Balsamic chicken with a sweet and sour touch! This easy to make chicken dish is sure to be a crowd pleaser at the dinner table. You’ll only need a handful of wholesome ingredients to create this recipe that is gluten-free, grain-free, and Paleo friendly. Winner – winner – chicken dinner. You’ve got that right.
Simple Maple Balsamic Chicken
I always feel like everyone is excited at the idea that chicken can somehow taste a little different. Am I wrong? Chicken is one of my favorite protein sources and I believe you can add a lot of variety to make it taste good and a little bit original. I am not a huge collector of spices or dressing so I usually have to get a little creative with how to give a chicken dish a pop of taste. This is important so you don’t feel like you are ready to hightail it to the nearest available restaurant that offers take out. In other words, meals on too much repeat can get a tad dull. It’s all about finding that perfect balance.
Meals Made Simple
I really don’t eat any other way! Scott and I have very hectic schedules and he often works odd hours too. We don’t like that it happens so often, but we often eat dinner on the later side. I am sure you know that when you are pulling together dinner later it means the easier the better. Meals have to be easy because let’s face it, there are so many other things that have to get done on any given night. That thing called life often gets in the way of a fancy dish. But no matter.
Enter in this easy balsamic chicken recipe with a bit of a flavorful flair.
Learning to Cook
Eating healthy does require learning to cook. However, it does not have to be complicated or crazy recipes. I am talking about the basics! My mom was never much of a recipe follower. She often cooked by feel and that is very hard to pass down to someone. When I first lived on my own it suddenly dawned upon me I would have to learn to cook. There was a lot of trial and error involved for sure. I started out by buying a cookbook and following everything to the letter. My measuring cups and spoons were like security blankets. Now I often cook by feel as well. I evaluate what spices compliment a certain food and have fun. Once you are able to let go a bit the process feels quite creative. Not so stressful at all!
- 4 Boneless Chicken Breasts
- ½ Cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
- 1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
- Pink Himalayan Salt (to taste)
- Combine all of the ingredients together to create a marinade for the chicken.
- Using a shallow dish of large plastic bag allow the chicken to sit for 10-15 minutes.
- You also have the option to prep ahead and allow the chicken to sit in the refrigerator overnight.
- Heat a skillet on the stove on low heat and cover with coconut oil or other non stick cooking spray.
- Cook each breast for approximately 8 minutes on each side.
- Check that it is cooked thoroughly by using a meat thermometer.
My favorite sides are usually rice, sweet potatoes or squash if I’m feeling fancy. This asparagus dish is a perfect compliment to chicken!
If you don’t have a ceramic pan you feel comfortable using for cooking chicken then this is a nice, basic version (affiliate link) to get started.
How About You?
- Where did you learn to cook?
- Do you like chicken?