Balsamic Chicken and Tomatoes Recipe

Bright and budget-friendly, this recipe for Balsamic Chicken and Tomatoes Recipe is ready to become your default weeknight dinner. Ready in about 30 minutes—just enough time to make a big salad or warm up some crusty bread to sop up all that delicious pan juice.

Winner winner, chicken dinner! Other super delicious, lightning-fast chicken dinners include Chicken Milanese, Chicken Piccata, or a one-pot Chicken Vesuvio that’ll knock anyone’s socks off.

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If you’re the type of person who lives and breathes caprese or anything with Italian flavors— this one pan recipe is for you. Burst cherry tomatoes transform into a luscious pan sauce as they swirl around with balsamic, grainy mustard, and a little honey. Any Italian green herb will do, so pick one or throw in your favorite: fresh rosemary, some torn up basil, or even oregano.

Making Balsamic Chicken with Tomatoes for a family feast, or just for two? Click and slide the number next to “servings” on the recipe card below to adjust the ingredients to match how many you’re feeding—the recipe does the math for you, it’s that easy.

What you need to make this recipe:

  • Chicken thighs, skin on, or skin-on chicken breasts. Because everyone loves that delicious browned, crispy skin. (Any chicken works, as long as you adjust the cooking time accordingly.)
  • Cherry or grape tomatoes.
  • Rosemary, basil, or oregano. Fresh, please!
  • Balsamic vinegar & honey.
  • Whole grain mustard. The chunky stuff is wonderful in this chicken recipe.
  • Garlic. But of course! Use more or less, according to your preference.
  • Olive oil.
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper. As you do.

How to make Balsamic Chicken with Tomatoes:

  1. Mix together the honey, vinegar, mustard, garlic, and salt and pepper in a bowl big enough to hold the chicken. Add the chicken to the marinade and mix everything around to coat the chicken. Place in the refrigerator for up to an hour, if you have the time; otherwise, the chicken can sit out for 20 minutes at room temperature. Remove the chicken from the marinade and pat the pieces dry with a paper towel. Hold on to that marinade, though—you’ll need it later.
    Bright and budget-friendly, this recipe for Balsamic Chicken and Tomatoes Recipe is ready to become your default weeknight dinner. Ready in about 30 minutes—just enough time to make a big salad or warm up some crusty bread to sop up all that delicious pan juice.
  2. Next, preheat the oven to 425 degrees, and find a large, oven-safe skillet. Over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Brown the chicken in a single layer, without crowding, skin side down. Cook the chicken until it is nicely browned, 2-3 minutes at least, more if necessary.
    Bright and budget-friendly, this recipe for Balsamic Chicken and Tomatoes Recipe is ready to become your default weeknight dinner. Ready in about 30 minutes—just enough time to make a big salad or warm up some crusty bread to sop up all that delicious pan juice.
  3. When the chicken skin is beautiful and crisp looking, flip it in the skillet and add the tomatoes. Cook until the tomatoes burst and release their juices, then pour in reserved marinade (it’s okay, it will cook and be safe to eat!) and rosemary sprigs. Bring this mixture to a boil then move the skillet to the oven to bake the chicken until finished. No need to cover the skillet, either. Keep that crispy skin in tact!
    Bright and budget-friendly, this recipe for Balsamic Chicken and Tomatoes Recipe is ready to become your default weeknight dinner. Ready in about 30 minutes—just enough time to make a big salad or warm up some crusty bread to sop up all that delicious pan juice.
  4. Bake at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes. Chicken is safe to eat when its internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Remove it from the oven, removing the stems of the rosemary if that’s the herb you chose, and let rest for about 5 minutes before serving. This lets the chicken reabsorb some of the juices, making things extra, extra juicy.
    Bright and budget-friendly, this recipe for Balsamic Chicken and Tomatoes Recipe is ready to become your default weeknight dinner. Ready in about 30 minutes—just enough time to make a big salad or warm up some crusty bread to sop up all that delicious pan juice.

What to serve with Balsamic Chicken and Tomatoes:

It’s easy to round this lovely one pot recipe out into a complete meal. Just throw down:

  • Your best, biggest leafy green salad.
  • A loaf of crusty French bread for all that lovely sauce.
  • Buttery mashed potatoes. How is this not a thing? Potatoes are stunning with juicy tomatoes and chicken.
  • Zucchini ribbons for a low carb, high-veggie summer meal.

