Balsamic Chicken with Strawberries, Basil and Feta Cheese

Many people are doing the happy dance these days because the first strawberries of the season are ready and boy, are they delicious!  This delicious berry is a natural with chicken and I kept the flavours and ingredients simple because I wanted the berries to shine.

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Those beautiful plump chicken breasts are from Nicholyn Farm and the juicy berries are from Barrie Hill Farms.  When I heard the strawberries were ready this week I got out there as quickly as possible because they go fast!

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 I love Nicholyn Farms because their animals are raised without antibiotics or growth hormones, eat an all vegetable diet with no animal by-products and are treated with dignity and respect. Their beef cattle graze on pasture, the sheep enjoy fresh air and sunshine, and the chickens scratch in the earth.


This dish is as simple as roasting the chicken breasts – feel free to use thighs if you prefer – with a little balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.  While it’s cooking, wash and cut your strawberries and combine them with basil and feta cheese.   Goat cheese would be a nice option here.  Top your chicken with the strawberry mixture and drizzle with a little more balsamic vinegar and you’ve got dinner.

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I’ll be doing another strawberry recipe in a couple days and will be finding ways to use this delicious chicken in other dishes.  It was so moist and tender and combined with the fresh strawberry mixture on top, I’m sure kids will be gobbling it up.

If you’re entertaining this weekend, this dish will save you a ton of time and you can grill the chicken.  It’s elegant enough for guests yet quick and easy enough for a weeknight dinner.

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Are you doing the berry dance?  What are your favorite berries?  If you love to combine your fresh fruit with your proteins, snap a pic and share it with us here.  I love to see what you’re up to.  Cheers!


Balsamic Chicken with Strawberries, Basil and Feta Cheese
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Serves: 4
  • 4 chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pint strawberries, washed, hulled and chopped
  • 4-6 ounces of feta cheese, chopped or crumbled
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Place chicken in baking pan, salt and pepper both sides and drizzle with half of the balsamic vinegar. Roast for 25-35 minutes depending on the thickness. Check to ensure the internal temp reaches 165 F. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  2. While chicken is roasting, prepare strawberries, cheese and basil – combine in small bowl.
  3. Top chicken with strawberry mixture and drizzle with remaining balsamic vinegar. Serve


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    June 20, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Robyn, the strawberries are so wonderful this year, love how you incorporated them into this dish. Beautiful colors……Have a great week-end!
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      June 21, 2015 at 6:04 am

      Yes, they’re really great, Cheri. I don’t know if it’s because I’m extra excited about them this year or what but I can’t get enough!
      Hope your weather is giving you a fabulous weekend 🙂
      Ohhh…salmon two ways? On my way to check it out!
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    June 20, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Beautiful dish and your pictures are outstanding! A great dish for summer dining…Fresh strawberries are in season and I really enjoy the flavor of balsamic vinegar. Hope your weekend I going well. Lots of love from W.W. xo
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    June 20, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Oh my, oh my, oh my!! This is a stunning recipe, my friend. My mouth fell open when I saw the combination of chicken, strawberries, and feta cheese! Wow, this might be my new favorite from you. Yes, I will definitely be trying this one VERY SOON!

    Happy hugs to you, sweet friend!

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    Bam's Kitchen
    June 20, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    I am doing the happy dance!!! I would be even happier if I lived next door to you and I would be the lady hanging over the fence hoping I could have a taste of your delicious treats. Love how quick and simple this recipe is. Sharing everywhere, of course. Great photos Robyn!!! Have a super weekend.
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    Anita Rivera
    June 21, 2015 at 6:10 am

    GOOD MORNING MY FRIEND! I am late in coming; last night was a full-fledged summer-at-home night for us, so I was off the computer.

    OK, CHICKEN AND STRAWBERRIES? I must try this…..I love plump chicken breasts and the sweet taste of strawberries will make my usual fare of chicken mighty special! And I love balsamic.

