Honey Garlic Balsamic Chicken

honey garlic balsamic chicken recipe

Everyone needs a meal that they can have on the table in 30 minutes that is healthy, easy, and delicious. This meal is on the table in less than a half an hour and I can bet that you have all of the ingredients that you need in your pantry right now. Not only is this meal easy to prepare, it has a ton of flavor and everyone in my house loves it. That is no easy feat. This Honey Garlic Balsamic Chicken will become your go-to weeknight dinner. I serve mine with a simple orzo pasta tossed with a little homemade pesto and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. If I am really ambitious, I would add a salad. My spinach salad is my all-time favorite and would be perfect with this chicken.

honey garlic balsamic chicken recipe4 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (I love this Honey Balsamic from Honey Ridge Farms)
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3 chopped garlic cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons honey

honey garlic balsamic chicken recipePat the chicken dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper. Melt the butter over medium-high heat and add the olive oil.

honey garlic balsamic chicken recipeAdd the chicken to the pan.

Cook the chicken until both sides are brown and the chicken is cooked through. It is about 6 to 7 minutes on each side. Take the chicken out of the pan, and put on a plate and cover with foil.

honey garlic balsamic chicken recipeAdd the chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, and honey to the pan. Cook for about 5 minutes, the sauce will thicken. Use a spatula to get the browned bits off of the bottom of the pan.

honey garlic balsamic chicken recipeSlice the chicken on a bias, and spoon the pan sauce over the top. I served mine with some orzo tossed with homemade pesto sauce and Parmesan cheese.

adapted from myrecipes.com

Honey Garlic Balsamic Chicken

Honey Garlic Balsamic Chicken

Yield: serves 4

Quick Tiramisu Trifles - Crispy chicken with a quick honey balsamic pan sauce.


  • 4 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (I love this Honey Balsamic from Honey Ridge Farms)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey


  1. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper. Melt the butter over medium-high heat and add the olive oil.
  2. Add the chicken to the pan.
  3. Cook the chicken until both sides are brown and the chicken is cooked through. It is about 6 to 7 minutes on each side. Take the chicken out of the pan, and put on a plate and cover with foil.
  4. Add the chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, and honey to the pan. Cook for about 5 minutes, the sauce will thicken. Use a spatula to get the browned bits off of the bottom of the pan.
  5. Slice the chicken on a bias, and spoon the pan sauce over the top. I served mine with some orzo tossed with homemade pesto sauce and Parmesan cheese.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g
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This Post Has 123 Comments

  1. Looks amazing! Bookmarked!

    1. It is amazing! Hope that you love it as much as I do.

  2. That chicken look delicous.. mmmm honey and balsamic together what a good idea!

    1. It is so simple and good. Love this chicken recipe.

  3. Lately we’re so busy that I’m in serious need of quick weeknight dinners…this looks mouth-watering!

    1. Summer is really busy! This is perfect for you, delicious and super fast.

  4. This dish looks awesome … I love balsamic and can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing!

    1. you are welcome Kathy!

  5. I am thrilled that you are featuring something quick! With swim lessons, summer classes, and life, there doesn’t seem to be time for dinner. You’ve saved me once again~ Thank you!

    1. Fast and easy are just as important in the summer as they are the rest of the year. Summer is busy!

  6. Looks great, will be trying this one out. Love this site.

    1. thank you Pamela!

  7. This quick meal looks wonderful. I can’t wait to try this. I am always looking for another way to serve chicken. Thanks for a great post!

    1. You and me both Teri! I love this one because it tastes amazing and is so fast.

  8. I made this for my husband and 4 kids tonight and we were all pleasantly surprised! The sauce was really good (I used a fig balsamic) and the meal came together so quick. Thanks for a great recipe! =)

    1. You are welcome Keely. Fig balsamic sounds great in here. Love this dinner, so easy and quick.

  9. I’m glad to have found your blog via BlogKC, your pictures are gorgeous!!

    Welcome to the area 🙂

    1. thank yo Lesley! I look forward to meeting you at a BlogKC get together.

  10. Tried this tonight! Fingers crossed it comes out as pretty as yours 🙂

    1. I am sure that it will Jeanelle! Hope that you had a nice visit in CA.

  11. Made for dinner. Yummy! My new favorite side is green beans with fish sauce vinagrette. Learned it from Girl and Goat in Chicago, yummy! When are we getting together?
    Hope you had good luck with the move. Wish I was closer, I’d bring you dinner tomorrow night!

