Balsamic BBQ Glazed Chicken

Balsamic bbq glazed chicken

A homemade balsamic bbq sauce is used to glaze chicken as it’s grilling. The result is tender chicken with a slightly sweet, and tangy taste.

Summer is one of my favorite seasons for one simple reason: grilling. We finally invested in a Big Green Egg last year and it completely changed the way I think about grilling. I could go on and on about it, but I won’t, because I’m sure I’ll be talking plenty about it in a few months when it’s not cold and wet here in the Midwest, and we actually get out to use it. In the mean time, I used a grill pan to grill up some Balsamic BBQ Glazed Grilled Chicken, and steak. It was simple and delicious, and will definitely go on my list of meals to make again!


This recipe is all about the balsamic bbq sauce that you use to baste the chicken while it’s grilling. It’s not your traditional bbq sauce, that’s for sure. You start with a whole cup of balsamic vinegar and then sweeten it up with a little brown sugar and some ketchup. Worcestershire sauce and dijon mustard adds an additional layer of flavor. You season it with a little salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and let the sauce reduce in a sauce pan for about 15-20 minutes at which point it’s ready for basting and dipping.

While I used a grill pan with great success, I know this recipe would turn out even better using a grill. I made chicken and steak, but you could choose any meats you’d like. This would even be great on a pork roast, or you could also use it on veggie kabobs. To go along with the chicken and steak, I made some green beans and used a spoonful or two of the balsamic bbq sauce to season them and they were fantastic!

Is anyone else just itching for Spring to arrive? I can’t wait for grilling season! :)

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Balsamic BBQ Glazed Chicken

Balsamic bbq glazed chicken 2

Prep Time: 5mn
Cook Time: 35mn
Total Time: 40mn


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
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  1. In a sauce pan, combine balsamic vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, salt, black peper, and garlic powder. Stir then simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by about 1/3.
  2. Season chicken by lightly sprinkling it with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  3. Heat your grill or grill pan to medium heat and place the meat on the grill. Use a pastry brush to brush each piece of chicken with some of the balsamic bbq sauce.
  4. The chicken will need to cook until it reaches 160 degrees which was about 8 minutes on each side. As the chicken is cooking, brush each side with sauce every few minutes.
  5. Once the chicken is cooked through, allow to rest for a few minutes before serving. Be sure to serve the remaining warm balsamic bbq sauce for dipping.
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  1. This chicken is going into the “Must Try” file. It looks flavorful and very delicious. It’d be a sin to not give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

    • Flavorful is definitely a good way to describe it. Enjoy! Although… if your “must try” file is as big as mine, it’ll be a while before you get to it. Too many good things to try! :)

  2. Cari

    Wow, that looks great! I’m a little puzzled why anyone anywhere would wait til Summer to bust out the grill though! We use ours year round unless it’s raining too hard. Like with hail.

    • I suppose it depends on where you live and how brutal it is out there. In Chicago our winters can include below zero temps and lots of snow which is when I use a grill pan instead. Definitely not the same as a grill, but still delicious. :)

  3. Thats a great new idea about chicken. I will try it out today. Thanks for this nice recipe.

  4. Amber P.

    I tried this tonight and it was amazing. Paired it with some sweet potato french fries and it worked perfectly. I will be adding this to my regular weekly recipes. Thank you so much!!

    • Thanks so much for coming back to let me know how it turned out! Glad you enjoyed it! :) I’m still on the hunt for a good sweet potato french fries recipe.

  5. LeAnn

    My husband loved this and he doesn’t like to eat chicken. It was so easy and is now going to be added to our regular chicken dishes.

  6. Karen

    I made the sauce to go with some broiled chicken thighs. My husband loves the sauce. I look forward to being able to use it with grilled chicken.

    • Hi Karen, thanks for stopping by. :) It’s a pretty versatile sauce. I’ve even used it with steamed veggies! Glad your husband loves it!

  7. Soooooo goood!!!! We made this tonight, only using 2 chicken breasts and saved the rest of the sauce to use on steaks tomorrow night! Even my 2 year old and 9 month old loved it! I put a link to the recipe on my blog – []

    • Thanks for the feedback Jen, I’m glad to know this is a kid-friendly recipe! :)

  8. Ellen

    Tried this tonight….all i can say is: AMAZING!! It went over wonderfully with the whole family, and no leftovers……a rare thing in our household. Our 9yr old went back for seconds and immediately asked when we could have it for dinner again. So, so incredibly easy to make as well. Gotta love a recipe that uses ingredients kept in the kitchen all the time, making it budget friendly as well.

    • Awesome Ellen, I am impressed with your 9 year old! I don’t know about your grocery bill but mine has been through the roof lately, so budget friendly meals are a must! Thanks for stopping by. :)

  9. Kaylin

    Is there a good way to bake this in the oven?

    • Hi Kaylin, I haven’t tried baking this, so no promises. :) What I would do is place chicken breasts in a shallow baking dish, season it with the salt pepper and garlic powder. Cover it and bake it for about an hour on 350 degrees. Then, take the chicken out of the oven, cover it with the Balsamic BBQ sauce, and bake for another 30 minutes, this time uncovered.

  10. Alli C

    This recipe is amazing! I baked instead of grilling (mainly because I was feeling lazy). I used tenderloins (they were small and thin) and marinated them in the sauce for about 4 hours, then baked at 350 for 40-45 mins., basting throughout cooking. Even my mom who isn’t really a fan of anything balsamic really liked it!

    • Yay Alli! So glad you liked it, and had great success with baking it! :)

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