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James and Paul’s Balsamic Chicken

James and Paul Anderson

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Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 30 mins


4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

1 onion, finely diced

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

4 tbsp balsamic vinegar

600g (1lb 5oz) cherry tomatoes, halved

2 tsp dried rosemary

175ml (6fl oz) chicken stock

20g (3⁄4oz) fresh basil leaves, chopped

Veg Portions / Serving: 2


Kitchen Ninja

TwoChubbyCubs Fast and Filing: 100 Delicious Slimming Recipes by James and Paul Anderson, published by Yellow Kite

Balsamic chicken is one of our go-to meals at Chubby Towers because it is ridiculously easy to prepare – and when we say prepare, really it amounts to nothing more than bumbling a few ingredients into the pan and stirring occasionally. All the best recipes are like this – there’s certainly a time for me to be mincing around the kitchen with eight pans on the go and something fabulous in the oven, but I’m a lazy, lazy man, and this recipe speaks to me.


Spray a large pan with a little oil and place it over a medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 5–6 minutes each side, then remove from the pan and set aside.

Reduce the heat to medium, add the onion and garlic and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan, and cook until thickened.

Add the tomatoes, dried rosemary and stock and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 8–10 minutes. Put the chicken back into the pan and gently stir into the sauce.

Serve, sprinkled with the chopped basil.

Kids in the kitchen:

Get the kids carefully helping you add the ingredients to the pan, and have them sprinkle over the basil at the end.

James and Paul Anderson

James and Paul Anderson are the duo behind the enormously successful slimming blog @twochubbycubs, which has over half a million online fans. They lost 18 stone between them and went on to share their journey with the world. Their tasty, easy recipes prove that it is possible to lose weight without sacrificing your soul and you can actually have a laugh whilst you're at it. Their first cookbook became an instant Sunday Times bestseller, an Irish bestseller and one of the most popular cookbooks of 2020, with over 3500 5* reviews.

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