Easy, Skinny Balsamic Rosemary Chicken

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This is a quick and easy recipe that never fails to please even picky eaters. Making a simple reduction sauce using balsamic vinegar, garlic and fresh rosemary creates a flavorful marinade for the chicken. This chicken smells wonderful when baking and tastes even better when ready! The skinny for 1 serving, 169 calories, 3 grams fat and 3 Weight Watchers SmartPoints. Serve with steamed veggies, baked potatoes and mash some of the delicious sauce (marinade) into each potato.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time for Marinade: 45 minutes
Bake Time: 35 minutes


½ cup balsamic vinegar

2 teaspoons olive oil

1½ tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

½ teaspoon salt

Fresh black pepper, to taste

Cooking spray

4 (5 ounces each) boneless, skinless chicken breasts (If your chicken breast are large, cut into 5 ounce sizes to equal 4 breasts)

2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Fresh rosemary springs, for garnish



To make marinade: In a small pot, add vinegar, oil, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper and mix until combined. Bring up to a boil, turn heat down to medium and simmer until reduced in half, about 3 minutes. Place in refrigerator to cool for about 15 minutes. For a quicker chill, place in freezer for about 5 minutes.

2. Coat a 9 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Place chicken in baking dish and pour cooled marinade over chicken. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Can be refrigerated overnight.

3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Take dish out of refrigerator, cover with foil and baked in marinade. Bake for about 35 minutes until chicken is cooked thoroughly.

4. Remove chicken to serving plate. Pour cooked marinade into a small pot.  Add 2 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar. Cook a few minutes until the sauce has thickened a bit. Pour some of the sauce over chicken and serve.

5. Use the leftover sauce drizzled in a baked potato, if desired.

Makes 4 servings, each serving 1 breast with sauce

Food Fact

Balsamic vinegar is made in Italy in areas around Modena and Reggio Emilia.  White Trebbiano grapes are used to produce the vinegar.  It has a dark, rich, color and a sweet pungent aged taste due to the lengthy aging process.

Healthy Benefit

Vinegar has been valued for it’s healing properties for thousands of years. Some feel it aids in digestion and can help regulate blood sugar levels.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
Weight Watchers
(old points) 4

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 chicken breast with sauce
169 calories, 3g fat, 1.6g sat. fat, 69mg chol, 29g protein, 6g carbs, 0g fiber, 158mg sodium, 0g sugar
FAT FACTS: the skinny and fat facts are the same for this recipe

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47 Responses to “Easy, Skinny Balsamic Rosemary Chicken”

  1. Heidi Says:

    Nancy – this is “allergy friendly” in our house! no soy sauce, dairy, eggs, wheat, fish, nuts, peanuts! What a great recipe!

  2. admin Says:

    That’s great to hear Heidi. I hope your family enjoys it!
    Sounds like you have a real challenge.
    Best of luck to you.

  3. Leslie Says:

    What a delicious looking recipe…thanks for sharing! This would be perfect to link-up to my new series – “Create It Thursday.” It’s live now! http://www.lambertslately.com/2013/05/create-it-thursday-1.html

  4. admin Says:

    Thanks Leslie and thanks o much for the invite. I’ll stop by to share!

  5. Courtney Says:

    I love home made marinades! I will definitely be making this soon :)

  6. admin Says:

    Great Courtney…Enjoy!

  7. Miz Helen Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a very special Mothers Day Weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  9. admin Says:

    Yummy Heather…And, thanks for sharing my Balsamic Rosemary Chicken!

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  11. admin Says:

    What a fantastic collection you’ve put together for fall Sarah.
    Thank you sooo much for including my chicken recipe.
    All the best to you,

  12. Kayla @ Home Coming Says:

    Looks delish! I’m hosing a state art giveaway that you should enter! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/10/state-art-giveaway-from-word-lust.html

  13. admin Says:

    Sounds like fun Kayla. Thanks for the invite!
    Best of luck,

  14. Miz Helen Says:

    I love your Rosemary and Balsamic combination for this chicken, can’t wait to taste it. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a fun weekend!
    Miz Helen

  15. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Miz Helen. I love your link party each week!
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    All the best,

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  17. admin Says:

    Abbie, Thanks so much for including my Rosemary Balsamic Chicken and
    Fingerling Potatoes recipes this week! Congratulations on your weight loss too!!!
    All the best to you,

  18. Kitty Says:

    I just made this last night, because I’d noticed it grouped in with the year’s best recipes. Let me tell you it was delicious. The sauce was SO rich tasting yet obviously low calorie and low fat. I love brown rice, so made a very low fat brown rice pilaf with some herbs in my rice cooker. The sauce on the brown rice is fantastic. We had brussels sprouts with both, and it was just a lovely, tasty, healthy dinner. Great leftovers too. Thanks you so much, Nancy!

  19. admin Says:

    Thanks for the fantastic feedback Kitty! I love the way you served it.
    Wishing you all the best in 2014!

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  21. admin Says:

    Melody, thank you so much for including my Skinny Balsamic Rosemary Chicken in your yummy list!
    All the best to you,

  22. Joanne T Ferguson Says:

    G’day! great healthy flavors! YUM!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Thanks for sharing at the Foodie Friends Friday No Rules Party!

  23. admin Says:

    Such a fun party Joanne. Thank you!

  24. Diane Balch Says:

    I love balsamic vinegar and chicken great seasoning in your recipe. Thanks for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

  25. admin Says:

    Thanks Diane. See you next time at your wonderful link party!

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  28. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for sharing my recipe!

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  30. Joanne T Ferguson Says:

    G’day Love simple, easy recipes Nancy!
    This looks delish!
    Cheers! Joanne

  31. admin Says:

    Thanks Joanne!

  32. Mithra Ballesteros Says:

    Sounds awesome, Nancy! Could I pound the chicken breasts first? For whatever reason, I absolutely love pounded chicken breasts for this sort of recipe. What are your thoughts?

  33. admin Says:

    You sure could Mithra. You might need to cook them a bit less time. Enjoy!

  34. Suzy @ The Mediterranean Dish Says:

    Brilliant, Nancy! Love the flavors in this chicken recipe; and to have a skinny dish that is so comforting! Wow!

  35. admin Says:

    Oh good Suzy. Enjoy!

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  37. admin Says:

    Dani, thanks so much for including 3 of my skinny recipes!!! You list sounds delicious.
    All the best,

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  39. Crystal Says:

    I am making this for the 2nd week in a row! Absolutely delicious recipe. Thank you so much for sharing!

  40. admin Says:

    I’m so happy you are loving this recipe Crystal. Thanks so much for letting me know!
    My best,

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  42. admin Says:

    So sweet Cristina. Thanks so much for sharing my Balsamic Rosemary Chicken recipe!
    All the best,

  43. Stacy Rice Says:

    Could this be grilled instead of baked?

  44. Susan Says:

    Hello. I’m currently sitting this in the fridge ready to cook but I’ve made too much. Once cooked can this chicken and marinade br frozen ?

  45. admin Says:

    Susan, you can freeze all of it.
    My best,

  46. Susan Says:

    Brilliant, the timer says another 5 minutes to go, it smells amazing, it’s a chilly night here in Scotland so need something like this.

    Daft question, do you let it defrost or can you cook slowly from frozen?

    Thanks again

  47. admin Says:

    You can easily defrost in the microwave or refrigerate over night to defrost.
    I love the smell as this chicken is cooking.

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