Chicken With Strawberries


Chicken with Strawberries is a new recipe on the blog, for a delicious meal. I’ll show you how to make Chicken with Strawberries and also tell you about other recipes that go well with it.

This delicious recipe is for a dish that we at my house call Chicken with Strawberries. It’s a simple, quick and tasty meal which is reasonably healthy too, as long as you don’t eat the whole thing.

Grilled Chicken with Strawberries and Balsamic

Balsamic vinegar and fresh berries come together to make a deliciously unexpected topping in this quick and easy chicken recipe.







> 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs

> 2 tbsp canola or vegetable oil

> 1 tsp Italian seasoning

> 1/2 (16 oz) pkg strawberries

> 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar




Set grill to medium. Toss the chicken thighs with the oil and Italian seasoning. Season with salt and pepper. Cook chicken 6–7 min. per side, or until an instant read thermometer reaches 165°F when inserted into the thickest part of thigh.


While chicken cooks, hull and finely chop the strawberries. Add to a small bowl with the vinegar and basil. Toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Transfer chicken to a platter and spoon strawberry mixture on top. Serve immediately.

Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Chicken (AIP, Paleo, Whole30)

What’s Inside: A deliciously easy roasted chicken meal smothered in balsamic vinegar and strawberries with basil! It’s AIP, Paleo, and Whole30 approved, too. Serve with your favorite salad or veggies for a full meal.


Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Chicken (AIP, Paleo, Whole30)

An Easy Sheet Pan Chicken Meal

Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Chicken?! With all the beautiful in-season strawberries around, and a 2 for 1 special I managed to snag (when does that happen!)… I had plenty on hand and was feeling crafty. I knew I wanted to roast some… and then this idea struck, boy was it a delicious one! My husband thought I lost it, but then he proceeded to “mmm” “mmmmm!” all the way through the entirety of his chicken breast. And suddenly his wifey wasn’t such a loon after all! (well at least in this case, on this specific day…)

The best way I can describe this is… decadent. The natural delicious sugars from the berries and balsamic vinegar gel into this heavenly glaze. The berries become plump and soft so it’s easy to smoosh onto your chicken. The hint of cinnamon I season the chicken with playing with the strawberries and basil is a nice touch too! This dish is fresh, light, and super luxurious… I say make it for someone you love, so you for sure, and whatever lucky person gets to sit with you!

Ingredients for Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Chicken

  • 4 skinless chicken breasts (flattened to cook faster), pasture-raised and organic is preferable
  • a pinch of each: sea salt, black pepper (omit for AIP), and ground cinnamon
  • organic strawberries
  • balsamic vinegar
  • fresh basil

Looking for a healthy, easy vegetable side dish? Look no further… this broccoli rice is the new cauliflower rice! So flavorful and a great way to use a full head of broccoli while adding more nutrients into any dish

Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Chicken (AIP, Paleo, Whole30)

Decadent, sweet strawberries and basil form a delicious glaze over simply grilled chicken breast. This dish is light, summery, and packed with flavor! (Whole30, Paleo, AIP)




  • 4 skinless chicken breasts (flattened to cook faster)
  • pinch sea salt
  • pinch black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 pint organic strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 bunch fresh basil


  • Clean and hull strawberries and slice each one into 3-4 slices. Toss in a bowl with balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper (if using). Let strawberries marinate in the vinegar for at least 20-30 mins in the fridge.
  • Clean and blot chicken breast with a paper towel to make sure the chicken is dry. Season chicken with salt, pepper (if using), and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • Pre-heat oven to 375f degrees, to one large sheet pan, line it with parchment paper. Then place dry, seasoned chicken on the parchment-lined pan (on one side) and roast at 375f degrees for 12-15 minutes or so until it’s cooked mid-way.
  • Then add marinated strawberries on the other side in a single layer if possible, and roast for another 10-12 minutes, then broil for 2-3 minutes to get a little color on the chicken until chicken is cooked (internal temperature of 165f degrees).
  • Plate the chicken and add a single layer of strawberries to the top of your chicken and garnish with freshly chopped basil (I chopped them into ribbons). Serve! (if you have leftover strawberries, store them in the fridge and enjoy on yogurt, ice cream, toast or… more chicken!)

Grilled Chicken Breast with Strawberry Avocado Salsa

Fresh is the move and the mood this time of year, and I have a recipe for you to match: Grilled Chicken Breast with Strawberry Avocado Salsa. It’s a shining example of the simple, delicious pleasure that occurs when familiar, individual ingredients unite to create something new and more delightful than they could ever be apart.

Strawberry chicken on a white plate with limes and avocado

The idea of experiencing something familiar in a new way has been on my mind often the past few days.

Over the weekend, Ben and I headed back to Notre Dame for our 10-year college reunion. This is going to sound so (there is no other way to put this) OLD for me to say, but the campus has changed so much since we were there, I didn’t recognize it at times. Was this the same school?

Then, a few minutes later, I’d spot one of my favorite reading benches, or walk a sidewalk I’d pounded a thousand times on my way to class, or best of all, hug an old friend who was as integral to my experience as the classes, late-night food runs, and football games, that I was back to feeling home again.

Much like the campus, in the last 10 years my friends and I have changed. We work new jobs, enter new life phases (so many babies!), and our lives have taken us places we never imagined.

