January 7th, 2011

Balsamic Chicken

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I’m always looking for quick and easy chicken dishes (aren’t we all?), and dinner does not get any easier than this Balsamic Chicken. This truly is one of the easiest chicken dishes you’ll every make.

Balsamic Chicken

If you don’t have any prepared balsamic vinaigrette dressing handy, you can always mix up some olive oil and balsamic vinegar–not only is this recipe easy, it’s versatile!

I have a similar recipe that uses Italian dressing, but I prefer this balsamic version.  This chicken is full of flavor, and it’s a great all-purpose recipe to use for things like salads and wraps.

Or just serve the chicken alongside a green salad and some crusty bread and you have a simple, light meal that’s so easy to make.

The hardest part for me is remembering to marinate the chicken ahead of time. As long as you do that, you’ll have dinner on the table in no time.

Balsamic Chicken

Preparation 10 mins Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 30 mins
Serves 4     adjust servings

Chicken breasts marinated in balsamic vinaigrette, then baked to perfection.


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place chicken breasts in a zip-top plastic bag.
  2. Combine balsamic vinaigrette, garlic and crushed red pepper and pour over chicken.
  3. Seal bag and refrigerate for 1-4 hours (the longer, the better).
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Remove chicken from bag and place in a baking dish.
  6. Pour remaining marinade over chicken. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until juices run clear. Alternately, grill chicken over medium heat for 5-7 minutes per side.
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Who Dished It Up First: I spotted this quick and easy recipe over at Claire Cooks.



  1. This is going on the menu for next week! thanks.

  2. I saw this on Claire’s blog and bookmarked it but have forgotten about it! Now, I must make it. looks amazing for such a simple meal.

  3. I love this, simple, delicious and healthy- the perfect recipe!

  4. Goodness is chicken yummy with balsamic vinegar added to it! LOVE the simplicity of this recipe!!!

  5. Agree with Abby–this is going on the menu next week! So easy, and sounds so delicious.

  6. Such a great idea, I will definitely be trying it this week!!
    I just found your blog and am tempted by all of your wonderful dessert recipes, so I will have to distract myself with this 🙂

  7. This looks like such a wonderful and easy weeknight supper. I really don’t use balsamic vinegar enough!

  8. Sounds delicious! Another chicken recipe goes to my try list!

  9. I am so glad you tried it! Hope everyone enjoys!

  10. My MIL marinated a roast in balsamic vin and it was so good. Made a great gravy! It’s also super in tomato mozz salad.

  11. Hi! I love this recipe. Thank you for sharing! I shared this recipe on my recipe blog today and just wanted to let you know that your image is also the image I used for my recipe. I forgot to take the “after” picture of the chicken. But I did mention in the post that it’s your picture and why I used. I hope that’s ok. Please let me know if you’d prefer I take it down. Thanks so much! Love this recipe! 🙂 Alli

  12. I’m a college student and this recipe is perfect for a quick dinner! The balsamic vinaigrette is delicious on the chicken. Thanks!

  13. did not care for the taste. the pic looks delish but it wasn’t.

  14. I am not a cook so when it says to cook something in the oven and it doesn’t say to cover it, does that mean its ALWAY uncovered? (Balsamic Chicken).

    • Correct Sue, you do not need to cover it during baking. The only time you may want to cover it is if it was done baking and you needed to leave it in a warm oven to keep warm. I would cover it then just to keep it from drying out.

  15. I’m not a cook by any means and am always looking for simple but tasty meals. Thanks for sharing…I’m trying it right now and it’s delicious 🙂


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