BALSAMIC MARINATED CHICKEN BREASTS & PALEO CHALLENGE

Is it just me or do paleo challenges seem to be in the air at the moment? Well I was feeling a bit left out so I’ve decided to start one of my own tomorrow! Plus I could really use a kick in the butt. If you’ve always wanted to try a paleo challenge, or are just looking for that extra push feel free to join in! I’m going to outline the challenge here, and it’s going to be tough I’m not going to lie. If this will be your first challenge and this sounds a bit too extreme let me know so I can modify it for you. I will be doing a 6 week strict zone paleo challenge. I’ve chosen 6 weeks for a couple reasons. 1) Because I’ve done the 21 day no sugar challenge, I’ve done the 30 day paleo and whole30 challenges, but I’ve never stuck with anything longer than that and 2) because Thanksgiving is in 6 weeks! I absolutely love Thanksgiving, it’s such a great time to spend with your family and eat loads of delicious homemade food, but it’s also a bit of an indulgence overload. So I want to earn that meal and this is how I’m going to do it. So for 6 weeks I will be following the zone diet for portion and meal sizes and I will be eating paleo approved foods. Because this is strict paleo it will also be a no sugar challenge with the exception of fruit (1-2 servings per day) and no alcohol. Here is the gist:

6 weeks:

  • No Alcohol
  • No grains, dairy, sugar, legumes
  • 3-5 meals per day
  • 1-2 serves of fruit per day only
  • Balanced carbs, fat and protein at each meal based on your body size and activity level. I use this from the Crossfit Journal¬†as a reference. I consider myself to be a medium but athletic female. Since I’m trying to lose a bit of weight during this challenge I will probably consume around 12 blocks per day. Let me know if you need help calculating your blocks. This link also has the portion size of most common foods. Again, since this is also a paleo challenge choose items from the categories that are also paleo approved.

With that being said, I will keep you up to date on how I’m going and I’m happy to answer any questions along the way. I recommend weighing in on day 1 and taking some body measurements. It’s great to check these after the 6 week challenge to see how far you’ve come! Again, I know this will be hard, but trust me it will be so worth it! Good luck.

Balsamic, Garlic and Basil Marinated Chicken Breasts
Recipe from For the Love of Cooking
Prep 5 mins + 2-24 hours for marinating
Cooking 25 mins
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 chicken breasts
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a large zip lock bag combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, basil, salt and pepper and mix well
  2. Add the chicken breasts and seal, mixing to coat
  3. Place in the refrigerator for 2-24 hours
  4. Preheat oven to 400F
  5. Place the chicken in a glass dish and bake for 25 minutes

16 Responses to BALSAMIC MARINATED CHICKEN BREASTS & PALEO CHALLENGE

  1. Hi there, in the body of your post you say 6 weeks but in “the gist” you say 60 days, which wil you be doing and/or which do you recommend?

    • Ah thanks for catching my mistake! I’m going to do it for 6 weeks (not 60 days) to start out. I think 60 days sounds like a bit too much and I worry I’d give up knowing how far away that is. So I suppose I’d recommend 4-6 weeks to start out. You can always keep going when you make it that far!

  2. I’ve been reading Primal blueprint and would love to give this a try. I will definitely need help with meals. I follow u on IS and I read your blog. I think this challenge is just what i need!

    • Oh awesome! I’m working on a bit of an outline for the challenge because some other IGers are interested in participating as well. I’ll have something up shortly!

  3. I’m up for the challenge!! Happy to do it. What do I need to do starting Monday? Looking forward to it. I live in Miami and I see a lot of women getting into the paleo diet. Good luck to all!

  4. Good luck on your paleo challenge :) Looking forward to reading more posts. I’m in the middle of my Whole30 for the second time but it just isn’t working for me. I feel like I focus too much on food and it just has stopped being fun for me. But maybe your blog posts will be the motivation I need.

    Also good luck not eating sugar over Halloween. You are stronger than I am. Granted, I’m not saying that I stuff my face with trick or treat candy, but I am looking forward to the occasionally halloween party cupcake.

    • Thanks girl! I’m definitely going to have to get creative so I don’t get burnt out eating the same things as well. And Halloween will be tough but I’m hoping the incentive of making it to Thanksgiving will be enough! That’s impressive that you’re on your second whole30 already! Great job!

  5. Just found ur blog and love the paleo way of life! Would love to join you on your 6 week challenge. Haven’t done the One before ao have just read up and need assistance in working out which blocks I should be following. Di (Darwin Australia)

    • Hey Di that’s awesome! It just depends on your size and activity level. For example I consider myself to be a medium and fairly active female so I consume about 12 blocks per day. You can start there or have a few more or less depending on your own habits and adjust them as you go if needed!

  6. i made these for my husband and I a few nights ago and they were amazing! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  7. This recipe is amazing! so so delicious, and crazy easy to make. Thanks for posting!

  8. Crazy easy, is right! :o ) And so yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

  9. I just made this and it was very good. I broiled instead of baked. Great recipe!

  10. Hey! Love your site! I have literally used it for every meal for the past 2 weeks! :) Me and a group of people are trying out Paleo this Jan and your site has been a life saver for all of us! Question, can you use coconut oil instead of the olive oil for this???

  11. Just made these tonight but instead of baking, I used my George Foreman Grill and they came out great! I’m cutting up one of the left over breasts and it will be part of my lunch salad tomorrow. I’ll use a really light lemon vinaigrette for the dressing. Thanks so much for the recipe. My husband has been doing primal/paleo a lot longer than I have and I’m still looking for ideas for lunch and dinner. This one is a keeper!

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