Easy, Skinny Balsamic Rosemary Chicken

balsamic chicken

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, 190 calories, 4 grams fat, and only 1 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints and 3 Green. 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


1. To make the marinade: In a small pot, add vinegar, oil, rosemary, garlic, salt, 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 a serving plate. Pour cooked marinade into a small pot.  Add 2 tablespoons 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 Facts

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

WW Freestyle SmartPoints
WW SmartPoints

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 chicken breast with sauce
190 calories, 4g fat, 1.6g sat. fat, 69mg chol, 32g protein, 5g carbs, 0g fiber, 251mg sodium, 0g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
40 calories, 0g sat. fat, 0g sugar, 0g protein


  1. Hey I just had a quick question, is it possible to use fish or beef instead of chicken. I really like this recipe and was wondering how many different types of meats I could use with this recipe.


  2. I’m sure both beef and chicken will be yummy. These are such simple, versatile ingredients Amy.
    All the best,

  3. Nancy I have tried many of your recipes and have found them all to be great. The most recent is chicken tortilla soup, which my husband and I both really liked. I’m a huge balsamic vinegar fan so I’m sure this will be another hit. Thank you so much for all you do! Blessings for a marvelous 2021!

  4. A big Thank You, Carol!
    You’ve made me very happy!!!
    I hope you enjoy one of the easiest chicken recipes on my site. It’s one of my “go-to’s”
    Wishing you all the very best in this new year,

If you make this recipe, let me know how you liked it. Leave me a comment below or give it a rating. Thanks so much. Happy Skinny Cooking!