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Skillet Balsamic Chicken Breasts

These juicy and tender Skillet Balsamic Chicken Breasts are made in one pan and done in 30 minutes. This will be your new go-to stovetop chicken recipe for busy weeknight dinners!

side view of four cooked chicken breasts topped with balsamic sauce and parsley

An Easy & Flavorful Chicken Breast Recipe

There isn’t much that cooks faster and is easier to make than stovetop skillet chicken breasts. I know all you busy mamas out there are with me. 

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve taken chicken out in the morning with no plan for what I’d actually do with it come dinnertime. Then I stood in front of my pantry scratching my head and just pulled something together. 

Sometimes, when I do that, lightning strikes and something really magical is created. That’s what happened when I pulled together this recipe for my juicy skillet balsamic chicken breasts. 

top view of balsamic sauce cooking in a skillet

Recipe Ingredients

This simple skillet chicken breast recipe is elevated with intense sweet and tangy flavors that will leave you licking your lips. 

Here’s the ingredients you’ll need:

  • olive oil
  • boneless skinless chicken breasts 
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper
  • butter
  • yellow onion
  • garlic
  • Italian Seasoning
  • sugar
  • balsamic vinegar
  • chicken broth
  • heavy cream
  • chopped fresh parsley

How to Make Balsamic Chicken Breasts

  1. Prep: Heat your oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Using a meat mallet, pound down the chicken breasts to a 1-inch thickness. Season chicken with salt and pepper
  3. Cook: Add the chicken breast to the heated oil and cook them for 5 minutes, undisturbed.
  4. Flip the chicken breasts oven and add 1 tablespoon of butter and continue to cook for 4 to 5 more minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. The internal temperature should register at 165˚F.
  5. Rest: Remove the chicken breasts from the skillet and set them aside. Keep them covered.
  6. Sauce: Add the remaining butter to the skillet. Stir in the diced onions and cook them for about 6 to 8 minutes, or until very soft. Stir frequently.
  7. Add: Stir in the garlic and continue to cook for another 20 seconds.
  8. Add the Italian seasoning, sugar, and balsamic vinegar. Cook for 2 more minutes.
  9. Whisk in the chicken broth. Continue to whisk and scrape up all the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.
  10. Increase the heat to High and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced a bit.
  11. Reduce: Lower heat to medium and whisk in the cream. Whisk for about 30 seconds so that the sauce doesn’t start to boil.
  12. Simmer: Let sauce come to a simmer. Add the chicken breasts back to the skillet. Cook for 1 minute, or just until the chicken is heated through.
  13. Serve: Remove from heat. Sauce will thicken as it stands.
  14. Garnish with basil ribbons and serve. 
spooning creamy balsamic sauce over chicken breasts

Tips for the Best Stovetop Chicken

Follow these simple tips to make sure your skillet balsamic chicken breasts are out of this world:

  • When you first add your chicken to the skillet, suppress the urge to touch it. Let it stay in the pan for 5 minutes completely undisturbed. 
  • Instead of making sauce at the same time as you cook the chicken, I like to use the same pan, that way, you don’t lose out on any of the flavor. Make sure you use your whisk to scrape up the little brown bits. That is what really adds to the sauce. 
  • Make sure to whisk continually after adding your cream. You don’t want the sauce to boil at this point. 
  • You can garnish with fresh chopped basil, but you could also use fresh chopped parsley if you’re out of basil. Basil has a powerful aroma and it goes nicely with balsamic. 

Serving Suggestions

I like to serve my balsamic chicken breasts with mashed potatoes, rice, or over noodles. The sauce is so creamy and delish that you really want sides that will serve as a vessel for that yumminess. Of course you can opt for a lighter alternative and go with zoodles or riced cauliflower or mash. I also love these zucchini fries with chicken!

