Balsamic-Glazed Chicken with Citrus Salad and Quinoa

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!

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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

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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: 924 kcal
Author: Adapted from Cooking Light Magazine
Ingredients
  • 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
For 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
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 924 Calories from Fat 383
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 42.6g 66%
Saturated Fat 8.6g 43%
Polyunsaturated Fat 34g
Cholesterol 160mg 53%
Sodium 814mg 34%
Total Carbohydrates 70.7g 24%
Dietary Fiber 8.8g 35%
Sugars 11.6g
Protein 65g 130%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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

18 comments on Balsamic-Glazed Chicken with Citrus Salad and Quinoa

  • Olivia @ Olivia's Cuisine

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

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Absolutely! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Olivia!

  • immaculate

    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 (author)

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

  • 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!

  • Donna

    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.

  • Anne Murphy

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

  • Judy

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

  • Kelly

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

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

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

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    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.

  • Florentina

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

  • Oana @AdoreFoods

    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 !!

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      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!

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