Balsamic Chicken with Spinach and Tomatoes

31715 017Growing up my parents were not adventurous people, not in traveling or in food so most of my adventurous things I’ve  done as an adult.  We’re the only family that makes a trip to Busch Gardens(a three hour ride both ways) a day trip! That was as adventurous as we got as kids.  I was very blessed that I had a great childhood, we lived a 1/2 hour from a beach resort town, 10 minutes from a bay that provided a lot of adventures as a kid and until age 10 I lived in town and had a lot of friends to help provide entertainment. However, with food sometimes I wish my parents were more adventurous, but that wasn’t the case, so just recently I have started experimenting with balsamic vinegar, and I love it.

A couple weeks ago, I took a facebook challenge to eat clean for a week and during the week they used balsamic vinegar in salad dressing and I really liked it, so I  started  using balsamic vinegar in other things!

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This bottle I got at a farm market when my husband and I were on a road trip to Annapolis, but I’m sure you can find some in any market that you’ll like.

In this recipe, I  saute the chicken on one side and then when I flip the chicken then I added  the vinegar and it reduces and caramelizes so nicely and its soooo good. Plus it’s a quick, healthy meal with the meat and veggies one pan so that means quick clean up too!  So take this and make that!



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1 lb chicken breast
2 TSBP of olive oil, divided
1 10 oz container of grape tomatoes cut in half
1 6 oz bag of spinach
2 cloves of garlic minced (their hiding in the photo but I promise you they are there!)
2 TBSP of Balsamic Vinegar
Salt and Pepper

Add 1 TBSP olive oil to a large skillet and heat to meduim, then salt and pepper the chicken breast that’s up and put that side down into the olive oil and then salt and pepper the side up in the pan.(In other words salt and pepper chicken well
because it needs it!)

Saute the chicken on the first side for 5 minutes, flip the chicken, add second TBSP of olive oil, Balsamic Vinegar, garlic, tomatoes and spinach.  You may have to add spinach in batches until it wilts down and you can fit the entire bag in pan.  Salt and pepper the spinach and tomatoes because it will bring out the flavor of the new ingredients that you added.

Saute for another 8 minutes until the chicken is at least 155 degrees and the vinegar
has  thicken.

Enjoy! You can serve over rice and it will help to stretch your meal.  Now go and be adventurous with your kids or your that special person in your life!

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