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

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time:5 min

Cook Time:25 min

Total Time:30 min

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


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 (8 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, stacked and sliced thinly (chiffonade)


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Meanwhile, pat the chicken breast dry with paper towels and season generously with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. Place the chicken in a single layer in the skillet. Cook, without moving, until golden brown on one side, about 5 minutes. Flip each piece of chicken.
  3. Continue cooking until the chicken is mostly cooked through, at least 150°F on a thermometer inserted in to the thickest part of a breast, about 5 to 7 minutes longer.
  4. Add tomatoes, vinegar, and basil to the skillet. Cover and cook until the tomatoes have softened and released most of their juices, and the chicken reaches 165°F, about 3 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and divide the chicken and tomatoes among four plates, drizzling any remaining balsamic sauce on top.

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  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!

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  7. 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!

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

  14. 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!

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

  16. 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! :-)

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

  18. 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!

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