Liven up your chicken dish with this simple, one pot Orange Balsamic Chicken with Spinach dish that’s filled with nutrients and is sweet, tangy & delicious.
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Chicken needs to be really good for me to crave it, and this Orange Balsamic Chicken fits that category fo sho.
Thanks to the help of some orange juice & balsamic vinegar, this chicken has a sweet & tangy taste that balances out quite well when served with savory & a little bit spicy sauteed spinach.
Oh and to top it all off, you cook everything in one pot. Gah, those are my favorite type of meals!
One dish to wash, and I’m one happy gal! One dish to wash is like an early Christmas present I’m giving myself.
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Now that the holiday season is in full swing and you are likely feeling the ill-effects of too many cookies, you will appreciate this one pot meal even more since it has fruit and veggies! Another early Christmas gift I’m giving myself (and you!)
During this time of year, my fruit and veggie intake dramatically decreases because those typically aren’t often on the grab & go list. Yes, it’s getting easier because there are better options offered everywhere. But I like to take a few extra precautions so I make sure that I get in enough vitamins & minerals from fruits and veggies.
One of my favorite things to do is to add some fruit juice in club soda for a refreshing and tasty way to stay hydrated. My personal favorite is orange juice + a splash of cranberry and then a bunch of club soda in a big class. Fruit juice is an easy way to get potassium, vitamin C, folate, magnesium and valuable plant compounds. And my body sure does need those things this time of year; I do not want to get sick!
Be sure you grab the 100% juice, so you can make sure it’s the good stuff that is filled with the same nutrients that whole fruit has with no added sugar.
I also try to pack as much spinach as I can in my smoothies – more than normal – so I need something to help that smoothie not taste like dirt. Orange juice! Thank you orange juice for saving me from drinking a dirt-tasting smoothie. I really appreciate it 😉
Speaking of orange juice, orange juice saves boring old chicken. I’ve never been a huge fan of chicken, and if I’m eating it, it better be really good.
This Orange Balsamic Chicken is really good!
It is quite simple to make and only requires 10 ingredients which makes me happy this time of year.
You’ll start by sauteing the spinach. Then set aside and cook the chicken. Set that aside and make the sauce. Then serve! The presentation of this dish is quite lovely if I do say so myself.
I like to serve it with a hot loaf of sliced and buttered bread, but it’s up to you what you serve with it.
All I suggest is that you try this simple, tasty, and nourishing recipe. Yay for getting more nutrients in our bodies during the holidays (and year round because this can be made and should be made all year!)
Orange Balsamic Chicken
What You'll Need:
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- 8 ounces fresh spinach about 12 cups
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp salt divided
- 20 ounces chicken breast
- 1 TBSP minced garlic 3 cloves
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1 1/2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 tsp dried rosemary
How to Make It:
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
Add fresh spinach, red pepper flakes, and 1/4 tsp salt. Saute until wilted. Remove from skillet and set aside.
In the same skillet, add the chicken in one layer. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 tsp salt.
Cook for 5-8 minutes per side, depending on thickness, until done. Set aside.
Add minced garlic, and stir for 1 minute.
Add orange juice, chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, and dried rosemary. Use a spoon to scrape up any bits of chicken that remain in the skillet.
Simmer until the sauce reduces by about half (should take about 5-10 minutes), stirring often. Remove from heat.
Add the chicken back to the skillet (to reheat a little and soak up some sauce).
Plate the spinach. Top with chicken, and serve with extra sauce. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes*Make sure your chicken breast are thin. Pound them or slice in half if needed.
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