Easy Honey Balsamic Chicken

If you love honey, then you’re going to love this delicious, 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. The herbs will also add even more flavor to the sauce. The chicken cook to be a lovely golden color on the outside and succulent on the inside.

This dish is best to serve with some vegetables that can be either cooked with the chicken or separately. Depending on the size of your pan, it’s usually best to cook them separately.

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

I mention in the cooking tips below how you can do this in the oven rather than in the frypan. 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 frypan.

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 time
10 Minutes
Cook time
25 Minutes
Total time
35 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 together the honey, balsamic vinegar, rosemary, and thyme.
  2. Next, in a skillet pan over medium heat, add the chicken thigh, 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.
  • If you prefer to use the oven, then this can be done by placing all the ingredients in a casserole dish and baking for 30-45 minutes.
  • This dish can also be cooked in the slow cooker if you want to get it cooking early in the morning.

Nutritional Information

This sweet chicken dish is certainly tasty, but you might be wondering how it fits into your diet. If this is the case, then you can find all the nutritional information you need below.

Keep in mind this information is estimated using an online tool. You will also need to add any extra sides that you have with the chicken.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 254g (8.96 oz)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 355 Calories from Fat 89.1
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.9g 15%
Saturated Fat 3.3g 17%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 187mg 62%
Sodium 203mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 26g
Protein 38g 76%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

If you’re looking for another honey based chicken dish to cook up 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. Mary on

    Can you substitute the butter?

    1. Gus on

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


    can you use chicken breast instead?

    1. Gus on

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

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