Balsamic Chicken with Apple, Lentil and Spinach Salad

This dish is full of flavor (and heart-healthy fiber) thanks to the balanced combination of tart balsamic chicken and a lightly sweet and crunchy salad made with celery, green apple and lemon juice.

chicken balsamic

Total Time: 25 min
Prep: 15 min
Level: Easy
Serves: 4


3 tbsp. olive oil
4 6-oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Kosher salt and pepper
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 scallions
1 green apple
1 stalk celery
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 15-oz can lentils
2 c. baby spinach
1/2 c. fresh flat-leaf parsley


1. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season the chicken with ½ tsp each salt and pepper and cook until golden brown and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes per side. Remove from heat and add the vinegar. Turn the chicken to coat.

2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss the scallions, apple, celery, lemon juice, remaining 2 Tbsp oil, ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper. Fold in the lentils, spinach and parsley (if using). Serve with the chicken.

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