Peach and caramelized onion chicken

As of today I’ve been back in school for 2 weeks – it seems like time is flying by! Things are already picking up pretty quickly in my classes and I can feel the stress starting to pile on. I know a lot of people like to do meal prep during busy times and cook up big batches of food on the weekends, but that’s just something I can’t get into.

For me, taking an hour to cook myself a nice dinner is relaxing and helps me to manage my stress. But I know we don’t always have that much time to cook, so today I’m sharing a fast recipe I came up with a few weeks ago (back when peaches were still in season!).

Peach and caramelized onion chicken

Peach and caramelized onion chicken | Dairy free and gluten free

Serves 4

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 yellow or sweet onion, very thinly sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup good quality balsamic vinegar
Pinch of salt
2 tsp dried rosemary
2 peaches, sliced

Brush the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Then place on a preheated grill and cook for ~ 6-7 minutes on one side. Flip over and cook until a meat thermometer reads 165°F.

Meanwhile, heat up the olive oil in a nonstick pan then add your thinly sliced onions. Turn to the heat to low and cook the onions slowly until they are soft and translucent, about 10-15 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt, and continue to cook until the balsamic vinegar is about halfway reduced. Then add the sliced peaches and rosemary and cook until the balsamic vinegar is thick and syrupy.

Spoon over the chicken and serve.

Peach and caramelized onion chicken

I also wanted to take a second to talk about school! As you may or may not know, I’m studying to become a Registered Dietitian in school. I switched into this program after 3 years in another degree, so this is my 6th year as an undergrad student – luckily it’s my last one! Here’s what I’m taking this semester:

1. Clinical Nutrition II – this course covers the nutrition management of various clinical conditions such as GI tract disease, liver disease, cancer, etc. I think this is going to be my favourite course! 
2. Research Methods – this course teaches us about the research process through developing our own  proposal for a research topic of our choice. 
3. Communications – in this class we learn about and practice communication skills that are important for RDs such as doing speeches, writing advocacy letters, using social media, etc.

I don’t want to get bored with taking only 3 courses, so I’m filling up my schedule with lots of other activities.

  • Volunteering at my professor’s nutrition practice, which I’m really excited about because I’d love to have my own nutrition practice one day!
  • Working a paid position on another professor’s school lunches study to see how children’s food intake is different when they have two food breaks during the school day compared to just one lunch hour.
  • Finding a job in second semester, since I’ll only be taking one course!

This semester I’ll also be starting the dreaded internship and grad school application process, which I know is going to be stressful and time consuming! I might be absent from blogging, start writing delirious posts at 3 am, burst into tears at random times, and/or suffer a nervous breakdown so bear with me!

Do you meal prep in advance or do you like to cook almost everyday like me?

What are you taking or what did you take in school? What was your favourite course you ever took?

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18 Responses to Peach and caramelized onion chicken

  1. This sounds amazing! I love peaches and am so sad they are slowly going out of season! I try to prep my meals ahead for sure! I never have a ton of time to cook during the week!

  2. I don't meal prep all at one time. I make 3 "meals" during the week that are large enough to have left overs the other nights. It's just my daughter and I so it's not hard to do. I am so jealous that you are going after what you want to do in school. I stuck to a BBA because it was safe, and I really wish I'd gone for something in the nutrition or fitness field because I love it so much.

  3. That chicken meals sounds delicious! Yum. Sounds like a really interesting degree!

  4. I'm definitely a cook everyday person. I meal plan, but I'd rather have a variety of meals throughout the week. Leftovers usually go to the boyfriends lunch. :-)So cool that you want to take a PT course – that's something I may consider for the future.The grad school application is the biggest pain in the ass, but it's definitely worth it! Any idea where you think you want to go?

  5. I studied business management and computer science. Kinda boring, but it was the right path for me!

  6. I've figured out that my laptop does not like commenting on Blogger blogs. I've been trying to leave a comment on your post all day and it's just been vanishing into thin air. Bah.Anywho, that chicken looks fantastic. I actually just bought a bunch of fresh peaches, but I never would have thought to pair them with balsamic and add them to chicken… definitely sounds like it's worth trying out though.I used to meal plan a lot, but ever since the summer hit and I started working/volunteering a lot more, I barely spend any time in the kitchen so I tend to try and whip up anything that takes 10 minutes or less lol. Maybe that'll change when the weather cools down, but for now it's kind of nice not to be stuck over the stove.

  7. I definitely like to cook everyday. All that chopping and food prep is such a stress relief for me, so I actually LOVE cooking every night! I Your Peach & Caramelized Chicken looks like such a great weeknight dinner, and I especially love that sweet and savory combo!

  8. With a hubby and two kids to feed and all our crazy schdules, we usually try and at least do some of the prep before hand. Tonight we had teriyaki pork chops and rice. I usually try to prep whatever meat we get in a marinade or cut up before throwing it in the freezer. Then all you have to do is take it out the night before and plan a couple of quick sides and your done! When you only have 45 min or so to get everyone fed and cleaned up, it's a real time saver. As for school, I'm still plugging away at my accounting courses and plan on entering the CGA next fall. It will be a long few years still, but worth it in the end. We will definitely be trying your recipe in the future as it fits in with our quick and easy weeknight style.

  9. Your recipes always look SO good!! I NEVER would have thought to put peaches with chicken!!

  10. Peach and carmelized onion? I'm going to HAVE to use that combo. I kind of wish I had an option to switch into a nutrition-related program.. But I love geology :) It's my last year too!

  11. I am not into meal prepping. I like easy meals that I can take the time to prepare and give me a break. It is so exciting you are almost done! What internships are you applying to?

  12. Ohh, I love the peached in this chicken recipe! Awesome!I try and plan in advance and it usually fails miserably, and then when I go to work for long shifts, I basically die during them. Not the smartest on my behalf. I should really learn from those.I also wanted to do a CanFit Pro course as well!! I've been looking into it the past few weeks. I just want to make sure my relationship is healthy with exercise before I get involved with something like that though!

  13. I'm exactly the same way–cooking is a major stress relief for me! I tell people that my time in the kitchen is my therapy. ;) Whenever I have a lot on my plate, I realize that I spend more time baking or preparing "indulgent" dinners (which literally puts more on my plate). <–pun totally intended and totally cheesy! Sorry, but I couldn't resist! :-pYour peachy chicken looks delicious! I'm so sad summer fruit is on its way out; I actually bought a bunch of raspberries earlier this week and froze them, so that I'll have a supply well into the fall. :)Your course load actually sounds fun! I took Research Methodology last year, and I'm in Health Communication this semester! I'm also taking Nutrition Education Methods. I didn't know you were thinking of becoming a PT! I am too! Maybe we can join forces and open a business together when we graduate? ;)Happy weekend, Chelsea! xoxo

  14. JM

    This looks great! Bought the ingredients and making it this evening. Good luck with this semester and grad school apps! I just finished my Master's and its a crazy but enriching journey for sure! :)

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