Even lighter still, throw together a mix of steamed veggies to serve on the side of your chicken breasts. 

top view of four chicken breasts in a skillet with creamy balsamic sauce

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • Let your chicken breasts come to room temperature. Then, place them in an airtight container and spoon the sauce over them.
  • This will help to keep them from drying out. Then, you can store them in the fridge for 3-5 days or in your freezer for up to 3 months. 
  • To reheat, simply return the chicken breasts and the sauce to a skillet over low heat until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165˚F.
  • If the sauce has gotten too thick, you can add a little chicken broth until it reaches your desired consistency. 
side view of four cooked chicken breasts topped with balsamic sauce and parsley
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5 from 18 votes

Skillet Balsamic Chicken Breasts

These juicy and tender Skillet Balsamic Chicken Breasts are made in one pan and done in 30 minutes. This will be your new go-to stovetop chicken recipe for busy weeknight dinners!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken breast recipe, easy chicken dinner idea, quick dinner idea
Servings: 4
Calories: 351kcal

Ingredients

  • tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1-inch thickness
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • chopped fresh basil or parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Pound chicken breasts down to 1-inch thickness; season chicken with salt and pepper; add to the heated oil and cook for 5 minutes, undisturbed.
  • Flip chicken breasts over; add 1 tablespoon butter and continue to cook for 4 to 5 more minutes, or until cooked through. Internal temperature should register at 165˚F.
  • Remove chicken breasts from skillet and set aside; keep them covered.
  • Add remaining butter to the skillet.
  • Stir in diced onions and cook for about 6 to 8 minutes, or until very soft. Stir frequently. If they start to burn, lower the heat.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook for 20 seconds.
  • Stir in Italian seasoning, sugar, and balsamic vinegar; cook for 2 minutes.
  • Whisk in the chicken broth; continue to whisk and scrape up all the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.
  • Increase the heat to High and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced a bit.
  • Lower heat to medium and whisk in the cream; whisk continually for about 30 seconds so that the sauce doesn’t start to boil.
  • Let sauce come to a simmer; add the chicken breasts back to the skillet. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or just until chicken is heated through.
  • Remove from heat. Sauce will thicken as it stands.
  • Garnish with basil and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 303mg | Potassium: 515mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 646IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg

52 Comments

  • Jen
    June 1, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    5 stars
    This recipe is a keeper! Every other time that I’ve attempted to make chicken in a skillet it’s been dry and not very flavorful. This was anything but! Thank you so much!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      June 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm

      I’m very glad you enjoyed it!! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Beth
    June 1, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    5 stars
    I love this! Definitely a new dinner item for us! I can’t wait to make this!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      June 2, 2020 at 4:59 pm

      Thank YOU! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Suzy
    June 2, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    5 stars
    The flavor the balsamic gives the chicken is incredible! Loved it!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      June 3, 2020 at 8:52 pm

      I’m very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Sara Welch
    June 2, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    5 stars
    Loved the balance of flavors in one dish! Looking forward to leftovers again this evening!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      June 3, 2020 at 8:51 pm

      Thank you so much, Sara! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Jacque Hastert
    June 4, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    5 stars
    Love the simplicity of this dinner! Packed with flavor and made in minutes. Can’t beat an easy dinner like this.

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      June 4, 2020 at 8:49 pm

      Thank you so much, Jacque! 🙂 I hope you enjoy it!

      Reply
  • Kevin
    June 8, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    5 stars
    This chicken dish has all the right flavors! Love it!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      June 9, 2020 at 6:33 pm

      Thank YOU! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Stephanie
    July 8, 2020 at 1:58 am

    So excited to use this recipe! Are the calories and nutritional information based on one chicken breast or on 4 servings? Thank you!

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    • Katerina
      July 8, 2020 at 2:59 pm

      Hi!
      Yep, the nutritional info is already divided into 4 servings; so 1 serving is 350 calories, 6 carbs, 25 g protein, and so on.

      Reply
  • Suzanne
    July 20, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    This look so good! I love that it is so simple and could be served with a variety of side dishes!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      July 21, 2020 at 6:58 pm

      I am very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Vanessa
    July 20, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Does it keep long?

    Reply
  • Debbie
    July 20, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Do you think I could make this without the heavy cream? The sauce could be more like an au jus? (Don’t want to make a store trip for one item)

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    • Katerina
      July 21, 2020 at 1:14 am

      Hi! Yep, you can make it without the heavy cream.. it won’t be creamy, but it will still taste great. 😊

      Reply
  • Daniela
    August 28, 2020 at 10:38 am

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    Reply
  • Jill
    September 28, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    5 stars
    OMG this is absolutely delicious. I used light cream because that’s what I had, it’s amazing!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      September 29, 2020 at 4:23 pm

      That’s great! I am very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Delia
    November 25, 2020 at 1:12 am

    5 stars
    This recipe was so good!! Our only complaint was we wanted more delicious sauce! Definitely going to double the sauce recipe next time so I can slather it on everything 😂

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      December 1, 2020 at 6:07 pm

      I am very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Darl Kiernan
    January 9, 2021 at 3:09 am

    5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe!! My husband LOVED it. He said it’s the best skillet chicken I’ve ever made thanks to your cooking tips.

