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Italian Seasoned Grilled Chicken

Tender and flavorful grilled chicken with salsa and balsamic vinegar. Perfect for any summertime meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword brined chicken, grilled chicken, Italian grilled chicken recipes, Italian seasoned grilled chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Misc. brining, pre-heating grill 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 398kcal
Author Joe Boyle


  • 2 8 oz. chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp. salt
  • 1 one gallon plastic bag, leakproof
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • black pepper


  • 1 Roma tomato, seeds removed and small diced
  • 2 tbsp red onion, small diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • balsamic vinegar


  • Trim excess fat from chicken breasts. Cover breasts with plastic wrap or a plastic bag and use a mallet or other tool to pound the chicken to even thickness, about 3/4".
  • Place the breasts into a one gallon leakproof plastic bag. Mix 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of salt in a measuring cup and stir to dissolve. Pour this into the plastic bag and seal it tight. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
  • Pre-heat your grill.
  • Remove the breasts from the brine and give them a quick rinse under cold water. Dry the breasts thoroughly with paper towels. Place the breasts on a plate and coat both sides with olive oil, black pepper, and Italian seasoning.
  • Grill the breasts on medium temperature with a gas grill or medium low temperature charcoal grill. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until the internal temperature is 150°. Remove from the grill to a clean plate and cover with foil for 5 to 10 minutes to rest.
  • Serve topped with the salsa and drizzled with balsamic vinegar.


  • Mix all of the salsa ingredients together in a small bowl, (except the balsamic vinegar). Serve at room temperature. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 3 days.


  1. Store leftover grilled chicken in an airtight container, refrigerated for up to 4 days.


Calories: 398kcal