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Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar (Video)

Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar is a favorite recipe I’ve made for years, and even though balsamic vinegar has some carbs, you’re only eating the small amount that clings to the chicken so enjoy! 

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I’m a very bad blogger indeed not to remind you sooner about this delicious Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar, and I know you’re probably already working on your Memorial Day menu, but I hope you’ll make this favorite recipe of mine soon. And is everyone else as excited as I am that it’s officially grilling weather!

I made this chicken a few weeks ago to update the photos and I had good intentions of posting it yesterday, but I was having a family dinner and got carried away cooking. And family comes before the blog, right? I first posted the recipe (in 2007!) as a follow-up to . And this is a great recipe, if I do say so myself since it’s my original recipe.

Years ago when I was the teacher’s association president I made this Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar for a district insurance committee; several years later I saw someone who had eaten it that day and she asked me for the recipe. If someone still remembers it several years later, you know it’s a good recipe!

Tips for Grilled Chicken Breasts:

If you’re not that experienced at cooking chicken on the grill you might want to read my informative post on how to make juicy grilled chicken breasts that are perfect every time. That has the grilled chicken method I’ve been using for years.

What if you don’t have an outdoor grill?

If you don’t have an outdoor grill or it’s not grilling season this chicken can cook perfectly on a Stovetop Grill Pan (affiliate link) or a George Foreman Grill (affiliate link).

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How to Make Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. I like to grind the dried parsley, dried shallots (or onions), Spike Seasoning (affiliate link), dried thyme, garlic powder, and black pepper together with a mortar and pestle, although it’s probably optional.
  2. Then mix the balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, olive oil, and dried spices to make the marinade.
  3. Trim chicken and make small crosswise slits, put chicken in Ziploc bag or a plastic container, and let chicken marinate 4-6 hours (or longer is fine, even all day if you’re going out.)
  4. When you’re ready to cook, drain the chicken to remove excess marinade and let it come to room temperature while you oil and preheat grill.
  5. Lay chicken top side down diagonally to the grill grates and cook a few minutes until you see grill marks, then rotate and cook a few minutes more to get those criss-cross marks.
  6. When you have nice grill marks on the top, turn chicken over and cook just until it feels firm (not hard) to the touch, don’t overcook.
  7. Serve Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar hot. Leftover chicken is delicious over salad greens.

Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar close-up photo of chicken on plate with arugula salad.

Make it a Meal

Chicken is shown in the photo with Kalyn’s Favorite Baby Arugula Salad (although I was out of pine nuts) or this would also be great with Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan for a low-carb meal.

More Tasty Chicken for Dinner:

Slow Cooker and Pressure Cook Chicken Index Page ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
Low-Carb Pepperoni Pizza Chicken Bake ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Spicy Sriracha Grilled Chicken ~ The Perfect Pantry
Easy Baked Pesto Chicken ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar

Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar

Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar is a favorite recipe I’ve made for years.


  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Marinade Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 T dried parsley
  • 1 T dried shallots or onion (or 2 T minced fresh shallots or onion)
  • 1 T Spike seasoning (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse ground black pepper


