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Balsamic Chicken & Strawberry Relish

Balsamic Chicken & Strawberry Relish

Balsamic Glaze + Strawberries + Chicken = HEAVEN

Seriously it makes SCRUMPTIOUS!

I wanted to make something special and I absolutely love my balsamic glaze, so I decided to marinate the chicken pieces before grilling.    

To serve along with the chicken I created this fresh strawberry salsa, which complimented perfectly.     This dish is as good as you will find in a 5 star restaurant at a fraction of the cost. The meat is flavorful and moist and the strawberry salsa adds a dimension, that do I dare say, is gourmet, rock-star AMAZING! 

 Balsamic Glazed Marinated Chicken with Strawberry Relish


Balsamic BBQ Sauce:

1 cup balsamic vinegar

¾ cup ketchup

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 Tbl. Worchestershire sauce

1 Tbl. Dijon mustard

½ tsp. Montreal Steak Seasoning  

4# chicken boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenderloins (*See end of post for safe chicken handling practices)

Strawberry Salsa – recipe follows  


Directions: Combine all the Balsamic BBQ Sauce ingredients in a fry pan

Balsamic Chicken in Strawberry Salsa 1Stir until all the ingredients are incorporated and the mixture is smooth.

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 Simmer over medium heat Balsamic Chicken in Strawberry Salsa 3

Simmer until reduced by 1/3, about 15-20 minutes.Balsamic Chicken in Strawberry Salsa 4

It is done when you can coat a spoon with the mixtureBalsamic Chicken in Strawberry Salsa 5

And when running your finger (BE careful NOT to burn yourself!) it leaves an open trail.

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Cool completely before combining with raw meat. *Store any extra marinade in the refrigerator and warm when ready to use.

Cut the chicken breasts into pieces. You could use tenderloins and leave intact.Balsamic Chicken in Strawberry Salsa 7


To marinate meat, place chicken into a zip lock baggie and pour just enough cooled marinade to coat well. Balsamic Chicken in Strawberry Salsa 8


Squish the meat and marinade around to cover completely. Balsamic Chicken in Strawberry Salsa 9

Marinate for at least 1 hour to overnight in the refrigerator. The longer, the better the flavor. Over 24 hours though will begin to break down the tissue of the meat.

Grill until the meat is cooked through. Balsamic Chicken in Strawberry Salsa 10

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                  After chicken is grilled and cooked through allow meat to rest for 5 minutes. Cover with foil to keep warmBalsamic Chicken in Strawberry Salsa 12

Now prepare the Strawberry Salsa

Strawberry Salsa


1 pound fresh strawberries, diced

1 Tbl. minced green onion

1 lime zested  

1 Tbl. lime juice

1/4 tsp. Montreal Steak Seasoning

1 Tbl. brown sugar

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To grate the lime, use the smallest holes on the grater. Be careful to get only the very top green layer for flavor; avoiding the white which is bitter.

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Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. It is best to serve soon after preparing for taste and look

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To serve dish, place chicken on serving plate and spoon strawberry salsa over the meat. 

*Safety Tips for handling chicken: 

  • Keep meat cold
  • After handling or cutting chicken, clean hands, utensils and area thoroughly with a very good antibacterial cleaner such as a vinegar and water or a clorox and water solution. Use the cleaner on counter, sink and other surfaces also.
  • After turning the chicken on the grill, when the chicken is almost cooked through, use clean tongs to turn the meat so as not to contaminate the now cooked meat with any residue from the raw meat.

Discard any marinade that the raw chicken soaked in. Do NOT use or taste marinade or anything that has been exposed to raw chicken.

Cook chicken thoroughly using a digital thermometer.Balsamic Chicken in Strawberry Salsa 16


Carrie’s recipes, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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  • I have used balsamic glaze many times, including for brucshetta chicken recipe, but never thought strawberries, but makes sense, because balsamic glaze (sugar added) has a bit of sweetness, too it and the strawberries have to totally bring that out. Want to try this soon now to see and can’t thank you enough, Carrie for sharing 🙂

  • Lovely picture, looks delicious! We eat a lot of chicken at our house. Hopefully I will be adding this one to the line-up soon. The strawberry relish sounds amazing.

  • Diane Roark says:


    This recipe is a winner. I love the strawberries with the balsamic glaze. I also love how you marinated the chicken. YUM! YUM!

    Stumbling, pinned, tweeted!

  • This sounds/looks delicious! I’m definitely going to give it a try!

  • Cheryl says:

    I can’t believe how delicious that strawberry salsa looks. I have never seen a strawberry salsa – mango, peach, pineapple, but never strawberry. Thanks again for coming to The Yuck Stops Here party! HUGS

    • Cheryl says:

      Congratulations, Carrie, I am featuring this recipe as one of my favorites on The Yuck Stops Here this week! It looks delicous and I hope you will proudly display the “I’ve Been Featured” button here on this page! HUGS

  • Jenny.U says:

    We are getting into the balsamic here lately. Yum!! Pinning and sharing!

  • This looks fantastic, Carrie. I am printing it out to give it a try!

  • OMG this looks sooo good! Thank you for linking up to Creative K Kid’s Tasty Tuesdays. I have pinned your recipe to the Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board 🙂

  • Adrian says:

    Holy Smokes! The strawberry salsa looks to die for! I have to make it:)

    Thanks for linking this up at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party. I hope you can join us again tonight starting @ 9pm est!

  • this looks insanely delicious!! love fruit relishes atop anything grilled, plus love the combo of strawberries and balsamic!! pinning!! 🙂 thank you for sharing this recipe

  • Hi! This looks amazing! Thanks for linking up this week. I am pinning it to the Creative K board on Pinterest, and will be featuring your recipe on my Tasty Tuesday post and link up tomorrow. Have a great Monday.

  • Lori Hart says:

    I have to try that salsa. We’re growing strawberries this year so we need LOTS of recipes. Found your recipe at the Tasty Tuesday Link Party. I am the hostesses of Tickle My Tastebuds and would love you to stop by and link this recipe.


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