Skillet Balsamic Garlic Chicken

This Skillet Balsamic Garlic CHicken is an easy and incredibly flavorful dish! We love this!

This Skillet Balsamic Garlic Chicken is a favorite skillet meal of mine. It’s CRAZY flavorful and really simple!

It’s no secret I love a skillet meal. One pot dinners are the best on weeknights…and heck, any night. This Skillet Balsamic Garlic Chicken is a family favorite in my house. And any excuse to pull out my cast iron skillet is a win for me. Even my kids, who swear they don’t like vinegar are fans..but full disclosure, they do pick out the mushrooms. Which is actually fine by me…I gladly take their share.

Honestly this is one of my favorite chicken recipes…there is TONS of flavor and it works perfectly with rice, mashed potatoes, pasta or even stuffing. Or really, forget the carbs and serve it with a salad. It works.

The easy chicken recipe will be done in under 30 minutes, and I cheated and bought thin sliced chicken breasts which made it even faster.

Simple Ingredients for an easy chicken recipe!

Everything in this skillet meal is easy. No fancy ingredients necessary!


Just season the chicken with salt and pepper…


Also, yes, I used EIGHT cloves or garlic in this recipe. Yes, you’ll be a little stinky, but it’s oh so worth it. If you’re scared of driving in the danger zone feel free to tone down the garlic, I won’t be too mad.


Just brown the chicken in your big skillet and then add the mushrooms and garlic.

Push the mushrooms under the chicken a bit so the chicken sits on top…

This Skillet Balsamic Garlic CHicken is an easy and incredibly flavorful dish! We love this!

Add the balsamic vinegar, the chicken stock, the thyme and the Bay Leaf and let it cook for a few minutes covered and then a few minutes uncovered.

I always throw in a few pats of butter at the end to make the sauce silkay silkay.

This Skillet Balsamic Garlic CHicken is an easy and incredibly flavorful dish! We love this!

Garnish it with parsley if you’re feeling fancy.

This Skillet Balsamic Garlic CHicken is an easy and incredibly flavorful dish! We love this!

I hope you love this skillet chicken recipe as much as I do!!


Skillet Balsamic Garlic Chicken

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Pan Fry
  • Cuisine: Dinner


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breasts, sliced or pounded 1/2 inch thick
  • salt and pepper to season chicken
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 pound mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cubed


  1. Season the raw chicken liberally with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large 10-inch skillet over medium high heat. When skillet and oil are hot, place the chicken in the skillet evenly. Cook the chicken on one side for 5 minutes until browned, flip the chicken and cook for 3 more minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and the mushrooms into the pan and stir to combine. Work the mushrooms under the chicken, so the chicken is sitting on top of the mushrooms. Cook this for 5 minutes until the mushrooms begin to soften. Add in the vinegar, broth, Bay leaf and thyme.
  4. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Then uncover the skillet and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes to thicken the sauce slightly.
  5. Lastly add in the butter and cook for 2 more minutes.
  6. Serve over rice, pasta or potatoes.

Keywords:: chicken, skillet, balsamic vinegar, mushrooms, garlic, easy

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68 Responses
  1. Sarah

    Fantastic dish! Will be keeping this in the recipe book. I did remove the chicken from the pan after browning it and let it rest while the mushrooms and garlic cooked for a few minutes, then added it back to pan just before adding rest of the ingredients. Was very pleased with the flavor, sometimes when cooking with balsamic the dish can be very acidic and tart, that was not the case in this dish.

  2. Rebecca

    I wish I had read the comments here. My chicken came out dry as well. The flavor was great, but if I make this again I’m definitely going to take the chicken out after initially cooking it.

  3. Nancy

    Oh my GOSH!! This is the BEST Balsamic Garlic Chicken recipe!! We are always looking for different fast/easy meals to prepare after work and we made this last night!! YUUUUUMMMMMMMY!! Brought leftovers for lunch today and will be making this one again – DEFINITELY!
    Thank You!!

  4. Ahh this post makes me so happy for so many reasons! First of all, avocados and BLTs are two of my favorite things. Second of all, yes adopt Ike!!! And share lots of pictures here please 🙂

  5. Karen Mitchell

    This is YUM. Will be making it again. Going to try marinating the chicken in the BV and garlic first, this should tenderise the chicken.
    Will let you know how it goes.

