Balsamic Chicken and Tomatoes

Breathe new life into boring chicken breasts with Balsamic Chicken and Tomatoes. This healthy, delicious meal takes just 4 ingredients and 30 minutes!

The first time I made Balsamic Chicken and Tomatoes, I had no intention of doing so. I had just gotten a case of mustard in the mail, and I couldn’t wait to cook up some chicken and start dipping. But then…. I saw a carton of grape tomatoes on the counter.

Breathe new life into boring chicken breasts with Balsamic Chicken and Tomatoes. This healthy, delicious meal takes just 4 ingredients and 30 minutes!

I love a delicious happy accident, don’t you?

This kind of situation is exactly what I love about cooking so much. No, this is not a ground-breaking idea. But if you love chicken and balsamic vinegar, you are going to adore Balsamic Chicken and Tomatoes.

And you know what? Even if you DON’T like balsamic vinegar, or tomatoes, you’ll probably STILL like Balsamic Chicken and Tomatoes. How is this possible? I don’t know. It just is.

Breathe new life into boring chicken breasts with Balsamic Chicken and Tomatoes. This healthy, delicious meal takes just 4 ingredients and 30 minutes!

But I digress.

As I’m cooking the chicken, I see the tomatoes. I decide to halve them and toss them in the skillet, and in two seconds my mind is thinking: “Caprese!”

And so out comes the balsamic vinegar, I pluck some basil leaves off my counter-top plant, and the next thing you know, Balsamic Chicken and Tomatoes is born.

It’s fast, it’s healthy, it’s flavorful, it’s dairy-free, and it’s gluten-free. And it’s so easy!

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Balsamic Chicken and Tomatoes

Breathe new life into boring chicken breasts with Balsamic Chicken and Tomatoes. This healthy, delicious meal takes just 4 ingredients and 30 minutes!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 385 kcal

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

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 

  2. 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).

  3. 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. 

  4. 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.

  5. Flip chicken and add tomatoes. Cook until tomatoes have started to pop release their juices, about 5 minutes. 

  6. Add reserved marinade and rosemary sprigs. Bring to boil, then transfer uncovered to the oven.

  7. Bake until the chicken reaches 165 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and remove rosemary stems. 

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22 comments

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


  2. 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.

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

  4. 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)

    • 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!!

    • 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!

  5. 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!

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

    • 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!


  7. This looks so simple and delicious! Love a tasty chicken recipe


  8. 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!


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


  10. 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! :-)

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


  12. 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. ?

    • 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!

  13. 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?

    • 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.

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