Bright and budget-friendly, this recipe for Balsamic Chicken and Tomatoes Recipe is ready to become your default weeknight dinner. Ready in about 30 minutes—just enough time to make a big salad or warm up some crusty bread to sop up all that delicious pan juice.

What is balsamic vinegar? And why is it so delicious?

Aceto balsamico, or balsamic vinegar, is a truly delicious, drinkable pantry ingredient. Believe it or not, balsamic vinegar is not technically a wine vinegar. It’s made form grapes-Trebbiano grapes and grape must— that are boiled down into a dark syrup and aged in wooden barrels with the vinegar mother, a starter that ferments the liquid and turns the syrup into vinegar.

The barrels are switched out as the vinegar reduces. This really concentrates the liquid and makes it sweet and irresistible.

It’s a labor intensive process that also needs a lot of time. Some balsamic is aged for 100 years! (Please don’t make this recipe with that precious stuff, though. Ordinary everyday balsamic is good enough for chicken and tomatoes.)

When selecting balsamic vinegar, look for a moderately priced bottle that is from Modena, Italy. More expensive varieties are labeled Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena. Avoid the cheapest balsamic you can find; less expensive varieties are much more likely to contain sulphites as a preservative. No matter what you choose, there’s a bottle for every budget.

Balsamic vinegar keeps in a dark, cool place in the pantry, but not so far away that you can’t use it in salad dressings, marinades, or even drizzled over a bowl of vanilla ice cream!

Balsamic chicken and tomatoes in a black dish.

Balsamic Chicken and Tomatoes Recipe

Bright and budget-friendly, this recipe for Balsamic Chicken and Tomatoes Recipe is ready to become your default weeknight dinner. Ready in about 30 minutes—just enough time to make a big salad or warm up some crusty bread to sop up all that delicious pan juice.
5 from 13 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 521kcal
Author: Meggan Hill

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 2 sprigs rosemary broken in half

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 
  • In a large bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, honey, mustard, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste (I like 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper).
  • Add chicken and toss to coat. Marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes or in the refrigerator for up to 1 hour. Remove from marinade (reserve marinade) and pat chicken dry with paper towels. 
  • In a 12-inch oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil until shimmering. Add chicken in a single layer, skin-side down. Cook until browned, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Flip chicken and add tomatoes. Cook until tomatoes have started to pop release their juices, about 5 minutes. 
  • Add reserved marinade and rosemary sprigs. Bring to boil, then transfer uncovered to the oven.
  • Bake until the chicken reaches 165 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and remove rosemary stems. 

Nutrition

Calories: 521kcal
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  1. Christina Kelly

    Hi is the calorie count for all 4 servings, or does each individual serving have 521 cals?

    1. Hi Christina, sorry for not getting back to you sooner. The 521 calories if for one serving, not all. It’s assuming 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs about 6 ounces each, and that you are eating the skin. If you didn’t eat the skin, the calories drop to 358. I also think the true calorie count is slightly less, because here the 6 ounces would include the bone, which you don’t eat, but I can’t find the information on how much chicken you’re left with if you remove the bone. I need to get a pack of bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and remove the bone and weigh them to know. I hope I haven’t confused you. Anyway, if you are concerned about calories, don’t eat the skin and that will help a lot! You could also make this recipe with boneless skinless chicken breast. It’s still really good. Thanks! -Meggan

  2. Susan

    Easy recipe on a weekday evening and the flavors (tangy, sweet) are wonderful. I did forget the rosemary, so need to remember to snip some next time. I used fresh diced Roma tomatoes because that’s what I had on hand. I also sautéed mushrooms in a different pan with some of the marinade (simultaneously while chicken was in the big pan), then combined it all together before placing in the oven. I served it over a bed of fresh spinach (for healthier meal), but also served white rice as another option). Excellent dinner!5 stars

  3. Sandra

    I made this in our quarantine time and my whole family loved it! From my parents to my kids! It’s such a simple yet packed with lovely flavors recipe ! Thanks so much for sharing it, keep up the good work!

