Balsamic Marinated Chicken Breasts

Balsamic marinated chicken breasts

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Marinate: 60 mins
Total: 85 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
524 Calories
36g Fat
1g Carbs
45g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 524
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 142mg 47%
Sodium 717mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Protein 45g
Calcium 47mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Balsamic vinegar, garlic, and simple seasonings give these grilled or broiled chicken breasts fabulous flavor. Serve this tasty chicken with sliced fresh vegetables or salad, along with potatoes or rice. Use chicken breasts or cutlets for this Mediterranean twist on a dinner-time staple. 


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breasts or chicken cutlets
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried leaf basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Put the chicken in a glass or plastic container or food storage bag.

  2. In a bowl or large measuring cup, combine the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, salt, oregano, basil, thyme, and pepper. Whisk to blend.

  3. Pour the marinade mixture over the chicken and turn to coat thoroughly. Cover the container or seal the bag and refrigerate.

  4. Let the chicken marinate from 1 to 6 hours.

  5. (For oven broiling, skip to step 7) Grill the chicken on a grill or in a grill pan, turning to brown both sides until cooked through. Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the chicken. Standard chicken breasts will take about 6 to 8 minutes on each side, but thinner cutlets will take less time.

  6. When done, the chicken will register at least 165 F on an instant-read food thermometer in the thickest part of the chicken breast.

  7. To broil, line a baking pan with foil; spray with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange the chicken on the foil.

  8. Broil the chicken for 10 to 16 minutes, turning at least once during the broiling time (thinner chicken cutlets might take less time).

  9. Watch carefully and check for doneness with a food thermometer. It will register at least 165 F when the chicken is done.