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Baked honey balsamic chicken served with white rice and broccoli on two cream-colored plates.

Baked Honey Balsamic Chicken


  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

Try this baked honey balsamic chicken recipe with tender, juicy chicken coated in a sweet and tangy flavor-packed sauce.


Ingredients

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  • 4 chicken thighs / chicken breasts, about 2 lbs.
  • Salt and pepper to taste

SAUCE

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Instructions

  1. Make the sauce by combining balsamic vinegar, honey, olive oil, garlic powder and thyme then whisking until smooth.
  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Make sure to rub the seasoning in well.
  3. Marinate the chicken in the sauce for 30 minutes up to a few hours, or overnight.
  4. Arrange the marinated chicken in a baking dish or oven-safe skillet. Pour the remaining marinade on the chicken (see notes if you prefer not to cook with the marinade).
  5. Bake at 375° F for 35 to 40 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 165°F.
  6. [For crispy skins] Broil the chicken for 2-3 minutes or until skins are golden brown and slightly charred.
  7. [For a thicker sauce] Strain the sauce and bring to a boil in a pot. Add a cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce to your desired consistency and spoon over the chicken before serving.
  8. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes then dish and serve hot with the sauce.
  9. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Spoon/baste the chicken with the sauce a few times while it bakes for more flavor, if desired.
  • If you’re opposed to using the marinade as a serving sauce, you can divide the sauce into two and use half to marinate and the other half for pouring over the chicken before baking.
  • Oven temperatures may vary, so adjust baking time as needed.
  • Scroll up to RECIPE TIPS for more useful tips, suggestions and ingredient substitutions.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
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