Dinner

Marinated Balsamic Seared Chicken Breasts

Yesterday afternoon I made one of our favorite sides – Mediterranean Couscous Summer Salad. It’s not summer anymore, but this salad still works with lots of meals. This time I paired it with a simple chicken recipe, one that’s easy to throw together after work.

Using salad dressing isn’t anything new or innovative, but I believe in an attempt to be creative, we sometimes forget that it’s okay to use something simple, like a store-bought vinaigrette, to make dinner easy without giving up good flavor.

In fact, if you’re smart, the next time you buy a large tray of chicken breasts on sale at the grocery store, freeze a few in a bag with the marinade. It’ll allow the seasoning to marry well with the chicken, and all you’ll need to do the day before you’re ready to cook is pull the bag out to thaw in the fridge. Easy!
Marinated Balsamic Seared Chicken Breasts
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Serves: 2-3 adults
Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 skinless boneless chicken breasts
1 bottle balsamic vinaigrette dressing
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon freshly chopped basil
Directions
Add the dressing and chicken to a large zip-top bag and seal. Set aside for 30 minutes to marinate as it comes to room temperature.
Preheat a large skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Add the olive oil, and then the chicken. Season the side of the chicken facing up with the salt, pepper and basil. Cook for 5 minutes, then flip and cook for an additional 5 minutes*. Remove to a plate and let rest for 2 minutes before serving.
*If the chicken is more than 1-inch thick, you can either pound it down to 1/2-inch before cooking, or add another 2 minutes to the cooking time.

Hi, I'm Liza, a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting sucked into whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life, and as a foodie at heart, I relish the chance to both cook and eat. (No picky-eater here!) Always on the hunt for good eats, easy recipes, binge-worthy shows, relaxing road trip destinations, the perfect mojito and time to finish my novel!

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