Balsamic Orange Chicken With Basil | 21 Day Fix Friendly

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Clean eating is not boring or bland! With a few thoughtful cooking processes, you can infuse flavor in every aspect of your dish. This Balsamic Orange Chicken with Basil is a perfect example. Oh so amazing and delicious!

Hi, guys! I don’t know about you, but I get on these “kicks” sometimes where I become obsessed with a certain food or food group.  Lately, for me, it has been oranges.  I don’t really know why but my instinct tells me I might be lacking vitamin C……who really knows why but I am so glad that I have had that craving! Balsamic Orange Chicken with Basil. Say that fast three times…...hungry?  Me too!

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Unfortunately, there are not a lot of photos for this post as this was one of those “hmmm, what can I whip up that involves oranges” type deals lol, I really need to get in the habit of planning things out but sometimes the mood just strikes me and it’s on and crackin’.  Lucky for me I did actually have the presence of mind to write everything down as I was going along.  I learned that lesson a while ago. Flashback to an amazing dressing I made that I haven’t been able to duplicate in three years. Oh well, someday!

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To Brine or not to brine your Balsamic Orange Chicken with Basil (hint….please brine)

Obviously, I started with Chicken because that was my protein option for the evening.  But honestly, bore easily with the same-o same-o go-to chicken recipes.  Let’s be honest here for a second…..chicken breasts are bland. Boring and flavorless unless you add some spice to their lives.  That is probably one of the main reasons I always, always, always insist on a brine for chicken breasts. Seriously, my family thinks I should start a campaign with posters and buttons.  Depending on the impact you are looking for, or what dish you happen to be cooking, brine can be anywhere from as little as 30 minutes to overnight. This particular dish I brined for about six and a half hours. As a result,  in my oh so humble opinion, this amount of time gave the proper “hydration” and flavor I was looking for in the Balsamic Orange Chicken with Basil. I’d like to throw a disclaimer in here real quick. When I put that 21 Day Fix label in my recipe it means that I designed the dish to fit within the eating plan, with approved food options and a very clean composition.  It does not mean that this has been approved by anyone other than my own brain and common sense, what I know about nutrition, and the guidelines.

How to make Balsamic Orange Chicken with Basil

So, now that’s out of the way, let’s get started. The easiest thing I find to use for brining is my crockpot crock.  It always seems to be a perfect size, it holds my food really well, fits in my fridge and, has a lid.  Really the perfect vessel IMO. lol  So with that I started the brine for this 21 Day Fix Balsamic Orange Chicken with Basil.  Boiling water, kosher salt, garlic, ice. Super simple.  Put it in the fridge and forget about it until it’s dinner time. Honestly, the thing I absolutely love about this recipe is the way it is broken down into components if necessary.  Everything does not have to be made at once, and you guys…….the chicken can totally be set and cooked in the crockpot while you’re busy with the kids, at work, or at a concert.  Hey, I’m not here to judge what you do in the middle of the day! Get your party on! As an example, you can make the balsamic orange reduction one day, brine your chicken overnight, throw it in the crockpot in the morning then finish it off at dinner time.  Easy peasy!

Balsamic Reduction PSA

I’ll let you in on a little secret… I’m testing a recipe with the orange chicken again and I can tell you, 100%, no sugar added, fresh-squeezed label, and nothing but oranges orange juice can be used in this recipe.  If you are not on the fix and just want to make it, which I highly recommend you do, your favorite orange juice is acceptable as well.  I would stay away from orange juice with pulp however especially if you plan on adding the pan sauce afterward. I will issue a warning about the Balsamic reduction.  If you’ve never made a balsamic reduction before, please whatever you do, do not stand directly over the simmering cauldron and inhale.  It is absolutely the worst nose burn on the planet and I’d hate for that to happen to you.  You also might want to turn on your fan and possibly crack a window.  HOWEVER, don’t let this discourage you, it is 100% worth it.  Think “magic sauce” or “liquid gold”.  Yes, it is that delicious.  Guess what! The recipe allows for enough “magic sauce” for two dinners.  So, the next time you want to inhale Balsamic Orange Chicken with Basil you will have one component already made and out of the way.  How awesome is that? Pretty awesome 🙂

