Grilled Basil Balsamic Chicken and Peaches
2 hours 20 minutes
Sweet summer peaches add the perfect dose of seasonal flavor to this simple-yet-elegant entrée. Prepare with delivered Greensbury's Organic, Free-Range Chicken for a healthy dish.
4 Organic Free-range Chicken Breasts, pounded to an even thickness
2 large, ripe peaches, halved and pitted
Balsamic vinegar to taste, optional
Juice and zest of ½ large lemon
2 Tbs. olive oil + a drizzle, divided
2 Tbs. minced fresh basil
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. honey
¾ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
In shallow dish, combine lemon juice and zest, 2 Tbs. olive oil, basil, Dijon, honey, salt, and pepper and whisk to combine and emulsify.
Arrange chicken breasts in single layer in dish, and swirl to coat bottoms of each breast. Flip breasts and swirl again to coat other sides. Cover dish, and refrigerate 2–8 hours.
Remove chicken from the fridge and preheat grill to medium. Gently rub cut surfaces of peaches with light drizzle of olive oil. Grill chicken until just cooked through, about 5–6 minutes per side.
Add the peaches, cut sides down, and grill 4–6 minutes until tender, lightly caramelized, and hot all the way through. Top each chicken breast with half a peach and drizzle with balsamic vinegar, if using, to taste.
The longer you marinate the chicken, the stronger the flavor. The problem is that the marinade will eventually break down the chicken’s muscle fibers. The solution? Prepare the chicken and marinate it in the morning instead of the night before.
Grilling peaches gives them a wonderful, soft smoky sweetness that’s hard to define. Here, they are paired with chicken breasts marinated in a complementary dressing of lemon, mustard, and fresh basil to transform the simple ingredients into a gourmet entrée.
Peaches aren’t usually thought of as a superfood, but they are very healthy. Low in calories, they feature a generous 2 grams of fiber, and include small but measurable amounts of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamins C and K. They have a low glycemic load—meaning they don’t spike most people’s blood sugar.
When buying peaches, make sure they’re good and ripe—they don’t ripen well after picking.
Feel free to add more peaches or double the whole recipe for tasty leftovers throughout the week. Leftover chilled grilled peaches can be added to salads or chopped into a light salsa for beef, pork, fish, or turkey.
Created by: Better Nutrition