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      January 12, 2021 at 4:04 pm

      That’s great to hear! I am very glad you and your husband enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Connie
    January 21, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    5 stars
    It’s a keeper. Thank you!! Easy and delicious.

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      January 22, 2021 at 3:36 pm

      Thank YOU! I’m very glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Tasha
    January 25, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    Can I use beefs broth instead if that’s all I have? Will it ruin the flavor of the chicken dish?

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    • Katerina
      January 25, 2021 at 9:09 pm

      Hi!
      It will definitely add a bit of a different flavor, but I don’t think it will ruin the dish.

      Reply
  • Marsha Wright
    February 2, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    5 stars
    Loved it and it was a total hit for dinner tonight!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      February 3, 2021 at 3:33 pm

      That’s great! I’m very glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 Thank YOU!

      Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      February 4, 2021 at 8:04 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m very glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Heather
    February 5, 2021 at 4:09 am

    5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious! I had a large package of chicken so it took a bit of time to cook it all but it was definitely worth it. Because I had so much chicken I actually doubled the sauce recipe which was a good call because my family loved the sauce and poured it over the chicken and mashed potatoes I made to go with it. I will be making this again for sure!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      February 9, 2021 at 3:52 pm

      That’s great! I am very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Natalie Walaan
    February 10, 2021 at 1:23 am

    5 stars
    So amazing!! It was some of the best chicken I have had in a long time! I took a couple pictures because it was picture worthy! Can I share pictures on here!?

    Reply
  • Diane
    February 15, 2021 at 1:41 am

    5 stars
    Just made this and so good! I took someone’s advice and doubled the sauce and I’m so happy I did. I did not have cream so used pet milk instead. This is a keeper!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      February 16, 2021 at 4:24 pm

      Thank YOU! I am very glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Tina Cross
    February 17, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    5 stars
    This was wonderful! Made with mashed potatoes and put some of the sauce on top, absolutely yummy! Definitely a keeper!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      February 18, 2021 at 1:10 pm

      I’m very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Denise
    February 18, 2021 at 12:24 am

    5 stars
    I’m not sure how to write this review… my mouth is still rendering the amazing flavors of this recipe! I cook chicken all the time (3-5xs/week) and always looking for new recipes but this one is over the top. Even for a weeknight dinner… it was well worth the extra time. I’ve already shared this with my daughter. Can’t wait to make it again.

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      February 18, 2021 at 1:10 pm

      That’s great to hear! I am very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Meagan
    February 25, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness!! Where has this been all my life! If I can drink balsamic I will be happy! So this just hit the right spot! And so simple to make! So yummy!!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      March 2, 2021 at 6:37 pm

      Thank YOU! I am very glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Helena
    March 11, 2021 at 1:48 am

    5 stars
    Made this for supper tonight and I absolutely enjoyed every bite!! I will make this again

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      March 11, 2021 at 6:23 pm

      I am very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Terri
    March 13, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Hi. I am assuming yes, but can you substitute half and half for the heavy cream? Would you need to make any other adjustments?

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    • Katerina
      March 14, 2021 at 1:17 am

      Yep, that works, too! You don’t need to adjust anything else. It might not be AS creamy as intended, but it will still definitely work, and it’s just as delicious. 😊

      Reply
  • Clara
    April 1, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Want to try this but my grandson can’t have dairy. We still want the creaminess. Do you know if a good nondairy substitute for the cream?

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    • Katerina
      April 1, 2021 at 9:09 pm

      Hi!
      There are a number of non-dairy creams that you can try using, like coconut cream, soy milk with olive oil, cashew cream, etc… They all make great dairy-free substitutes for heavy cream.
      You can also try using a cornstarch slurry just to thicken the chicken broth. Combine 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 1 tablespoon cold water; whisk it until completely combined. Then, whisk the slurry into the chicken broth/sauce in the skillet, and continue to cook for just a bit, or until the sauce starts to thicken.
      Hope that helps. 😊

      Reply
  • Evelyn Garza
    April 29, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    This was the best recipe I’ve tried so far! I absolutely loved it and will definitely become one that I make on a recurring basis and share with others.

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      May 4, 2021 at 2:26 pm

      That’s great! I’m very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply

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