Balsamic Chicken with Spinach & Peppers

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

From our skinny table to yours ...

One of our favorite skinny tricks is to remake our favorite dishes we order out at home. We can never believe the calorie count attached to some restaurant meals. Especially the ones that sound healthy! Our at home slimmed down suppers taste just as good (if not better!) knowing we are chowing down on a fraction of the fat & calories.

Tonight we're remaking one of our favorite dishes at The Cheesecake Factory, Balsamic Grilled Chicken Medallions. Their version has a whopping 1410 calories ... that's close to a whole day's worth of calories! But you can happily eat our version which comes in at just 287 calories per serving.

We start by browning up one pound of thinly sliced boneless skinless breast. We love to add flavor with herbs, spices, vinegar ... anything other than butter or cream! With this one, we splash in a touch of balsamic vinegar when cooking the chicken for the perfect low calorie glaze.

Our sauce starts with sautéed garlic, spinach and red bell pepper. We add in balsamic vinegar & low sodium, fat free chicken broth and simmer to reduce the sauce and thicken. Add your chicken back in and you're done!


Hope you enjoy :)

Nutrition Facts Per Serving
Serves 4
Calories: 287
Fat: 12 grams
Carbs: 5.7 grams
Dietary Fiber: 2 grams
Protein: 39.6 grams

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
4 garlic cloves
1 bag of fresh baby spinach
2 red bell peppers chopped into bite size pieces
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (1 tbsp & 3 tbsp)
2 cups low sodium fat free chicken broth
Salt & Pepper

Let's Get Cooking!
1. Season thinly sliced chicken with salt & pepper. Add one tbsp olive oil to deep sauté pan and heat over medium high heat. Add chicken to pan & cook for 3-4 minutes on each side.
2. Remove chicken & set aside.
3. Add remaining olive oil to pan. On medium heat, add the garlic, spinach and chopped bell pepper. Sauté for 5-6 minutes stirring occasionally.
4. Add remaining balsamic vinegar & chicken broth. Stir to combine.
5. Add chicken back into sauté pan and simmer sauce for 5 minutes to let flavors combine.
6. Plate up & enjoy!

Makes 4 healthy portions :)

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  1. Looks so yummy!! Can't wait to try it

  2. man that looks good.. i am emailing this to myself so i can make this weekend :) thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Lisa! It's SO yummy! Would love to hear what you think :)

  3. This looks delicious. I'm always trying to think of new ways to make chicken... I'll definitely be trying this out soon!

  4. Mmm, yum! That looks very tasty!
    I really need to find new healthy recipes,
    it looks like I came to the right place!
    Happy to be following back! :)

    1. Thanks Amy! Glad you stopped by :) Hope you find some recipes you love!

  5. Replies
    1. Thanks Chelsea! Let us know if you try it! Enjoy your weekend :)

  6. Where does it say in the recipe to add the first tbsp of balsamic? All it says about the vinegar is to add the "remaining" balsamic. I'm just discovering this halfway through cooking. Hope it comes out right.

  7. I feel like there are steps missing in this recipe. It never mentioned the first part of the balsamic and when to add it. The sauce never reduced (should I have reduced it before or after adding the chicken back in?) So it looks nothing like the lovely picture included. It tastes ok but I have a feeling it would taste better had I made it as intended, with better directions.


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