Balsamic Chicken Breast with Bell Pepper Salsa & Couscous

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This Balsamic Marinated Chicken Breast served with Bell Pepper Salsa and Couscous is easy to make, a healthy and delicious low-carb dinner!

Prep Time 7 hrs 53 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 55 mins
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Balsamic Chicken Breast with Bell Pepper Salsa & Couscous

Cooked Balsamic Marinated Chicken Breast served with cooked bell pepper salsa and couscous, topped with fresh basil

This Balsamic Marinated Chicken Breast is easy to make, super flavorful, and tender! Serve with bell pepper salsa and couscous, and you have yourself a healthy and delicious low-carb dinner! Y’all are going to love this recipe!

I love this balsamic chicken recipe because it is a great go-to dinner on a busy weeknight for two main reasons: it requires minimal ingredients, and it’s ready in about 30 minutes!

Ingredients you’ll need to make this Balsamic Marinated Chicken Breast Recipe:

  • Chicken Breast
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Shallot
  • Garlic
  • Spices: dried basil, dried oregano, salt, and pepper
  • Dijon mustard
  • Lemon juice
  • Bell Pepper or Sweet Peppers – we like to use red, yellow, or orange peppers. They are juicier in flavor.
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Couscous – We like RiceSelect Traditional Moroccan Couscous. They are light and fluffy and absorb a ton of flavor.

The best part of this recipe is the balsamic vinegar marinade. While the chicken is cooking and the peppers are getting soft and tender, the balsamic vinegar reduces in size and becomes syrupy and sweet in flavor. It’s so good!

The key to making a sweet and rich sauce is by using quality balsamic vinegar. We like to use Colavita Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. It has great flavor, and it’s perfect for this Balsamic Marinated Chicken recipe!

Tips for making this recipe:

  • To reduce the cooking time, either cut the chicken breast into cutlets and then use a meat tenderizer tool before marinating the chicken. It’s one of my favorite tricks for reducing cooking time. Plus, tenderizing also improves the texture and the taste.  
  • Sear one side of the chicken breast for about 5-7 minutes on medium-high heat, then add the bell peppers and simmer everything together on medium-low heat until the chicken is done.

We like to serve the balsamic chicken breast and bell pepper salsa over couscous. Couscous is super light and quick to make, plus it soaks up the sauce perfectly. Don’t forget to top your finished meal with some fresh basil and a squirt of lemon juice before serving.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How long does this balsamic chicken recipe take to make: We like to marinate our chicken for about 30 minutes before cooking. This is optional, but we do recommend it if you have the time. It makes the chicken very moist and flavorful after it’s cooked. Otherwise, it takes about 5 minutes to chop up the veggies, 7 minutes to make couscous, and takes about 15 minutes to cook everything.
  • How to store leftovers and reheat: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until hot.
  • Bariatric Friendly Recommendations: Skip out on the couscous or measure the couscous amount as 1 cup of cooked couscous is 36 grams of carbohydrates. We recommend 1/4 cup per serving to keep this meal low-carb.

This is truly a great recipe! It’s healthy, full of flavor, and quick and easy to make. We hope you all enjoy it! ♡ 

Cooked Balsamic Marinated Chicken Breast served with cooked bell pepper salsa and couscous, topped with fresh basil

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Balsamic Chicken Breast with Bell Pepper Salsa & Couscous

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This Balsamic Marinated Chicken Breast served with Bell Pepper Salsa and Couscous is easy to make, a healthy and delicious low-carb dinner!
Prep Time 7 hrs 53 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Yields 4

Ingredients

  • 2, 7- oz chicken breast cut into cutlets (about 4 pieces total)
  • cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small shallot minced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice plus more to serve
  • 2 bell peppers or 6 sweet peppers diced (we recommend red, yellow, and orange peppers)
  • 4-5 fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 1 cup cooked couscous

Instructions

  • Prepare chicken breast by cutting them into cutlets and then carefully beat each side with a meat tenderizer tool (optional).  Add them to a bowl and set them aside.
  • Prepare marinade: Whisk together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, dijon mustard, lemon juice, minced shallot and garlic, and the spices (dried basil and oregano, salt, and pepper). Add the marinade to the chicken breasts and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let the chicken marinate for about 30 minutes if time permits. 
  • Cook couscous according to the package instructions. 
  • Chop up the peppers and fresh basil. 
  • Add marinated chicken breasts to the saute pan over medium-high heat. Cover and sear the chicken for about 5 minutes or until the bottom is browned. 
  • Flip the chicken breasts, add the peppers to the pan, and lower the heat to low-medium. Cover and let the chicken and peppers simmer for about 7-10 minutes or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked. 
  • Add 1/4 cup of couscous to a plate and transfer 1 chicken breast and a generous amount of the pepper salsa to the plate. Add fresh chopped basil and a squirt of fresh lemon juice on top before serving. 

Notes

  • How to store leftovers and reheat: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until hot.
  • Bariatric Friendly Recommendations: Skip out on the couscous or measure the couscous amount as 1 cup of cooked couscous is 36 grams of carbohydrates. We recommend 1/4 cup per serving to keep this a low-carb meal.
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Italian-Inspired
Keyword: balsamic vinegar, Chicken, chicken marinade, healthy dinner, low-carb dinner, quick and easy, whole30
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