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Balsamic Grilled Chicken with Avocado Cherry Tomato Salad

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This simple Balsamic Grilled Chicken with Avocado Cherry Tomato Salad takes just minutes to prepare and is bursting with fresh flavors. Grab a few simple ingredients and grill this one up tonight!
Servings 4

Ingredients

For the chicken:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil

For the salad:

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 large ripe avocado diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 small shallot thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup basil thinly sliced
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a small bowl combine 2 minced garlic cloves, ¼ cup balsamic vinegar, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ olive oil. Whisk to combine.
  • Place the chicken in a large baking dish and pour over the marinade. Toss to coat and let marinate in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes or up to 8 hours.
  • Remove the chicken from the baking dish, discarding the marinade. Grill the chicken over medium heat, flipping once, for 8-12 or until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle.
  • While the chicken is grilling, combine the tomatoes, avocado, 1 minced garlic clove, shallot, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt, basil, and pepper in a medium bowl. Stir gently to combine.
  • Remove the chicken from the grill. Serve with the salad on top or alongside.

Notes

The simple flavors of the chicken and salad are pretty kid-friendly, but here are some options for resistant eaters:
  • Grill one or two chicken breasts simply seasoned with salt, skipping the marinade.
  • Serve the salad parts separately, offering a few cherry tomatoes and sliced avocados on the side.
  • This tip has been working well for us lately: offer a toothpick so your child can make tomato, chicken and avocado "lollipops." Make sure your child is old enough to handle a toothpick safely before trying this option.