Balsamic Grilled Chicken Recipe
Easy Balsamic Grilled Chicken Recipe
When the weather starts to get warmer the one thing I look forward to is being able to cook outside on the grill. I have tried a number of recipes over the years, but one of my favorites is my Balsamic Grilled Chicken Recipe. It is really easy to make, virtually mess free (which is always nice), and most importantly, it tastes Mmm Good!
Marinating chicken is one of the best ways to bring a lot of flavor to your chicken. If you use a zip and seal bag for your marinade it is also mess free. I know the one thing I always dread after cooking is the clean up, so this virtually eliminates that problem. This recipe is light and flavorful, perfect for your summer barbecue. It is also versatile and works great on steaks as well. So get your grill fired up and start cooking!
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Brush for Marinating
If you plan on marinating food, a basting or marinade brush is essential. A silicone brush is your best option. There are other types of brushes out there, but take it from experience, you do not want to have little hairs from the basting brush end up in your food, stick to a silicone brush for best results. If you plan on using the brush to marinade while grilling, a brush with a long handle is best to prevent getting burned.
- 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinagrette (can substitute balsamic vinegar for a stronger taste)
- 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
- 1 tsp Thyme
- 1/2 tsp Ground Pepper
- 1 1/2 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
- 1. In a large zip and seal bag, mix balsamic vinagrette, soy sauce, brown sugar, thyme, and pepper. Add your chicken breasts to the marinade. Make sure all the excess air is out of the bag and then seal. Chicken can be marinated in the fridge for a minimum of an hour, I usually marinade close to 2 hours for extra flavor or you can marinade for 15 minutes at room temperature. Be sure to turn your bag periodically to ensure consistent flavor. If placing your marinade in the refrigerator, place the bag in some sort of a dish or on a plate just in case the bag leaks.
- 2. Prepare your charcoal grill or preheat your gas grill on medium heat.
- 3. Remove chicken from marinade and place on the grill. Grill for approximately 7 to 8 minutes on each side. Cooking time may vary based on the heat of your grill and the thickness of your chicken breasts. Be sure to cook chicken thoroughly.
- 4. *Optional* You can take your excess marinade and pour into a saucepan. Heat marinade over high heat until it reaches a boil. Approximately 2 to 3 minutes. You can then take a grill brush a marinade the chicken periodically through the cooking process for maximum flavor.
Do You Prefer Your Chicken Grilled or Fried?
To make your grilling experience easier it is essential to have a few basic tools. A grill cleaning brush, a good pair of tongs, and a grill spatula will make your grilling experience a lot easier.
Optional Extras for Great Tasting Chicken
To add something extra to your grilled chicken breasts you can try one of these ideas...
* Once chicken is cooked on one side, flip and add feta cheese. The cheese will soften and warm up while the chicken breasts finish cooking. It is best to put the feta on the under side of the chicken breast (it is less likely to fall off and into your grill).
* The feta topped chicken takes great with a roasted red pepper sauce that is easy to make...
Just take 2 pounds (about 4) roasted red bell peppers, 3 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar, and a dash of salt and pepper. Put in a blender and puree. The puree gives a great balance to the bold taste of the feta.
Other Great Grilled Chicken Recipes
- Delicious Grilled Chicken Marinade
Great recipe when you are marinading large amount of chicken.
- Marinated Chicken Breasts
Great marinated chicken recipe for grilling or baking.
- Crazy Chicken Marinade
Great marinated chicken recipe with a little bit of a kick.
- Grilled Chicken Marinade Recipes
A collection of grilled chicken marinade recipes. You're sure to find one you will love.
Cookbooks from Grill Masters
Who better to learn great grilling and cooking techniques from than two of the best in the world. Check out these great cookbooks from Iron Chefs Bobby Flay and Michael Symon.