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Optimal Health Kitchen: Sheet Pan Balsamic Chicken & Vegetables

When it comes to healthy eating, we often overlook the impact of specific ingredients on our vital organs. Balsamic vinegar, a tangy and flavorful condiment, not only enhances the taste of your dishes but can also be beneficial for your liver.

 

Balsamic vinegar contains acetic acid, a compound known to support liver function. Acetic acid can help break down fats in the liver, preventing the buildup of fatty deposits that can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Additionally, balsamic vinegar is rich in antioxidants, which can protect liver cells from oxidative damage and inflammation.



Sheet Pan Balsamic Chicken & Vegetables

This dish combines lean protein, colorful vegetables, and the goodness of balsamic vinegar for a delightful and healthful meal.


SERVES 4

Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Total time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 4 cups of assorted vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, red onion and bell peppers work great)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • Fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 425°F and lining a large baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for easy cleanup.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.

  3. Place the chicken breasts and assorted vegetables on the prepared baking sheet, arranging them in a single layer.

  4. Drizzle the balsamic mixture evenly over the chicken and vegetables. Make sure everything is coated well.

  5. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the chicken and vegetables.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F and the vegetables are tender.

  7. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired, and serve hot.


Incorporating balsamic vinegar into your diet not only enhances flavor but also contributes to a healthier liver. So, indulge in this delicious Sheet Pan Balsamic Chicken & Vegetables recipe, and take a step toward better liver health while savoring the taste of a nutritious meal. Your liver will thank you!


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