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This super-simple Balsamic Chicken Recipe is a one-pan wonder that’s ready in just 35 minutes, giving you juicy, perfectly seasoned chicken. This skillet-made easy chicken dinner is packed with caprese flavors of cherry tomatoes, melted mozzarella, and sweet balsamic glaze. It’s a beautiful gourmet meal without all the fuss!

A blue tea towel wrapped around a cast iron skillet of chicken caprese.

The fall weather is slowly seeping in, and I am getting excited. And with the holiday season in mind, I love to create family-favorite dishes that are festive, delicious, and impressive! It is like I want to decorate the table as well as the house. Am I the only one?

The best thing about this easy chicken dinner is that even though no marinade is needed it still packs in a ton of flavor, making this recipe perfect for busy weeknights. Trust me, you’ll want to make this recipe time and time again.

Add a refreshing Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons or perhaps a piece of warm Homemade Dinner Roll, and Voila! You have a beautifully elegant meal you can serve guests or an easy fancy dinner just for two!

Finish off the evening with a stunning slice of White Chocolate Cranberry Tart and celebrate in style.

Simple Ingredients

Ingredients needed for balsamic chicken recipe.
  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts: Opt for chicken breasts that are about 1 inch thick or that are about the same thickness. This ensures even cooking for the chicken pieces and optimal juiciness.
  • Salt and Pepper: Seasoning your chicken breasts with salt and pepper is essential for adding flavor. Adjust the amount of salt and pepper to your taste.
  • Olive Oil: Use good-quality olive oil for sautéing the chicken and garlic. It adds a nice depth of flavor to the dish. You can also use avocado or cooking oil of your choice.
  • Garlic: Minced garlic brings a wonderful aromatic quality to the recipe. Make sure it’s fresh for the best flavor.
  • Balsamic Vinegar: Choose a good-quality balsamic vinegar for a richer and more complex flavor. It’s a key component of the dish.
  • Honey: If you prefer a touch of sweetness in your dish, add honey. It balances the acidity of the balsamic vinegar. Adjust the amount to your sweetness preference.
  • Cherry or Grape Tomatoes: Halved cherry or grape tomatoes add a burst of freshness and color to and give that caprese flavor to the dish. Use ripe, sweet tomatoes for the best results.
  • Fresh Mozzarella ‘Pearls’: These small mozzarella pearls or balls are perfect for melting into the dish. They provide a creamy, cheesy goodness. You can also use regular fresh mozzarella and cut it into small pieces or slices.
  • Fresh Basil Leaves: Fresh basil leaves are for garnish and flavor. They add a pop of color and a lovely herbal aroma to the finished dish. Tear or chop fresh herbs just before serving for maximum freshness.

Variations and Substitutions

This Balsamic Chicken Caprese with Italian Seasoning and Balsalmic Marinade is easy to make your own. There are almost endless variations and ways to please everyone at the table. Here are a few of my suggestions.

Protein Substitutions:

  • Instead of chicken breasts, you can use boneless skinless chicken thighs for a richer, darker meat flavor.
  • If you’re vegetarian or looking for a meatless option, consider using tofu or tempeh as a protein substitute. You can marinate them in a balsamic mixture for flavor- as good as marinated chicken.

Seasoning Variations:

  • Experiment with different herbs and spices for seasoning. Rosemary, thyme, or oregano can be added to the chicken for extra flavor.
  • Try smoked paprika or red chili flakes for a spicy kick.

Sauce Tweaks:

  • Adjust the sweetness by using maple syrup, agave nectar, or brown sugar instead of honey.
  • Substitute balsamic vinegar with other kinds of vinegar, like red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar for unique flavor profiles.

Vegetable Additions:

  • Enhance the dish with additional vegetables such as sautéed mushrooms, spinach, bell peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, or roasted red peppers.

Cheese Options:

  • Swap fresh mozzarella with other cheeses like goat cheese, feta, or Parmesan for a different flavor and texture.

