Go Back
+ servings
balsamic chicken marinade recipe

Balsamic Chicken Marinade

This balsamic chicken marinade is sweet, tangy, and easy to make using clean ingredients you probably have in your kitchen right now. You can make this juicy, delicious chicken recipe on the grill or in the oven.
Print Pin
Course: dinner, dinner recipe, Lunch, lunch recipe
Cuisine: American
Keyword: balsamic chicken marinade, balsamic chicken marinade recipe, balsamic honey marinade
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 451kcal
Author: Organize Yourself Skinny


  • Mixing Bowls
  • Whisk
  • 16-ounce mason jars
  • Grill or grill pan
  • glass storage containers or plastic bags
  • Meat Thermometer


  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons melted honey
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 (4 ounce) Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts


  • Start by making the marinade. Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper in a small bowl. You can also put the ingredients into a mason jar, put the lid on tightly, and vigorously shake.
  • If you need to pound out the chicken breasts, so they are of even thickness. Place the chicken in a bowl, dish, or plastic bag and pour the marinade over the top. Make sure to cover the chicken.
  • Place chicken into the refrigerator and marinate for at least one hour or preferably overnight.
  • When you’re ready to cook the chicken, prepare the grill. Set the grill temperature to medium-high heat. 
  • After the grill is hot, remove the chicken from the marinade and place it directly onto the hot grill. Discard the marinade.
  • Close the grill and grill the chicken for 5-7 minutes, and then using tongs, flip to the other side and grill for another 5-7 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165º. Remember, don’t push down on the chicken as it cooks.
  • Remove the chicken from the grill and place it on a plate and cover it with foil. Let the chicken rest for 3 – 5 minutes before slicing and serving.


Nutrition notes: The nutrition was calculated using all of the marinade ingredients. Since you will discard a lot of the marinade after it sits with the chicken, or use less of the marinade, it's likely the fat and calories will be a lot yes for the finished recipe. 
How to Store the Recipe
To meal prep for the week
First, you can assemble the balsamic marinade and chicken into a glass container or plastic bag. Keep it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. When you’re ready to cook, then continue with the recipe.
You can also cook the chicken entirely ahead of time, store it in glass containers, and refrigerate it for up to four days. Toss into salads,  use in wraps or sandwiches, or throw into pasta recipes during the week..
To freeze
Assemble the chicken and marinade into a freezer bag or glass container and freeze for up to 3 months. Take it out of the freezer for 1-2 days to thaw in the refrigerator. Continue with the recipe.
You can also freeze the cooked grilled chicken to use in recipes. Portion out the grilled chicken into freezer bags and freeze. When you’re ready to eat, take the chicken out of the bag and heat it in the microwave for a minute or so. Then use in a salad, wrap, or other recipes.


Serving: 1chicken breast | Calories: 451kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 391mg | Sugar: 11g