Honey Garlic Balsamic Chicken

You’ll love this Honey Garlic Balsamic Chicken, a simple pan-cooked chicken breast recipe with a pan sauce made from balsamic, honey, and garlic. The whole family will love this mouthwatering dish!

honey balsamic chicken and pesto pasta

Everyone needs a meal that they can have on the table in 30 minutes that is healthy, easy, and delicious. And when you have multiple mouths to feed (all with their own opinions), it’s great to have a go-to recipe that you know each member of your family will love.

In my house, that recipe is this pan-fried chicken with a simple honey garlic balsamic sauce. It’s a fresh chicken dish that’s perfect for busy weeknights when you want something on the table, but don’t want to sacrifice flavor.

two plates of chicken and pasta

Ingredients //

ingredients for honey garlic balsamic chicken
  • Chicken breasts: Boneless and skinless chicken breasts are my personal chicken cut of choice, however this recipe would also be delicious with chicken thighs (though the cook time may be a bit longer). I get all of my chicken from ButcherBox.
  • Butter: Butter serves as the base of the pan sauce and helps to sizzle the chicken bits from the pan. I choose unsalted stick butter, but salted butter works as well just keep in mind you may not need as much additional salt to season.
  • Chicken broth: Chicken broth adds a bit of liquid to the pan sauce, but vegetable broth can also be used if desired.
  • Balsamic vinegar: Balsamic vinegar adds a bit of acidic tang to the pan sauce, but you can also try white wine and red wine vinegars as well!
  • Lemon juice: A bit of lemon juice rounds out the pan sauce; either fresh lemon juice or bottled 100% lemon juice will work well in this recipe.
  • Garlic: Whole garlic cloves are chopped and then added to pan sauce for a rich flavor.
  • Honey: Sweet honey rounds out the taste of the sauce and thickens it before serving.

How to Make // The Steps

chicken breasts with salt and pepper on a sheet pan
  1. Prep the chicken: First, pat your chicken breast dry with paper towels and season them with salt and pepper, then set aside.
cooking chicken in a cast iron skillet
  1. Cook the chicken: Next, melt the butter over medium-high heat and add in a drizzle of olive oil. Then add the seasoned chicken to the pan and cook until both sides are brown and chicken is cooked through, about 6-7 minutes on each side. When the chicken is done cooking, remove it from the pan to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
making pan sauce in a cast iron skillet
  1. Make the honey garlic balsamic glaze: Add the chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, and honey to the same pan you cooked the chicken breasts in. Use a whisk or spoon to mix the ingredients together and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. Use a spatula or spoon to get the browned bits off the bottom of the pan (they will help infuse flavor to the sauce!).
  2. To serve: Slice the chicken on a bias and serve it with spoon pan sauce on top. We like to serve this chicken with a simple side of orzo with pesto sauce and a little topping of parmesan cheese. Then enjoy!
honey garlic balsamic on a plate with pesto pasta

Tips & Tricks

  • Don’t wash the pan after cooking the chicken! After removing the chicken breasts from the pan, don’t wash it before making the pan sauce. The crusty brown bits of chicken that were cooked in butter and oil are super flavorful and will add depth to your pan sauce.
  • Use water if you don’t have chicken broth. The chicken broth is used to add a bit of flavored liquid to thin out the sauce, however if you don’t have broth on hand then a bit of water will also do the trick and you won’t skimp on flavor.
  • Serve this tasty chicken with a simple side for an easy dinner. This chicken with a simple honey pan sauce glaze comes together in only 30 minutes, so keep your side dishes simple to cut down on cooking time (like my Roasted Broccoli with Shaved Parmesan or Sauteed Corn with Basil Butter).
platter of honey garlic chicken and pesto pasta

Why is Honey Garlic Balsamic Chicken So Good?

  • It’s quick and easy to make. This super simple pan fried chicken comes together in under 30 minutes, which is a win for weeknight meals.
  • It’s super flavorful. With a pan sauce made from butter, vinegar, honey, and garlic, the flavor is bold and bright (and your kitchen will smell amazing!).
  • It’s great to make once and eat all week. This recipe is a great option for meal prep or batch cooking as it’s quick to come together and will taste good on its own or on top of salads or bowls.
chicken and pasta on a plate with knife and fork

Variations //

While chicken breasts are hard to get creative with on their own, the pan sauce variations are truly endless! Below are a few flavor combination ideas, but get creative and try out your favorite ingredients to make your own tasty sauce for drizzling.

