Balsamic Chicken Marinade Recipe – with video

This balsamic chicken marinade is made using all ingredients you probably have on hand. It will become a favorite for both grilling and cooking in the oven!

This balsamic chicken marinade is made using all ingredients you probably have on hand. It will become a favorite for both grilling and cooking in the oven!Get the easy recipe on!

I know the interwebs are full of pumpkin spice everything at this point, but we’re still keeping the grill going strong. If you’re not, make sure to bookmark this one for next grilling season, OR try it in your oven or a nice hot skillet on the stove.

I made this on Labor day for a small family barbeque and I contemplated waiting until next year to share it with you but that’s lame. I don’t like keeping things from you guys.

One of the reasons I chose to make this marinade and not one of my usual ones (like this greek marinade or my personal favorite shish tawook marinade), is because I was embarking on Whole 30. I must be out of my mind, right? NO POPCORN FOR 30 DAYS. Guys, I can do this. Right?

One question I keep getting from people when I tell them I’m doing Whole 30 is “WHY?”

And I get it. Beans are a friend of mine. Whole grains, too. And I don’t think dairy is the devil, obviously (I actually think it’s pretty great) — you’ll see a wealth of cheese, milk and butter here on Rachel Cooks. I don’t think there is anything wrong with eating these foods. My diet isn’t overly sugary to begin with and I really only drink alcohol if we go out for dinner on the weekends or have guests over. So that part of it will be easy.

Well, not easy, but not impossible. Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself. I am writing this on day 1 though, so check back in 10 days and see if I still say it’s “easy.”

One of the main reasons I want to do Whole 30 is to retrain my brain in terms of food. So often if we’ve had a stressful bedtime with the kids, I come downstairs and I tell myself that I “need” a bowl of popcorn. No, I do not! I’m not hungry, I’m just stress eating. Or eating it because I like to unwind and watch TV with a bowl of butter-laden popcorn.

So, my mom is going to babysit my air popper (she threatened to sell it — what a meanie!) and I’m going to stay away from purchasing a new air popper on Amazon Prime.

I also want to see how I feel with the absence of these foods in my life. I’m pretty stubborn and strong-willed so it’s more a test of me than anything else. I want to put myself to the test and see how I fare with this exercise of willpower and discipline. Anyone done it? I know you’re out there! I’d love to hear your tips — could you leave them and any favorite Whole 30 recipes in the comment section?

Balsamic Chicken Marinade Recipe Video


This balsamic chicken marinade is made using all ingredients you probably have on hand. It will become a favorite for both grilling and cooking in the oven! Get the easy recipe on!

Anyways, verrrrry long story short, I was hoping there would be some of this chicken leftover for me to eat once I started Whole 30, so I didn’t want to use yogurt in the marinade like I normally do. But there wasn’t any left. That’s a good sign that it was a success and I’ll definitely be making this balsamic chicken marinade time and time again.

PS: This site is not turning into all Whole 30 recipes for the next 30 days, or ever. I have lots of great content to share with you while I’m enjoying all my meat and vegetables. Don’t you worry!

This balsamic chicken marinade is made using all ingredients you probably have on hand. It will become a favorite for both grilling and cooking in the oven! Get the easy recipe on!

If you don’t want to grill this, it would be great broiled, baked, or cooked in a grill pan too. It would be absolutely fantastic on top of a salad or pasta.

The balsamic chicken marinade is very simple — without salt and pepper, it’s only 4 ingredients. You whisk together olive oil (I know you have some of that!), balsamic vinegar, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder. Add some salt and pepper and it’s chicken marinade perfection.

Tip: If you prefer, you can use a couple of cloves of minced garlic. I have family members who are sensitive to garlic so I often opt for garlic powder. Both will work great in this recipe!

I’d recommend marinating this chicken for at least 2 hours, but you can leave it in the marinade (in the fridge, of course!) for up to 24 hours.


Balsamic Chicken Marinade Recipe

Balsamic Chicken Marinade Recipe

Yield: enough for 1-4 pounds of chicken
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

A marinade made with all ingredients you probably have on hand, it's going to become a favorite for both grilling and cooking in the oven!