    I will go get the best berries I can muster and try this! Happy day sweet friend! Anita

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      June 21, 2015 at 6:15 am

      Hi Anita! Settling in after your trip? Can’t wait to see more of your pics!
      Chicken and strawberries are so delicious together and you’ll love the fact that there’s almost no work involved.
      Enjoy your Sunday, fabulous lady!
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    June 21, 2015 at 6:12 am

    I’d be very happy if you lived next door too, Bobbi. Then I could learn all your kitchen secrets! We’d be eating 24/7, lol.
    The photos were a challenge because of time today but glad you like them 🙂 Thanks for the shares 🙂
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    June 21, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Mmm…throw this on some spinach and you have one of my favorite salads! Thanks for sharing this on Food & Fitness Friday!
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    GiGi Eats
    June 21, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    I crave chicken like pregnant women crave pickles covered in ice cream, lol!
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    June 21, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    LOL, I just crave ice cream! I do love chicken though..and shrimp…and tomatoes….and mushrooms…I could go on all day!
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    June 22, 2015 at 4:47 am

    Chicken and strawberries! Yummy! I must try this 🙂

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    Cecilia MyThriftStoreAddiction
    June 22, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Hi, I’m visiting from Roses of Inspiration! This looks so delicious! One of my favorite salads is simply spinach, strawberries and balsamic so I know I’ll love this! Blessings, Cecilia
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    June 23, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Oh my, this looks divine Robyn! All my favorites are in this dish but I can’t say I would have put strawberries with chicken. What a wonderful idea. And your pictures are gorgeous too. 🙂
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      June 23, 2015 at 9:59 am

      Thanks so much, Marie. I know it sounds like an odd combination at first but it’s truly delicious. I’ve also made a chicken stuffed with mozzarella cheese and basil and topped with strawberry sauce. It always has people licking their plates. I guess I should make that one soon, too!
      Thanks for visiting and sharing 🙂
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    mila furman
    June 24, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    This looks super yummy! And I was one of those people doing the happy dance for strawberries!!! YUM!
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      June 25, 2015 at 5:33 am

      Thanks so much, Mila. LOL, I think there is a lot of dancing going on!
      Ohhh, I’m off to check out your Moroccan Chicken – love those spices!

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    June 25, 2015 at 9:13 am

    What a great summer meal! I love the addition of the strawberries. Reminds me of my favorite salad from a local restaurant where I live. I’d love to invite you to stop by my blog today and share some of your recipes at my Inspiration Thursday Link Party. I hope to see you there! –Lela @
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    June 26, 2015 at 9:10 am

    I’m one of the people doing a berry happy dance lately. We’ve had strawberries for about a month now, but the blueberries just started showing up at the market in the last week. So sweet and delicious. I love this recipe! Delicious, healthy and super simple. It’s perfect for summer 🙂

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      June 27, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      I cant wait for the blueberries and raspberries, Natalie! I wish I lived in a climate were local berries were available more often through the year. They are such a treat! Thanks for the visit 🙂

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    June 27, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Hi Robyn,
    I love this recipe. Sounds delicious and easy to make. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.
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    June 28, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Hey sweet friend! I wanted to let you know that this recipe will be featured at Roses of Inspiration tomorrow afternoon. You knew I just HAD to share it, right? 🙂 Have a great week! Hugs!

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      June 29, 2015 at 6:22 am

      Oh, that is so sweet, Stephanie – thank you! You must take pics when you make this – especially when you take the first bite,lol.
      Looking forward to visiting today!
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    Diane Weeks
    June 29, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Hi Robyn! Visiting from Roses of Inspiration. This looks so delicious! A wonderful summer meal. Have pinned to make later. I’m also a fellow Canadian! Happy Canada Day! Diane
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    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    June 29, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    I can see why this recipe has been so popular 🙂 Looks delish. I can imagine cherries would be really good on it as well– with the balsamic.
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    Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life
    June 30, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    I would never think to use strawberries with chicken, but this looks delicious, Robyn! Pinning and sharing!
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    July 1, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    This looks oddly interesting! I am a huge fan of balsamic, walnuts and strawberries with spinach salad! Can’t wait to try this!

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    Shannon Gauger
    July 31, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    That looks delicious! I love all those ingredients so I know I’d love this. Thanks for sharing!
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