Juicy and tender chicken breast baked in sweet honey and tangy balsamic glaze. This delicious salad makes for an easy chicken lunch meal prep or weeknight dinner meal.
Why You’ll Enjoy This Tasty Balsamic Marinade
- You can use this marinade for any kind of protein. It goes well with grilled pork or makes a great glaze for an Air Fryer Salmon
- You can drizzle the marinade on top of pasta or salad
- It also helps give a caramelized flavor to roasted veggies
What You Need to Make This Balsamic Glazed Chicken
- Chicken: We use boneless chicken breasts, but you can swap it out with other cuts of chicken such as boneless chicken thighs or chicken tenderloins.
- Balsamic Glaze: You can find this glaze either in the condiment aisle near the salad dressings or vinegar.
- Soy Sauce: Adding a little bit of soy sauce gives a savory and salty flavor, but you can also substitute it with regular salt.
- Strawberries: Balsamic vinegar pairs well with strawberries giving it a sweet and tangy combination
- Walnuts: Adding nuts to your meals is a great opportunity to add healthy fat and also provides a nice crunchy component to the salad
- Spinach: These dark leafy greens are such a superfood that provides great nutrients and vitamins. You can also use baby kale or arugula.
- Olive oil: You can also swap this out with avocado oil.
Simple Basic Steps to Make this Oven Baked Balsamic Chicken Breast
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- In a bowl, mix together the ingredients for the marinade. Add the chicken to the bowl and let it marinate for at least 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare your salad ingredients. After the oven pre-heats, place the chicken on a sheet pan and bake it in the oven, flipping it over halfway through the process.
- After it cooks, let it rest before cutting them into thin strips.
- Enjoy the chicken with fresh spinach salad, topped with strawberries and walnuts.
Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.
Meal Prep Tips for Baked Balsamic Chicken Salad
- Cook Method Options: You can also bake the chicken in a small toaster oven or cook it in the Air Fryer (cook at 360F for 20 minutes). You can also grill the chicken on an indoor grill. Just be sure to monitor the heat level because the balsamic glaze will burn fast and may create some smoke.
- Prep Tips: If you don’t want to wait 10 minutes to marinate the chicken, you can always marinate it the night before. Place it in the refrigerator overnight. The longer you marinate the chicken, the more flavorful and tender it will be.
- Storage: Cooked chicken can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days. You can also store the chicken in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to 3 months for the best quality.
- To Reheat: Heat them in the microwave until they warm through. However, you can also enjoy the chicken chilled.
- Extra Ingredients: If you have leftover strawberries, freeze them and save them for smoothies or use them as a topping for your breakfast yogurt or oatmeal. Walnuts can also be eaten for afternoon snacks or you can add them to baked goods and granola.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a difference between balsamic glaze and balsamic vinegar?
Balsamic glaze is the reduction of balsamic vinegar. This is done by simmering the vinegar in a saucepan until it thickens and reduces in half to achieve the thick consistency of syrup.
What else can I use balsamic glaze on?
You can drizzle balsamic glaze on slices of bruschetta, Caprese salads, roasted veggies, and even on summer berries or vanilla ice cream.
What does balsamic glaze taste like?
It has an intense sweet and tangy flavor, therefore, ad it slowly to recipes because just a little bit goes a long way.
Oven Baked Balsamic Chicken with Strawberries and Walnuts
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