Balsamic Glazed Chicken

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Balsamic Glazed Chicken is a delicious and EASY chicken recipe that the whole family will love.

Balsamic Glazed Chicken

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.  The spinach is completely optional, but I recommend you try it because it’s really good!

Chicken Tip:

Chicken will cook best and most evenly when all of your chicken breasts are about the same thickness.  This is easy to do.  Just place your chicken breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap or wax paper and pound until they are all an even thickness.  Then you won’t have to be frustrated when one chicken breast is still raw when the rest of them are done!

Balsamic Glazed Chicken served over spinach

Balsamic Glazed Chicken

If you are not into spinach- that’s totally okay!  You can serve this balsamic glazed 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.

If you happen to be counting Weight Watchers points, the point totals are included at the top of this post.

Cutting into Balsamic Glazed Chicken

The chicken itself?  It turns out 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 like this one without complaints.  Enjoy!

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Balsamic Glazed Chicken

Simple pan-cooked chicken recipe with a delicious glaze.
5 8 5
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 288kcal
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword balsamic chicken, balsamic glazed chicken


  • Four 6-ounce (or larger) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 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 pieces
  • spinach, for serving (optional)


  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 543mg | Potassium: 647mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg | Blue WW Smartpoints: 5 | Green WW Smartpoints: 8 | Purple WW Smartpoints: 5
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  • Pauline Vale wrote:

    I just saved this recipe so I can try it next week. Thank you for sharing and the helpful comments.

  • Marie-Claire wrote:

    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!! 

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I love the idea of adding apples!

  • Michal wrote:

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

  • Johnny nashville wrote:

    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!

  • Melanie wrote:

    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?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      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!

  • Dana wrote:

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

  • Hilary wrote:

    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 😀

  • Sarah wrote:

    I just tried this recipe tonight…

    One word….DELICIOUS!!

    Thanks for Sharing!!

  • Monica wrote:

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

  • Nancy Long wrote:

    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!

  • Debbie wrote:

    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.

  • Bill @thewoksoflife wrote:

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

  • Pinch Of Lime wrote:

    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.

  • marcie wrote:

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

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet wrote:

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

  • Liz@Virtually Homemade wrote:

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

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) wrote:

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

  • shelly (cookies and cups) wrote:

    This will easily become a summer standard! SO good!

  • Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron wrote:

    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 🙂

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness wrote:

    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!