Honey Balsamic Chicken (Oven + Grill)

Honey Balsamic Chicken is a quick and easy dinner option that comes out fantastic roasted or grilled! It also makes a great freezer meal.

balsamic chicken recipe

This recipe is part of my Dump it ’til it’s hot series of dump recipes. It’s all about making delicious food with minimal prep, no pre-cooking, the ability to freeze for a good make-ahead meal. And trust me when I say, easy never tasted so good!

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Balsamic Chicken

I personally love balsamic vinegar! It’s got such a distinct flavor and when mixed with meat, it gets even better. So naturally, I had to make a honey balsamic chicken recipe.

This recipe is the perfect dump recipe. You can totally freeze it in the marinade. You can throw it into the oven or on the grill. And of course, you can cook it up and eat it later in the week.  It’s big on flavor and small on work.

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Honey balsamic chicken recipe

Tips for making the Honey Balsamic Chicken Recipe

  • Whisk all the marinade ingredients together really well.
  • If roasting, pour the chicken pieces along with the marinade into the pan. Start with the skin side down and flip them halfway through. The marinade at the bottom of the pan makes a really tasty sauce that I like to spoon over rice.
  • If grilling, you can dispose of the marinade (do NOT use it to marinate other meat). If you want, you can also reduce it on the stove, but make sure you let it boil for a couple minutes before reducing the eat so that it’s safe for consumption.

Frequently asked questions about making this Balsamic Chicken Marinade

  • Can you freeze balsamic chicken? Yes, I encourage you to freeze it in the marinade before cooking.
  • How long does Balsamic Chicken last? 3-4 days covered in the refrigerator.
  • How do you reheat Balsamic Chicken? In the microwave or oven.
  • What goes with Balsamic Chicken? I like to serve it with rice and some sort of green veggie.

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Make it a meal!

A few great recipes to round out and complete this meal would be:

balsamic chicken marinade

Helpful tools:

  1. Chef’s knife
  2. Cutting board
  3. Measuring cups
  4. Measuring spoons
  5. Whisk
  6. Gallon freezer zipper bags
  7. 9″ x 13″ pan
  8. Grill tongs
  9. Meat thermometer

Balsamic chicken recipe

Honey Balsamic Chicken (Oven + Grill)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Honey Balsamic Chicken is a quick and easy dinner option that comes out fantastic roasted or grilled! It also makes a great freezer meal.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: balsamic chicken
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jessy Freimann, The Life Jolie
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 4-5 bone-in chicken thighs
Instructions
Oven instructions:
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, Italian seasoning, salt pepper and garlic until well combined.
  2. Place chicken into large zipper bag and pour marinade over the chicken into the bag. If freezing, freeze now. Otherwise place bag into the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  4. Pour contents of bag into 9” x 13” baking pan and make sure chicken is skin-side down.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Turn chicken pieces and bake for 20 more minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  7. Rest chicken for 5 minutes and serve immediately.
Grilling instructions:
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, Italian seasoning, salt pepper and garlic until well combined.
  2. Place chicken into large zipper bag and pour marinade over the chicken into the bag. If freezing, freeze now. Otherwise place bag into the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook.
  3. Heat grill to medium high heat (and if you can, spray with cooking spray before heating).
  4. Place chicken pieces onto the grill.
  5. Cook for around 5-7 minutes per side or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  6. Remove from the grill and rest for 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

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