  1. (Click for step-by-step photos of how to make juicy and perfect grilled chicken breasts.)
  2. If desired, use a mortar and pestle or spice grinder to grind together the dried parsley, dried shallots (or onions), Spike seasoning, dried thyme, garlic powder, and black pepper.
  3. Then mix the balsamic vinegar, Dijon, olive oil and spices to make the marinade.
  4. Trim all fat and tendons from chicken breasts and trim underneath side if needed so chicken pieces are close to the same thickness. I like to make small slits crosswise along each chicken breast to help chicken cook more evenly and give more surface for the marinade to stick to.
  5. Place chicken in Ziploc bag or container with a snap-tight lid, laying them flat. Pour the marinade over over chicken and marinate in refrigerator 4-6 hours or more. (Marinating all day is fine if you’re not going to be home.)
  6. When you’re ready to cook, take the chicken out of the fridge, drain it in a colander in the sink to remove excess marinade, and let chicken come to room temperature while you heat the grill.
  7. Oil the grill (a wadded-up paper towel dipped in oil works well) or spray with non-stick grilling spray; then preheat gas or charcoal grill to medium-high.  (You can only hold your hand there for a few seconds.)
  8. When grill is hot lay chicken diagonally across grill grates, top side down first, and cook until you start to see grill marks, about 3 minutes.
  9. As soon as you see marks, rotate chicken so it’s going diagonally in the other direction and cook a few minutes more.
  10. When you have desired grill marks, turn chicken over and cook until it’s browned on both sides and firm, but not hard to the touch, probably only a few minutes longer on the second side unless your chicken breasts are really thick. (Actual cooking time will vary depending on chicken thickness and how hot your grill is, so remove it from the heat when the chicken feels firm when pressed with your finger.)
  11. This chicken could also be cooked in a stove-top grill pan with ridges or a George Foreman Grill with good results.


If you don't have Spike Seasoning (affiliate link) use another all-purpose seasoning blend; Spike is not Paleo or Whole 30 approved.

Nutritional information is calculated assuming more than half of the balsamic vinegar is discarded in the marinade.

Recipe created by Kalyn many years ago.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 291Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 868mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 38g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions
This Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar would be approved for most low-carb eating plans, and it’s perfect for any phase of the original South Beach Diet. If you’re making this for Paleo or Whole 30, you’ll need to check the balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard to be sure they’re made with approved ingredients, and replace the Spike Seasoning with an approved all-purpose seasoning.

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    41 Comments on “Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar (Video)”

  1. We use this recipe in rotation for grilled chicken during the summer, and we grill A LOT! It’s delicious and super simple! Sometimes I just don’t feel like juicing a lemon like many of my other recipes call for. Thanks for the share! My family says it’s a hit! 

  2. This is literally my most favorite recipe from your site and I have been following you for years! I make it every two weeks or so, even with chicken thighs sometimes.

  3. I always love your recipes. I just got my first cast iron grill pan so this recipe will be happily used.
    I have a few different types of vinegar in my arsenal: white, red, balsamic and apple cider vinegar. I use them all in my cooking and they always elevate the taste of whatever I’m cooking.

    Thank you!

  4. So many of your recipes look good at first glance, but then I find out they contain mustard and vinegar. I can’t stand either one. Yuck. Blecch. I just don’t understand why people think they have to put vinegar on everything. It’s horrible stuff. Please try to publish some recipes without it. And without mustard too.
    Or any other prepared condiments because they all contain vinegar.

    • I’m sad your appreciation of those things is so limited, because they are used in cuisines all over the world. And saying “yuck” and “blecch” about someone’s recipes and then asking them to create recipes just for you is not really a good approach.

      I recommend you enter ingredients you want to use in the search bar and you’ll find recipes that have those ingredients. Unfortunately it is not possible to filter out certain ingredients, so you will just have to use the recipe name to guess whether it will have vinegar or mustard.

    • WOW! Entitled much? Very juvenile response.

  5. Looks super good but would you be able.to bake it instead? I dont have a grill.

    • I haven’t ever tried baking this type of recipe so I can’t say for sure how it would turn out. You could definitely cook it in a stovetop-grill pan with ridges or a George Foreman Grill though. If you do try baking it, I’d love to hear how it works.

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  7. Yum! This chicken looks super delish!

  8. i made the GRILLED CHICKEN WITH BALSAMIC VINEGAR for my family tonight and they LOVED it!!! i have 4 hungry boys ages 45, 8 and 4 yo twins.. i was a little nervous about the balsamic with the littles but they loved it and asked for seconds! Can’t wait to try the other recipes….

  9. I've made this several times, and it's delicious! (Thanks for linking to my Spicy Sriracha Grilled Chicken!)

  10. I made this tonight and it's a new favorite! One question: how long do you think the marinade (without chicken) would last in the fridge? I'm doing a lot of camping/road tripping this summer and would love to have some of this marinade on hand!