Baked Balsamic Chicken Breast Recipe

Baked Balsamic Chicken Breast Recipe – this is seriously the juiciest, delicious and easy to make baked chicken breast. Loaded with simple flavors, this could be served on its own or added to pasta, salads or grain bowls.

Baked Balsamic Chicken Breast on a plate

Remember my very popular Balsamic Brussel Sprouts and Chicken Quinoa Bowls, that I shared back in 2015? Well, the way I cooked the chicken breast in that recipe, definitely deserves its own post.

This baked balsamic chicken breast is so good! Juicy, slightly sweet and garlicky. Ready in no more than 40 minutes, depending on the thickness of the chicken breast. I know overcooking chicken breast is not an option, but if for some reason it dries out a little, you have some nice sauce to serve it with.

What ingredients do I need to make this Baked Balsamic Chicken Breast Recipe?

  • boneless skinless chicken breast
  • olive oil
  • soy sauce
  • balsamic vinegar
  • garlic
  • oregano
  • black pepper
  • salt (optional, since the soy sauce adds saltiness)

Baked balsamic chicken on a plate with spinach

How to tenderize and flatten chicken breast?

You’ll need a meat mallet or rolling pin. There are two options, depending on how thick the chicken breast is and how thin the final result should be.

  1. Cut each chicken breast in half, through the middle lengthwise.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and using a meat mallet pound to the desired thickness. Be gentle, so the meat doesn’t get smashed.
  3. The second option is just to tenderize the whole breast, without cutting it through the middle.

How to make baked chicken breast in the oven?

You can bake the meat on a sheet pan or a Pyrex dish.

  1. If the chicken breast is too thick, you can pound it with a meat mallet until it is 1/2-inch thick.
  2. Combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, oregano and black pepper in a bowl.
  3. Place chicken in a baking dish. Pour the marinade over it, making sure it is evenly coated. Let is sit for 10 minutes if you have the extra time.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 F. Bake chicken at 400 F for 25 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat reads 165 F.

Balsamic chicken breast on a plate

How long to bake chicken breast in the oven for at 400F ?

It really depends on the thickness of the chicken breast. You’ll need to keep an eye on it. If you have a probe oven thermometer this will be even easier. A thermometer inserted into the thickest park if the meat should read 165 F (75 C).

I baked the chicken breasts in the oven at 400 F for 35 minutes. Mine were a little less than an inch thick. If you pound yours to make them thinner or decide to cut them in half through the middle, they will be ready in less time.

The ideal thickness of chicken breast for baking in 1/2 inch and it generally takes around 25-30 minutes to cook at 400 F.

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Servings: 4

Baked Balsamic Chicken Recipe

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Baked Balsamic Chicken Breast Recipe - this is seriously the juiciest, delicious and easy to make baked chicken breast. Loaded with simple flavors, this could be served on its own or added to pasta, salads or grain bowls.
Baked Balsamic Chicken Breast on a plate
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Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (6 oz each)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt — or more to taste

Instructions

  1. If the chicken breast is too thick, you can pound it with a meat mallet until it is 1/2-inch thick.
  2. Combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, oregano and black pepper in a bowl.
  3. Place chicken in a baking dish. Pour the marinade over it, making sure it is evenly coated. Let is sit for 10 minutes if you have the extra time.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 F. Bake chicken at 400 F for 25 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat reads 165 F.
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: balsamic chcken breast

Nutrition Information

Calories: 414, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 144mg, Sodium: 618mg, Potassium: 890mg, Carbohydrates: 6g, Sugar: 4g, Protein: 49g, Vitamin A: 70%, Vitamin C: 3.2%, Calcium: 31%, Iron: 1.5%