  4. Cheryl

    This is one of the yummiest and easiest recipes I have made in a very long time. I added oregano as well and made 1.5 times the sauce recipe. Never transferred to oven. Hubby says it’s in the top three of what I cook. Even picky child liked the chicken…his I didn’t serve with any of the tomatoes. Served with bread and steamed asparagus. Leftovers made amazing chicken sandwiches. I wish I had a skillet big enough to hold 6 chicken breasts. Have sent this recipe url to so many folks. Hope you get more traffic on your site because your recipes rock!5 stars

    1. meggan

      Hi Cheryl, this makes my day! The recipe is super simple so all the credit goes to you for cooking it perfectly. I am so happy to hear all of this. If you send me your address, I’ll send you a skillet big enough to hold 6 chicken breasts (there is one at Williams-Sonoma I love that I will ship to you). My email is [email protected], just mail me your address if you want to! Thanks again and take care. Happy Cooking. -Meggan

  5. Elizabeth Van Lierde

    Dishes like this are perfect easy healthy meals after heavy eating over the holidays! Great recipe!5 stars

    1. meggan

      Thank you Elizabeth! I think so too, it’s all about keeping it simple so we might actually cook the food! Happy new year! -Meggan

  6. Anna F

    I made this for dinner, I’m no cook but it was amazing. I used chicken breasts, which stayed juicy and I did reduce the sauce after leaving the chicken to rest and it made it thicker. I ate half a baguette mopping up the sauce in the pan. 5 stars

  7. Din

    5 stars

  8. taylor

    Am dying to try this but tomatoes are seasonal in the tropics so won’t see any for many months and grape or cherry tomatoes make an appearance every 2 years or so. If push comes to shove, can I use well-drained tinned tomatoes?

    1. meggan

      Hi Taylor, YES OF COURSE! It should still be delicious. I hope you try it, and I hope you love it! Where in the tropics? Thank you for visiting the site! Take care.

  9. Anoosha

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I have made this over five times now. Everyone loved it! ??? this has become my favourite recipe now! Gonna make it again tonight, with mashed potato. ?5 stars

    1. meggan

      Hey Anoosha, thank you so much! It’s one of my favorites and I make it ALL THE TIME too! Serving it with mashed potatoes sounds like the best idea ever. :) Thank you for sharing! Have a great weekend!

  10. Kerry

    Just made this and added mushrooms to the mixture, it’s fantastic! Will definitely be making again :D 

    1. meggan

      Mushrooms! Brilliant! I love it. :) Glad you enjoyed it!

  11. Oooh Meggan, I LOVE this!!
    Baked chicken works so brilliantly with tomatoes, and I love the idea of adding balsamic too.
    The best part about this post though is your VIDEO! I LOVE that you’ve put the Godfather theme to it ….lol! Giggling away here! Off to subscribe to your Youtube channel! :-)5 stars

  12. I do love delicious accidents :)  SO happy you made a little video finally :)  Yay you!5 stars

  13. Alena

    I made this last night, I added in red onions… it was amazing. It was the perfect light dish that felt like comfort food! (We served it with mashed potatoes… which helped with the comfort food part ha ha)

    I might even add in spinach next time. Yum!5 stars

    1. meggan

      Yay, that is so great to hear Alena! Serving it with mashed potatoes sounds epic. :D Thank you for the idea!

  14. This looks so simple and delicious! Love a tasty chicken recipe5 stars

  15. Jacinta

    I made this for the family and everyone loved it.  So simple yet extremely tasty. Thank you.

    1. meggan

      Thank you so much, Jacinta! I completely agree, it’s the simplest (non)recipe ever, and yet I just love it. When I’m really hungry, I can usually hold off long enough to make it. :) Thanks again!

  16. I’m in the process of making this right now! I’m so excited to be trying a new way to make chicken! The husband claims to dislike vinegar, so we’ll see how it goes over!

  17. Luke Lorenc

    Just made this tonight and it was great! My girlfriend loved it a lot. A bit crunchy on the outside, but very tender on the inside. I may add a bit more vinegar next time (well, I used Chinese dark vinegar actually and it worked fine). I’ll definitely cook this again in the future. Thanks!

    (sorry for the Guest comment, there was a problem with my login at first)

    1. Sorry, I thought I had replied to your comment but I don’t know where it went! I am so glad you loved it, I swear nothing is easier! The Chinese dark vinegar sounds like a fun twist to try!

    2. meggan

      Thank you so much for trying the recipe, Luke! I’m glad you liked it. I will definitely have to try Chinese dark vinegar. I love vinegar on chicken so I’m sure that’s a good one too. Thanks again!!

  18. Wow, this dish looks so beautiful! What a nice way to use balsamic vinegar in a recipe. Will definitely try it!

    1. Thank you so much, Maggie! It’s super easy and colorful and everything I love about food. :)

  19. Janette @ Culinary Ginger

    Using balsamic vinegar is my favorite way to get flavor into chicken breasts and this dish has all my favorite flavors. It looks really tasty.5 stars

  20. This is a wownderful chicken dish. I can’t wait to try it. How easy and quick to make.

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