    1. Yum! You are sweet. I am so glad to eat real food now. I need to take a break from restaurants for awhile.

  12. Made the Honey Garlic Balsamic Chicken last night and it was delish! Rave reviews from the hubby, too! Thanks! xo

    1. So glad Carly! How is the new babe?

  13. I made this today for a family gathering – I actually used chicken breast tenders instead. Everyone LOVED it – so quick and easy and so very yummy!

    1. I am glad that you liked it so much!

  14. I made this the other night and it turned out AMAZING!! I doubled the sauce ingredients (because my family loves sauce!!) and drizzled some over the rice that we had! This recipe goes on my family’s top 10 favorite! Thanks for sharing it!!!!

    1. Wow! I am so glad that you liked it so much.

    1. You are welcome! How can anyone not like balsamic? It is the best!

  15. making this tonight! sounds so good. thank you. 😉

    1. you are welcome Leslie. I hope that you like it.

  16. Definitely making this tonight! I don’t have broth though. Think I can use white wine instead? Or is there any other substitutions you can suggest?

    1. Sure thing, wine would be great.

  17. Wow! This was super easy and even more delicious! Even my super picky husband gobbled it all up. Thanks! 🙂

    1. you are welcome Brandy, this recipe seems to be pretty popular with the picky eater crowd. I will have to come up with some more.

  18. I just made this last night. It was the first time I felt confident making chicken on the stove, not in the oven. It was a teeny bit undercooked, and I accidentally put in too much balsamic, but it was FANTASTIC!

    Thank you! I’m so excited to have a new cooking method for our main dinner staple.

    1. I am so glad, read the rest of the comments, I talked a bit about cooking times for chicken.

  19. We made this for dinner tonight and it was great! I’m a fairly new cook and haven’t cooked chicken on the stovetop many times. My chicken was dry – did I cook it too high or just cook it too long? The sauce was great too. And it was my first time with orzo – I used a pre-made pesto and it was delish!

    1. Great Leslie, I am glad that you liked it. I am sorry that your chicken was dry. Remember that cooking times are just guidelines. It will depend on the thickness of the chicken breasts. The only guarantee is to use a cooking thermometer, but you can also slice into it to check for doneness.

  20. Hi! I’m new to your site, and this recipe sounds perfect and delicious! I have a silly question: what setting do you cook the chicken on? I usually cook on medium, but I think 6-7 minutes would be too much… I want them to come out like yours, so I’d love your recommendation! Thanks!

    1. Medium to medium-high. It really depends on the thickness of the chicken too. I will flip them a few times (only after the initial browning) to cook it through, or sometimes I will brown in the pan and finish it in the oven.

  21. Oh yum! I will definitely be making this one. I’m always on the lookout for new ways to prepare chicken breast. I’m glad I found your blog – it’s been bookmarked. 🙂

    1. Welcome Jezebelle!

  22. I made this for dinner last evening and I think it just might be a new family favorite! Thank you! Your blog is so inspiring!!!

  23. this recipe is sooooo good. My whole family loved it which is pretty amazing!!! Thanks!

    1. No small feet, having an entire family like something.

  24. mmm Thank You!!! I <3 Bree.

    1. you are welcome <3 you too!

  25. Bree, This is the BEST chicken recipe I have ever tasted! Thanks! I will be making it often!

    1. Yeah! We make it a lot around here too.

  26. Thanks for sharing this! My family loved it! So easy to make after soccer while the boy was in the tub. The smell actually made him hurry through his bath so he could eat “whatever that yummy deliciousness” was. That was a treat in itself! Rave reviews from all 3 of us! Thanks!

    1. That is a treat! So happy that your family enjoyed it.

  27. I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! It will be on my meal plan on a regular basis….a great tasting, quick meal with items I keep in my pantry – it doesn’t get better than this! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    1. Nope, it really doesn’t. Recipes like this one sustain my family. Easy, fast, and delicious.

  28. Thank you for a wonderful and delicious Dinner I made your Honey Garlic Balsamic Chicken tonight with herbed cous cous, sauteed spinach topped with cherry tomato halves sauteed in Pesto Sauce. DInner was done in less than thirty minutes. I came home stressed and tired. I feel like I had dinner out. My husband liked it so much he went in and did the dishes without asking for his help. Thanks Chery

    1. you are very welcome Cheryl! Your dinner sounds delicious and it isn’t it amazing how a good meal can turn everything around?