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21 Day Fix | Balsamic Orange Chicken With Basil

Clean eating is not boring or bland! With a few thoughtful cooking processes, you can infuse flavor in every aspect of your dish. This Balsamic Orange Chicken with Basil is a perfect example. Oh so amazing and delicious!
Prep Time8 hrs
Cook Time45 mins
0 mins
Total Time8 hrs 45 mins
Course: Clean
Cuisine: 21 Day Fix Ingredients, American, keto
Keyword: 21 day fix friendly, balsamic orange chicken, balsamic reduction, basil, chicken, how to brine chicken, orange
Servings: 8 -10
Author: Oven Struck

Ingredients

Balsamic Orange Reduction

  • 2 cups Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 cup Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
  • 1 Tbs Honey
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt

Chicken Brine

  • 1 Quart boiling water
  • 1/4 cup kosher sea or pink salt
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder

Balsamic Orange Chicken with Basil

  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 2 to 3 cups of fresh squeezed Orange Juice
  • 7-10 Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Kosher Salt and Cracked Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Combine vinegar, orange juice, honey, and kosher salt in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Reduce liquid until it coats the back of a spoon. 15 - 20 minutes.
  • Combine water, garlic, and salt in a covered container (I use my crockpot). Stir until the salt has dissolved. Add in two cups of ice to drop the temperature and stir until mostly melted. Add in Chicken Breasts cover and refrigerate. 30 minutes to overnight.
  • Remove chicken breasts from brine and rinse under cold water. Pat excess water off with a paper towel. Season both sides with Kosher Salt and Fresh Cracked Pepper.
  • In a large pan, add the orange juice and place chicken breasts in the pan. Cover and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes. Turn chicken over and cook until the internal temperature in the largest part of the breast reaches 165 degrees.
  • Remove the lid from pan and spoon over the balsamic orange reduction. Roll up your basil leaves and slice. Sprinkle over chicken and let cook an additional 10 minutes.
  • Remove chicken from pan and let rest under tented foil for ten minutes. Slice and serve! You could also use this recipe and meal prep for the week! Add in roasted veggies and Quinoa and you have a powerhouse meal!

How to compile this dish for the "no time" cook

  • This dish is a component dish. Each component can be made at separate times to put together an amazing, clean and healthy meal.
  • Balsamic Orange Reduction can be made in advance and will keep in a glass airtight container for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.
  • Prepare your brine the night before and keep it in the refrigerator The chicken will be ready to cook when you come home. Easy Peasy
  • Crockpot Friendly! Add orange juice to the crockpot. Cook for 4 to 6 hours. Finish in the pan with balsamic orange glaze, basil, let rest, and slice.
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44 Comments

  • Jody

    MMMMMM!!!! This is on my list of MUST MAKE! It sounds amazeballs

  • Jen Enoch

    This looks great, and I love any glaze that’s a reduction of Balsamic vinegar. Pinning this one! thanks!

  • Emily at Made of Stories Blog

    5 stars
    Pinning for later! I’m about to start another 21 Day Fix round and this will be perfect! 🙂

  • Angela

    I am going to try this recipe today.

    What is 21 day-fix?

    Thanks,
    Angela

    • Oven Struck

      Awesome Angela! The 21 Day Fix is a workout and meal program by Beachbody. Let me know how it turns out, I’d love to hear!

  • Brittany

    Yummy! These look so good! Thanks for sharing!

  • Robin rue

    This sounds so good! I’m not even doing the 21 day fix, but I love healthy recipes like this.

  • Marcie in Mommyland

    I love chicken recipes with citrus. And my family LOVES basil. This looks excellent!

