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Balsamic Marinated Chicken Over Salad

This post was sponsored by Eat Smart as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions and recipes expressed in my post are my own. I received product samples to facilitate my review. GIVEAWAY on this POST. You need something quick and beautiful for dinner, right? Let’s don’t forget DELICIOUS and strangely healthy yet TASTY! I have found a TERRIFIC way to have an elegant, delicious, filling meal in minutes. No, I’m really not kidding. Try out this recipe for Balsamic Marinated Chicken Over Salad – Strawberry Harvest Salad. Living and Eating well really doesn’t get any better than this.

This salad is so beautiful that I wouldn’t hesitate for even a second to share it with friends. What an elegant dish it would make for a pool side party or even a baby shower! It is perfect for every occasion. Meal planning couldn’t be easier either. Seriously, all I did was mix up the marinade. Let the chicken sit in the bowl while I heated the grill and prepped the other items. Grilled the chicken (less than 10 minutes) and dinner was READY! This is a serious 30 minute LOVELY and CLASSY meal.

In addition, I used Eat Smart Salad Mix and we like to think that living well starts with eating well. Eat Smart products are refreshingly easy with these delicious Gourmet Vegetable Salad Kits. It’s a convenient, delicious way to eat healthy especially on the go!

Balsamic Marinated Chicken Over Salad

Balsamic Marinated Chicken Over Salad

THE RECIPE FOR Balsamic Marinated Chicken Over Salad

Balsamic Marinated Chicken Over Salad

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Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blueberry balsamic chicken
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 220kcal


  • 1 package of boneless skinless chicken thighs about 6 thighs per package
  • 1 Cup GOOD Balsamic Vinegar
  • ½ cup good quality dijon mustard
  • ¼ Cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp black pepper


  • Preheat the gas grill or put your charcoals on to heat up. In a medium bowl, mix all of the ingredients together EXCEPT the chicken. Once you have them mixed well, add the chicken and stir and coat well. (You can also do this in a gallon size resealable plastic bag - but I used a bowl). With chicken thighs, they tend to curl - so, make sure the marinade gets in all of the cracks and crevices.
  • Allow chicken to sit in the marinade for about 30 minutes (up to overnight). When grill is preheated, grill on medium low heat for about 8 minutes. Only turn once at about minute 6.
  • Once chicken is cooked through, remove from the grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Serve over bed of fresh greens, salad, rice, noodles.


Easy quick dinner


Nutrition Facts
Balsamic Marinated Chicken Over Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Balsamic Marinated Chicken Over Salad

Balsamic Marinated Chicken Over Salad

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR Balsamic Marinated Chicken Over Salad

  • In general, I recommend a long marinade time – like overnight. However, in this case, I found that 30 minutes was long enough and gave the chicken a SENSATIONAL flavor!
  • This marinade WILL turn your chicken a darker brown color. No sweat. Its delicious.
  • When grilling chicken – put it on and let it set. Don’t be flipping and flopping your meat around. That causes it to want to stick to the grill and disturbs some of the natural juices. Just let it set baby – have patients. It will be delicious. Turn it once. Let it finish cooking through. Then remove it and let it sit on your kitchen counter for 5 minutes while you set the table. PERFECT!
  • I served my thighs whole over greens (perfect!!!! And light dinner). You could also cut in diagonal pieces and serve over salad as an appetizer. Lovely.
  • This chicken tastes PERFECT with some strawberries IN the salad. I know, a little different, but trust me – the tastes go together!
  • So, like I said, this post is sponsored by Eat Smart – they provided the salad mixes for me to try. They were GOOD! The recipe for the chicken however, is all mine. It would be GREAT if ya’ll would go check out Eat Smart on Facebook and sign up for their monthly newsletter! There is a give away listed just below this photo. Please join me for this weeks verse too. 🙂 
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Balsamic Marinated Chicken Over Salad

Balsamic Marinated Chicken Over Salad


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Wendi is the writer, CEO and dishwasher at Loaves and Dishes! When not in the kitchen or behind the computer, you can find Wendi serving on International Food Conference Boards, Speaking at various conferences, Leading and Cooking for the local Arts Council's "Taste of Stokes" events or donating home cooked goodies to various local non profits such as the Danbury Songwriters and Stokes Partnership for Children. Wendi is also a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree and serves on her town's board of councilmen.

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Friday 2nd of February 2018


sarah k

Thursday 6th of October 2016

I think I would start with the Roasted Yam Salad and the Sweet Kale Salad Kits.

Stacey Roberson

Thursday 22nd of September 2016

Mmm...I want to try the Strawberry Harvest.

Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

Thursday 22nd of September 2016

We are addicted to balsamic vinegar and flavored olive oils! We use balsamic vinegar not only on our salads but on our fish, chicken, even fruit :-) It is loaded with flavor. Your meal is perfect as a light dinner. Have a great week.

Wendi Spraker

Thursday 22nd of September 2016

Hey Marisa. Thank you ! Where do you get your Balsamic? Our local specialty store has closed and I'm looking for a new source!


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