Oven Baked Balsamic Chicken

4.98 from 69 votes

This Oven Baked Chicken recipe is a delicious weeknight dinner. With flavors of honey and balsamic vinegar, you know it's going to be good!

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You’re going to love making this Oven Baked Balsamic Chicken recipe. Loaded with flavor, it’s literally perfect for a simple family dinner. Let the oven take over and do the cooking with this simple and fast chicken dish.

Plate of baked balsamic chicken

Cooking chicken breast in the oven is a great way to retain the moisture and tenderness of the meat. The steady heat and temperature of the oven keep the chicken flavorful without being overcooked.

why you’ll love this Roasted Chicken Breast

  • Flavorful and simple
  • Moist and tender results
  • Delicious to reheat and enjoy as leftovers

Ingredients to make Oven Baked Balsamic Chicken

  • Skinless chicken breasts – I like to buy these at the store when they’re on sale and freeze them. Great way to save money and stock up.
  • Balsamic vinegar – Don’t skip this! This adds so much flavor!
  • Honey – Adding honey adds the perfect amount of sweetness to this dish to balance the balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil – Needed to add more liquid for the marinade that you’ll be putting onto the chicken.
  • Dijon mustard – Such a great flavor to add to this dish.
  • Garlic cloves – All dishes should have some sort of garlic added.
  • Cherry tomatoes – Perfect for a bite size pop of sweetness and tart and ends up become saucy when baked with the chicken.
  • Seasonings: Add salt, pepper to taste and don’t forget the dried basil and chopped parsley for extra flavor.
Ingredients to make the recipe

How to make Honey Balsamic Chicken

  1. Pat the chicken breasts dry with a clean paper towel and add them to the baking dish.
  2. Pour the prepared marinade over the top of the chicken breasts.
  3. Let marinate to soak in extra flavor – even 10 minutes will help!
  4. Slice the cherry tomatoes and add them to the baking dish all around the chicken.
4 image collage of how to make the recipe in a pan
  • Place in the oven and bake. Serve with your favorite side dishes and enjoy!
Final baked chicken with tomatoes after baking

Tips for making Balsamic chicken breasts

  1. Let the chicken marinate. You don’t have to give it a ton of time, but it does need some to soak in all the flavor and help make it extra juicy.
  2. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes. Before cutting into the chicken breasts, give them a few moments of rest time after being removed from the oven. This helps them stay extra juicy.
  3. Broil the chicken for extra color. This is not necessary, but to get a golden brown color on the top of the chicken breast, try broiling it for an extra minute after it’s done cooking. The broiling gives it a browned, glossy finish.
  4. Top with a little bit of parmesan cheese. This is my own little tip but I think that parmesan cheese sprinkled on top would be divine.
  • Leave out the mustard. It’s really good flavor but if you don’t have dijon mustard at home, still make this roasted chicken recipe.
  • Swap out the tomatoes. Instead of tomatoes, you could do onions, pepper, zucchini or even whole mushrooms as well.
  • Use maple syrup. Not a fan of honey? Maple syrup could be a great option to use instead.

what to serve with your oven baked chicken

how to reheat & store healthy basalmic chicken

best way to store leftover chicken

Since this simple baked chicken recipe is perfect for lunch or dinner the next day, store any leftovers in an airtight container and keep it nice and cool in the fridge.

how long will oven baked balsamic chicken last in the fridge?

As long as you store it properly, it should stay good for 2-3 days.

can i freeze baked chicken?

Yes. The best way to freeze cooked chicken is to add the pieces to an airtight container or freezer-safe bag and store it in the freezer.

how to reheat honey baked chicken

When you’re ready to eat again, just reheat the leftovers low and slow in the oven or place them in the microwave to heat them back up.

Frequently asked questions

How do you know when chicken is done cooking?

Always check the internal temperature for the chicken. Using a meat thermometer, make sure that the reading shows at least 165 degrees.

Why is my chicken tough?

More than likely, you overcooked the chicken and that caused it to dry out and become chewy. Make sure that you pay attention to the cooking times closely.

How can I use leftover chicken?

I think that chicken is so versatile to use in other recipes. You can shred up chicken and use it for tacos or even as a shredded chicken sandwich of sorts as well.

You can also cube up chicken and add it to soups easily, too!

Plate of honey balsamic baked chicken sliced with cherry tomatoes on top

Once you taste the hint of sweetness that the honey adds paired with the flavor of the balsamic vinegar, you’re going to love this simple oven-baked chicken recipe even more!

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Oven Baked Balsamic Chicken

This Oven Baked Chicken recipe is a delicious weeknight dinner. With flavors of honey and balsamic vinegar, you know it's going to be good!
5 from 69 votes
Servings 4 servings
Course American
Calories 239
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 4 6 ounce skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes halved
  • Chopped parsley for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Pat the chicken breasts with a paper towel. Cover the chicken breasts with plastic wrap and use a meat mallet or rolling pin to pound and flatten them to equal thickness. Place in a 9×13 oven-safe baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, honey, olive oil, Dijon mustard, basil, salt, pepper and garlic until well combined. Pour the marinade over the chicken in the baking dish and flip each chicken breast in the marinade to evenly coat.
  • Add the tomatoes around the chicken in the baking dish.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of the chicken breast reads 165°F.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley, and serve with your favorite sides.

Notes

Storage: To keep the leftovers fresh, store them in an airtight container and place them in the fridge. They should stay good for 2-3 days. 

Nutrition

Calories: 239kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 45mg, Sodium: 723mg, Potassium: 827mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 1183IU, Vitamin C: 56mg, Calcium: 49mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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  1. Is there any way I can do this without olive oil? I have gallbladder disease and I’m trying to find yummy ways to eat bland chicken without added oil

    1. You can probably make this recipe without the oil! However, it’s nice to have some fat in the marinade because it helps transfer the flavors to the chicken, so you could try substituting the oil with yogurt, tahini, or buttermilk. I have not tried this yet, so I’m not sure how well it’ll work out!

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