Heart Health, Diabetes Friendly – and Delicious

On weekdays, you want something quick and easy to cook and serve the family. A delicious and healthy choice is boneless, skinless chick breasts. But plain old grilled chicken breasts can certainly become BORING after awhile. So jazz them up with herbs, honey and balsamic vinegar and still keep your actual stove time under 16 minutes.

To keep your cooking time consistent, it is best if your chicken breasts are even in thickness. Just pound breast halves between two pieces of plastic wrap until they are ½ inch thick.

These tasty breasts can be paired with just about any vegetables your family likes, from potatoes and green beans to rice pilaf and asparagus or broccoli.

Honey Balsamic Glazed Chicken Breasts

Serves 4

1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon olive oil

4 (4 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons honey

Combine thyme, salt and pepper and sprinkle over both sides of chicken. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken. Cook 7 to 8 minutes on each side or until chicken is done and juices run clear. Transfer chicken to a platter and tent to keep warm. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add vinegar and honey to pan. Simmer 1 minute or until glaze thickens, while stirring constantly. Return chicken to the pan. Heat through, turning to coat with glaze, and serve immediately.

Per serving: 170 calories; 3 g fat (13.9% calories from fat); 1 g saturated fat; 26 g protein; 10 g carbohydrate; trace dietary fiber; 66 mg  cholesterol; 341 mg sodium.

Recipe is low fat, low calorie, diabetic friendly and gluten free.

recipe courtesy of LowFatLifestyle.com.

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