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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.

    I think you are going to absolutely love this salad!

    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

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    Balsamic-Glazed Chicken with Citrus Salad & Quinoa

    Healthy Balsamic-glazed Chicken Salad with Quinoa and drizzle of a delicious citrus vinaigrette. Loaded with proteins and nutrients.
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 15 minutes
    Total Time 30 minutes
    Servings 4
    Calories 504kcal

    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

    • 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.

    NUTRITION

    Nutrition Facts
    Balsamic-Glazed Chicken with Citrus Salad & Quinoa
    Amount Per Serving (412 g)
    Calories 504 Calories from Fat 270
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 30g46%
    Saturated Fat 4g20%
    Cholesterol 107mg36%
    Sodium 661mg28%
    Potassium 701mg20%
    Carbohydrates 30g10%
    Fiber 4g16%
    Sugar 8g9%
    Protein 28g56%
    Vitamin A 3470IU69%
    Vitamin C 13mg16%
    Calcium 89mg9%
    Iron 3.6mg20%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    Course Salad
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Egg-Free, Gluten Free, Grilling, Healthy, Spring, Summer

     

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    Comments

    Kimberley Pereda

    5 stars
    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.

    Doris

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

    Oana @AdoreFoods

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

    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

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

    Florentina

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

    Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    5 stars
    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.

    Kelly

    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!

    Tracy @ Served from Scratch

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

    Sharee @ Savory Spicerack

    5 stars
    I’m in love with anything balsamic! Beautiful pictures!

    Judy

    5 stars
    What a lovely fresh looking and I’m sure tasting salad! Citrus lightens every salad up, I will definitely try this! Thanks so much!

    Anne Murphy

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

    Donna

    5 stars
    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.

    Tamara

    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!

    immaculate

    5 stars
    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! 🙂

    Olivia @ Olivia's Cuisine

    5 stars
    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!

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