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Healthy Balsamic-glazed Chicken Salad with Quinoa and drizzle of a delicious citrus vinaigrette. Loaded with proteins and nutrients.
This is such a great winter salad recipe – it uses in season fresh ingredients, and it’s filling. Balsamic-glazed chicken is served with citrus spinach salad and warm cooked quinoa. It’s drizzled with a citrus and sweet dressing that adds so much flavor. And BONUS, this salad is also nutritious and loaded with protein. It’s perfect if you are looking for a healthy and light dinner or lunch idea. This is an adapted recipe from the Cooking Light magazine but I substituted some of the ingredients. Hope you enjoy it!
I love the sweet-bitter taste of the blood orange but you can also substitute them with navel oranges.
I think you are going to absolutely love this salad!
How To Make Balsamic-Glazed Chicken with Citrus Salad and Quinoa
Balsamic and Dijon-Glazed Chicken Breasts
1 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp olive oil
Combine first 3 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.
Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add chicken to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side. Brush chicken with 1 1/2 tsp maple mixture; turn and cook 1 minute. Brush again chicken with 1 1/2 tsp maple mixture on the other side; turn and cook 1 minute.Remove chicken from pan; brush evenly with remaining 1 Tbsp maple mixture.
Quinoa Salad with Green Onions
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 black pepper
1/4 tsp maple syrup
2 cups cooked quinoa
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add quinoa and green onions; toss.
Citrus Spinach Salad with Mint
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp fresh orange juice
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup mint leaves
5 oz spinach
1 medium blood orange
1 medium naval orange
2 Tbsp sliced almonds
1/4 cup goat or feta cheese, crumbled
Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add mint and spinach; toss. Peel oranges, cut each orange crosswise into 5 slices. Divide spinach mixture evenly among 4 plates; top with orange slices, almonds and goat cheese.
Balsamic-Glazed Chicken with Citrus Salad & Quinoa
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
For Quinoa Salad with Green Onions
- 3 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 1/2 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon maple syrup
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
For Citrus Spinach Salad with Mint
- 2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon fresh orange juice
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup mint leaves
- 5 oz spinach
- 1 medium blood orange
- 1 medium naval orange
- 2 Tablespoon sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup goat or feta cheese, crumbled
- Combine first 3 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.
- Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add chicken to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side. Brush chicken with 1 1/2 tsp maple mixture; turn and cook 1 minute. Brush again chicken with 1 1/2 tsp maple mixture on the other side; turn and cook 1 minute. Remove chicken from pan; brush evenly with remaining 1 Tbsp maple mixture.
Quinoa Salad with Green Onions
- Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add quinoa and green onions; toss.
Citrus Spinach Salad with Mint
- Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add mint and spinach; toss. Peel oranges, cut each orange crosswise into 5 slices. Divide spinach mixture evenly among 4 plates; top with orange slices, almonds, and goat cheese.
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Another healthy recipe for me. You’re very kind! Thank you for sharing this awesome dish. I will probably cook this on weekend. My family will surely love the food as well.
Good morning–this looks delicious !!! Do you have the nutritional information for this ???? thanks in advance !!
Hi Doris, I don’t have the nutritional info for this recipe. This website (http://www.myfitnesspal.com/recipe/calculator) can give you that information if you enter the ingredients. Hope that helps!
Such a healthy and vibrant salad! Saving this one to make it next week. Thanks for sharing it
What a healthy and colourful plate of food! The two salads both sound fabulous 🙂
What a perfect meal. That citrus salad is the perfect side dish for this chicken. Screams freshness and i love that !
What an attractive plate — it is so appealing it begs you to dig in!! I love the balsamic glaze on the chicken. Great recipe — we eat lots of chicken.
This looks gorgeous, Neli! I love how fresh and bright it is and the flavors sound amazing!
Thank you so much, Kelly! Thanks for stopping by!
This chicken looks so amazingly moist and juicy!! Yum!
I’m in love with anything balsamic! Beautiful pictures!
What a lovely fresh looking and I’m sure tasting salad! Citrus lightens every salad up, I will definitely try this! Thanks so much!
I love the citrus/mint/spinach combination! Sounds so refreshing!
Oh wow, this sounds simply delicious! I love the addition of the citrus, I can imagine it would add a great flavour to the dish.
I love your combination of ingredients here Neli! I cook and blog healthy recipes too, and always appreciate seeing recipes with lovely, fresh, seasonal ingredients. I have blood oranges on my butcher block just waiting for this dish 🙂 Thanks!
I’m always on the lookout for healthy chicken meal and the flavors in this recipe look fantastic! Adding to my recipe repertoire. Thanks for sharing!!
Thank you, Immaculate!! Hope you enjoy it! 🙂
Love this colorful healthy meal! And looks/sounds so delicious too! Proof that nobody has to compromise flavor to eat healthy. 🙂
Absolutely! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Olivia!