top view of a plate of chicken and ingredients for balsamic marinade in bowls next it

Easy Balsamic Chicken

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 1-4 hours
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


You’ll love how quickly this marinated balsamic chicken comes together and how flavorful it is once grilled. This is a simple go-to chicken recipe you can make over and over again. 



  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper


  1. Using the flat side of a meat mallet, flatten chicken between two pieces of plastic wrap to about ½ inch thick. This helps the chicken to cook evenly.
  2. Place chicken in a shallow dish. In a bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients. Pour over chicken, turning to coat the chicken well. You can also marinade the chicken in a large zipper-topped bag.
  3. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 to 4 hours. 
  4. Grill chicken, uncovered, over medium heat 10 to 12 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165℉, turning and brushing with marinade once.


  • I’ve had great luck cooking this chicken on the stove top and even baking it too. Don’t feel like you have to grill it, it’s great cooked with different methods. 
  • This recipe is really easy to scale up if you need to. It’s a good one to cook extra chicken and use it another recipe later in the week.
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: grilling
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 4 SERVING SIZE: 1 chicken breast
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171.7 Fat: 14.8g Cholesterol: 20.7mg Sodium: 162.2mg Carbohydrates: 3.5g Sugars: 2.4g Protein: 6.6g Vitamin A: 4.9µg Vitamin C: 8mg

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