We also haven’t changed. The values, good humor, and respect that made us so close in the first place are as present now as ever. It’s a joy, comfort, and blessing to spend time with someone you’ve haven’t spoken to in years and have it feel like hardly a minute has passed.

healthy grilled chicken breasts topped with homemade fresh strawberry salsa with cilantro and lime

About this Strawberry Chicken Recipe

Today’s Strawberry Chicken with Avocado has the fresh-but-familiar feeling of an old friend who can still surprise you. It’s the summer berries and juicy grilled chicken you’ve long loved, presented in an unexpected way.

This strawberry chicken begins with a lively cilantro lime chicken marinade. You could grill the chicken and stop there. It’s tender and flavorful on its own and would be a quick, tasty way to top a salad or fill a tortilla.

What makes this recipe special, however, is the strawberry avocado salsa on top. I first discovered the beautiful pairing of strawberries and avocados when I made this easy grilled naan pizza, and I’ve been looking for a way to reunite them since.

This elegant strawberry chicken recipe turned out to be my answer.

The strawberry topping is a chunky mix of vibrant ingredients that enhance one another: sweet summer berries, creamy avocados, crunchy jalapeño, and edgy red onion. Cilantro and lime juice are on scene for freshness. A bit of honey keeps flavors in balance.

Spoon the strawberry salsa generously over the grilled chicken, and you have a marvel of a summer meal.

a plate of grilled chicken breast with strawberry avocado salsa with a side of greens

In addition to being a strawberry sauce for chicken, the topping is also yummy dipped with chips. You could toss it with greens, the grilled chicken, and a simple vinaigrette to make a strawberry chicken salad. For a dressing recipe, try replacing the balsamic vinegar with lime juice in the dressing used for this Balsamic Chicken Salad with Blackberry or this Peach Salad (omit the Dijon).

Recipe Adaptations

  • To Make Paleo and Whole30. For those with dietary considerations, this is a Paleo and Whole30 chicken recipe (you can omit the honey). 
  • To Make Vegetarian. While it is not vegetarian, you could still make the strawberry salsa, then serve it over grilled tofu or grilled halloumi cheese.
  • If you need a vegetarian and Whole30 recipe, try my Whole30 Vegetarian Power Bowls.

Recommend Tools

  • Indoor Grill Pan. Ideal if you don’t have an outdoor grill, and you can make these Grilled Chicken Tenders too.
  • Fish Spatula. My favorite for flipping chicken, burgers, pancakes, roasted veggies…you name it!)
  • Grill Spatula. If you’re looking for something sturdier for grilling the chicken (tongs work well too).

Grilled Chicken Breast with Strawberry Avocado Salsa

5 from 12 votes

This fresh strawberry avocado salsa is the perfect summer topping for marinated and grilled chicken breasts. Whole30, Paleo, and gluten free!

PREP:20 mins

COOK:20 mins

TOTAL:1 hr 35 mins

SERVINGS: 4 servings

Ingredients  1x2x3x

For the Chicken:

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs, trimmed of excess fat
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest from about 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice from the same 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus additional for oiling the grill
  • 2 cloves garlic minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey omit to make the recipe Whole30 or Paleo
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped leaves and tender stems

For the Strawberry Avocado Topping:

  • 1/2 small red onion diced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 cup strawberries diced (roughly 2/3 dry pint of whole strawberries)
  • 1 medium jalapeno cored seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (about 1 small/medium lime)
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey omit to make the recipe Whole30 or Paleo
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (up to 1/2 teaspoon, adjust amount to taste)
  • 1 medium avocado diced


  • Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board with some space between them and cover with a large piece of plastic wrap. With a mallet, lightly pound the meat to an even thickness so that each piece cooks evenly. Place in a large ziptop bag.
  • In a small bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, garlic, honey, salt, pepper, and cilantro.a bowl of zippy fresh lime marinade for chicken
  • Pour over the chicken, seal the bag, then “squish” to coat the chicken evenly. Refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 1 day, rotating the bag once or twice if time (and memory) allow.chicken breasts soaking in a homemade lime marinade
  • When ready to grill, remove the chicken from the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for at least 10 minutes. Preheat an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan to medium-high (about 425 to 450 degrees F).
  • While the grill preheats, prepare the strawberry salsa: Place the red onion in a small bowl and cover with very hot tap water (this takes off some of the red onion’s bite while preserving its flavor. You can skip this step if you like raw red onion just as it is). Set aside
  • In a mixing bowl, add the strawberries, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, honey, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt.a bowl full of ingredients to make strawberry salsa with avocado and jalapeno
  • Stir gently to combine.a mixture of strawberries, cilantro and red onion
  • Fold in the avocado. Taste and add a bit more salt if you feel it tastes a little too flat or additional honey if it is too spicy.a large bowl of fresh strawberry avocado salsa with honey and lime
  • Lightly oil the grill. Grill the chicken until completely cooked through and the temperature on an instant-read thermometer reads 160 to 165 degrees, about 8 to 12 minutes total, flipping the chicken once or twice throughout. The amount of time you need will vary based on the size and thickness of each breast. Remove to a plate, cover, and let rest for 5 minutes.simple grilled chicken breasts on a plate
  • Transfer the chicken to serving plates and top each with a few generous spoonfuls of the strawberry salsa. Enjoy immediately.a plate of grilled chicken breast with strawberry avocado salsa with a side of greens


  • TO STORE: Store leftover strawberry salsa with avocado in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. Leftover grilled chicken can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
  • Nutrition information is meant to be an estimate and has been calculated with half the amount of marinade, as some is discarded. If you’d like to calculate it differently, you can do so for free at



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