Basil and Balsamic Italian Chicken

(18 votes)
4 minutes
May 5, 2021
Carole Jones
Now that we are all back into the swing of the school year schedule at Casa Jones, I’m reminded of why I struggle so much with those dreaded hours from the time my kiddos walk in the back door until we are all sitting down at the table for dinner.  It is nothing short of complete chaos!  Each of my many children has a different story to tell me about their day, plus different school assignments to complete, plus different extra curricular activities all at different locations at different times.  I know you are in the same tumultuous situation as me and I firmly believe that the fact that we all successfully navigate it day after day is nothing short of a miracle.  We are awesome! Now, before we get all prideful and puffed up on our awesomeness, I have yet to mention the most dreaded aspect of our after school pandemonium:  DINNER! Basil & Balsamic Italian Chicken I am certainly not a newbie to this mom job and have plenty of experience with six kids, but even after all these years, it still shocks me when I look at the clock to discover how cruelly 6:00 pm has snuck up on me.  Now, I may be religious at my menu planning each week and sticking to that plan when I go grocery shopping, but I often get too adventurous in what I plan to make and don’t realistically consider the time I will have to make that weeknight dish.  So when I find it is suddenly time for dinner and I have nothing quick to make, it often results in something quick like pancakes or cold cereal for dinner.  While my children get excited seeing breakfast for dinner, it is really important to me to gather my whole family together every night for dinner, which means it is important to have something healthy and delicious to offer as well. In an attempt to become more successful at actually preparing the meals I have already planned out and shopped for, I am working hard to create some new dishes that can be thrown together in under 30 minutes.
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Basil & Balsamic Italian Chicken

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5 from 17 reviews


  • 6 Tyson Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 lemon
  • salt, pepper, garlic & onion powder
  • 2/3 C balsamic vinegar
  • 1 C fresh basil leaves, chopped finely
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 C extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray. Lay the chicken breasts smooth side down on the pan and squeeze half the lemon over the top, then sprinkle on a good amount of the salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder. Flip the chicken over and repeat on the other side. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the juices run clear. The time will depend on the size of your chicken breasts.
  2. While the chicken is baking, place the balsamic vinegar in a small skillet and bring it to a boil over medium high heat and allow it to reduce to a syrup like consistency, which takes about 5-8 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the chopped basil, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper then set aside.
  4. Once the chicken is baked, remove from the oven and layer on slices of tomato topped with slices of mozzarella cheese. Return to the oven for a couple minutes until the cheese melts.
  5. To serve, top each chicken breast with the basil mixture and then drizzle the reduced balsamic vinegar over the top.


*Chicken must be cooked to an internal temperature of 170 degrees for boneless products and 180 degrees for bone in chicken products.

  • Author: Carole Jones


  • Serving Size: 1/6th
  • Calories: 351
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 952mg
  • Fat: 19g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 12g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 37g
  • Cholesterol: 103mg

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Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.


2 years ago

My partner and I stumbled over and found this chicken recipe. It was divine.

2 years ago

We love this! Thanks

2 years ago

That is really an amazing recipe!

2 years ago

Hey there! This is my first time making this recipe and is was so good

2 years ago

You actually make it look so good! Can’t wait to make it next week

1 year ago

The whole family loved it and we will make this again. Thanks carol!

1 year ago

Making this right now and it smells so good!

1 year ago

Great keto recipe. Add a few tomatoes.

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