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Balsamic Orange Chicken with Basil 21 day fix, oranges, chicken, basil, balsamic vinaigrette, orange chicken
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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
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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.