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Balsamic Glazed Chicken

Here’s a delicious and EASY chicken recipe that the whole family will love > Balsamic Glazed Chicken

Balsamic Glazed Chicken recipe from

My family actually digs spinach, so I chose to take advantage of that and serve this chicken over some simply sauteéd spinach.  The chicken is the star of the show here though.  It’s cooked in a skillet, then the sauce is cooked in the same skillet (one pan- yay!), and then they meet briefly in the skillet together, and then the drizzle action happens once plated.

Balsamic Glazed Chicken recipe from

If you are not into spinach- that’s totally okay!  You can serve this chicken with anything you want.  It would be great with rice, steamed veggies or even a baked potato.

The sauce is wonderful, so if it happens to sneak into your side dishes on the plate… you won’t be too disappointed.

Balsamic Glazed Chicken recipe from

The chicken itself?  Very tender.  Since you’re quickly skillet-cooking it, it doesn’t get dried out in the oven.  Perfect.

It’s our new favorite chicken recipe to make for dinner.  That’s a good thing since my husband often says, “Um, we’re having chicken… again?”  And my son pretty much just wants to add barbecue sauce to his chicken.  They both liked this one without complaints.  Enjoy!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Balsamic Glazed Chicken


  • Four 6-ounce (or two larger) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme (or 2 teaspoons fresh)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into bits
  • spinach, for serving (optional)


  1. Mix thyme, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Pat both sides of the chicken breasts with the spice mixture. Heat a large skillet with the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken, cook for 2 to 3 minutes (or until browned). Turn and cook the other side until browned. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil.
  2. Add water, vinegar, and honey to the skillet. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 2 minutes or until slightly syrupy and reduced by half. Add the butter and stir until melted. Reduce the heat to medium-low and return the chicken to the pan. Cook for about 3 minutes in the glaze, then turn the chicken over and cook for an additional 3 minutes (or until chicken is cooked through). Serve drizzled with glaze.
  3. If you'd like to serve over spinach, heat 1/3 cup of water in a large skillet, add a bag of spinach, place the lid on top and let it cook and wilt. Add salt and pepper, as desired, and serve chicken on top of the spinach.


  • If you'd like to serve this over spinach (as the photo shows), place one bag of spinach in a large skillet and sprinkle a few sprinkles of water on top. Place the lid on top and cook over medium-heat until spinach is wilted. It doesn't really need any (or little) seasoning since the chicken will be served on top with the sauce drizzled over all.
  • Nutritional Information per serving (Serving size: 1 chicken breast + sauce drizzled over (no spinach)) Calories: 300, Fat: 14.1g, Saturated Fat: 6.2g, Sugar: 2.8g, Sodium: 357mg, Fiber: .1g, Protein: 38g, Cholesterol: 113mg, Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Weight Watchers POINTS:  Freestyle SmartPoints: 5, SmartPoints: 8, Points Plus Program: 8, Old Points Program: 7
SOURCE: (Adapted from 125 Best Chicken Recipes by Rose Murray)

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  1. postedJun 2, 2014 3:48 AM

    This is EXACTLY the kind of dinner that I like to eat on a regular basis. Quick, easy and healthy…..and, one pan doesn’t hurt either! 😉 LOVE the combo of honey and balsamic. Pinned!

  2. postedJun 2, 2014 5:40 AM

    I love chicken! And love any new way I can find it. I’m the same way – always making chicken and my husband is like …again?! Definitely need to try this one and love that it can be so tender and not dried out by skillet cooking. Pinned 🙂

  3. postedJun 2, 2014 6:12 AM

    This will easily become a summer standard! SO good!

  4. postedJun 2, 2014 6:50 AM

    This chicken looks so incredibly moist and delicious! Has tons of flavor!!

  5. postedJun 2, 2014 7:04 AM

    It’s always great to have another delicious and easy chicken recipe!

  6. postedJun 2, 2014 7:07 AM

    Loving this glazed chicken! Perfect dinner idea for summer! Pinned!

  7. postedJun 2, 2014 7:22 AM

    This looks so flavorful and I love that it’s on a bed of spinach. Perfect light, summer dinner!

  8. postedJun 2, 2014 6:15 PM

    We are big chicken eaters and make meals like this all the time! There’s just so many ways to cook it and with balsamic is one of my favorites.

  9. postedJun 3, 2014 7:00 AM

    I love cooking with Balsamic vinegar and fresh thyme – great combination!

  10. postedJun 4, 2014 8:44 AM

    It’s on the menu! All I’m missing is the spinach. Easy enough to remedy. Since hubby is not a huge fan of a lot of thyme, I’m going to sub Herbs de Provence which has the thyme blended with other herbs.

  11. postedNov 18, 2014 10:04 AM
    Nancy Long

    hubby loved thi – I wasn’t wild about it the firist night, but sliced and warmed leftovers for lunch and had on Kaiser roll. Delicious!

  12. postedDec 7, 2014 3:16 PM

    i made the balsamic honey glazed chicken tonight with polenta and spinach. Absolutely delicious. My husband enjoyed the meal tremendously!!!

  13. postedJan 11, 2015 6:17 PM

    I just tried this recipe tonight…

    One word….DELICIOUS!!

    Thanks for Sharing!!

  14. postedJan 12, 2015 4:49 PM

    Just made this and it was fantastic! Was a light and easy meal! Very tender and juicy too! Family friendly. The longer it sits after cooking the better the flavor 😀

  15. postedJan 24, 2015 4:16 PM

    Fixed this chicken with brown rice & steamed broccoli. Excellent recipe~recommend trying!

  16. postedMay 9, 2015 4:19 PM

    Can’t wait to try. Worried that this isn’t enough time for the chicken to cook thoroughly. Did anyone pound out their chicken to make it thinner?

    • postedMay 19, 2015 6:54 PM

      If your breasts are all the same thickness, it should work just fine (if they’re not super thick). I do tend to pound them out to the same thickness if they’re overly thick. Hope it works out for you- we love this recipe!

  17. postedJan 8, 2016 9:05 PM
    Johnny nashville

    I would say calm the thyme down a bit but other than that awesome. If you aren’t big on spinach, put it on a bed of mash potatoes, caramelized onions, and baby field greens!

  18. postedApr 23, 2016 5:36 PM

    Worked out very well and even my picky eater ate every piece!

  19. postedJan 28, 2017 8:40 PM

    Omg!!! Made this tonight was delish!! It was so easy fast and yummy. I did chop 2 small apples and put them in the mix after I turned the chicken while cooking and added sautéed onions before browning chicken. It’s a keeper!! 

    • postedFeb 3, 2017 5:12 AM

      I love the idea of adding apples!

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