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Balsamic Chicken


  • 4boneless skinless chicken breast halves (see note in intro)
  • 2teaspoons lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1 1⁄2teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1⁄3cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1⁄4cup chicken broth
  • 2garlic cloves, minced
  • 4teaspoons butter
  • parsley sprig
  • cherry tomatoes


  • On a hard surface with meat mallet, lightly pound chicken to 1/4-inch. To minimize the mess, place the breasts/tenders in a zipper-lock bag (unsealed) before pounding (if doing so, ONLY use a flat-surface mallet — not one with ridges).
  • Sprinkle lemon-pepper seasoning evenly on both sides of chicken. Press to adhere.
  • In a large frying pan, pour oil and heat to medium temperature.
  • Add chicken breasts and cook, turning once, about 7 minutes or until fork can be inserted in chicken with ease. If substituting tenders, cook approximately 2-3 minutes per side, or until done.
  • Remove chicken to warm serving platter (keep warm). In medium bowl, mix together vinegar, broth and garlic; add to frying pan. Cook over medium-high heat (scraping up brown meat bits) about 2-4 minutes or until mixture is reduced and syrupy.
  • Add butter; stir to melt.
  • Place chicken on serving dish and spoon sauce over chicken.
  • Garnish with parsley sprigs and cherry tomatoes.


  • Tebo

    I’ve been meaning to try this for a while and finally got around to it. What a treat!! It was very well received. It won’t take me too long before I get around to doing this one again!!

  • brandon

    It’s great. The vinegar is not too strong and the garlic complements it. If you don’t like garlic, you aughta still try it

  • najwa

    Very good .. I didnt have lemon pepper either so I used a spice mix and a dash of cajun .. will make it again

  • Angie Winters

    This was great and my husband loved it! So quick and easy, I just served with a little rice and some green beans for a nice yet easy meal.

  • Mysterygirl

    Absolutely incredible. I love balsamic vinegar and garlic together. My family says this is an absolute keeper. I’m emailing this to my mother tonight. Thanks for posting and thank you s’kat for talking it up. PS I think that next time I might use my roasted garlic, yum!

  • stacylu

    I love this recipe – make it a lot and have shared with many people. It’s great with sourdough rolls, salad and mashed potatoes and the sauce is to die for!

  • HopeK

    I reduced the recipe for 2 breasts and halved the sauce – not needed as my husband practically licked the sauce out of the pan. Next time I’ll just keep the sauce amount the same, regardless of chicken qty. Very good. Served w/hot biscuits and acorn squash.

  • Bergy

    Delicious chicken I used Mrs dash extra spicy instead of the lemon pepper. As said by all Quick Easy and good! Thanks

  • s’kat

    Incredibly easy and absolutely delicious! I was out of lemon-pepper, so substituted fresh lime juice and fresh ground pepper; amazingly, I was also out of chicken broth, so used apple juice and a splash of red wine as the mixture was reducing. I will definitely make this one again… and probably double the sauce next time!

  • Hugh C

    Very easy and quick to make. Was a little unsure when we started out how it was going to be! But man o man, it was GOOD! Many compliments to the chef! Seeing that I was the chef, I was happy! CAUTION: Children do NOT like the smell of cooked balsamic vinegar. It really stinks the house up! I may have scarred my 3 boys for life! BUT it was worth it! Great dish!!