Easy Skillet Balsamic Chicken

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Easy Skillet Balsamic Chicken Recipe – as delicious, easy chicken dinner spotlighting the flavors of Italy with genuine Italian-made ingredients for a delicious Italian chicken dinner the whole family will love!

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Simple One Pan Balsamic Chicken

Easy Skillet Balsamic Chicken is a savory delight, featuring tender chicken breasts infused with the rich, tangy sweetness of balsamic vinegar, creating a symphony of flavors in every bite. The simplicity of the dish belies its depth of flavor, as the balsamic reduction glaze caramelizes on the chicken, offering a glossy, flavorful coating that’s irresistible. Paired with aromatic herbs and garlic, the dish strikes a perfect balance between acidity and savory notes, making it a mouthwatering meal that’s both nutritious and satisfying. Its ease of preparation and gourmet appeal make it a go-to for weeknight dinners, impressing both family and guests with its delicious complexity.

This one pan chicken is one of my kid’s favorites, you can substitute any vegetable you want or have for the mushrooms!

Chicken with mushrooms and parmesan cooked in a skillet.

How to Make Balsamic Chicken

First assemble the following ingredients:

  • Prosciutto (8 oz) – Adds a salty, umami-rich depth and a subtle crispness that complements the tender chicken.
  • Boneless chicken breasts (1 1/2 lbs) – Serve as the lean, mild base of the dish, offering a perfect canvas for the balsamic glaze.
  • Sea salt and pepper – Provide essential seasoning that enhances the natural flavors of the chicken and vegetables.
  • Olive Oil (2 tablespoons) – Used for sautéing, it imparts a fruity richness that adds to the overall depth of the dish.
  • Garlic (8) – Infuses the dish with a pungent, aromatic flavor that deepens the savory profile of the sauce.
  • Mushrooms (1 lb) – Contribute an earthy, meaty texture and absorb the sauce’s flavors, adding complexity to the dish.
  • Chicken broth (3/4 cup) – Adds moisture and a rich, savory background that enhances the sauce and keeps the chicken tender.
  • Bay leaf (1) – Offers a subtle, herbal undertone that complements the balsamic and herbs, adding layers to the dish’s aroma.
  • Dried thyme (1 teaspoon) – Provides a slight minty, lemony note that brightens the dish and pairs well with the balsamic.
  • Parmigiano Reggiano (¼ cup) – Brings a nutty, salty finish that elevates the dish with a touch of Italian flair.
  • Balsamic Vinegar (1/3 cup) – The star ingredient, it creates a tangy, slightly sweet glaze that beautifully coats the chicken, offering a burst of vibrant flavor.

Use this Method:

Cook Prosciutto. In a large, heavy skillet, crisp prosciutto over medium heat. Do not drain off any oil. Remove crispy prosciutto and place in small bowl, set aside.

Cook Chicken. Season chicken generously with salt and pepper. Add olive oil to pan and heat until light and shimmery. Add chicken to pan, browning each side – about 5 minutes per side.

Add Veg. Add mushrooms and garlic to pan, stir. Let cook down until mushrooms are soft and garlic is fragrant.

Make Sauce. Drizzle chicken with balsamic vinegar. Add stock to pan and bring to a boil. Stir up any browned bits that were stuck to the bottom of the pan. Add herbs to pan. Let chicken, mushrooms, garlic and stock cook until chicken has reached internal temperature of 160 degrees and stock has reduced.

Finish and Garnish. When chicken is cooked, shave parmesan cheese over the top. Serve immediately. 

Skillet Balsamic Chicken and Mushrooms with Parmesan.

Tips and Tricks for Perfect Balsamic Glazed Chicken

Use Quality Balsamic Vinegar: Investing in a good balsamic vinegar can significantly enhance the flavor of your glaze.

Properly Season the Chicken: Season both sides of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper before cooking to ensure they are flavorful.

Achieve a Good Sear: Make sure your skillet is hot before adding the chicken to get a nice, golden-brown sear on each side.

Don’t Overcrowd the Pan: Cook the chicken in batches if necessary to ensure each piece has enough space to sear properly.

Let the Chicken Rest: After cooking, let the chicken rest for a few minutes before slicing to keep it juicy.

Reduce the Balsamic Glaze on Low Heat: Simmer the balsamic vinegar on low heat to thicken it into a glaze without burning it.

Add Aromatics: Infuse the balsamic glaze with garlic, herbs, or shallots for added depth of flavor.

