Balsamic Marinated Chicken Breasts

Balsamic Marinated Chicken Breasts on a plate with salad

The Spruce / Sonia Bozzo

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Marinate: 60 mins
Total: 85 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
505 Calories
25g Fat
26g Carbs
41g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 505
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 198mg 66%
Sodium 574mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 41g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 82mg 6%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 403mg 9%
*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.)

Using ingredients you're likely to have at home already, this dish comes together quickly and is delicious for a weeknight meal, but also feels special enough to serve for company, too. And let's face it, if you and your family like chicken, you're always going to be looking for new ways to prepare it without getting bored. This dish is anything but boring.

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, but you could also swap out boneless chicken thighs, too, if you prefer those.


  • 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 oregano

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Balsamic Marinated Chicken Breasts ingredients

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

    Chicken in a glass baking dish

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

    combine the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, salt, oregano, basil, thyme, and pepper

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  4. Pour the marinade mixture over the chicken and turn to coat thoroughly. Cover the container or seal the bag and refrigerate. Let the chicken marinate from 1 to 6 hours.

    chicken and marinade in a baking dish

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  5. 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.

    chicken cooking on a grill pan

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  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.

    Balsamic Marinated Chicken Breasts, on a grill pan with a thermometer

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Broiled Chicken

To broil, line a baking pan with foil; spray with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange the chicken on the foil. Broil the chicken for 10 to 16 minutes, turning at least once during the broiling time (thinner chicken cutlets might take less time). Watch carefully and check for doneness with a food thermometer. It will register at least 165 F when the chicken is done.