Grilled Balsamic Chicken

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 26, 2010

So it’s almost 90 today here in Ohio. I’m sure it’s some sort of heat record. And if it’s not it should be. It’s making me tired. And cranky. And the bazillion little cottonwood seeds drifting through the air, and some other pollen are wrecking havoc on my allergies.  (I just took a Benadryl, so if the end of this doesn’t make sense, you’ll know why.)

I turned the A/C on this week. We can normally hold out until the first week of July. But not this year!

All this to say, I have a new obsession with my grill. Or is it Steve’s grill. I say it’s mine. He says it’s his!

And a new love for cooking outside. Dreaming about an “outdoor kitchen”…or at least some sort of countertop where I can put my plates and ingredients that I need when cooking on the grill.

3 chicken breasts ($2.53)
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar ($.25)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil ($.40)
Salt and pepper
1 cup brown rice ($.40)
4 ears corn ($.80) Yeah for $.20/ear sale…looking forward to the days of $.10 ears!

1. Marinate the chicken breasts in the shallow baking dish or plastic freezer baggie with the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and some salt and pepper. I placed the chicken into freezer baggies with the marinade and then froze the chicken. Just remember to pull it out early and let it thaw in the fridge…best way to marinate!!!
2. Cook the brown rice as directed on the package.
3. Boil the corn for 4 to 5 minutes. Don’t want to heat up your kitchen, grill your corn!
4. Serve Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Brown Rice and Corn.

Cost $4.38

(Someone recalculate that for me…I’m starting to feel sleeeeeeeppppppyyyyy.)

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Jenn May 26, 2010 at 6:13 pm

We had basically this same thing for dinner! LOL how funny. Our differences were that we had oven roasted potatoes from our garden and we used Ken’s Balsamic Dressing as a marinade. (With the $1 off coupon that was out awhile ago, we got the 8 oz bottle for .22, yes that is 22 cents! lol) I think I may have one upped you! : ) Have a nice day!


crazymomvivi May 26, 2010 at 6:38 pm

This sounds so good! I’m gonna try it tomorrow! Thanks!


Karen May 26, 2010 at 6:56 pm

claritin works LOADS better. and, it lasts longer and doesn’t make u sleepy… :)


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom May 26, 2010 at 8:53 pm


Claritin is what I take every day…but it’s not cutting it for me today!!!


Annette May 26, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Almost our dinner too! I used BBQ – but yours sounds better, no rice, our corn was more expensive and I also used zucchinni. Ok, maybe not quite almost, but close.


Mary May 27, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Things must be backwards. We’ve only gotten near 80 degrees a couple times this spring. Usually we are nearing the 100 degree mark by the end of May. Not this year: cool and windy. Today, it was in the upper 70s at a good guess.

I didn’t know you could take Benadryl and Claritin at the same time. I’ll have to keep that in mind when my allergies are really flaring. Earlier this month I was partially deaf because my ears were affected. I still have the Atopic Dermatitis….and I live in the desert where there is less stuff growing.

As to your recipe: sounds yummy! If the wind ever stops blowing we might barbecue…

Hope you are feeling better soon!


Jac June 16, 2012 at 5:13 am

Where do you live? I am SOOO tired of the wind in Colorado! It bows hard EVERYDAY! I grill anyway on my deck. Hope it will stop sometime…


Solarra May 30, 2010 at 4:21 am

Yeah it royally sucked that day and this week so far:( Too dang hot and no A/C either:( At least it finally cooled down a bit. I love balsamic, will have to try soon:)


Adrian December 10, 2012 at 12:27 am

Thank you for the comment, mcahiel! Nice Preserve photo on your site! We like to hear folks say they took home great memories – music to our ears!


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