Deglaze the Pan: Use the balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan and incorporate the browned bits from the chicken into the glaze for more flavor.

Adjust Sweetness: If the glaze is too tangy, add a touch of honey or brown sugar to balance the flavors.

Serve with Garnishes: Top the dish with fresh herbs like basil or thyme, or a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese for an extra flavor boost.

Chicken with mushrooms and parmesan cooked in a skillet.

FAQs

What type of chicken is best for this recipe?

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs work well; breasts for a leaner option and thighs for more flavor and moisture.

Can I use any type of mushrooms?

Yes, you can use a variety like button, cremini, or portobello. Each type will add a unique flavor and texture.

How do I prevent the chicken from drying out?

Avoid overcooking by using a meat thermometer to check for doneness (165°F for chicken) and letting the chicken rest before serving.

Can I make this dish dairy-free?

Yes, simply omit the Parmesan cheese or substitute it with a dairy-free alternative.

How can I add more flavor to the dish?

Sauté garlic or shallots with the mushrooms, add fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary, and finish with a sprinkle of fresh Parmesan and a drizzle of good quality olive oil.

Can this dish be made in advance?

While best served fresh, you can cook the chicken and mushrooms ahead of time and reheat gently, adding fresh Parmesan before serving.

How do I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently to avoid drying out the chicken.

Can I use a different type of vinegar?

While balsamic vinegar is ideal for its sweet and tangy flavor, you could experiment with red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar, adjusted with a bit of honey or sugar to balance the acidity.

Chicken with mushrooms and parmesan cooked in a skillet.

What to Enjoy with Skillet Balsamic Chicken

Roasted Vegetables: A medley of roasted vegetables like carrots, Brussels sprouts, and bell peppers pairs beautifully with the tangy glaze of the chicken.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Creamy garlic-infused mashed potatoes make a comforting side that complements the balsamic’s bold flavors.

Quinoa Salad: A light and nutritious quinoa salad with fresh vegetables and a lemon vinaigrette offers a refreshing contrast.

Grilled Asparagus: Tender, grilled asparagus drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt enhances the meal’s sophistication. Or try my easy oven roasted asparagus.

Couscous with Herbs: Fluffy couscous mixed with fresh herbs like parsley and mint provides a simple yet flavorful accompaniment.

Caesar Salad: A classic Caesar salad, with its creamy dressing and crisp romaine, adds a crunchy texture to the meal.

Risotto: A creamy Parmesan or mushroom risotto adds a luxurious element to the dining experience. Try my pea risotto!

Steamed Green Beans: Lightly steamed green beans tossed with almonds offer a crunchy and healthy side. My family love roasted parmesan green beans!

Polenta: Soft polenta serves as a comforting base, soaking up the balsamic glaze deliciously.

Caprese Salad: Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil drizzled with balsamic reduction create a side dish that echoes the main’s flavors.

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Easy Skillet Balsamic Chicken Recipe

This delicious, easy chicken dinner spotlighting the flavors of Italy with genuine Italian-made ingredients for a delicious Italian chicken dinner the whole family will love! 
Course Chicken
Cuisine Italian
Keyword chicken breast, main dish, one pot, poultry, vinegar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 360kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Prosciutto cubed
  • 1 ½ lbs boneless chicken breasts pounded 1/2 inch thick
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 8 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 lb mushrooms sliced
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ cup shaved Parmigiano Reggiano
  • cup Balsamic Vinegar

Instructions

  • In a large, heavy skillet, crisp prosciutto over medium heat. Do not drain off any oil. 
  • Remove crispy prosciutto and place in small bowl, set aside. 
  • Season chicken generously with salt and pepper. 
  • Add olive oil to pan and heat until light and shimmery. 
  • Add chicken to pan, browning each side – about 5 minutes per side. 
  • Add mushrooms and garlic to pan, stir. Let cook down until mushrooms are soft and garlic is fragrant. 
  • Drizzle chicken with balsamic vinegar.
  • Add stock to pan and bring to a boil. Stir up any browned bits that were stuck to the bottom of the pan. 
  • Add herbs to pan. 
  • Let chicken, mushrooms, garlic and stock cook until chicken has reached internal temperature of 160 degrees and stock has reduced. 
  • When chicken is cooked, shave parmesan cheese over the top. Serve immediately. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 1346mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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  1. Jessica says:

    5 stars
    Oh my gosh this is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!