  29. I tried this recipe last night. It turned out pretty well, but I think I messed up on the sauce. Instead of thickening, it bubbled for a while and actually started to separate. It was tasty, but… weird. 🙂 Next time, do I want to remove the excess butter/olive oil from the chicken stage, before I add the sauce?

    I’m a whiz with a slow cooker, but stovetop cooking isn’t always my strongest point.

    1. I am sorry Michael. I am going to say that if you have more than a few Tablespoons of butter/oil in the bottom of the pan to get rid of some. Sometimes you can save a sauce by whisking in a few tablespoons or so of butter until it comes together. Add it one tablespoon at at time.

      1. Thank you, Bree. I’ll be sure to try that again sometime. It really sounds like a great recipe when done properly. 🙂

        1. you are welcome.

  30. I made this tonight, it was quick, easy and above all delicious. Thank you.

    1. You are welcome Ally!

  31. Truly scrumptious. I recommend this to all.

    1. thank you Decaff!

  32. My husband requests this recipe all the time. I usually serve it with baked mushroom rice (simple with some sherry and green onion)…it’s delicious! Thanks!

    1. Yum, that rice sounds delicious.

  33. I’m going to make this for the 2nd time tonight. It was great the 1st time though my sauce was very thin. Will try to get it thicker tonight.

    1. Hope that it thickened up for you Ari.

    1. thank you and thanks for the link!

  34. Hi Bree! I just stumbled upon your blog this afternoon while Googling “balsamic chicken” and made your Honey Garlic Balsamic Chicken (but without the lemon as I had none) tonight and it was fantastic! Even though I’m married with a 2.5 year old son, I’m only now finding the time to expand my culinary skills. Thanks for such an easy and delicious dish. I’ll definitely try it again with the lemon and I look forward to exploring your site.

    1. Welcome Robyn! I love that chicken too, and make it all the time. It is also really good tossed into pasta with lots of veggies.

  35. I made this last night for supper and my 5 year old absolutly loved it! Going to try the King Ranch Chicken tonight!

    1. I am so glad, this recipe is so versatile too. It is really good in pasta.

  36. Hi, Bree! I want to try this chicken recipe, but I was wondering – have you ever tried making the sauce a marinade and then grilling the chicken? I wonder if it would be as flavorful. Also, amateur question, would I add the butter if using it as a marinade?
    It’s getting warmer out, and we grill a lot! Any time I can avoid turning on the stove, I take it! Thank you!

    1. I am sure that it would, I would make sure to really boil the marinade for a few minutes, and add the butter to smooth out the sauce.

    1. I love this chicken, I make it all the time and use it in a bunch of different ways.

  37. hi bree, just wanted you to know that i’ve made this recipe a few times lately and absolutely love it! i usually have to cook the sauce for more than 5 minutes to thicken it nicely, but that may be an altitude thing (we live in bogotá, colombia).

    i’ve made a number of your recipes now and each one has been fabulous and has become a ‘repeat’ in our kitchen. thanks so much for sharing your cooking, baking and creating talents with us! it sounds like you move around a lot, and i’m sure that your strong family cooking traditions provide a wonderful sense of stability and “home” to your husband and kiddies. they’re lucky people! cheers and thanks again for this wonderful blog.

    1. Thank you so much for letting me know! I love this recipe too. I use it all the time.

  38. thank you for this! googled ‘honey chicken’ and got this. made it in like less than 30 mins with some fettucine and mesclun leaves on the side, it was great and so fast. will definitely redo in the future!

    1. I love this chicken recipe, I make it all the time.

  39. Thank you so much for this recipe. I never used to cook, but then I hit that inevitable speed bump: Either eat out and have no money, or learn to cook at home.

    Cooking has always been a sticking point for me and my sense of self-worth, and simple, tasty dishes have kind of become a staple of my daily life. My parents don’t generally get along with me, but I’m staying with them and my girlfriend right now to save up some money.

    Anyway, I made this recipe tonight in about a half hour, and fed the whole house. It was delicious, and it brought us together in a way that just doesn’t happen anymore in this house.

    Thank you.

    1. I have been there… and your story is so touching. It is amazing how people can connect over a good meal. I am glad that I could be a part of it.

  40. Just made this and it’s definitely easy and delicious. My brother is really picky and even he like it!

    1. thanks Cindy! Glad that you and your picky brother liked it so much.

  41. I made this recipe the other night and it was wonderful! I”m thinking about trying this sauce with a steak as well. Should I modify the recipe with beef broth instead of chicken broth?

