Bring a glimpse of Italian cuisine onto your dining table with this delectable Balsamic Chicken Recipe. It comes together in six easy steps and creates a dish that takes your breath away with an exquisitely hearty taste.
After having an overview of the dish’s nutritional facts, let’s move to the grocery list.
Ingredients You'll Need
Chicken: We opt for chicken breasts in this recipe, but any chicken cut (wings, drumsticks, thighs, or tenderloins) will work fine. Remember that your choice will cause a slight change to the calorie count.
Potatoes: French fries are our personal-favorite pairing for many types of protein—chicken, beef, and lamb. However, if you want to mix up the dish, give our zucchini fries recipe a try.
Cherry tomatoes: This vegetable gives a bright red hue, a crunchy texture, and an umami flavor to your balsamic chicken.
Mozzarella cheese: Its delicate flavor profile won’t overpower but complement your chicken breasts. For those who are lactose-intolerant, you can replace mozzarella cheese with cashew cheese or go ahead and skip this add-in.
Sauce: We start by mixing diluted balsamic vinegar, ketchup, and honey for a sweet and tangy foundation. To add depth and dimension to the sauce, we incorporate freshly minced garlic, salt, black pepper, and oregano. The sauce will slowly thicken during the cooking process, giving your chicken a glossy, visually appealing outer coat.
Substitutes for Balsamic Vinegar
If for any reason, balsamic vinegar is out of stock at your local grocery and you want a stand-in for it, we are here to help.
Here are some quick and easy options that best replicate the taste of balsamic vinegar:
Combine a tablespoon of red wine vinegar with two teaspoons of maple syrup or honey.
Combine a tablespoon of red wine vinegar, a teaspoon of grape jelly, and 1/2 teaspoon of reduced-sodium soy sauce.
Substitute balsamic vinegar with Balsamic vinaigrette at a 1:1 ratio.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
1. How to Store
Before refrigerating your leftover balsamic chicken, ensure your dish has completely cooled down. Portion your food, place them in airtight containers or Ziploc bags, label the date, and keep them in your fridge. They will remain at their best quality for 2 to 3 days.
2. How to Reheat
Transfer your chicken and vegetables onto a microwave-safe plate covered with plastic wrap (never use aluminum foil in the microwave). Microwave the dish at ‘high’ for 2 minutes or until hot.
What to Serve With
Quickly toss together some green veggies with your favorite dressing, and you will have a refreshing side dish for your balsamic chicken. If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out our salad ideas below.
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4 oz fresh mozzarella cheese (cut into small cubes)
3 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp Heinz ketchup
2 fl oz water
1/4 cup basil (chopped)
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tbsp garlic (minced)
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 tbsp parsley (chopped)
Place the chicken breast on a cutting board. From the long side of the chicken breast, slice the meat in half in a sawing motion, but leave about 1/4 inch so that the two pieces are still intact. Set it aside and repeat with the remaining pieces.
With a large sharp knife, roughly cut the potatoes into slices. Stack the slices up, and slice them into thin strips, about 1/2-inch thick.
Cut the cherry tomatoes in half lengthwise.
Cut the fresh mozzarella cheese crosswise into slices, then slice those slices into small cubes.
Finely chop the fresh basil leaves.
Separate the garlic cloves from the bulb. Slice off the root of each garlic clove, then peel away the skin. Finely mince the peeled garlic.
Finely chop the parsley.
Microwave the potatoes: In a large microwave-safe bowl, add 20 oz stripped potatoes. Cook for 10 minutes, then remove them from the heat.
Make the sauce: In a small mixing bowl, combine 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 2 fl oz water, 2 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp Heinz ketchup, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 tbsp minced garlic, and 1/2 tsp dried oregano. Mix well with a wooden spoon.
Air-fry the potatoes: Transfer the potatoes to a large glass bowl, then add 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil. Mix gently until the potatoes are evenly coated in olive oil. Place the potatoes in the air-frying basket and air-fry them at 390°F for 15 minutes.
Pan-sear the chicken breasts: Place a large skillet over medium heat and pour in the remaining olive oil. Add 20 oz chicken breast into the skillet and pan-sear each side for 3 minutes 30 seconds (7 minutes in total).
Incorporate the sauce: Turn to low heat, add the sauce to the skillet and cook for 3 more minutes.
Add the cherry tomatoes and cheese: To the same skillet, add 6 oz halved cherry tomatoes and 4 oz cubed fresh mozzarella cheese. Cook for another 1 minute before turning off the heat.
Garnish and serve: Transfer your desired portion onto a platter, and garnish with 1/4 cup chopped basil and 2 tbsp chopped parsley. Enjoy!
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 499Calories from Fat 176
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 5.4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.8g
Monounsaturated Fat 8.4g
Vitamin A 934.4IU
Vitamin C 22.3mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.