  • Terri Steffes

    Ok, you just provided my meal for my late April dinner for my officers. Thank you. It looks great, and an added bonus will be using basil from my garden!

  • Reesa Lewandowski

    5 stars
    I love recipes like this – simple, delicious and full of flavor!!! I will have to add this to my weekly menu!

  • Lynn

    4 stars
    I love the flavor combinations in this dish. I shouldn’t read it this late at night though because now I’m obsessing over eating it!

  • Karina

    My mouth is watering now that I’ve read this. Seriously sounds like a recipe that I would enjoy.. and everyone I know would enjoy. Thank you for experimenting and coming up with a dish that sounds amazing!

  • Journa Ramirez

    My kids really love oranges and I know they’ll love this too. The pictures make me hungry – I should try this recipe!

  • Amanda Rosson

    Yummm!!! I bought a big bag of oranges last week and, as a result, have been on a bit of an orange fix myself! I will definitely have to give this recipe a try!

    • Oven Struck

      There’s something about this time of year that makes me crave citrus lol I hope you do Amanda! Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  • Anna nuttall

    5 stars
    Very lovely recipes. This look really colourful. xx

  • Charlotte

    ooo this looks delish! Chicken is one of my favorites because it is so diverse and goes with virtually anything!

  • Amanda Love

    Orange and chicken has always been a good combination. I would love to make this for dinner one of these days. It looks delightful and I’m sure it tastes amazing.

    • Oven Struck

      I hope you do, Amanda! Orange and Basil together are amazing as well. I love them in a morning smoothie! 🙂

  • Jeanine

    Oh yummy. This looks incredible. I have been looking to try new recipes lately and this looks like one my whole family would really enjoy!

  • CourtneyLynne

    Omg Can we say yum?!?! I’m always looking for new chicken recipes!!! Your recipe look so absolutely delicious so
    I will have to give it a try!

  • Blythe Alpern

    This chicken recipe looks insanely delicious. I love experimenting with different flavors in my cooking. There is something about the way citrus and chicken meld together that makes the dish extra special.

  • Angela Tolsma

    This seriously sounds soo good. I have never cooked with orange juice but I so want to try it now. I bet this tasted amazing!

  • Heather

    5 stars
    This looks wonderful and I’m sure my family will love it! Thanks for the great addition to our weekly meal plan.

  • Angela

    It’s great that you’re suggesting not to inhale the balsamic reduction. I made that mistake once and will never make it again! lol

  • Jalisa Harris

    Yumm. I would totally whip this up. Plus balsamic.

  • Heather

    This looks delicious! I definitely need to try it. And I can’t wait to have fresh basil growing in my garden again!

    • Oven Struck

      You and me both, Heather! I’ve been planning my herbs for two months now lol I can’t wait to have the garden in the kitchen 🙂

  • Jessica | Salt & Life Blog

    Aside from the fact that this looks absolutely AH-MAZING and it’s going on my list of need-to-make-like-right-now meals, your disclaimers (especially about the reduction) have me absolutely cracking up! I love the way you write because it’s just like having a conversation with you — in this case about a meal that I’m super excited to try, not only because it sounds awesome but because it sounds awesome and is a 21-Day Fix fit!!! Hallelujah!!!!

    • Oven Struck

      I’m so glad you read the disclaimers! That nose burn is not any kind of fun lol Thank you for the sweet comment! I love hearing that…sometimes I think my “talking” type should be a bit more professional but hey, I am who I am! I so hope you enjoy this recipe! I’d love to hear how it turns out 🙂

  • Sara

    As soon as I saw this, I had to bookmark it. I can’t wait to try it for myself. Oh, and the photos are stunning.

  • Chava Mazal Stark

    5 stars
    I’m coming here to echo was so many others have said–I literally drool over these photos! I saw your post trending somewhere on Foodgawker and thought….hey I know of this blogger! I even know this recipe!

    You already know I’m a fan. Just wanted to make it blog-comment-official.

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