Balsamic Baked Chicken Breasts – 80 Twenty Nutrition

Balsamic Baked Chicken Breasts

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I’m a huge fan of meal prep. I bake chicken breasts every Sunday to use in meals throughout the week.

Balsamic baked chicken breasts - perfect for Sunday meal prep - Christy Brissette, media dietitian, 80 Twenty Nutrition

Pasta, salads, sandwiches, you name it, having baked chicken ready to go in your fridge is a time saver and sets you up for healthy eating during busy weekdays.

Prepping lean proteins such as chicken breasts ahead of time will make throwing meals together so easy, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been prepping staples on Sunday for longer!

Balsamic baked chicken breasts - perfect for Sunday meal prep - Christy Brissette, media dietitian, 80 Twenty Nutrition

Balsamic Baked Chicken Breasts

This easy recipe for baked chicken breasts will be a huge time-saver when you work it into your meal prep rotation. You'll have lean protein to put together quick and healthy lunches and dinners!
Servings 8
Calories 98 kcal
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp garlic powder (or 2 garlic cloves, minced)
  • 1 tbsp Oregano
  • 2 tsp Basil dried
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • If you have the time: Put all ingredients in a Ziploc bag and marinate in the fridge for 20 minutes or overnight. No time for that? No worries. Dive right in to step 2.
  • Heat the oven to 400°F. Cover a baking pan (or as many as you need) with aluminum foil. Put the chicken breasts in the baking dish(es), spaced slightly apart.
  • In a small bowl, mix all of the other ingredients. Pour over the chicken.
  • Bake until the chicken is 165°F (use a cooking thermometer) or until the chicken is white all the way through (no pink).
  • Start checking after 20 minutes; total cooking time is usually 30 - 40 minutes.
  • Let the chicken cool. Slice it and store in containers in the right portions for you and your family for easy meal prep this week 🙂

Notes

Feel free to double this recipe based on your meal plan for the week and number of people you're cooking for. Note this recipe says it serves 8. Based on the size of your chicken breasts, a portion size for a woman would be 1/2 a breast (about 4 or 5 ounces). For men, it would be the whole chicken breast, so adjust accordingly.
Balsamic baked chicken breasts - perfect for Sunday meal prep - Christy Brissette, media dietitian, 80 Twenty Nutrition
 
Note: here's a picture of what not to do... you want your chicken breasts spread out - not touching or overlapping - so they bake evenly. Nobody likes pink chicken (Seriously though... it could make you sick... not funny).
I baked this amount of chicken in 2 baking dishes to give them enough space to cook evenly and taste great!
 

Nutrition

Calories: 98kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 18gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 75mgPotassium: 53mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 250IUVitamin C: 5.8mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1.4mg
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