Gems – The Gas Man =-.

11 Allison June 21, 2010 at 9:48 pm

@Maria @BOREDmommy, Yes, that totally counts.

12 Muthering Heights June 21, 2010 at 9:25 pm

What an awesome pan!! My husband would love one of those too. :)
.-= Muthering Heights´s last blog ..Marriage Tips From the Crusie Ship – Installment 1: Rejuvenate Your Marriage! =-.

13 Allison June 21, 2010 at 9:49 pm

@Muthering Heights, I would suggest is as a Father’s Day present, but we’re already passed it. Maybe a birthday present instead?

14 michelle June 22, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Congrats on the new pan.
And the french toast casserole sounds delish. It just might be our Sunday morning breakfast :)

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