Balsamic Roasted Chicken Breasts

Balsamic Roasted Chicken Breasts

Balsamic Roasted Chicken Breasts



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You will never say your chicken breasts come out dry ever again. These chicken breasts are succulent and fork-tender. The marinating step is important here, so please do not skip it, the reward is a fabulous dish.


  • 1 bunch basil, leaves only (about 1 cup packed)

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 6 large cloves garlic

  • Coarsely ground pepper to taste

  • 1 cup dry white wine

  • 5 whole medium boneless chicken breasts (the whole double chicken breasts in one piece), weighing a little less than one pound each, preferably skin on

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar


  • In a food processor, form a paste with the basil, oil, garlic, pepper and wine.
  • Transfer to a mixing bowl, combine well with the chicken, and marinate overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  • Arrange the chicken breasts in one layer, marinade and all.
  • Bake 15 minutes.
  • Add the vinegar and bake 10 more minutes.
  • Let the chicken breasts rest just a few minutes, then slice each breast across, you will get 3-4 thick slices per breast.
  • Serve hot with all the cooking juices.
  • Room temperature will be OK too.


  • Variations. Here are just a few suggestions:

    – Artichoke Hearts or bottoms. Add in the last 30 minutes of cooking.

    – Mushrooms. Add at the beginning of cooking.

    – Tiny potatoes: Add in the last 30 minutes of cooking

    – Tomatoes: add a large chopped onion and 2 large diced tomatoes at the beginning of cooking. No mustard

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