    1. It would be great with steak too. I think that chicken broth is fine.

  42. This recipe looks de-lish! Is it going to make a huge difference if I don’t use butter? My husband eats kosher 🙁

    1. No, you could use olive oil.

  43. Bree, I know this is an old post but I wanted you to know that this recipe has become a family favorite. It is requested for birthdays and special occasions as well as being an easy weeknight meal. Thank you so much for the recipe. It is delicious!

  44. Thanks for a great recipe. I just found this site a few days ago and appreciate the work you’ve put into it! Made this recipe tonight and loved it. It is delicious and easy enough for a weeknight dinner. I look forward to making many more of your recipes. Thanks again!

    1. Welcome Debbie! I love that recipe and make it all the time.

  45. I discovered this recipe trhough pinterest! I tried it it was so good!I’m now obsessed with your website! I tried a few things but I need to keep myself away from it since summer is comming;)
    thank you so much for sharing all of your recipe! yum!

    1. Welcome! This recipe is a staple in this house!

  46. I love this dish! I made it last summer with some yellow grape tomatoes halved and cooked in the balsamic mixture. Tonight I had all the ingredients on hand so I made it for dinner. It was just as delicious as I remember it being last year and once again super easy! Thank you for a classic!

    1. You are welcome! It is great in pasta too. This recipe is so versatile. Love it.

  47. I’m new to cooking and always looking for quick easy recipes. Especially anything with chicken breasts. This was so good and so easy. I didn’t have lemon juice but it still came out good. The only thing I was confused about was whether to put the chicken back in the pan. I cut into the chicken and noticed it was still a little under cooked. So I put it back in the pan with the sauce to make it cook a little longer and to soak up the juices! Will def make this again!

    1. I am glad that you liked it. I don’t remember if I added it back to the pan. I don’t think that it really matters.

  48. Do you think this is something that could be made & then frozen? I do a lot of freezer cooking for my family & this recipe sounds tasty! Would it work to freeze the sauce you think?

    1. I can’t see why not, but I have never done it. I am not much of a freezer cook.

  49. I am eating this right now! Very delicious, quick, easy. I’m eating it with a salad. Found your recipe thru Yummly!

    1. Welcome!

  50. Was searching for a quick and tasty recipe to make for dinner (30-45 minutes is about all I can spare with a 3 year old and a 9 month old) and this sounds perfect! Can’t wait to make this tonight!

    1. I love this dinner. Glad that you did too!

  51. Very tasty – thank you! My sauce did not thicken (or brown at all) though – not sure why.

    1. You are welcome. It isn’t a thick sauce, I wouldn’t worry about it.

  52. This was delicious! I made it with couscous and green beans. Thanks!

    1. I am so glad! Sounds like a good dinner.

  53. This is SO good!! My boyfriend asks for this all the time because I serve it with baked broccoli, and he swears it’s like a beef and broccoli dish from our Chinese restaurant…..but with chicken….and a bit healthier 😉 Love it!

    1. It is! That sounds delicious. I love roasted broccoli.

  54. This recipe looks delicious, I’m curious as to how many it serves though?

    1. 4. As per the recipe.

  55. It was made for my wonderful fiencé for valentines dinner I made it and it turned out great we both enjoyed it with a bottle of wine along with candle light and light Jazz in the background

  56. Do you have the Nutritional Information for this?
    Thank you!

  57. My boyfriend has his go-to balsamic chicken recipe but I sent him this one and we decided to give it a whirl. The honey added just the right amount of sweetness to the sauce. We had it with rice (with some of the remaining sauce on top) and steamed vegetables – it was SO good! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Sounds delicious! I haven’t made this one in awhile, I love this dinner, I need to make it soon.

  58. Hello,I’ve been making a recipe similar to this one for YEARS now…..but it was always called honey balsamic chicken. But The ingredients are all the same I believe… I’ll have to look again and compare the two. But I swear each time it ALWAYS taste the same, BUT the sauce doesn’t always thicken. Hardly ever. But it’s still so good. One of our favs.

    1. It’s so good, I make it all the time. I don’t mind if it isn’t thick. It soaks into the rice better that way.

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  60. If you haven’t tried this combo. Give it a try. We’ve been making this for ever. I’ve even added rosemary to it. I go back and forth. We also add a little more honey , as that’s the thinking agent. I just prefer a thick sauce. You can also sub the lemon with Pineapple juice . Either way, you’ll love it

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