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Balsamic Grilled Chicken Recipe

Updated on February 3, 2013

Easy Balsamic Grilled Chicken Recipe

When the weather starts to get warmer the one thing I look forward to is being able to cook outside on the grill. I have tried a number of recipes over the years, but one of my favorites is my Balsamic Grilled Chicken Recipe. It is really easy to make, virtually mess free (which is always nice), and most importantly, it tastes Mmm Good!

Marinating chicken is one of the best ways to bring a lot of flavor to your chicken. If you use a zip and seal bag for your marinade it is also mess free. I know the one thing I always dread after cooking is the clean up, so this virtually eliminates that problem. This recipe is light and flavorful, perfect for your summer barbecue. It is also versatile and works great on steaks as well. So get your grill fired up and start cooking!

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Brush for Marinating

Weber 6661 Original Silicone Basting Brush
Weber 6661 Original Silicone Basting Brush

If you plan on marinating food, a basting or marinade brush is essential. A silicone brush is your best option. There are other types of brushes out there, but take it from experience, you do not want to have little hairs from the basting brush end up in your food, stick to a silicone brush for best results. If you plan on using the brush to marinade while grilling, a brush with a long handle is best to prevent getting burned.

Balsamic Grilled Chicken
Balsamic Grilled Chicken
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 16 min
Ready in: 26 min
Yields: 4


  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinagrette (can substitute balsamic vinegar for a stronger taste)
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts


  1. 1. In a large zip and seal bag, mix balsamic vinagrette, soy sauce, brown sugar, thyme, and pepper. Add your chicken breasts to the marinade. Make sure all the excess air is out of the bag and then seal. Chicken can be marinated in the fridge for a minimum of an hour, I usually marinade close to 2 hours for extra flavor or you can marinade for 15 minutes at room temperature. Be sure to turn your bag periodically to ensure consistent flavor. If placing your marinade in the refrigerator, place the bag in some sort of a dish or on a plate just in case the bag leaks.
  2. 2. Prepare your charcoal grill or preheat your gas grill on medium heat.
  3. 3. Remove chicken from marinade and place on the grill. Grill for approximately 7 to 8 minutes on each side. Cooking time may vary based on the heat of your grill and the thickness of your chicken breasts. Be sure to cook chicken thoroughly.
  4. 4. *Optional* You can take your excess marinade and pour into a saucepan. Heat marinade over high heat until it reaches a boil. Approximately 2 to 3 minutes. You can then take a grill brush a marinade the chicken periodically through the cooking process for maximum flavor.
3.5 stars from 11 ratings of Balsamic Grilled Chicken Recipe

Do You Prefer Your Chicken Grilled or Fried?

Grilling Essentials

To make your grilling experience easier it is essential to have a few basic tools. A grill cleaning brush, a good pair of tongs, and a grill spatula will make your grilling experience a lot easier.

Optional Extras for Great Tasting Chicken

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Feta Cheese
Grilled Chicken Breasts with Feta Cheese

To add something extra to your grilled chicken breasts you can try one of these ideas...

* Once chicken is cooked on one side, flip and add feta cheese. The cheese will soften and warm up while the chicken breasts finish cooking. It is best to put the feta on the under side of the chicken breast (it is less likely to fall off and into your grill).

* The feta topped chicken takes great with a roasted red pepper sauce that is easy to make...

Just take 2 pounds (about 4) roasted red bell peppers, 3 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar, and a dash of salt and pepper. Put in a blender and puree. The puree gives a great balance to the bold taste of the feta.

Cookbooks from Grill Masters

Who better to learn great grilling and cooking techniques from than two of the best in the world. Check out these great cookbooks from Iron Chefs Bobby Flay and Michael Symon.

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      LadyDuck 5 years ago

      Delicious chicken recipes.

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      kabbalah lm 5 years ago

      Lots of olive oil & lemon according to the Mrs

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      Sherry Venegas 5 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I printed this out. Sounds like a delicious chicken recipe.

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      petelovestoread 5 years ago

      sounds delicious! thanks

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      Doc_Holliday 5 years ago

      Thanks for the lunch idea. Very timely:-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well, I'm going to try your tips for sure. All of a sudden I'm very hungry, and smell chicken cooking on a grill. :)

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I'm embarrassed to say but it until recently I didn't know how important marinating was in making a good chicken recipe. Love your tips, especially the topping for grilled chicken. Angel Blessings**

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      It's always good to have another chicken recipe! This sounds wonderful and I love the idea of the feta cheese. Yum!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Oh, this sounds like a delicious recipe!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Ooo - this sounds positively delicious! Thanks for sharing! Blessed by a hungry SquidAngel!

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      After seeing this, just like you ;)

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      orangegirl6020 5 years ago

      Mmmm! Your lens makes me hungry! I love a honey-balsamic grilled chicken with some grilled pineapple! You've helped me plan out my next weekend.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      I haven't grilled chicken in years...I usually just include chicken in a soup or casserole....this looks like a great recipe so I printed it and one other from your lens. Great job!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      I'll bet the neighbors love it when you grill out! Looks and sounds great!

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      SoniaCarew 5 years ago

      I am so going to try your recipe,... so easy and mess free. Love it!

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      When we have time, we like to brine our chicken. I have an old recipe that used "Golden Italian" salad dressing with soy sauce. Sadly, that company quit making it and I just use plain old Italian now.

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      BuckHawkcenter 5 years ago

      This looks like a great recipe for grilling chicken. I love the idea of "no-mess!"

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      Ninche 5 years ago

      Such a great lens, I will definitely try it!

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      MermaidDoc 5 years ago

      This looks really good! great lens.

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      Marilyn Thompson 5 years ago from Washington State

      You can't go wrong with Grilled Chicken. I often grill pineapple at the same time, I'll have to add the feta

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      Mark Shearman 5 years ago from Alicante Spain

      Definitely grilled.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      My goodness but this looks and sounds yummy! I especially like the idea of adding feta cheese to it. Great article!! :)

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      fifta 5 years ago

      wow, this looks yumm..

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      Sharon Bellissimo 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      This lens made my mouth water! I will be bookmarking this for sure.

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      I love grilled chicken. I think I would love this recipe, too. Blessings!