Wake up your Taste Buds with this Fun, Summer Heart Healthy Chicken Recipe!

Fruity Chicken RecipeDo you think that you can’t have healthy and tasty in the same meal? Well, think again, this grilled chicken recipe provides tons of heart healthy benefits and also tastes amazing! Try it out at your next summer cookout!

Grilled Chicken with Warm Fruit Salsa


  • 3 kiwi fruits
  • 1 cup strawberries, halved
  • 1 cup cantaloupe melon, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped shallots
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • Hot cooked rice (optional)

Preparation Information
Peel kiwi fruit and cut into π – inch thick slices. Cut slices in half to form half circles. Toss kiwi fruit rounds with strawberries, melon cubes, and tarragon in bowl. Heat olive oil in small saucepan. Stir in shallots and sauté until soft, but not brown. Stir in vinegar and pepper, and heat until mixture boils. Drizzle hot dressing over fruit, tossing gently to mix well. Set fruit aside to marinate for one to two hours. Grill or broil chicken breasts until cooked through. Spoon fruit salsa over chicken just before serving over rice.

Nutritional Information
Yield – 4 Servings
1 chicken breast with 2/3 cup fruit
Calories: 225
Fat: 6 grams
Cholesterol: 68 milligrams
Sodium: 82 milligrams

Spring time is also the perfect time to get your heart checked in time for summer! Schedule your heart screening today with an Emory Women’s Heart Center cardiologist

About the Emory Women’s Heart Center

Emory Women’s Heart Center is a unique program dedicated to screening, preventing and treating heart disease in women. The Center, led by nationally renowned cardiologist Gina Lundberg, MD provides comprehensive cardiac risk assessment and screenings for patients at risk for heart disease as well as full range of treatment options for women already diagnosed with heart disease care.

About Susmita Parashar, MD, MPH, MS

Susmita Parashar, MDSusmita Parashar, MD, MPH, MS is a Board certified cardiologist at the Emory Heart and Vascular Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) at Emory University School of Medicine. Prior to joining as faculty in the Division of Cardiology, Dr Parashar was Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Medicine at Emory for 8 years. She applies her experience as a Board certified internist in providing a holistic care to patients. She was awarded the American Heart Association (AHA) Trudy Bush Fellowship for Cardiovascular Research in Women’s Health Award to recognize outstanding work in the area of women’s health and cardiovascular disease and Emory Department of Medicine Early Career Faculty Research Award for Clinical Research.

Dr. Parashar completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Medical College of Georgia, Augusta and Cardiology fellowship at Emory University. She completed her Master of Public Health and a Master of Science from Emory in 2005. A passionate clinician-researcher and educator, she trains medical students, residents and cardiology fellows. In addition, she conducts clinical research. Dr Parashar’s clinical and research focus is in preventive cardiology with a focus on women and cardiovascular diseases.

She has received several grants and awards from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the AHA to conduct research on women and heart disease. She has served as Emory principal investigator for large NIH funded clinical research for heart attack patients. She was also invited to participate as a co-investigator for the NIH funded Cardiovascular Health Study for older adults. She has presented her work in national and international scientific meetings, including the AHA Annual Session, AHA Quality of Care and Outcomes Research in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke, American College of Cardiology Annual Session, Society of General Internal Medicine and International Congress of Coronary Heart Disease.

Dr. Parashar has authored/coauthored over 60 peer-reviewed publications, including invited textbook chapters, manuscripts, abstracts and review articles. Her work has been published in such prestigious journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine and Circulation, and highlighted by the Nature and national media such as CNN, CBS and NPR news.

She believes in family-career balance and applies her experience as a mother of two young children and wife to her work.

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