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Easy Braised Balsamic & Herb Chicken Recipe

Easy Braised Balsamic & Herb Chicken Recipe | cookincanuck.com #chicken #recipe

Even though the weather is getting warmer and we’re turning towards healthy grilled recipes like the Grilled Vegetable Wrap with Hummus that I made last week, I can’t help but throw some comfort food into the mix every few days. I think it’s my Canadian blood that makes me do it. From the inside out, I am clearly in denial that 100 degree F Utah days are just around the corner. I melt as soon as the thermostat hits 80.

And so I braise. It helps to ward off the high temperatures.

Easy Braised Balsamic & Herb Chicken Recipe | cookincanuck.com #chicken #recipe

The word “braise” may sound daunting, but it’s really just a fancy way of saying “brown the meat, then simmer it in some liquid”. Not so daunting now, right?

Boneless, skinless chicken thighs lend themselves well to this method of cooking. They hold their moisture well, managing to avoid the sometimes “dried out” tendencies of skinless chicken breasts.

Easy Braised Balsamic & Herb Chicken Recipe | cookincanuck.com #chicken #recipe

All you need are some basic dried herbs – oregano, rosemary and thyme – a can of diced tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, and some vegetables. Stock your pantry with some of the basics and you’ll be able to pull off this meal on any weeknight.

Easy Braised Balsamic & Herb Chicken Recipe | cookincanuck.com #chicken #recipe

Many balsamic chicken recipes use just diced tomatoes and balsamic vinegar to make the sauce, but I decided to temper the acidity with a half-and-half mixture of chicken broth and balsamic vinegar. It was just right for my family.

Other healthy chicken recipes:

Healthy Chicken Recipes | cookincanuck.com #chicken #recipe
Cookin’ Canuck’s Crispy Baked Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders
Cookin’ Canuck’s Thai Chicken Naan Pizza with Peanut Sauce, Red Peppers & Carrots
Fannetastic Food’s Healthy Gluten Free Chicken Enchiladas with Yogurt
Eat Yourself Skinny’s Bruschetta Chicken
Slender Kitchen’s Healthy Homemade Baked Teriyaki Chicken

Easy Braised Balsamic & Herb Chicken Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Serving Size: 2 thighs + 3/4 cup sauce

Calories per serving: 216 cal

Fat per serving: Total Fat 5.5g / Saturated Fat 1.4g

Easy Braised Balsamic & Herb Chicken Recipe

Calories 216.2 / Total Fat 5.5g / Saturated Fat 1.4g / Cholesterol 114.9mg / Sodium 668.5mg / Total Carbohydrates 11.0g / Fiber 2.7g / Sugars 5.9g / Protein 29.5g / WW (Old Points) 4 / WW (Points+) 5


  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried crushed rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed
  • 1 1/2 tsp canola oil, divided
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup fat-free chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper, if desired


  1. In a small bowl, stir together the oregano, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Rub the mixture over the chicken thighs.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon canola oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon canola oil. Add the onion and red bell pepper, and cook until the vegetables are just tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then nestle the chicken thighs into the tomato mixture. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  5. Serve over rice or quinoa.


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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness April 21, 2014 at 5:23 am

I just love all your healthy and weeknight friendly meals Dara! Balsamic is one my fav flavours – especially with chicken, so I am all over this! Pinned!


2 Christine from Cook the Story April 21, 2014 at 7:57 am

Dinner in under 30 minutes? Yes, please!


3 Liz April 21, 2014 at 9:44 am

Nice recipe. Thanks so much, Dara.


4 Jeyaram April 21, 2014 at 9:49 am

Are you using the le cruset braiser with the white enamel or the skillet with black enamel. I have a dutch oven. But debating between the two as they seem to serve the same purpose. Are they really different?


5 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 24, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Hi Jeyaram, I could use either the braise or the nonstick everyday pan for this recipe, and I’d imagine that your dutch oven would do the trick, too. This recipe is fairly forgiving. I hope you enjoy it!


6 Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 21, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Love this chicken for a weeknight meal, balsamic and herbs sound great!


7 SeattleDee April 21, 2014 at 4:46 pm

It’s still chilly in B.C. this month and this recipe will be welcome comfort food. Doubly good in fact as a vibrant dish to add color to a gray day AND and a good excuse to finish it in the oven and warm up the galley.


8 Carol at Wild Goose Tea April 22, 2014 at 4:35 pm

I agree with SeattleDee—-I love the color of the dish. It’s wonderful that its not laden with guilt ridden calories, yet still will taste wonderful. Plus it makes delightful leftover, which translated to delightful lunches for ME. Smiles—-


9 Rachel April 27, 2014 at 10:38 pm

Will definitely be trying this. I usually only eaten chicken or pork, as beef here in Thailand is either not very good or imported and ridiculously expensive., so I love to find new chicken recipes. This one looks delicious :)


10 David April 28, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Yet another great quick dinner. Tried it last night; great reception!


11 Helen @ Scrummy Lane April 30, 2014 at 12:20 am

This really grabbed my attention because I love these kinds of easy chicken recipes … and this one looks so juicy and colourful. Thanks … pinning to make on one of my next busy weeknights!


12 Megan May 5, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Hi Dara! Thanks for a wonderful, quick recipe! I tried this for dinner for my husband and I last night, and it was amazing! The flavours are totally fantastic and it was so simple and quick to bring together. It will now be part of my weeknight dinner rotation! Thanks!


13 David May 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Great meal. Couple of changes we made was to put the dry rub on the chicken m added a drizzle of balsamic and marinated overnight.


14 Sue June 10, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Any thoughts on cooking this in a crock pot?


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