Easy Honey Balsamic Chicken

If you love honey, then you’re going to love this easy honey balsamic chicken. It’s sweet, delicious, and goes fabulous with a side of roasted vegetables.

Easy Honey Balsamic Chicken

The sauce for the chicken will be sweet and tangy thanks to the balsamic vinegar and honey. The herbs will also add even more flavor to the sauce. Lastly, the chicken will cook to be a lovely golden color on the outside and succulent on the inside.

A single batch of this recipe should feed roughly three to six people, but you will certainly need some side dishes to go with it.

What to Serve with Honey Balsamic Chicken

This dish is best served with a range of different vegetables. You can cook these vegetables with the chicken or separately. Depending on the size of your pan, it’s usually easiest to cook them separately.

I typically do a roast vegetable mix that consists of potatoes, onion, bell pepper, and sometimes green beans. Even some sweet potato fries will work pretty well with this dish.

Honey Balsamic Chicken in a Skillet

A side dish that goes great with this chicken is some mashed potatoes. If you’re trying to be a little healthier, then mashed sweet potato is also pretty good.

The easiest accompaniment to serve with this dish is some plain rice from out of a rice cooker. It’s the simplest, but one of my favorites.

If you have any ideas on what to serve with this chicken, then we will love to hear them. Simply leave us a comment at the bottom of this page.

Tweaking the Recipe

I mention in the cooking tips below how you can do this in the oven rather than in the frying pan. The results will differ, but it will make it a bit easier to throw together and get cooking quickly. You can still thicken the sauce at the end, just like in the frying pan.

More honey can be added if you like your sauces to be on the sweeter side of things. You can easily double the amount of honey and still have the sauce taste delicious. I recommend tweaking a little to get it perfect for you.

Honey Balsamic Chicken

You can keep any leftovers for later, simply keep them covered in the fridge. The chicken is excellent sliced for sandwich meat the next day, or you can just reheat it as is. One thing for sure is that you shouldn’t throw out the leftovers as they’re still delicious the next day.

If you prefer video recipes, then be sure to check out the one I have prepared below. It will take you through the few steps to making this delicious dish. Alternatively, you can also find the full written recipe right underneath the video.

Easy Honey Balsamic Chicken Recipe

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Prep Time10 Minutes
Cook Time25 Minutes
Total Time35 Minutes


  • 6 chicken thighs, skin on or off
  • 1 Tbsp butter, cubed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tsp garlic, crushed
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp rosemary
  • ½ tsp thyme


  1. In a bowl, mix the honey, balsamic vinegar, rosemary, and thyme until combined.
  2. Next, in a skillet pan over medium heat, add the chicken thigh, and season with salt and pepper. Cook on each side until the chicken is browned and cooked all the way through. Once cooked, put the chicken to the side.
  3. In the same pan, add the butter. Once melted, add the onion, garlic, and cook until the onion is translucent.
  4. Add the honey balsamic sauce and bring to a light simmer. Return the chicken to the pan and cook for 5-10 minutes. Baste the chicken with the sauce.
  5. Serve & Enjoy.

Recipe Tips

  • If you have the time, then marinating the chicken in the sauce will help increase the amount of flavor in the chicken. Personally, I would marinate it overnight if you have the time, but a few hours should be more than enough.
  • You can thicken the sauce up with some cornstarch if you prefer a thicker sauce. Just mix the cornstarch with some water before adding it to the sauce. One tablespoon of cornstarch should be more than enough.
  • An alternative to pan-frying is to do the chicken in the oven instead. Simply preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) and cook the chicken with the sauce poured over it. It should be ready within thirty to forty-five minutes.
  • This dish can also be cooked in the slow cooker if you want to get it cooking early in the morning.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 254g (9 oz)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Calories Per Serving: 355
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 9.9g
Saturated Fat: 3.3g
Trans Fat: 0.1g
Total Carbohydrate: 27g
Dietary Fiber: 0g
Sugars: 26g
Cholesterol: 187mg
Sodium: 203mg
Protein: 38g

The information above is an estimate generated by an online nutrition calculator.

More Chicken Recipes

If you’re looking for another honey-based chicken dish to cook, then be sure to try out the honey mustard chicken. It’s an excellent combination of ingredients and a recipe that you’re likely to come back to multiple times.

Another chicken recipe that you need to try is the gluten-free lemon chicken. The sauce is sweet and tangy, making it very similar to this dish. The flavors, however, are very different.

I hope that you enjoy this honey balsamic chicken and that you add it to your recipes to come back to. If you have any tips, variations, or anything else that you would like to share about this recipe, then feel free to comment below.


  1. Avatar for Mary
    Mary on

    Can you substitute the butter?

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Yes, any other type of fat or oil will work.

  2. Avatar for VICKI GALLMEYER

    can you use chicken breast instead?

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Yes you can use chicken breast. However, it might take slightly longer to cook.

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