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Clean Eating Pan Seared Chicken w/ Balsamic Strawberries and Feta Cheese

Balsamic Strawberry Chicken

Balsamic Strawberry Chicken

I’ve learned that when it comes to cooking, it’s more important to observe the technique instead of the details of the exact recipe.

So for instance, the details in this recipe would be the balsamic strawberries and feta cheese. They make a great combo and are delicious and in season right now but you could easily change up the topping with whatever you had on hand.

You could do a different fruit or skip the fruit and go right for an all veggie salsa-like topping. Or you could skip the topping and serve the chicken over a big bed of spinach or arugula. Whatever road you travel the details always have endless options.

Now on the flip side, the lightly sautéed chicken breast would be the technique. It is a super simple, quick, healthy way of preparing the chicken. And since we are using a non-stick pan we are able to get the browning results that sautéing provides without having to use a lot of added fat.

Once you have this cooking technique in your back pocket, you’ll never let chicken sit in your fridge again. At the very least you know you can give it a light sautee and serve it with some of your favorite fruits or veggies. Or perhaps you’ll venture out and try my balsamic strawberry topping*.

You can get the recipe for the balsamic glaze here.

What are some of your favorite ways to make a quick chicken dish? Have you ever tried adding fruit to your chicken before?

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Pan Seared Chicken w/ Balsamic Strawberries and Feta Cheese

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of thinly sliced, boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 heaping cup of chopped strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons of basil
  • 1 tbsp of mint
  • 3 tbsp of feta cheese
  • 1 tsp of balsamic glaze
  • 2 tsp of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

In a small bowl combine the strawberries and balsamic glaze.  While they get to know each other you're gonna get started on the chicken.

Heat two teaspoons of olive oil in a large non stick saute pan over a medium high heat.  Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper and then get them into the pan.

Cook the chicken for two to three minutes per side, browning up each side as it cooks.  Once it's done, remove the chciken and plate it up.

Gently stir your herbs in with the strawberries and spoon a couble tablespoons over each chicken breast.  Top with a tbsp of feta cheese and enjoy.

Nutritional Analysis

Calories: 181; Total Fat: 5.8g; Saturated Fat: 1.5g; Cholesterol: 60mg; Sodium: 231mg; Carbohydrate: 8.4g; Dietary Fiber: 1.2g; Sugars: 6.8g; Protein: 26.2g

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27 Responses to “Clean Eating Pan Seared Chicken w/ Balsamic Strawberries and Feta Cheese”

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    Maya — August 19, 2008 @ 1:03 pm

    Dani-
    Looks delicious, and I think the tank is cute!! :)

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    Dani — August 19, 2008 @ 1:37 pm

    Maya – Thanks! I like the tank better in real life, I think it just looks to be a bit of a mess on camera:)!!

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    Hedley — August 19, 2008 @ 3:11 pm

    Nah, you look fine. Check out Carol Burnett’s curtain dress from way back when:
    http://www.design-your-life.org/blog.php?id=673

    See? Nothing to worry about.

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    Dani — August 19, 2008 @ 3:43 pm

    Hedley – That is so funny!! I guess you’re right… compared to that dress my top isn’t quite so bad.

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    Lance — August 19, 2008 @ 7:34 pm

    That looks delicious! And…I think I can get my kids to eat it without complaining (an extra bonus)!

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    Dani — August 19, 2008 @ 9:03 pm

    Lance – All kids like strawberries.. don’t they;)??

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    Katie — August 20, 2008 @ 3:18 am

    The tank is cute! I have two just like it, and I think they’re casual and comfortable.

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    Eliza — August 20, 2008 @ 4:36 am

    Combination sounds great! We like to top chicken with walnuts and grapes in a mint and curry sauce.

    First time watching a video – the top looks good, talking to the camera you seem like you are just talking to a friend, upbeat and energetic.

    You are now in my RSS (and a favorite). Thanks for the great videos and recipes!!

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    Wani — August 20, 2008 @ 4:47 am

    I love your top! It looks so cute on you!
    And this recipe looks yummy for my tummy.

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    Dani — August 20, 2008 @ 6:25 am

    Katie – It definitely is a comfy top!!

