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Balsamic Chicken
with bruschetta and roasted butternut squash

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min

As we enter the heat of summer, we'll try to do less in the oven and always offer grill directions when appropriate. Enjoy roasted butternut squash fresh from the oven or on your grill. Paired with balsamic chicken (or portobellos) and classic bruschetta, you'll have a colorful meal.
Smarts: Rubbing bread with a garlic clove gives it just the hint of garlic. A little goes a long way!

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Balsamic Chicken:
  • Balsamic vinegar - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Dijon mustard - 2 tsp
  • Honey - 2 tsp
  • Cooking oil - 2 Tbsp
  • Chicken breasts - 2 lbs
Parmesan Roasted Butternut Squash:
  • Butternut squash - 1, chopped into 1/2" cubes ((Look for a ~3 lb. butternut squash))
  • Cooking oil - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Maple syrup - 1 tsp
Bruschetta:
  • Cucumbers, English or Persian - 1/2 lb, chopped
  • Cherry tomatoes - 1 pint, halved
  • Shallots - 1 bulb, diced
  • Balsamic vinegar - 1 Tbsp
  • Olive oil - 1 Tbsp

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Prep

  1. Butternut squash (This makes enough for tomorrow) - Preheat oven or grill to 425F (218C) degrees. Chop squash and toss with oil and maple syrup on a sheet pan (or grill pan like this for your outdoor grill). Spread out into one layer and roast for 20 to 30 minutes until squash is tender. Reserve half for tomorrow night’s dinner. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  2. Make marinade - Mix together balsamic vinegar, Dijon, honey, and oil.
  3. Marinade chicken - This makes enough for tomorrow night’s dinner. Halve chicken and place into a container like this. Cover in marinade and tenderize with a fork, so that marinade gets deep into the meat. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
  4. Cucumbers / Tomatoes / Shallots - Prep as directed.

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Make

  1. If making chicken on stovetop: Heat a grill pan or a skillet over medium-high heat. Once pan is heated, add chicken breasts to pan and sear on each side for 3 to 4 minutes until golden or grill marks have formed. Turn heat down to low, cover with foil and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, until chicken has reached 165 degrees and is firm to the touch.
  2. If making chicken on outdoor grill: Preheat grill to 400F (204C) degrees, keeping one part on higher heat and another part on lower heat. Clean grates and add chicken pieces to higher heat part. Sear on both sides for 2 to 3 minutes and then move to lower heat. Close grill cover and cook until chicken has reached 165F (74C) degrees, about another 3 to 5 minutes. Since we halved the chicken, this should not take that long.
  3. Toss cucumbers, tomatoes, and shallots with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt. Enjoy with chicken and butternut squash. (Remember to save half the chicken and squash for tomorrow night’s soup)

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (60)
Gluten-free (1)
Paleo (6)
Vegetarian (8)

24 reviews

This likely would have been much better on a grill. Unfortunately the marinade that was left on the breasts burned before the chicken was cooked through. The bruschetta and the butternut squash were great. Alternatively, I could get smaller breasts.

By: Lauren
Posted: Mar 31, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Loved the bruschetta!

By: Tamara
Posted: Mar 27, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I made this using chicken thighs and served it with a simple side salad. I loved the flavor of the marinade and the oil kept the chicken nice and moist. I can't wait to make this again with the squash and bruschetta.

By: Aishah
Posted: Sep 12, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

We liked everything individually in the meal, I just didn't think the tomatoes and the squash went together as a flavor palette... next time I would probably make something green as a side instead of the squash.

By: Marabeth
Posted: Aug 29, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was delicious! The chicken was tender and so flavorful. The butternut squash was sweet and savory. My very picky 18 month old couldn't get enough of the squash and even ate some of the chicken. Will be making this again.

By: Tara
Posted: Jul 10, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was great! The whole family enjoyed!

By: Melissa
Posted: Jul 02, 2014
Diet: Original
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