Looking for chicken recipes with balsamic vinaigrette? This recipe is so ridiculously easy, that its almost embarrassing to share! Just 2 ingredients and about 10 minutes, this Grilled Balsamic Chicken Breast Tenders recipe brings the main dish to your dinner table in no time. Plus, it’s delicious!
So, since I’m sharing a ridiculously easy recipe, I decided to share numerous photos of my attempt to become a “food stylist” and make my food photos more interesting (this post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.).
This adorable bird’s nest was found by my neighbor’s children. They found it in my yard, so brought it to me. The four pale blue eggs were inside the nest and the other two spotted eggs where on the ground. They are so teeny, tiny! Anyway, I love my little nest of hatched and unhatched eggs and put it on a tarnished silver-plated pedestal that I found at the Goodwill on one of my “photo props” expeditions. I’m not going to polish this tarnished pedestal because I love the aged patina! And, it’s the perfect size for this little nest.
I still don’t really know how to use my fancy, dancy camera with all its bells and whistle. But, I’m working on creating more interesting photos instead of always using my very large chopping board as the backdrop. So, I’ve been collecting things to add as “props”.
My countertop, my kitchen table and my dining room table all have shiny finishes that reflect the light, making photographing food difficult. I’ve been collecting items that absorb light, instead, because Charlie won’t let me buy a new kitchen table (darn that Charlie!). He loves our kitchen table and it is really the perfect size for the space, so he doesn’t want to muck up what is already working (don’t fix it if it isn’t broke attitude).
Anyway, the round placement and the rectangle one beneath it, as well as the adorable kitchen towel with the birds on it came from a recent shopping expedition to Cost Plus World Imports. I love that store, don’t you? In the picture above, you can see the cute kitchen towel better because I moved the forks! I stood on a step stool to capture this shot!
In the picture above, I decided to try a different perspective. I sat in a chair instead of standing over the chicken. Enough with food styling! Here’s what you do to make Grilled Balsamic Chicken Breast Tenders:
- Defrost your chicken breast tenders.
- Place the defrosted chicken breast tenders in a Ziploc gallon size bag.
- Instead of making a balsamic vinegar marinade from scratch, for this boneless skinless chicken breast marinade I use Newman’s Own Lite Balsamic dressing. Add between 1/2 cup to 1 cup of Newman’s Own Lite Balsamic dressing (depending on the number of chicken breast tenders you are using).
- Seal the bag and smush it around. Refrigerate for at least an hour to marinate the balsamic vinegar chicken. For the recipe in this post, I defrosted 16 chicken breast tenders, which makes 8 servings of 2 tenders each. I do this because it takes me so little time to make this chicken and then we have extra in the refrigerator for nights when life is toot sweet and we can’t take the time to cook something from scratch!
Then, get out your grill pan and heat it on medium-high for a few minutes (no need to add oil; the dressing has oil in it). Add the marinated chicken breast tenders to the hot pan and cook for about 5 minutes. Discard the Ziploc bag of marinade.
Using tongs, flip the Grilled Balsamic Chicken Breast Tenders over and cook for another 4 minutes.
Remove chicken from grill pan and transfer to a serving dish. Sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves (optional), Grilled Balsamic Chicken Breast Tenders are ready-to-serve! These tongs are actually tongs for an ice bucket. I thought they were so pretty, I decided to use them.
And yet another picture!
Here’s a collage of Grilled Balsamic Chicken Breast Tenders to pin to your Pinterest board. Thanks for sharing!
Here’s the recipe:
- 16 boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders; defrosted
- 1 cup Newman's Own Lite Balsamic dressing
- Defrost chicken breast tenders in refrigerator.
- Place defrosted chicken breast tenders in plastic Ziploc bag.
- Add Newman's Own Lite Balsamic dressing and seal bag, removing some of the air.
- Smush bag around until all chicken breast tenders are covered.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour to marinate (prep time includes marinating time).
- Remove from refrigerator and heat grill pan on medium-high.
- Using tongs, add chicken breast tenders to hot grill pan.
- Cook for 5 minutes.
- Flip chicken breast tenders over and cook for about 4 more minutes.
- Remove from heat, transfer to platter and serve.
Hope you enjoyed my food styling pictures and hope you enjoy this easy recipe on a busy night!
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