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You guys, yesterday was Fat Tuesday.

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How did I miss this? I really need to get my head out of the food blog world and into real life a little.

Is it weird that most of (ok, all of) my friends are virtual?

Don’t answer that.

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You would think since I write a food blog I would have had some huge Fat Tuesday feast planned. Maybe something like gumbo or Cajun Shrimp Tacos. Then top the night off with some fresh homemade Beignets.

Yeah, that would only happen in my dreams. I wish I was that organized.

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Actually, you want to know something?

I used to be a really organized person. Not even five months ago, I was a well planned, well organized, albeit crazy women. That all changed when my life became consumed by this here blog. It just kind of took over, in a good way. Maybe? Yes, In a good way!

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Anyway, back to Fat Tuesday. We had nothing Cajun, nothing with seafood and honestly nothing all that great. Tuesday’s recipe was a failure that I just spent way too long trying to miraculously fix. Ugh, I hate when this happens. It does not happen too often, but when It does it pretty my just stinks.


Oh, and there was definitely not Beignets. BUMMER.

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Now, that I have rambled on, let’s talk about what I really wanted to tell you guys about.

This lovely chicken. Does “lovely” make me sound older?

This is what I like to call a winner, winner chicken diner. It’s pretty quick, pretty easy and pretty freakin good. Seared chicken with a tangy, but slightly sweet Glazed Balsamic Vinegar Orange sauce with creamy goat cheese polenta. The sauce for this chicken is so good. It is a combo of balsamic reduction (which by itself is lick the spoon clean good) and a sticky orange sauce. It pairs perfectly with Creamy Goat Cheese Polenta that you could honestly just eat bowl after bowl of.

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Balsamic Orange Glazed Chicken with Creamy Goat Cheese Polenta

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 544 kcal

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  • In a large pan, heat the extra-virgin olive oil over medium-high to high heat.
  • Season the chicken with salt, pepper and poultry seasoning. When the oil is hot, add the chicken and brown for 5 minutes, then turn and sprinkle with rosemary. Cook until the chicken is tender and cooked through, about 5 minutes more.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the orange marmalade, balsamic vinegar and chicken broth. Pour over the chicken. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer 10 to 15 minutes, turning the chicken once or twice to make sure the glaze gets coated all around.
  • Well the sauce thickens make the polenta. Bring water or chicken stock and milk to a boil in a medium size pot. Whisk in polenta and cook 2-3 minutes until thickened. Stir in butter and goat cheese, season with salt and pepper.
  • To serve assemble the polenta in a shallow bowl or plate top with chicken and spoon more glaze over top if desired. Garnish with chopped parsley.


Chicken adapted from Rachel Ray.
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Yum Scrump.


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  1. This looks and sounds amazing! (and I know what you mean…I spend waayyy too much time on my blog! Or Pinterest!)

  2. This looks amazing! I love a good cheesy polenta! 🙂 But I would probably use something other than goat cheese. Goat cheese & I are not friends, lol! 😉

    Thank you for linking up this week for Marvelous Mondays!

  3. This looks like a meal my whole family would eat – amazing! Pinned and featuring tonight! Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. It was one of those recipe that just kind of happend, you know? I remember seeing some kind of glazed balsamic chicken with a bit of orange in it somewhere and then I just kind of came up with this.

  4. We all have those bloggy friends that our non blog friends just don’t quite understand. This is a tasty meal for sure! Thanks for sharing at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

  5. I have never eaten polenta but I think it is similar to the African corn porridge that we make. This looks delicious. Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friends Friday and we appreciate the link back to us too. I hope you will link up to 3 more great recipes this coming week.

  6. Did you use instant polenta? I modified a recipe for my polenta gnocchis using instant polenta instead of cornmeal, and smothered it in gorgonzola cheese. Seems like mixing in the extra butter and goat cheese might make up for the flavor lost by using instant polenta. Thoughts?

    1. I did not use instant polenta, just the regular stuff. It cooks real fast for me so I dont see the point in buying the instant. Using gorgonzola cheese sounds so good though!!! I would make that in a heart beat!

  7. Mmm…looks absolutely delicious and the chicken looks incredibly tender! Never thought of putting goat cheese in polenta, I should try that.

  8. I don’t know much about fat Tuesday, but that chocolate cake you did was enough fat for every day. Hahahaha!!!!

  9. This one is definitely going on my menu!!! Wow … Thanks! And … No worries about Fat Tuesday … I’m sure we all found enough “fat” to fill our day … I know I did!! 🙂