Super healthy, flavor-packed, and incredibly easy to whip up- that’s what this one-pan balsamic chicken recipe is all about!
Lately, I’ve become a big fan of one-pan meals. Minimal ingredients, minimal cleanup, and yet, so flavorful and delicious. And this easy one-pan balsamic chicken recipe is just that. It has the protein from the chicken and some fiber from the veggies, which is great. Plus, being incredibly versatile that it is, you can add so much more to it than just this.
Ready to give the recipe a shot? Here’s all you need to know about it before you do.
Which Chicken Should I Use?
You can use any cut of chicken you prefer. Boneless chicken is obviously a better choice, and if you can, stick to the thighs, because they have the best, softest meat. If you’ve got some chicken breasts in the freezer, you could put them to use as well- just pound them a little to break up their tough fiber strands and make the meat softer.
What Else Can I Add?
I’ve added cherry tomatoes and broccoli into the one-pan balsamic chicken, and they both complement the flavors of the dish wonderfully. You can stick to those or add in any other veggies that you might have lying in your refrigerator.
Green beans, bell peppers, cauliflower, kale, asparagus, spinach, baby corn, baby potatoes, onions, zucchini, and carrots are all excellent choices.
Tips to Make the One-Pan Balsamic Chicken
Think you’re all set and ready to give the recipe a try? You might want to keep these additional tips and tricks in mind to nail the recipe.
- For a bit of extra flavor, make more marinade than you would need for this recipe, and reserve the extra to drizzle on the chicken after you’re done cooking it. You can also use the marinade as a nice quick dressing for any side salad that you’re whipping up.
- To cook the veggies faster, cut them into smaller chunks.
- Fancy a bit of spice in your meal? You can add some red chilly flakes into the mixture while marinating the chicken.
- You can also add some garlic powder for an extra hit of garlicky flavor.
- To keep the dish healthy, swap the butter with olive oil, preferably the extra virgin version.
- You can also add a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup into the marinade if you want to balance out the flavor of the other ingredients and bring in a hint of sweetness.
Serving Ideas & Suggestions
The one pan balsamic chicken tastes perfect all on its own. If you want to go the extra mile, you can serve it with some steamed rice on the side, or even some bread to mop up all those extra juices from the pan.
Thinking of whipping this up for someone coming over? You can serve it with some BBQ nachos on the side to make it a nice fun meal, or pair it with a nice one-pan garlic chicken pasta or lemongrass chicken chili for a filling meal.
Easy One-Pan Balsamic Chicken
- 2 chicken breasts
- 50 g broccoli florets
- 7-10 cherry tomatoes, halved
- ½ cup shredded cheese
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 25 g butter
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- A few fresh basil leaves
- Start by preparing the marinade. Mix the balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, salt and some crushed black pepper in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the chicken into the marinade and give it a good mix. Allow this to rest for atleast 10 minutes.
- Heat butter in a pan or a skillet and add the chicken. Let it cook for a few minutes on low heat and then flip it over.
- Add the broccoli florets into the pan and allow it to cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
- Next, add the cherry tomatoes, and let it cook until the tomatoes soften a bit. You can also add a little more of the marinade at this point if you want some extra flavor.
- When the chicken is almost done, top it with a generous sprinkle of shredded cheese and some whole or chopped fresh basil leaves.
- Follow it up with a sprinkle of Italian seasoning and serve immediately!