Honey Balsamic Chicken Recipe | Chicken With Balsamic Glaze

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4 servings
30 min

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Unleash the incredible flavors of Honey Balsamic Chicken with this easy and irresistible recipe. Perfectly blending the sweet and tangy richness of balsamic vinegar with the subtle sweetness of honey, this chicken dish offers a mouthwatering experience that's bound to make it a weeknight favorite.

Overhead image of Honey Balsamic Chicken over a fresh salad

Why You'll Love This Simple Chicken Recipe


  • Quick and Convenient. Ready in just 30 minutes, this dish is your go-to for a fast yet fabulous meal.
  • Flavorful and Juicy. The honey balsamic marinade ensures every bite is infused with deliciousness, keeping the chicken moist and flavorful.
  • Healthier Choice. Made with wholesome ingredients, it's a delightful way to serve up something that feels indulgent yet is packed with goodness.
  • Perfect for Any Occasion. Whether it's a family dinner, a special occasion, or meal prep for the week, this chicken dish is versatile and sure to impress.


This recipe is not only about the sumptuous taste but also the ease and versatility it brings to your kitchen. The marinade does double duty as a glaze, caramelizing on the chicken for a glossy, appealing finish that promises to tantalize your taste buds.


What Does Honey Balsamic Chicken Taste Like?


Overall, honey balsamic chicken is both comforting and sophisticated, making it suitable for a simple family dinner or a special occasion meal.

The flavors are robust yet balanced, ensuring that each bite is packed with a delightful interplay of sweet and tangy with underlying savory tones.


Ingredients You'll Need


  • Chicken Breasts- Boneless and skinless, perfect for soaking up the marinade.
  • Balsamic Vinegar- For that deep, rich flavor.
  • Honey- Adds a natural sweetness that balances the tanginess of the vinegar.
  • Garlic- Minced, for a punch of flavor.
  • Olive Oil- Helps in marinating and cooking.
  • Rosemary- Fresh or dried for an aromatic touch.
  • Salt and Pepper- To taste.


How To Make Honey Balsamic Chicken


  1. Marinate the Chicken. In a large bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, honey, minced garlic, olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Add chicken breasts, ensuring they are fully coated. Marinate for at least 15 minutes, or for a more robust flavor, up to 4 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Prepare for Cooking. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F. Remove chicken from the marinade and reserve the liquid.
  3. Air Fry to Perfection. Place chicken in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook for 10 minutes, flip, then brush with reserved marinade and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  4. Reduce the Marinade. While the chicken cooks, pour the reserved marinade into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and let it thicken slightly to form a glaze.
  5. Serve and Enjoy. Drizzle the reduced balsamic glaze over the cooked chicken. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs or a sprinkle of parsley for a fresh, herby finish.
Close up image of Honey Balsamic Chicken on a bed of salad

Tips And Tricks


Making Honey Balsamic Chicken is a delicious way to enjoy a savory and slightly sweet meal. Here are some tips and tricks to ensure that your chicken comes out perfectly every time:


  • Thickening the Sauce. After cooking the chicken, you can thicken the remaining marinade to create a rich sauce. Mix a teaspoon of cornstarch with a little cold water and stir it into the cooking juices, then simmer until it thickens.
  • Don’t Overcook. Chicken breasts can dry out quickly, so use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. Chicken is safe to eat when the internal temperature reaches 165°F. Remove it from the oven just as it reaches temperature because it will continue to cook in its residual heat.
  • Rest Before Serving. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes after baking. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, making it juicier and more flavorful.


Variations


Honey balsamic chicken is a versatile dish that can be tailored in various delicious ways to suit different tastes and occasions. Here are some creative variations to keep this dish exciting every time you make it:


  • Spicy- Add a spicy kick to the marinade by including chili flakes, cayenne pepper, or a splash of hot sauce. This adds a nice heat that contrasts beautifully with the sweetness of the honey.
  • Herb-Infused- Incorporate fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, or sage into the marinade. These herbs complement the sweetness of the honey and the depth of the balsamic vinegar, adding a fragrant touch to the dish.
  • Garlic Lover’s Version- Add several cloves of minced garlic to the marinade for a robust garlic flavor. Garlic pairs well with the sweet and tangy profile of the honey and balsamic.


What To Serve With Honey Balsamic Chicken


Honey Balsamic Chicken, with its rich, tangy-sweet flavors, pairs beautifully with a variety of sides that complement its depth and help create a balanced meal. Here are some great options to serve with it:


  • Garlicky Green Beans- Sautéed green beans with a touch of garlic make a crunchy, fresh companion to the rich flavors of the chicken.
  • Roasted Vegetables- Mix vegetables like carrots, bell peppers, and zucchini, toss them in olive oil and herbs, and roast until caramelized. The natural sweetness of roasted veggies complements the balsamic glaze wonderfully.
  • Couscous or Quinoa Salad- These grains make for a light and fluffy side, and adding fresh herbs, lemon zest, and cherry tomatoes can brighten the whole meal.


How Long Does It Last?


Honey Balsamic Chicken can last in the refrigerator for about 3 to 4 days when stored properly. Make sure to keep the chicken in an airtight container to maintain its freshness and prevent it from absorbing other flavors and odors from the fridge.


Can You Freeze It?


If you need to keep the chicken for a longer period, you can freeze it. Properly stored in airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags, Honey Balsamic Chicken can last for up to 3 months in the freezer.

Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight when ready to use, and reheat it gently, adding a splash of water or extra balsamic vinegar to refresh the sauce if needed.


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Honey Balsamic Chicken Recipe | Chicken With Balsamic Glaze
Recipe details
  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 10 minutes Minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Minutes Total time: 30 min
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Ingredients

  • ▢ 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • ▢ 1/3 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • ▢ 1/4 cup Honey
  • ▢ 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • ▢ 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • ▢ 1 tsp Rosemary
  • ▢ 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • ▢ 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
Instructions

Marinate the Chicken. In a large bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, honey, minced garlic, olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Add chicken breasts, ensuring they are fully coated. Marinate for at least 15 minutes, or for a more robust flavor, up to 4 hours in the refrigerator.
Prepare for Cooking. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F. Remove chicken from the marinade and reserve the liquid.
Air Fry to Perfection. Place chicken in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook for 10 minutes, flip, then brush with reserved marinade and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
Reduce the Marinade. While the chicken cooks, pour the reserved marinade into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and let it thicken slightly to form a glaze.
Serve and Enjoy. Drizzle the reduced balsamic glaze over the cooked chicken. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs or a sprinkle of parsley for a fresh, herby finish.
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