With summer on the way, I know my future will hold a lot of grilling – although, technically, we don’t own a grill.
What we do own is a Nuwave Oven, which we use for all our grilling needs, and it certainly gets the job done – although we have to do without those pretty dark grill lines.
But then again, being able to get grill-like results in the comfort of my kitchen and being able to clean my “grill” in the dishwasher?
Totally worth the sacrifice.
Quick note: this is not a sponsored post for Nuwave, although the above is an Amazon affiliate link. Nuwave does not even know I exist, other than they accepted our credit card when we bought their products. I just happen to love all of their cooking units and wanted to give them a shout out because without them I wouldn’t have been able to make this recipe. I highly recommend their induction cooktop, too.
We typically use our Nuwave Oven for steaks, but every now and then I get adventurous and try something on the other ends of the meat spectrum. I’ve mentioned before that I’m a bit of a chicken breast fanatic, buying in bulk at Costco and freezing them until the mood strikes me, and yesterday I just happened to be in one of those moods.
I was absolutely craving chicken breast. And not only that, but grilled chicken breast.
It was probably all that “Memorial Day” talk that’s been going around.
So when I started to research different types of marinades, one ingredient practically jumped off the screen and slapped me in the face: balsamic vinegar. I typically only have balsamic vinegar with deep fried seafood (thanks to so many trips to Captain D’s as a kid) but I still keep a bottle of it on hand in our kitchen, just in case, even though I hardly ever make the “right” kind of deep fried fish to use it with.
The time had finally come to branch out and find new uses for my beloved balsamic!
Once I hunted down a recipe that met my requirements (one that must include balsamic vinegar, a short marinate time, and all the ingredients I already have in my kitchen) I got to work. And by “got to work” I mean I thawed the chicken, mixed some ingredients, and then watched the first few episodes of Grace and Frankie on Netflix while I waited for the marinade to do it’s magic.
Seriously, this almost felt like cheating. Sometimes I spend so much time making elaborate meals that I forget just how easy grilling is, especially when you take out all the complications of an “actual” grill.
I could get used to dinners like this every night.
What I loved most about this marinade was not only the taste but also the effect that the balsamic vinegar had on the chicken. The chicken was extremely tender and juicy, so much so that I think it’s probably the best texture I’ve ever had when cooking chicken. Far too often chicken can be tough and dried out, even after marinating overnight.
I was lucky enough to be able to marinate the chicken for close to 4 hours, which isn’t even that long on the marinating scale, but I still think it made all the difference in the end result. So if you have the time, I highly recommend marinating for at least few hours. You will not regret it.
But on the other hand, if you’re pressed for time (or don’t have Netflix to help ease the wait) then a shorter marinate is still worth it, if only for the taste alone. I’m already trying to think of what else I can soak in this honey balsamic sauce. Or, more accurately, what I wouldn’t soak in it.
Welcome back, balsamic vinegar. Oh, how I’ve missed you.