Balsamic, Garlic, and Basil Marinated Chicken Breasts

My sister requested that I make up a balsamic marinade for chicken breasts so here it is Dana. I adapted a recipe from Eating Well that looked simple and delicious. I let the chicken marinate for 24 hours and then cooked it on the grill. The chicken turned a nice brown color from the balsamic vinegar and it turned out juicy and so flavorful! I really loved the sweetness from the balsamic vinegar and the basil and garlic flavors made the chicken extra tasty. I served it with a delicious cucumber salad which will post tomorrow for a healthy and tasty meal.

Combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, basil, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, together in a large zip lock bag.  Mix until well combined then add the chicken breasts to it, seal and place into the refrigerator for 2-24 hours.

Remove the chicken from the refrigerator 20 minutes prior to grilling.

Coat the grill rack with cooking spray then heat on high.  Season both sides of the chicken with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste then place the chicken on the grill rack and cook 4-6 minutes per side or until cooked through and the juices run clear.  Let the chicken rest for 5-7 minutes before slicing and serving with a little more chopped basil sprinkled on top.  Enjoy.

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Balsamic, Garlic, and Basil Marinated Chicken Breasts

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 15 min.

Total Time: 20 min. + 2-24 hours marinating time

Ingredients:

1/4 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp fresh basil
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
4 skinless boneless chicken breasts

Directions:

Combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, basil, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, together in a large zip lock bag. Mix until well combined then add the chicken breasts to it, seal and place into the refrigerator for 2-24 hours.

Remove the chicken from the refrigerator 20 minutes prior to grilling.

Coat the grill rack with cooking spray then heat on high. Place the chicken on the grill rack and cook 4-6 minutes per side or until cooked through and the juices run clear. Let the chicken rest for 5-7 minutes before slicing and serving with a little more chopped basil sprinkled on top. Enjoy.

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37 Responses to “Balsamic, Garlic, and Basil Marinated Chicken Breasts”

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    Chels R. — July 31, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

    These look really really tasty! I love all of these flavors!

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    Alina — August 1, 2012 @ 4:12 am

    It’s fantastic!

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    Kim in MD — August 1, 2012 @ 5:02 am

    What a sweet sister you are, Pam! Yum…this looks delicious! I love the flavors in this chicken marinade, and can’t wait to make it!

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    Jenn's Food Journey — August 1, 2012 @ 5:30 am

    Great combination of flavors…. I love marinating chicken in balsamic and then grilling it. It gets nice and caramelized and oh so yummy!!!

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    much-recipes — August 1, 2012 @ 6:06 am

    Great combination of flavors…. I love that.. It’s fantastic!

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    Mary — August 1, 2012 @ 6:12 am

    This marinade looks perfect to me, Pam. I love balsamic and chicken!

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    lenia — August 1, 2012 @ 6:24 am

    Great way to cook chicken breasts!Many kisses from Greece,dear!

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    Helene — August 1, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    We cook a lot of chicken during the summer on the BBQ, this would be a nice recipe for a change.

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    sonia — August 1, 2012 @ 7:18 am

    Hi there, I got enticed by all your Superb recipes ! I cant wait to try my hands on it. It is looking so good with all the lovely pictures and write up as well. I have been here after a while but enjoyed scrolling through your rest of the wonderful recipes.
    Have a wonderful week ahead. Thanks for sharing awesome recipes. Best Regards, Sonia !!!

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    Loly — August 1, 2012 @ 7:18 am

    WOW, Looks SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO yummy :D

    XoXo
    http://abudhabifood.blogspot.com

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    Kris — August 1, 2012 @ 7:40 am

    Hi Pam. Those look so good! I have barely cooked all summer long!!! We do a lot of salads and easy stuff for dinner when it is just Greg and I. I am itching to cook again as soon as the weather cools off. I become a cooking fool in the winter!!!!
    Happy Day!!
    XO Kris

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    sarah.a — August 1, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    looks really yummy, must try make this!

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    Blond Duck — August 1, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

    I’m going to make these tonight and put them as lettuce wraps!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 1, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

    Love the flavors here, Pam! And it’s so simple to make – perfect for a weeknight meal!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — August 1, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

    This looks delicious. The marinade sounds wonderful.

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    Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy — August 1, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

    how gorgeous! looks delicious!

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    Dana — August 1, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

    I’m glad I could give you homework assignment. You passed with flying colors!!
    I can’t wait to try it in my yummy sandwich…. ~D

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    Tammy — August 1, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

    if this was made in an oven, what temperature and how much time would you cook it? Thank you.

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    Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Garbanzo Beans and Basil | Saltlicker — August 2, 2012 @ 6:00 am

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — August 2, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    A fuss-free, healthy and flavourful grilled chicken!

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — August 2, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    Perfect summer grilling recipe!

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    Construction Equipment Texas — August 2, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

    I love the combination of flavors! I can imagine the smell of the grill and all of these flavors… mouth currently watering!

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    Joanne — August 2, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

    I went through a phase where I pretty much only ate grilled balsamic chicken…but your marinade sounds way better.

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    Honey What's Cooking — August 4, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    this looks so delicious.. love balsamic and garlic, combine it with chicken, heaven!

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    amber — October 6, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

    Can this be baked? If so, how long?

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    Tammy — October 16, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    If I wanted to bake this in the oven, at what temperature would you use, and for how long..for chicken breasts. Thank you.

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    • Pam replied: — October 16th, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

      Tammy,

      I would bake them at 400 for 20-25 minutes. I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Pam

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    Negab — April 17, 2013 @ 11:30 am

    I am trying this tonight, I hope it tastes as delicious as it smells!

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    Megan — June 11, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    Making this for dinner tonight with a nice Greek salad! Can’t wait to eat!

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    Kemort — September 29, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

    Can you use the marinade and freeze the chicken for a future meal or will the chickens texture not hold up? Or will flavored get too strong?

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    • Pam replied: — September 29th, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

      I think the flavor would be too strong.

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    Mom Meets Kitchen — January 11, 2014 @ 7:25 pm

    My new favorite “go to” chicken recipe! Thank you. Can’t wait for warmer weather (and some grilling skills) to try it on the grill.
    http://mommeetskitchen.blogspot.com/2014/01/chicken-its-whats-for-dinner.html

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