Strawberry-Glazed Grilled Chicken Breasts

I received a Father’s Day pitch recently that made me chuckle: “Surprise him with something different,” it encouraged, and went on to suggest that Dad would love the extra thought and effort of ” – a home cooked meal”.

I guess it struck me as humorous because I thought of Danny and the some 365 home cooked meals he enjoys in a year. It wouldn’t be much of a ‘surprise’ to see the table set on this coming Sunday and dinner on its way. But I know this isn’t the case for many dads out there, and a meal, enjoyed around the home table with family, is preferred over a crowded restaurant.

This family-style platter of strawberry-glazed grilled chicken breasts and grilled asparagus is served up right off the grill and is unbeatable when it comes to ease. It’s also pretty up there with singing spring flavors too. Serve it with a side of boiled new potatoes and an ice-cold beer and the man of the house will have no complaints.

Remember the homemade strawberry vinegar we made last week? Well this week we’re reducing it down into a sticky, tangy glaze for grilled chicken.

Reducing vinegar down to a thick glaze is an old restaurant trick; I have decorated many a plate with lines and dots of balsamic reduction. In the reduction process, the water evaporates and the vinegar is concentrated so much it actually becomes quite sweet. It should be used with a light hand though as it is quite potent!

For ease, and to save on pot-washing, I reduced the strawberry-infused vinegar in the microwave. In a few minutes it went from this

to this:

It becomes a vibrant glaze that is sweet and tangy, like a barbeque sauce, and most excellent when paired with the grilled chicken. Here’s the recipe. Enjoy!

Strawberry-Glazed Grilled Chicken Breasts
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Recipe type: Main
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Serves/Yield: 4
  • 2 large chicken breasts, boneless, skin on
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup homemade strawberry vinegar
  1. Rinse chicken breasts under cold water and pat dry.
  2. Rub chicken with olive oil and season all over with salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  3. Preheat grill and prepare it for direct-heat grilling over medium heat.
  4. Place strawberry vinegar in a wide microwavable bowl (I use a soup bowl) and microwave on high for 3 minutes. This reduces the vinegar.
  5. Meanwhile, toss your chicken breasts on the grill, skin side down.
  6. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula and microwave again for 3 minutes. Stir with the spatula. It should be thicker.
  7. Microwave for one more minute, and the vinegar should be reduced into a glaze, about the consistency of honey.
  8. Once the chicken has had about 5 minutes on the skin side, flip it, and continue cooking another few minutes (time will vary with portion size).
  9. Remove chicken and brush strawberry glaze all over. Allow to rest for a few minutes, then slice diagonally and serve.
Tip: You can reduce many varieties of vinegar down to a simple sauce or glaze using this quick microwave method. Try it with balsamic, red wine, raspberry, or (my favorite) sherry vinegar.

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About Aimee

Cooking has always been AimΓ©e's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. Love this one Aimee!
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  2. This recipe looks great.

    I don’t think my husband would be too surprised by a home-cooked meal either, but I will be trying to make some of his favorite recipes on Sunday as well.
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  3. This looks to die for! We are still about a week away from the start of our strawberry season, but I am storing all these little gems for when we do have some strawberries available for PYO!
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  4. Well I love strawberries and I LOVE chicken!
    This looks delish!
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  5. Thanks for showing us how to reduce sauces in the microwave!
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  6. This is just gorgeous! What a great way to dress up chicken.
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  7. I love combining chicken with fruit. This would be a great July 4 (or Canada Day) picnic dish, too.
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  8. This has me drooling all over Aimee. Absolutely lovely!

  9. Seriously, does it get much easier?
    Thanks, Aimee!

  10. Thanks for the microwave tip! I’ve always reduced liquids on the stove and it seems to take forever; this will be much easier.
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  11. WOW – strawberries and chicken breasts? I never would have thought of this combo, done this way! Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Thanks for the recipe. We don’t have a grill; would it still work pan-fried?
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  13. This sounds incredible Aimee!! I must make this very soon!!
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  14. Whitney says:

    Nope, I’ll be making something quick and easy. It’s Sunday lunch, after all; we come home from church right at lunchtime.

  15. This looks delicious! A request for roast has been put in. So I’m staying inside this Sunday.

  16. Yum! I am totally obsessed with strawberries right now – definitely making this for dinner this week.
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  17. If the weather is nice, we will absolutely be grilling! My favorite thing lately is doing a whole spatchcock chicken– it cooks so fast!
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  18. OH MY GOODNESS. This combines two of our very favorite things in the food world, chicken and strawberries. Looks gorgeous, too.
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  19. This sounds amazing! Do you think it would also work with strawberry jam? I know it doesn’t take long to make the strawberry vinegar, but I get lazy in the summer and jam is one thing I always have readily available. :-)
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  20. Two of my favorites for summer… together?! :)
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  21. Thanks for this health recipe Aimee! I never tried strawberry glaze to grilled meat yet. I should try to do this on the weekend.
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  22. Wow this looks good! Plus it has the added bonus in that my husband is the one who does all the grilling around here (I pretend I don’t know how). This means that he will be doing most of the cooking part for his own Father’s Day meal. Pretty sneaky, huh? :-)
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  23. We’ll be grilling Sunday evening. We will be making chicken and beef fajitas, homemade refried beans and tortillas, chips, guacamole, and a variety of homemade salsas. Haven’t decided on a dessert yet. That’s always the hardest part for me.
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  24. That is one stunning dish, Aimee. Danny’s such a good dad, I almost wish *I* could buy him a present!
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  25. I think I got the same type of email and thought it was a bit odd, but I forget that not everyone cooks as much as we do! This dish looks absolutely perfect for any day of the year.
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  26. Wow this looks really great. I have to taste it!:)
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  27. Oh, I love the recipe and the sauce.
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  28. This really look so yummy so I will consider to cook this for my kids and husband.
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  29. Thanks for recipe.. It is really great idia..Thanks for sharing. I will try today itself…
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  30. This looks so yummy!! I love the strawberry vinegar idea! Yum!!!

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