    1. Scotty p

      One of the best. I used 1/2 tea of bay leaves and added a little flour to thicken sauce and it is worthy for company. Can use any type of chicken and would be a winner. Placed on a bed of mashed potatoes. Yummy

  6. Willie Horton

    Made this tonight. And it is fabulous.
    Smells and taste wonderful….A most try if you have not already…?

  7. Cmiddl01

    I just found this recipe on Pinterest and made it tonight for dinner. It was really tasty and beyond easy to make. I used boneless chicken breaststroke and ghee instead of butter because I’m currently on the Whole30. So good! I have no clue how others had their chicken turn out dry because mine was so moist, I didn’t need a knife. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Great recipe and nicely taken pictures! We were looking online for a skillet chicken recipe with mushrooms to add to our menu, and came across this. Going to try this tomorrow in the kitchen! Thanks!

  9. Amber

    How many calories does this contain?

    This meal looks fantastic and I want to make it but I need to know. Please and thank you.

    1. Shelly

      I’ve been using the Rachael Ray Chicken Stick lately and have been loving it! I think I picked it up at Target, but I am pretty sure that you can find it in most stores!

  10. Andrea

    This was delicious. I served it over linguini and doubled the mushrooms (we love mushrooms in this house). My props to the creator of this dish. It was fantastic.

  11. Diana

    I love this recipe. The only thing I changed was that I took the chicken out early because I thought it might be over cooked, and I added a little brown sugar! Yum

  12. Nicole

    Love this recipe!!!!!! Now my second time making this I am adding a half a orange pepper chopped and quarter of red onion chopped mmmmm even better. I love experimenting with cooking as my kids get older they are learning to enjoy different things
    Thanks for the fabulous meal idea!!!

  13. Mira

    Tried this recipe for dinner tonight. The sauce and mushrooms were absolutely delicious…but the chicken ended up dry/overcooked! I was very careful in following the instructions, and maybe it had something to do with the meat, but I’d suggest less cooking time. Otherwise, very tasty!

    1. Tori

      Mira, the same thing happened with mine too. Next time I’m going to take out the chicken before adding the mushroom/garlic and put it in the oven to stay warm and then add it in about halfway through cooking the sauce and mushrooms to avoid that next time.

      1. Meep

        Agreed. To avoid dry overcooked chicken, take the fully cooked chicken out of the pan before adding in the mushrooms and the rest of the ingrediens. Let those cook for 10 minutes per the recipe. Then add the chicken back in to warm up and soak up the liquid as it thickens.

  14. Suzi W.

    I made this last night and it was the best chicken dish I have ever prepared! ! ! The mushrooms, balsamic vinegar and chicken was a very tasty dish. I used chicken tenders served over brown rice. YUMMY!

    1. Tim H.

      Only one person that didn’t like it. That tells you something. Guess you can’t please everyone.

  15. Victoria

    So thrilled to find your recipe for what I’ve been trying to create on my own. We had it tonight and there were no leftovers. Thanks so much!

  16. Bonnie

    Does this have to be expensive balsamic vinegar. I’ve bought from the grocery store before it it was very acidic

    1. CCT

      You can take even a cheap balsamic vinegar and put it in a small saucepan an
      d reduce it down over slow heat and it turns into a very tasty balsamic.

  17. Ronda Thummel Barnow

    Leave the mushrooms out and this will be yummy!! If my mushroom loving hubbie wants mushrooms, he can cook it!

  18. Cindi

    I made this tonight for dinner and quite honestly, it left my husband speechless. He really loved the tangy taste from the Balsamic Vinegar and the mushrooms were so tasty. I served the mushrooms & garlic like a gravy that we poured over our mashed potatoes as well. I served it with sauteed kale (also infused with garlic). Needless to say, we stayed in tonight and are not going to subject anyone else to our “garlic breath”. It was so worth it though… we will most definitely be making this again for dinner soon.

  19. Skopt

    Just tried this recipe tonight! It was DELICIOUS. I’ll be making it again tomorrow night haha. <3 Thank you!

      1. annielovestocook

        jane – why is there always someone like you who feels the need to same something nasty and snarky? Take you rude comments to a site that welcomes sickos like you!

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