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Balsamic Chicken with an easy & simple 4 ingredient chicken marinade with balsamic salad dressing! It's delicious grilled or baked in the oven.

Balsamic Chicken (4 Ingredient Marinade)

Balsamic Chicken with an easy & simple 4 ingredient marinade! Full of flavor, moist, juicy, and so delicious grilled or baked in the oven.
Course Dinner
Keyword balsamic chicken, easy marinade for balsamic chicken, marinated grilled chicken recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinade Time 4 hours
Servings 4 chicken breasts
Calories 383kcal
Author Jessica


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing I like Ken's Steakhouse brand
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ crushed red pepper flakes optional, if you want some heat


  • Place chicken breasts into a gallon-sized Ziploc bag (or a mixing bowl with a lid will work). Add in the balsamic dressing, garlic cloves, and salt & pepper.
  • Let the extra out and zip the bag shut. Shake the bag and use your hands to mix everything together and make sure the chicken is coated. Refrigerate for 1-4 hours.
  • You can either grill this chicken OR bake it in the oven.
    If grilling, remove chicken from bag and grill over medium heat for 8-10 minutes per side or until it reaches the temperature of 165°. We prefer this chicken grilled!
    If baking the chicken, heat the oven to 400° and place chicken breasts into a 9x13 baking dish. Pour the extra marinade over top the chicken. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken reaches the temperature of 165°.


Use anywhere from 3-4 chicken breasts with this recipe. I normally use 3 larger chicken breasts and then cut each one in half (lengthwise) so I end up with 6 thinner pieces of chicken breasts. 
For the garlic cloves you can use fresh cloves that you mince or press. Use garlic paste from a tube. Or you can use chopped garlic from the jar.
Marinade this chicken from 1-4 hours. I always do 4 hours and we love the flavor! But if you only have 1 hour then that's fine too. 
I have never added the crushed red pepper flakes because.... kids! :) But feel free to add it if you some heat/spice to the chicken. 


Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 1277mg | Potassium: 536mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 43IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg