Grilled Balsamic Chicken

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This grilled balsamic chicken is cooked in a tangy marinade and topped with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. The tender chicken is perfect as a main dish or sliced on salads or pasta.

Close up of Grilled Balsamic Chicken with a chilled Bruschetta Topping on a plate.
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This grilled balsamic chicken is a favorite at our house! The simple marinade gives the ordinary chicken a tangy, rich flavor that tastes super fancy even though it could not be easier to make. Make this a complete meal and serve it over a bed of arugula with a mouthwatering chilled bruschetta topping.

All those healthy, vibrant flavors taste so fresh and oh-so-delicious! Dice up some fresh tomatoes into bite-size pieces, fresh basil, and cubed mozzarella cheese. Toss it into a simple mixture of balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, olive oil, garlic, and salt and pepper. You’ll love this easy dish that looks so fancy and pretty!

Chilled Bruschetta Topping

If you want a show-stopping dish that will impress your guests, top the grilled balsamic chicken with this chilled bruschetta. It is so easy to make, but looks beautiful and slightly wilts as it sits on the warm chicken. Allow it all to chill in the fridge while the chicken is grilling.

  • Tomatoes – Chop fresh tomatoes into bite-size pieces.
  • Basil – This adds color and flavor to the bruschetta! Always a sweet and savory herb to have.
  • Mozzarella cheese – Fresh mozzarella cheese is best! This is a softer cheese that melts perfectly under heat.
  • Red wine vinegar – Vinaigrettes have a light and tasty appeal to them that brings out all the flavors and blends together beautifully!
  • Balsamic vinegar – Rich in flavor and has a dark coloring and a sweet smell to it.
  • Olive oil – Gives the tomatoes and fresh ingredients a moisture look and appearance as well as flavor. It blends the bruschetta together!
  • Garlic – Freshly minced garlic cloves add that delicious and pungent flavor everyone loves.

Easiest Balsamic Chicken Marinade

The marinade for this chicken could not be more simple to make! All you need is some good, rich balsamic vinegar, some olive oil, and a package of Good Seasons Italian Dressing. That’s it! Coat the mixture over a few chicken breasts in a ziplock bag or a bowl and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least three hours.

  • Chicken breasts – Boneless chicken breasts work great and soak in all the marinade.
  • Good seasons Italian dressing – This is a MUST-have staple dressing in your home. It is so versatile and has so many options and choices to make more dishes.
  • Olive oil – I prefer to use extra virgin olive oil, but any olive oil will work.
  • Balsamic vinegar – This balsamic gives a sweet and tangy flavor that is too good to be true!

How to Make Marinated Grilled Chicken

This balsamic chicken recipe is loaded with flavor in every bite! Marinate the chicken, make a bruschetta topping, then grill your chicken. Three easy steps! It is a quick and easy chicken recipe that everyone loves and comes together so simply!

  1. Marinate – Mix together the marinade ingredients in a large bowl or large ziplock bag. Add chicken and toss to coat, then refrigerate.
  2. Combine – At this same time mix together all the ingredients for the bruschetta topping in a separate bowl. Refrigerate until serving.
  3. Grill chicken – About a half hour before you plan to eat, remove the chicken from the refrigerator and let it warm to room temperature. Grill over medium heat for about 7 to 10 minutes on each side, turning only once. Chicken should have nice grill marks but not be burnt.

Tips and Variations for the Best Grilled Balsamic Chicken

Here are a few tips and variations when making your grilled balsamic chicken. Follow these helpful ideas to ensure you have the best family dinner!

  • Bruchetta – If it looks like the oil is solidifying, just let the bowl rest on the counter until serving. (if the oil starts to solidify from getting too cold, let it sit out on the counter until it dissolves into the mix again before serving).
  • Chicken – Try chicken thighs for your protein instead of chicken breasts. They will cook a little quicker than chicken breasts. Make sure to check the internal temperature just to be sure not to overcook.
  • Marinating chicken – The longer you let it marinate, the better, but probably not longer than about eight hours. You can even use the extra marinade to brush on the chicken while it’s cooking.

“This was so easy and such a wonderful family meal. Everyone loved it and we can’t wait to make it again!”

-Eden

Frequently Asked Questions

What temperature is chicken cooked to?

Poultry is safely cooked at 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Use an internal thermometer to know what the temperature of your chicken is before serving.

What goes with balsamic?

Balsamic glaze is a sweet and savory liquid that is smooth and creamy with a light texture. It pairs well with most fruits like strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and cherries, as well as other ingredients like figs, honey, and chocolate. Fresh thyme or dried oregano can be added as a garnish.

Can you bake this in the oven?

Yes! Place the marinated chicken on a lined baking pan in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook in the baking dish for 20 to 25 minutes or until the internal temperature is at 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

How long should you marinate chicken for grilling?

The chicken should marinate for at least 30 minutes up to four classes to really infuse with all the flavors and moisten the chicken thoroughly. Once ready to grill, pat the chicken with a paper towel softly before cooking to avoid any flare-ups when cooking.

Storing and Reheating Grilled Balsamic Chicken

Storing and reheating this grilled chicken dinner is always a bonus when you get to enjoy it one more night or the next day for lunch! It is a great chicken dinner that is overloaded with flavor that is sweet and savory.

  • Storing – Place the grilled chicken leftovers in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for three to four days. Separately store the balsamic bruschetta mixture in its own airtight storage container.
  • Reheating – When ready to reheat, place the chicken in an air fryer, microwave, or oven to reheat until it is warmed through. Add the bruschetta on top for another easy chicken dinner!

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Close up of Grilled Balsamic Chicken with a chilled Bruschetta Topping on a plate.

Grilled Balsamic Chicken

5 from 4 votes
This Grilled Balsamic Chicken is cooked in a tangy marinade and topped with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. The tender chicken is perfect as a main dish or sliced on salads or pastas. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Marinating 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 17 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Grill/BBQ
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Outdoor Barbecue Grill

Ingredients

For the Balsamic Chicken Marinade:

For the Bruschetta Topping:

Other:

Instructions

  • At least 3 hours before eating (the longer, the better). Mix together the marinade ingredients in a large bowl or large ziplock bag. Add chicken and toss to coat, then refrigerate.
  • At this same time mix together all the ingredients for the bruschetta topping in a separate (medium-size) bowl. Refrigerate until serving (if the oil starts to solidify from getting too cold, let it sit out on the counter until it dissolves into the mix again before serving).
  • About a half hour before you plan to eat, remove the chicken from the counter and let it warm to room temperature. Grill over medium heat for about 7 to 10 minutes on each side, turning only once. Chicken should have nice grill marks but not be burnt.
  • Serve warm grilled chicken over a bed of arugula then spoon over the bruschetta topping.

Notes

How to Store Grilled Balsamic Chicken

Place the grilled chicken leftovers in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for three to four days. Separately store the balsamic bruschetta mixture in its own airtight storage container.
When ready to reheat, place the chicken in an air fryer, microwave, or oven to reheat until it is warmed through. Add the bruschetta on top for another easy chicken dinner!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 622kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 53gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 154mgSodium: 397mgPotassium: 1336mgFiber: 2gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 1710IUVitamin C: 28.4mgCalcium: 152mgIron: 1.9mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This was so easy and such a wonderful family meal. Everyone loved it and we can’t wait to make it again!

  2. I couldn’t find the packaged Italian dressing seasoning- Could I just use italian dressing & if so, how much? Thanks!