How To Make Balsamic Chicken with Tomatoes and Mozzarella

Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact ingredients and full recipe instructions!

Step 1 | Prep and Cook Chicken

Start by preheating your oven to 350°F. Next, give those chicken breasts some love with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Heat up a big ol’ cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat and add a glug of olive oil.

Cooking time! Toss those seasoned chicken breasts in with some trusty tongs and let ’em sizzle away for about 5-6 minutes on each side until they’re no longer pink in the middle. Once they’re cooked to perfection, take ’em out of the large skillet, set them aside, and let the chicken rest.

Chicken breast seasoned and then added to a skillet and cooked.

Step 2 | Make Balsamic Glaze Sauce

Now, toss in some minced garlic in the same skillet and let it do its thing for about 30 seconds until it’s fragrant. Pour in some balsamic vinegar and honey to make the balsamic marinade- if you feel a bit sweet. Give it a good stir and let it simmer for about 5 minutes until it thickens up a bit, forming a balsamic reduction with all the golden brown bits from the bottom of the pan.

It’s time to reunite the chicken with the sauce – plop those golden beauties back in the skillet and give ’em a good sauce bath.

Balsamic glaze in a cast iron skillet then chicken added and topped with glaze.

Step 3 | Finish with Tomatoes, Cheese, and Basil

Throw in some halved cherry tomatoes and mozzarella pearls for that cheesy goodness – Caprese chicken!

If you’re in a hurry, pop the balsamic chicken breasts skillet in the oven for 5-10 minutes until the cheese melts all nice and gooey. Or, if you’re feeling patient, just cover the skillet with a lid and let it simmer for about 5 minutes until the cheese gets all bubbly and delicious.

When it’s ready, serve up that mouthwatering Skillet Balsamic Chicken Caprese, and don’t forget to drizzle some of that tomato-balsamic sauce from the skillet over the top. Enjoy!

Cherry tomatoes and mozzarella pearls added to chicken in the skillet and cooked until cheese is melted.

Tips

  • Use Thin Chicken Cutlets or Pound Chicken Evenly: Opt for thin chicken cutlets instead of thicker chicken breasts to expedite cooking. They cook faster and more evenly. If you have regular chicken breasts, pound them to an even thickness with a meat mallet or rolling pin. This ensures uniform cooking.
  • After placing the chicken in the hot skillet, allow it to cook without disturbing it; this will give you a nice caramelized sear.
  • Don’t Overcook: Be careful not to overcook the chicken, as it can become dry. Cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. A meat thermometer is a great kitchen tool.
  • If you want a thicker and more intense balsamic glaze, you can simmer the balsamic vinegar in a separate pan until it reduces by half before adding it to the skillet.
  • Watch the Cheese: When melting the mozzarella pearls, especially if finishing in the oven, keep a close eye on them to prevent burning. It usually takes just a few minutes.
A chicken dish in a black skillet.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use boneless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts?

Yes, boneless chicken thighs can be used as a delicious alternative to chicken breasts. They may have a slightly different cooking time, so adjust accordingly.

Is there a specific type of balsamic vinegar I should use?

While traditional aged balsamic vinegar provides the best flavor, you can use any good-quality balsamic vinegar you have on hand.

Can I use dried basil if I don’t have fresh basil on hand?

Yes, dried basil can be used as a substitute for fresh basil. Use about 1/3 of the amount specified for fresh basil.

How do I prevent the chicken from drying out during cooking?

To prevent the chicken from drying out, be sure not to overcook it. Use a meat thermometer to ensure it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). Also, baste the chicken with the balsamic glaze to keep it moist.

Is balsamic chicken gluten-free?

Balsamic chicken can be made gluten-free if you ensure that all the ingredients used, including the balsamic vinegar and any condiments, are gluten-free. Serve it with gluten-free pasta, rice, or quinoa instead of traditional pasta or bread.

A white plate with chicken and broccolini.