  • Add a touch of maple: Substitute honey for maple syrup for a different take on a balsamic pan sauce glaze.
  • Go for fresh herbs: A few sprinkled fresh herbs like parsley or basil will take this glaze next level.
  • Add a liquor: Mix in a bit of bourbon into the sauce for a boozy take on a chicken sauce.
  • Add a fruit: A bit of fresh sliced fruit or fruit preserves is actually delicious with chicken. Try a few sliced peaches or an apricot preserve to add a savory and sweet twist.

How to Store //

Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days

Make-Ahead and Freezer Options

Freeze leftover chicken wrapped in plastic wrap and in an airtight container for up to 3 months and thaw before serving.

platter of honey garlic chicken and pesto pasta

More Easy Chicken Recipes

platter of honey garlic chicken and pesto pasta

Honey Garlic Balsamic Chicken

Yield: serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

You’ll love this Honey Garlic Balsamic Chicken, a simple pan-cooked chicken breast recipe with a pan sauce made from balsamic, honey, and garlic. The whole family will love this mouthwatering dish!


  • 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:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 308Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 783mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 38g

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This Post Has 124 Comments

  1. Blog is the New Black

    Looks amazing! Bookmarked!

    1. bakedbree

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

  2. Natasha

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

    1. bakedbree

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

  3. natalie (the sweets life)

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

    1. bakedbree

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

  4. Kathy R.

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

    1. bakedbree

      you are welcome Kathy!

  5. Molly

    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. bakedbree

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

  6. Pamela

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

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Pamela!

  7. teri@thefreshmancook

    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. bakedbree

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

  8. Keely

    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. bakedbree

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

  9. Lesley Lifting Life

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

    Welcome to the area 🙂

    1. bakedbree

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

  10. Glocal Girl

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

    1. bakedbree

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

  11. Kati

    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. bakedbree

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

  12. Carly

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

    1. bakedbree

      So glad Carly! How is the new babe?

  13. Lisa Anderson

    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. bakedbree

      I am glad that you liked it so much!

  14. Jennifer

    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. bakedbree

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

    1. bakedbree

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

  15. leslie

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

    1. bakedbree

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

  16. Atoosa

    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. bakedbree

      Sure thing, wine would be great.

  17. Brandy Sievers

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

    1. bakedbree

      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. Amber, theAmberShow.net

    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. bakedbree

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

  19. Leslie

    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. bakedbree

      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. Letty

    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. bakedbree

      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. Jezebelle

    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. bakedbree

      Welcome Jezebelle!

  22. Meredith@Lifeat7000Feet

    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. Sara Bowyer

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

    1. bakedbree

      No small feet, having an entire family like something.

  24. Brittany H

    mmm Thank You!!! I <3 Bree.

    1. bakedbree

      you are welcome <3 you too!

  25. Laurie

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

    1. bakedbree

      Yeah! We make it a lot around here too.

  26. LSmith

    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. bakedbree

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

  27. suzwed

    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. bakedbree

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

  28. Cheryl Oenbrink

    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. bakedbree

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

  29. Michael M. Jones

    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. bakedbree

      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. Michael M. Jones

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

        1. bakedbree

          you are welcome.

  30. ally

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

    1. bakedbree

      You are welcome Ally!

  31. Decaff

    Truly scrumptious. I recommend this to all.

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Decaff!

  32. Jessica

    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. bakedbree

      Yum, that rice sounds delicious.

  33. Ari

    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. bakedbree

      Hope that it thickened up for you Ari.

    1. bakedbree

      thank you and thanks for the link!

  34. Robyn

    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. bakedbree

      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. Christan

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

    1. bakedbree

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

  36. Raen

    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. bakedbree

      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. bakedbree

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

  37. sarah

    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. bakedbree

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

  38. sydney

    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. bakedbree

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

  39. Lily Crow

    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. bakedbree

      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. Cindy

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

    1. bakedbree

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

  41. Amy

    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. bakedbree

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

  42. Victoria Levi

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

    1. bakedbree

      No, you could use olive oil.

  43. Wendy

    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. Debbie

    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. bakedbree

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

  45. adeline

    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. bakedbree

      Welcome! This recipe is a staple in this house!

  46. Laura

    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. bakedbree

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

  47. Dana

    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. bakedbree

      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. Lisa

    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. bakedbree

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

  49. Patty Hall

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

    1. bakedbree


  50. meridith

    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. bakedbree

      I love this dinner. Glad that you did too!

  51. michelle

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

    1. bakedbree

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

  52. Kaelen

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

    1. bakedbree

      I am so glad! Sounds like a good dinner.

  53. Molly

    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. bakedbree

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

  54. Laura

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

    1. bakedbree

      4. As per the recipe.

  55. Daniel

    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. Susan

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

  57. Dana

    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. bakedbree

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

  58. Veronica

    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. bakedbree

      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. Veronica

    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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