    Eliza – Woah… walnuts and grapes in a mint curry sauce??!! That sounds amazing! So glad you are enjoying the site… thanks for coming by!

    Wani – Thanks! I hope you get to try this one… it’s SUPER easy.

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    Culinarywannabe — August 20, 2008 @ 7:23 am

    I love the strawberry feta combo! I have a killer sweet tooth, so making something for dinner that uses fruit sounds great! I always use the chicken cutlets – so much quicker to cook and you feel way more satisfied since you get to eat 2 pieces instead of 1.

    And you are being way too hard on yourself about the top — if you showed up in an oversized sweater I’d be concerned, but a tank top for the summer is always a good call. :)

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    Hil — August 20, 2008 @ 8:54 pm

    I love balsamic strawberries, but I have never thought of pairing them with meat before. But now that I think about it, the flavor combination makes perfect sense. Thank you!

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    cathy — August 25, 2008 @ 12:41 pm

    Wondering if this would work with peaches as well.

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    Dani — August 25, 2008 @ 1:07 pm

    Cathy – Peaches would be delicious!

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    Richard Mueller — July 28, 2009 @ 11:32 am

    Dani:
    We go to a restutant in Tucson Az [Blue point[. They serve a pear & pecan[carmelized] with balsamic sauce.Wr just love it Hoping your sauce will work.
    Thank you
    Rich mueller

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    Dani — July 28, 2009 @ 1:10 pm

    Richard – If you want the sauce to be extra rich and thick add some honey or sugar (I wouldn;t be surprised if a restaurant finished it with a pat of butter too!). Hope mine works for you.

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    Jess — August 13, 2009 @ 4:11 pm

    Dani – just made this recipe tonight – absolutely amazing! Keep doing what you’re doing!

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    Dee — January 12, 2010 @ 4:42 pm

    Dani,
    Love Love Love your website! Just stumbled upon it today and i’ve spent the last hour browsing thru all the recipes. I’ve decided on this recipe for dinner tonight! Will post how it turned out!

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    America — June 21, 2010 @ 9:54 am

    Dani,
    In your recipe description you mention something about a “all veggie salsa like topping”….could you please elaborate more on that. I’m having a get together and would like to have two different toppings available for my guests to choose from. Thank you! Love your website.

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    Carol Wells — August 29, 2010 @ 9:06 pm

    Recipe looks delicious! I want to try this, however, I am not a fan of feta cheese. What other cheese would you recommend?

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    Dani — August 30, 2010 @ 10:20 am

    Jess – Thank you!!

    Dee – Hope you enjoyed the recipe:)

    America – You could do a typical tomato, cilantro, onion,garlic salsa OR perhaps a mango and black bean salsa:).

    Carol – You could try this recipe with some blue cheese or gorgonzola… they would both be great!

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    Kelly — August 30, 2010 @ 11:57 am

    Hi, Dani! Been reading for a few months now, and just wanted to say I really enjoy your blog! You make cooking healthy meals look fun.

    Made this for dinner tonight and loved it! Made the balsamic glaze last night. Didn’t have mint or basil, so I used the cilantro I did have and YUM! Thanks for the ideas!

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    Dani — August 30, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

    Kelly – Thanks so much for letting me know you’re out there:). So glad you are enjoying the blog! And kudos to you for improvising the recipe with what you had on hand!!

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    Carrie — August 31, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

    Made this tonight but used a Morning Star Chick’n griller instead. So good! Tempted to make again tomorrow… marinated onions with the strawberries, and just did balasamic vinegar, didn’t glaze it down.

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    Carlie — September 1, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

    Drool. I’m making this. If you get Clean Eating magazine, the latest issue has a recipe for Pork Tenderloin with peaches, plums, and cherry pistachio wild rice. Everyone loved it. Another delicious combo of meat with fruit.

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    Michelle — October 12, 2010 @ 10:01 am

    OMG, I finally got around to cooking this dish… which I have been meaning to all summer, And it was amazing! I thought the feta and mint would be strange but it complimented the strawberries perfectly. I made double for a dinner of 6 (including some big meat and potao men) and they scarfed it down! Total hit.

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    HeatherM — February 23, 2012 @ 4:52 am

    I made this last night, but used coconut oil instead of olive oil. It was wonderful! Great video- thanks!

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