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1-4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast


  1. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  2. Place chicken in a bowl or a zip-top bag and pour marinade over chicken. Move chicken around to make sure it's all coated with marinade. Place in fridge and let marinate for at least 2 hours up to 24 hours before grilling.
  3. Cook until internal temperature reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit on an instant read thermometer.


  • I like to use white balsamic vinegar so I don’t discolor the chicken, but traditional balsamic vinegar will work too. Note: This is my favorite thermometer!
  • Nutritional information is a very rough estimate, given that much of the marinade is thrown out.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 118 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 51mg Sodium: 98mg Carbohydrates: 1g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 19g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.
Verdict: I’m going to be using this balsamic chicken marinade recipe weekly during Whole 30. And maybe even afterwards.
Husband’s take: He loved this! The whole family loved it.
Changes I would make: None are necessary!
Difficulty: Easy!

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  1. Saw a comment in which someone didn’t know at what temperature this should bake or for how long.  Anyone that’s puttered around a kitchen should now that the default oven temp for nearly any purpose is 350 F. ..unless a slow roast or a high temp flash is needed.  Also…at that temp the fallback time is about 30 min. unless it’s a roast or something cut quite thin.  So 350 F for 30 min is a universal standard.  It has to do with the temp threshold needed to break down proteins, etc.  So it’s Bio Chemistry and Physics!  

    Rating: 5
  2. One of the best and easiest recipes I’ve ever found.  Used a giant zip lock bag to marinate for 4 hours.  Used a glass baking dish.  Cut large breasts crosswise into four pieces. Topped each piece with a fresh lemon slice.  Baked uncovered for 30 min. at 350 F.  Used high quality ingredients: Kasandrinos Olive Oil and Due Vittorie Oro Gold Balsamic Vinegar.  Huge flavors.  Wonderful result with a simple Greek salad.  Highest recommendation.

    Rating: 5
  3. Marinated the chicken and about to put it in the oven. The recipe doesn’t specify at what temperature to cook the chicken in the oven nor for how many minutes to cook the cutlets.  Since many commentators have recommended cooking the chicken on the stovetop, I think I’ll try that!! The marinade smells delicious. I think I may add green olives and even prunes if I have them—a variation of Chicken Marbella! I’ll let you know how it turns out!!

  4. Making this for dinner adding feta cheese and calomota olives

    Rating: 4.5
  5. We’ve made this several times. I throw the chicken in the marinade on the day I do my shopping and we’ve grilled it anywhere from 24 to 72 hours later with great results. Thanks so much!

    Rating: 5
  6. I made this chicken recipe with dark meat on the barbecue and it was incredible.  We were 11 people and everyone from my 9 month old daughter to her grandparents were licking their fingers.

    Rating: 5
  7. Tried this with a side of caramelized carrots, yellow onion, and cherry tomatoes. It was perfect! Thanks for the recipe.

    Rating: 5
  8. Super easy, super delicious! Even though I tend to overcook chicken, this marinade keeps it tender.So glad you shared this recipe, Rachel. Now I have something to fix for “my” night to cook dinner on our extended family vacation this summer!

    Rating: 5
  9. This was so so good!  The kids and husband loved it too

    Rating: 5
  10. I’m trying this recipe tomorrow night. I’ve made another version of a balsamic marinade that had soy sauce, as most do. I wanted to cut down on soy & sodium, so was thrilled to find this recipe. I plan to add some white wine.

  11. I cooked this two ways! First meal it was grilled on my George Foreman, which was delicious, but letting it marinate for 24 hours and then cooking it on the stove to throw into pasta was the best!! Just finished prepping a second batch of chicken with the marinade!

    Rating: 5
  12. This was delicious! I cooked it on the stove, and it came out juicy and sweet. I guess the balsamic vinegar made it taste a bit sweet. I caramelized so well. Cut the chicken up and had it over salad. YUMMERS!!!

    Rating: 5
  13. This looks absolutely delicious! Also really easy to follow with the recipe! I will have to go with your suggestion and try it over pasta!

    Rating: 5
  14. Can this marinade be used with fish, specifically tilapia?

    Rating: 4
  15. I’m wondering (three months later!) how your 30 days went.

  16. So simple, but it looks so tasty! Good luck on your Whole 30! Popcorn is hard to resist!

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