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    Healthy Balsamic-glazed Chicken Salad with Quinoa and drizzle of a delicious citrus vinaigrette. Loaded with proteins and nutrients.

    Balsamic-Glazed Chicken Salad

    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.

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    Balsamic-Glazed Chicken 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

    Instructions

    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

    Instructions

    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 Salad

    5 from 8 votes
    Balsamic-Glazed Chicken with Citrus Salad and Quinoa
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    15 mins
    Total Time
    30 mins
     

    Healthy Balsamic-glazed Chicken Salad with Quinoa and drizzle of a delicious citrus vinaigrette. Loaded with proteins and nutrients.

    Course: Salad
    Cuisine: American
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 504 kcal
    Author: Adapted from Cooking Light Magazine
    Ingredients
    For Quinoa Salad with Green Onions
    For 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
    Instructions
    1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.
    2. 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
    1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add quinoa and green onions; toss.
    Citrus Spinach Salad with Mint
    1. 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.
    Nutrition Facts
    Balsamic-Glazed Chicken with Citrus Salad and Quinoa
    Amount Per Serving (412 g)
    Calories 504 Calories from Fat 270
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 30g 46%
    Saturated Fat 4g 20%
    Cholesterol 107mg 36%
    Sodium 661mg 28%
    Potassium 701mg 20%
    Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
    Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
    Sugars 8g
    Protein 28g 56%
    Vitamin A 69.4%
    Vitamin C 15.7%
    Calcium 8.9%
    Iron 20.2%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

     

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    Comments

    Love this colorful healthy meal! And looks/sounds so delicious too! Proof that nobody has to compromise flavor to eat healthy. 🙂

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Absolutely! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Olivia!

    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!!

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thank you, Immaculate!! Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

    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!

    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 the citrus/mint/spinach combination! Sounds so refreshing!

    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’m in love with anything balsamic! Beautiful pictures!

    This chicken looks so amazingly moist and juicy!! Yum!

    This looks gorgeous, Neli! I love how fresh and bright it is and the flavors sound amazing!

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thank you so much, Kelly! Thanks for stopping by!

    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.

    What a perfect meal. That citrus salad is the perfect side dish for this chicken. Screams freshness and i love that !

    What a healthy and colourful plate of food! The two salads both sound fabulous 🙂

    Such a healthy and vibrant salad! Saving this one to make it next week. Thanks for sharing it

    Doris

    Good morning–this looks delicious !!! Do you have the nutritional information for this ???? thanks in advance !!

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