This Balsamic Grilled Chicken Recipe is perfect for summer grilling. Paleo, gluten free, and easy to make – you’ll love this healthy marinade! This honey balsamic chicken is seriously the best!
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If you’re looking for the easiest, and most delicious chicken marinade ever – look no further. This Balsamic Grilled Chicken is a staple in our house and so simple!
Something I’ve learned over the years is that you don’t need to have tons of ingredients to make a delicious dish – you just have to have a few really good quality ingredients that pair together the right way.
This balsamic grilled chicken recipe only has 6 ingredients (including the chicken) and takes minimal time to prepare. It’s yummy and simple!
This is one of my all time favorite grilling recipes, so it was a must for sharing in my grilling series(have you seen the other recipes we’ve shared?? Check them out: Vegetable Kebabs, Citrus Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Asian Salmon, Burger Salad with Dill Pickle Vinaigrette )
If you’re looking for other grilling recipes – check out these 25 Healthy Grilling Recipes!
Let me show you just how easy it is to make!
Ingredients for Balsamic Grilled Chicken Marinade:
To make balsamic grilled chicken you’ll need:
Once you have your ingredients, you’re ready to go!
How to make honey balsamic grilled chicken:
Making balsamic grilled chicken is SO easy.. ready for this?
- Gather your ingredients
- Whisk together your marinate
- Let the chicken marinate annnnd GRILL!
15-20 minutes later and you’ll have perfect grilled chicken that is LOADED with flavor! You can eat it with veggies, on a salad, on a sandwich.. the possibilities are endless!
How to grill chicken:
We recommend grilling chicken on medium to high heat around 375 degrees. Depending on the thickness of your chicken you’ll need about 7-9 minutes on each side.
How do you know if your chicken is done? You can check the internal temperature of chicken to make sure it’s cooked thoroughly, it should be at 165!
Can you cook this chicken on the stove? Yes! You can pan sear the chicken for 7-8 minutes on each side.
Can you bake this chicken in the oven? Yes you can! Bake the chicken on a lined baking sheet at 400 for 20-25 minutes.
Can you cook this in the instant pot? We wouldn’t recommend it, but you can cook it for 11 minutes on sealing, pressure cook.
Can you make this chicken ahead of time? Absolutely! This chicken is great for prepping ahead of time. Grill or bake and store in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.
Tips for best balsamic grilled chicken:
- Cut if pieces are too large – Some of the chicken breasts I see at the stores are enormous and super thick. You can butterfly them and cut them into smaller pieces to avoid getting tough, oversized chicken pieces. (I buy my chicken from ButcherBox and never have this problem. The chicken is always normal sized and super tender!) Either way, butterflying the chicken helps to ensure you have even thin pieces.
- Pound/Tenderize– Ever had chicken that is way too bouncy or rubbery? Yuck! The easiest way to prevent that is to tenderize your chicken with a meat tenderizer. Put your chicken in between parchment paper or saran wrap and pound the chicken until it is thinner.
- Marinate – Make sure you marinate your chicken! It’s SO important for extra flavor. 30 minutes will do but 1-3 hours is even better (or even 24 hours!)
Substitutions for this easy balsamic chicken recipe:
Here are some ways you can adjust this balsamic grilled chicken recipe depending on what you have.
To make Whole30– omit honey
Herbs – You can sub in chopped basil or rosemary instead of thyme
Balsamic Vinegar – Try using infused balsamic vinegars for even more flavor. We don’t recommend using balsamic reduction, but if you do you can use 1/2 the amount. Balsamic reductions have higher sugar content and can cause your chicken to burn.
Baking in oven – You can bake the chicken in the oven at 400 for 20-25 minutes if you don’t have a grill.
WW Freestyle Note- Since the oil is mostly for a marinade, I only counted the points for the oil the chicken was cooked in
Chicken– You can use chicken thighs or chicken tenders instead of chicken breasts. This marinade would also be good on a drumsticks or wings!
Other protein – You can use this marinade on salmon or even flank steak! It will also work on veggies.
Storing balsamic chicken:
Storing: You can keep this balsamic grilled chicken in the refrigerator for up to 5 days – it’s great for meal prep!
Freezing: We wouldn’t recommend freezing this grilled chicken. Reheating frozen chicken can make it bouncy and unappetizing.
Reheating: If you are going to reheat this chicken we recommend putting it in the toaster over or in a pan on the stove rather than microwaving it.
What to serve with this balsamic grilled chicken:
- Our favorite way to serve this is with a balsamic grilled chicken salad. Any greens, fruit, cheese or nuts will be good
- Strawberry Avocado Goat Cheese Salad
- Balsamic Mushrooms
- Vegetable Kebabs
- Crispy Dijon Roasted Potatoes
- Healthy Green Beans Almondine
- Healthy Lemon Basil Risotto
Balsamic Grilled Chicken
- Whisk together olive oil, balsamic, honey and fresh thyme.
- Pour marinade into a ziploc bag or container.
- Add chicken to marinade and allow it to marinade for at least 30 minutes. (Overnight is best!)
- When ready to cook, heat grill on high and cook on each side for 7-9 minutes or until chicken is cooked thoroughly (internal temp should be 165)
- To make Whole30– omit honey
- Herbs – You can sub in chopped basil or rosemary instead of thyme
- Balsamic Vinegar – Try using infused balsamic vinegars for even more flavor
- Baking in oven – You can bake the chicken in the oven at 400 for 20-25 minutes if you don’t have a grill.
- WW Freestyle Note: Since the oil is mostly for a marinade, I only counted the points for the oil the chicken was cooked in