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Balsamic Chicken Recipe is so easy to make and you only need 3 ingredients. Make this for a quick dinner idea that tastes amazing in only 20 minutes.

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If you love stove top recipes, this is one of my favorites because I love balsamic vinegar. This 3 ingredient pantry staples recipe is made with simple steps which makes the perfect weeknight meal.

We love the balsamic flavor that balsamic glaze gives to the chicken pieces. Check out more of my favorite balsamic chicken recipes – Grilled Balsamic Glaze Recipe and Balsamic Chicken Caprese Sliders.

Why We Love This Recipe

As you can tell, I am a big fan of Balsamic Vinegar. It is rich in flavor and any time I make a recipe with it, my family loves it. This simple ingredients recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight or to feed a hungry crowd.

This recipe cooks in less than 30 minutes and perfect served with your favorite side dish recipes.

Ingredients

Add a little water and you have some seriously good chicken. Seriously good! 

For the full list of ingredients and recipe, scroll to the bottom for the recipe card.

Variations Ideas

  • Seasoning – Feel free to add in additional spices or fresh herbs. You can add in dried oregano, garlic cloves, salt and pepper, fresh thyme or fresh rosemary. The options are endless.
  • Veggies – For a complete meal idea, you can easily add in fresh vegetables to the skillet. We have added in cherry tomatoes, fresh broccoli or fresh asparagus.
  • Sauce – To add flavor to the sauce, feel free to add in Dijon Mustard, honey or maple syrup. These would also be a great substitute for the brown sugar.
  • Chicken – We used boneless skinless chicken breasts in this recipe, but you can also use chicken thighs.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1 – In a skillet, drizzle extra virgin olive oil.

Step 2 – Filet the chicken so they are thinner (or pound them)

Step 3 – Place in the skillet and season with pepper. Allow to brown

Step 4 – Flip and allow to brown again.

Cooking chicken breast in a skillet
  • Step 5 – Add brown sugar, ¼ cup balsamic vinegar, and water.
Pouring the balsamic glaze over the cooked chicken
  • Step 6 – Bring to a simmer, and cover.
  • Step 7 – Allow to simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through in a skillet over medium high heat.
  • Step 8 – Remove the lid and let all the juice cook out.
  • Step 9 – Serve with your favorite sides.

Recipe Tips

  • Brown Chicken – The trick to any amazing skillet chicken recipe is to make sure you completely BROWN the chicken on both sides. You want that chicken nice and brown. It adds a lot of flavor without any extra seasonings.
  • Coat Chicken – After adding in the glaze, make sure you are flipping the chicken to coat. This will ensure that the chicken is full of flavor.
  • Simmer Chicken – After the glaze has been added, allow the chicken to simmer in the skillet. We recommend using a meat thermometer to ensure that the chicken is cooked through. The internal temperature should reach 165 degrees. Cooking time will vary.
  • Skillet – Feel free to use any type of skillet to cook this recipe. We like to use a cast iron skillet because of the delicious texture it gives the chicken.
  • Pound Chicken – To make sure the chicken has an even thickness, pound with a meat mallet. This will help to cook it evenly.
Balsamic Chicken stacked on a white plate

Serving Suggestions

This chicken recipe can be served with many different side dishes. It is even delicious topped with fresh mozzarella or any type of shredded cheese. Add a side salad and white rice for a complete meal idea.

These are some other family favorite side dish options.

Balsamic Chicken on a cutting board

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 days.

Can I Freeze Balsamic Chicken?

Yes, you can freeze balsamic chicken in a freezer safe container. If stored correctly it will last about 3 months in the freezer.

How to Reheat

When ready to serve, reheat in the oven or in the microwave. Allow chicken to thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.

Can I Bake in the Oven?

Yes, this easy balsamic chicken recipe can be prepared in the oven. Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish and allow to cook for about 10 minutes. Then add the balsamic glaze and continue cooking.

Try these other Easy Balsamic Recipes:

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Balsamic Chicken recipe

5 from 11 votes
This easy Balsamic Chicken recipe can be made in the skillet in under 20 minutes. It is packed filled with flavor with only 3 ingredients!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 74

Ingredients

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup Balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • Pepper
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Instructions

  • In a skillet, drizzle oil.
  • Filet the chicken so they are thinner (or pound them)
  • Place in the skillet and season with pepper. Allow to brown
  • Flip and allow to brown again.
  • Add brown sugar, balsamic, and water.
  • Bring to a simmer, and cover.
  • Allow to simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • make sure you are flipping the chicken to coat.
  • Remove the lid and let all the juice cook out.
  • Serve with your favorite sides.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 74kcal, Carbohydrates 2g, Protein 12g, Fat 1g, Saturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 36mg, Sodium 69mg, Potassium 221mg, Sugar 2g, Vitamin A 17IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 6mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Joanne says:

    How much brown sugar? There is a question mark next to it in your recipe card.