Whether you’re having friends over for dinner or you’re short on time on a weeknight, balsamic glazed chicken is a simple no-fuss meal that you can serve with virtually any side dish.
This recipe comes together in less than 15 minutes and will become your new go-to balsamic chicken recipe.
Ideally, you’ll pound the chicken breasts so they’re around ?” thick. This will make sure they cook quickly but will keep them super moist and juicy once cooked.
Depending on the type of broth and coconut aminos you use, you may need to add a little additional salt at the end of cooking.
Lightly crush your garlic before slicing to release its fragrant compounds.
Let’s get started.
Garlic Balsamic Chicken Recipe
Time in the kitchen: 15 minutes
1.5 lbs. boneless chicken breasts
3 Tbsp. Primal Kitchen® Olive Oil
5 clove sliced garlic
3.5 Tbsp. Primal Kitchen® Balsamic Vinegar
2-3 Tbsp. chicken broth
1.5 Tbsp. coconut aminos
2 Tbsp. basil
1 cup cherry tomatoes
salt and pepper
More fresh basil
Pound the chicken breasts between two pieces of parchment using a meat mallet until they are uniform in thickness. Season both sides of the breasts liberally with salt and pepper.
Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the sliced garlic and stir until the garlic is fragrant. Place the chicken breasts in the pan and saute for 2 minutes on each side.
Add the balsamic vinegar and coconut aminos. Bring the mixture to a boil, then flip over the chicken again and reduce the heat to a simmer.
Add the broth and the tomatoes and give the pan a gentle shake. Continue cooking over medium heat over the stovetop, turning the chicken every minute or so to coat it in the balsamic mixture. Add a small amount of extra broth as needed.
Cook until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit and the tomatoes are soft. Garnish with fresh basil and enjoy!
Nutrition Info (serves 4):
Total Fat: 13g
Total Carbs: 6g
Net Carbs: 5.3g
All raw. All cooked. A little of both. With meat, or without. Artfully arranged in a pretty plate or thrown together in a to-go container as your run out the door. There are infinite ways to assemble your “Big Ass Salad.”
What’s the best way to make yours?
The best “Big Ass Salad” is the one you’ll make, and the one you’ll enjoy eating.
With flavorful veggies, sweet BBQ chicken, and salty pickles, this version of the BAS keeps your taste buds interested. It’s easy to put together, and you can easily adapt it with the veggies you have on hand.
Here’s how to make it.
Hawaiian BBQ Chicken “Big Ass Salad” Bowls with Quick Pickles Recipe
Serves: 2-3, depending on bowl size
Time in the kitchen: 15 minutes
For the Chicken
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
Salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup Primal Kitchen® Hawaiian BBQ Sauce, divided
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
For the Quick Pickles
1 medium cucumber thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves smashed
5-8 peppercorns (optional)
1 tbsp fresh dill
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
For the Bowl
1 head romaine lettuce, torn
1 cup cooked riced cauliflower (frozen and rinsed to thaw, for ease!)
1 beefsteak tomato roughly chopped
1/4 red onion diced
1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded (optional)
1/4 cup Primal Kitchen Cilantro Lime Dressing and Marinade
For the Chicken
Season chicken with a salt and pepper to taste and marinate in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk 1/2 cup of the BBQ sauce, and lime juice. Pour the sauce over the chicken and marinate for an hour or two.
Sear chicken on medium-high heat until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. Once cooled, slice against the grain into strips.
For the Pickles
Fill a jar or large bowl with dill, cucumber, garlic, and peppercorns. Heat the water, vinegar, and salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Once the liquid starts to bubble, remove from heat and pour into the jar with the cucumbers. Allow to cool then refrigerate.
For the Bowls
Arrange the salad ingredients in each bowl. Layer on the cooled and sliced grilled chicken, then top the bowls with the remaining BBQ sauce.
Garnish with cilantro and pour on a generous amount of Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette. Enjoy!
Recipe courtesy of guest contributor Abby Rice, wellness blogger at Everyday From A. Adapted for the Primal lifestyle from the original version, featured here. Many thanks, Abby!
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Have you ever heard of a meatza? It’s the low-carb, grain-free answer to pizza cravings once you’ve adopted a keto, paleo, Primal, or Whole 30® way of living.
Meatzas are just as versatile as pizza. You can use virtually any ground meat as the “crust” base, and top it with endless combinations of pizza toppings. From traditional sauce and uncured pepperoni, to veggie lovers’, to caramelized onions and herbs, anything goes. We tapped into some tropical inspiration for this Keto Hawaiian BBQ Meatza. It’s flavorful and spicy, with a touch of sweet. To cool the kick and take a flavor journey to the islands, add some chopped mango or pineapple right before serving.
The best part is, they’re easy to make! If you’ve ever tried to make a grain-free or cauliflower pizza crust from scratch, you’ll appreciate how simple these are.
It’s a common misconception that casseroles are off the table once you shift to a Primal lifestyle or start a keto diet. After all, the casseroles you grew up with were likely packed with noodles or rice, had very little vegetable, and were almost universally held together by a can of condensed soup.
With a few ingredient swaps, casseroles are back, and just as cozy as ever. This Keto Bacon Ranch Chicken Casserole recipe has the creamy, dreamy consistency you know and love, without the digestive upset that comes with a heavy, cheesy casserole. Plus, everyone loves the convenience of a one-pan meal – less cooking and clean up time!
This post is a companion piece to the lazy keto article, which describes what lazy keto is and who might want to do it. The tl;dr (too long, didn’t read) version is that lazy keto is a simplified version of the keto diet where you only track carbs to make sure you’re under the limit to stay in ketosis. According to The Keto Reset Diet and Keto for Life, that would be about 50 grams total (gross) per day, with some wiggle room if most of your carbs are coming from non-starchy vegetables and avocados. Otherwise, you don’t micromanage your protein, fat, or total calorie intake.