Balsamic Glazed Chicken

Balsamic Glazed Chicken is a super simple way to make flavorful chicken for salads, pasta, or as a main dish all on its own! All you need is a few pantry ingredients, and you can cook the chicken on the stove or on the grill for an easy summer dinner. The sweet and tart balsamic glaze gives the tender chicken a delicious caramelized finish.

This balsamic glazed chicken is one of my favorite easy summer main dishes. You don’t need a ton of ingredients or time to make it, and isn’t that just what we need for an easy-breezy summer dinner?

It’s a great recipe to have in your back pocket all summer long – use it to make salads or pair the tender glazed chicken with pasta or your favorite summer sides. Balsamic chicken also makes amazing sandwiches and wraps. Long story short: there are lots of options with this one.

Ingredients

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts – I like to butterfly the boneless chicken breasts and pound them so they’re an even thickness. Just slice each chicken breast in half crosswise through the middle. Lay them flat on a cutting board, cover them with plastic wrap, and give them a few good whacks with a meat mallet. This will even them out and tenderize them so they’re extra delicious. You can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs.
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic glaze – Look for bottles of balsamic glaze near bottles of balsamic vinegar at the grocery store. The glaze is thick and rich – perfect for coating the chicken. You can make your own, too, by simmering balsamic vinegar in a pan on the stove until it’s reduced. It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
chicken pound out on a cutting board.

How to Cook Balsamic Chicken (Stove or Grill)

I’ve tested this recipe several times, both on a grill and on the stovetop, so I’m sharing both methods. So, choose your own adventure!

Stovetop method: You will need a large non-stick pan or skillet to cook the chicken.

  • Heat some olive oil in the pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken. Don’t move it around – just let it cook on one side for five minutes or so. Once it’s developed a nice golden crust, flip it over and turn the heat down to medium.
  • Brush a light layer of balsamic glaze on the top of the chicken. After three minutes or so, flip the chicken over again so that the side with the glaze is in direct contact with the pan. Brush a light layer of glaze on the side facing up.
  • After about a minute or so, turn the chicken on more time and cook it for another 30 seconds or until the internal temperature is 165°F. Transfer the cooked chicken to a clean cutting board to rest.
balsamic chicken in a pan.

Grill Method: This balsamic glazed chicken is easy to cook on the grill, too!

  • Heat the grill to high heat. Place the chicken on the grill and cook on the first side for 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Flip the chicken over and grill it on the other side for 3 to 4 minutes. Turn off one set of burners and move the chicken over that spot. Cooking the chicken over indirect heat will prevent the glaze from burning.
  • Brush a thin coat of the balsamic glaze on one side of each breast and flip the chicken over. Glaze the other side.
  • Flip the chicken one more time, add another thin coat of glaze and remove the chicken from the grill and place it on a cutting board to rest.

How to Serve It

What makes this recipe a winner in my book, is its versatility. Cook up a big batch of balsamic chicken and put it to all kinds of good dinner use:

  • Side Dish Ideas: Serve balsamic glazed chicken with potato salad, buttered noodles, baked black beans, or green bean potato salad. These are just a few of my favorite side dishes!
  • Sandwiches and Wraps: Pile that delicious chicken on buns or wrap it up in tortillas for a quick lunch or dinner.
  • Salads: I love to make some ahead, dice it up, and keep it on hand in the fridge to make easy summer salads.
  • Pasta: One of my favorite ways to serve it is with pasta. Cook up your favorite shape, toss it with some olive oil, fresh mozzarella, and tomatoes, and pile some balsamic chicken on top. Voila! You got yourself a delicious caprese pasta. Or pair it with pesto pasta with peas for a different twist.

Happy cooking,

April
balsamic chicken with caprese pasta.

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Balsamic Glazed Chicken

Balsamic Glazed Chicken is a simple way to make chicken for salads, pasta, or as a main dish all on its own! All you need is a few pantry ingredients, and you can cook the chicken on the stove or on the grill for an easy summer dinner. 

  • Author: April Anderson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Scale

For the Chicken

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, butterflied and pounded to a thickness of 1 to 1 1/2 inches (see note 1)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons store-bought balsamic glaze (see note 2)

Instructions

Make the Chicken See notes for grilling instructions

  1. Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. In a large, non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. 
  2. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken. Don’t move it around – just let it cook on one side for five minutes or so. Once it’s developed a nice golden color, flip it over and turn the heat down to medium. Brush a light layer of balsamic glaze on the browned side of the chicken.
  3. After three minutes or so, flip the chicken over again so that the side with the glaze is in direct contact with the pan. Brush a light layer of glaze on the side facing up. After about a minute or so, turn the chicken on more time and cook it for another 30 seconds or until the internal temperature is 165°F.
  4. Rest the chicken for a couple of minutes before slicing and serving.

Notes

Note 1: See the photo and notes in the post to learn how to butterfly a chicken breast.

Note 2: I’ve used both store-bought and homemade balsamic glaze. If you want to make your own, I recommend making it first before you start the rest of the recipe.

How to Make Balsamic Glaze

Whisk 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan. Bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Reduce it for about 10-15 minutes or until it coats the back of a spoon. Remove it from the heat. If the balsamic glaze thickens too much while it stands, just stir in a splash or two of water to loosen it up.

Grill Instructions: Place all of the chicken on the grill and cook each on the first side for 5 to 6 minutes. Flip them and grill on the other side for 3 to 4 minutes.

Turn off one set of burners and move the chicken over that spot. Brush a thin coat of the balsamic glaze on one side of each breast and flip the chicken over. Glaze the other side. Flip the chicken one more time, add another thin coat of glaze, and transfer the chicken from the grill to a cutting board to rest.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 185
  • Sugar: 4.8g
  • Sodium: 213.4mg
  • Fat: 5.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3.3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.6g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Protein: 25.7g
  • Cholesterol: 82.7g

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Post, photos, and recipe updated from the archives. First published June 2016.

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4 Comments

    1. I’m not sure how that would work – the sauce is light and I think it would dry out in the oven. I think the best thing to do is to make the chicken ahead of time and then prepare the rest of the dish before you serve it.

  1. this is really delicious! Your cooking/prep times were spot on which really helps me plan dinner for the kids-thanks for being so accurate and precise with your instructions.
    Very summery, light, and didn’t heat up my kitchen and smells so good! Picky sons have put this on the repeat list.

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