Storage

Storage: To store leftover chicken, cool completely, then refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through, adding a bit of liquid if needed.

Freeze: While it’s possible to freeze most easy chicken recipes, the texture of the cheese and tomatoes may change upon thawing. If you plan to freeze it, do so without the cheese and tomatoes and add them when reheating the dish.

What to Serve with Balsamic Chicken Caprese

The sweet and tangy flavors of the chicken pair wonderfully with creamy mashed potatoes, roasted parmesan potatoes, or fluffy white rice, allowing the balsamic sauce to mingle with these neutral bases. Alternatively, pasta dishes like linguine or fettuccine work beautifully, as they can absorb the flavorful sauce.

If you’re aiming for a lighter meal, a fresh kale salad, tomato and cucumbers salad, Air Fryer Green Beans, or sweet potato cubes, add a nutritious touch, while dinner rolls or garlic bread can help soak up every last drop of the delectable sauce. The choice is yours, but whichever you pick, it’s bound to complement the balsamic chicken’s enticing flavors.

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Easy Balsamic Chicken Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Nikki Lee
Easy Balsamic Chicken is a quick and flavorful dish featuring tender chicken breasts cooked in a sweet and tangy balsamic vinegar sauce, topped with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes.
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Ingredients 

  • 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 1 inch thick
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tabelspoons honey
  • 1 ½ cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 8 ounce container of fresh mozzarella "pearls"
  • Fresh basil leaves to garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350℉.
  • Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  • In a large cast-iron skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken breasts using tongs and cook for about 5-6 minutes on each side, or until they are no longer pink in the center. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set it aside.
  • In the same skillet, add the minced garlic and cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Pour in the balsamic vinegar and honey (if using). Stir well to combine and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly.
  • Return the cooked chicken breasts to the skillet and turn to coat with the sauce.
  • Add the halved cherry tomatoes and the mozzarella pearls to the skillet.
  • Place the skillet in the oven and cook for 5-10 minutes until the cheese melts. Alternatively, you can cover the skillet with a lid and let it simmer for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Serve the Balsamic Chicken hot, drizzling some of the tomato-balsamic sauce from the skillet over the top.

Notes

Storage: To store, refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through, adding a bit of liquid if needed.
  • Use Thin Chicken Cutlets or Pound Chicken Evenly: Opt for thin chicken cutlets instead of thicker chicken breasts to expedite cooking. They cook faster and more evenly. If you have regular chicken breasts, pound them to an even thickness with a meat mallet or rolling pin. This ensures uniform cooking.
  • After placing the chicken in the hot skillet, allow it to cook without disturbing it; this will give you a nice caramelized sear.
  • Don’t Overcook: Be careful not to overcook the chicken, as it can become dry. Cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. A meat thermometer is a great kitchen tool.
  • If you want a thicker and more intense balsamic glaze, you can simmer the balsamic vinegar in a separate pan until it reduces by half before adding it to the skillet.
  • Watch the Cheese: When melting the mozzarella pearls especially if finishing in the oven, keep a close eye on them to prevent burning. It usually takes just a few minutes.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving Calories: 233kcal (12%) Carbohydrates: 3g (1%) Protein: 23g (46%) Fat: 15g (23%) Saturated Fat: 4g (25%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0.01g Cholesterol: 62mg (21%) Sodium: 506mg (22%) Potassium: 369mg (11%) Fiber: 0.3g (1%) Sugar: 1g (1%) Vitamin A: 206IU (4%) Vitamin C: 10mg (12%) Calcium: 147mg (15%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

Nutritional Disclaimer

Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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13 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This simple comfort food recipe was a winner for my family. I love the flavor of balsamic, so this one is a keeper!

  2. OOH my mom used to make something similar, without the mozzarella. I bet that makes it even better. I can’t wait to try it!

  3. 5 stars
    Loved the flavour of the balsamic and honey together. We really enjoyed this and it was so easy to make too.