This balsamic grilled chicken recipe makes the most juicy and succulent boneless skinless breasts EVER with just 4 ingredients and 30 minutes of marinating time! And it’s Whole30 compliant…
BOOM, I finished the Whole30! Yes, I did it — and it was actually easier than I expected. Well, except for the no alcohol part, which obviously means no wine. And there were several evenings when I really, REALLY wanted a glass of wine while I was cooking dinner… But I stuck it out, and it was worth it.
You regular readers are probably sitting there thinking, “But I didn’t even know you were doing a Whole30?” Yeah, there’s a reason for that. I didn’t broadcast it here or on social media because I didn’t want that added pressure. But now that I’m on the other side, I’m excited to share some new Whole30-compliant recipes and tips, starting with my favorite balsamic grilled chicken recipe.
This super simple balsamic chicken marinade helped me manage to stay on track through many, many late evening dinners. With just a handful of ingredients, it transforms boring, blah boneless skinless chicken breasts into juicy and succulent grilled chicken that you will crave — all in only 30 minutes! I typically throw some sweet potatoes in my Instant Pot (more on this soon!) right after I start the marinating process, and then I use the period when the chicken breasts are resting after grilling to cut up some fresh fruit or to throw together a simple side salad.
Balsamic Chicken Marinade
All basic marinades start with an oil and an acid. In this balsamic marinade, I start with extra virgin olive oil and, you guessed it, balsamic vinegar. Finding a balsamic vinegar that doesn’t contain added sugar (added sugar is a big NO during the Whole30) can be quite a challenge, but I finally discovered that the Kirkland brand at Costco is Whole30 compliant. Added bonus — it’s also budget friendly!
To the oil and vinegar mixture, I add plenty of fresh minced garlic and my favorite Italian seasoning, along with some salt and pepper. Whisk it all together and pour it over your chicken breasts in a plastic ZipLoc marinade bag.
Close the bag tightly and squish it around to coat the chicken completely. Put it on a plate in the refrigerator to marinate for 30 minutes up to 3 hours. I really don’t recommend any longer, because the acid can actually cause the chicken to start to break down. But you can mix it up ahead of time and freeze the chicken breasts in it, because freezing will halt the marination. Then you can just thaw it all in the freezer and grill at a later time.
If you want to speed up the marination process even more, I can’t recommend this OXO meat tenderizer enough. It allows the marinade to penetrate your meat more quickly, reducing the overall marinating time. I’ve used this same marinade on tenderized pork chops that were only in the marinade for about 10 minutes, and they were fabulous!
Balsamic Grilled Chicken
After your chicken breasts have completed their soak in the marinade, it’s time to grill them over medium-high heat. Grill for 8-10 minutes per side, until the chicken breasts are no longer pink inside or the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. I recently picked up this digital meat thermometer, and it’s really upped my grilling game, making it easy to check whether meat is done without cutting into it.
The final step (and don’t skip this!) is to rest the chicken breasts after grilling for about 10 minutes. Cover them with a piece of aluminum foil, forming sort of a tent over them, and it will help keep them tender and juicy. SO good!
Juicy Balsamic Grilled Chicken
Yield 4-6 servings
This balsamic grilled chicken recipe makes the most juicy and succulent boneless skinless breasts EVER with just 4 ingredients and 30 minutes of marinating time! And it's Whole30 compliant...
- Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
- Place the chicken breasts in a Ziploc marinade bag, and pour the marinade mixture over top of them. Close the bag tightly and squish it around to coat the chicken. Place the bag on a plate and put it in the refrigerator to marinate for 30 minutes or up to 3 hours.
- Grill over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes per side, until no longer pink inside or until the internal temperature reads 160 degrees.
- Remove the chicken breasts to a platter to rest and cover with a tent of aluminum foil for 10 minutes.
Speed up the marination process even more by using a meat tenderizer.
ButcherBox Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
P.S. I received the boneless skinless chicken breasts used in this post in a sample box I received from ButcherBox, and I have to say, they were honestly some of the best chicken breasts I’ve ever had! Partly because of this delicious balsamic marinade, but also because they were just really high quality meat.
I’ll share more about ButcherBox soon, but if you’re interested in checking it out before then, use this link to get a FREE package of bacon with your first box! Their bacon is Whole30 compliant and absolutely fantastic, and I made the most amazing Kahlua pork in my Instant Pot with it…48