Oven Roasted Balsamic Chicken Thighs


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Tender and flavorful oven baked chicken thighs seasoned with garlic and herbs, browned in a skillet, and baked alongside savory mushrooms. Top it off with sweet and tangy balsamic glaze and some fresh basil for a simple, 30-minute meal that will wow!

plate of roasted chicken thighs with balsamic glaze

Chicken thighs are my new favorite cut of chicken. They cook up so tender, and are really tasty and versatile. One of my favorite chicken thigh recipes is this oven roasted balsamic chicken thigh recipe. So juicy, tangy (thanks balsamic!), and cooked to perfection, I really can’t say enough about the way this roasted chicken will change your dinners for the better! 

Here’s How You Make It

four steps of preparing baked balsamic chicken thighs
  1. First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and then grease a rimmed sheet pan or large baking dish. 
  2. Next, toss the chicken thighs with olive oil, 2 teaspoons garlic, salt, and pepper.
  3. Now melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of honey and give it all a quick stir to coat the pan. Add the chicken thighs and cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side to brown the outside. (See Expert Tips for alternate method.)
  4. Transfer the browned chicken to the prepared baking pan/dish.
  5. Now toss the mushrooms with the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter (melted), 1 teaspoon garlic, and some salt and pepper. Add the mushrooms to the sheet pan along with the chicken.
  6. Pop it all in the oven to bake for about 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the mushrooms are tender. While the chicken cooks, you can prepare the balsamic glaze.
  7. To prepare the glaze for the balsamic chicken, take out a medium sauce pan and combine the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar in it. Then, give a good stir and bring the glaze to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to a simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the glaze is reduced by half and thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. When that occurs, stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of honey and a pinch of salt.
  8. Finally, drizzle the balsamic glaze over the chicken and mushrooms, garnish with fresh basil (if desired), and serve.
sheet pan with baked chicken thighs and fresh basil leaves

Why This Recipe Works

Chicken thighs — Of course, I realize this roasted chicken recipe specifically calls for chicken thighs but it truly is what makes this preparation really stand out. In a pinch, you could use chicken breasts, but the dark meat of the chicken thighs goes so well with the tangy sweetness of the balsamic glaze. 

Mushrooms — I know not everyone loves mushrooms but hear me out: You need to make mushrooms with this oven roasted chicken thigh recipe. Those soft, meaty baby bella mushrooms soak up all the baked chicken thigh juices as well as the balsamic glaze and just taste so out-of-this-world delicious! 

So easy — This chicken thigh recipe isn’t only tasty but it’s also so easy! It only takes 30 minutes total to get this balsamic chicken dish on your plate and that includes making the balsamic glaze too! 

Simple ingredients — Chicken thighs are sold at every meat department in just about every grocery store (and they’re very budget-friendly, too), and the rest of the ingredients are super simple to come by too. In fact, you may already have most of the ingredients in your pantry or fridge right now. 

fork with balsamic mushrooms on plate beside chicken

Ideas for Customizing this Recipe 

  • If you don’t have or can’t find baby bella mushrooms, you can substitute any mushrooms you like or skip them. 
  • If you’re using boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut them in half lengthwise first to ensure even cooking.
  • This balsamic chicken goes great over white or brown rice or egg noodles. 
  • If you want a non-grain alternative to serve alongside this chicken thigh recipe, try cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles, or spaghetti squash. 
  • If you prefer a less sweet balsamic glaze, you can cut the brown sugar to ¼ cup and the honey to 1 tablespoon. 
plate of baked chicken thighs with sauce in bowl and basil and bread on table

Expert Tips 

  • It’s important to use a good quality balsamic vinegar! You can really taste the difference, trust me. 
  • A shortcut to making a balsamic glaze is to purchase one pe-made in a bottle. You can find it with the vinegars if your grocery store has it. I have found a great-tasting one at Aldi. 
  • You can also speed up this recipe by purchasing pre-sliced mushrooms, minced garlic in a jar, and pre-trimmed chicken thighs. 
  • If you’d like to skip the step of pre-browning the chicken, you can bake the chicken then broil for the last couple of minutes (watch closely so it doesn’t burn).
  • Store any leftover baked chicken thighs in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Freeze any leftovers for up to 3 months.  
baked chicken thighs with balsamic

More Chicken Thigh Recipes

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sheet pan with baked chicken thighs and fresh basil leaves

Oven Baked Balsamic Chicken Thighs

Tender and flavorful baked chicken thighs seasoned with garlic and herbs, browned in a skillet, and baked alongside savory mushrooms. Top it off with sweet and tangy balsamic glaze and some fresh basil for a simple chicken thigh dinner that will wow!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 6 servings

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a rimmed sheet pan or large baking dish

  • Toss chicken thighs with olive oil, 2 teaspoons garlic, salt, and pepper.

  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons honey and give it a quick stir to coat the pan. Add chicken thighs and cook 1-2 minutes on each side to brown the outside. (See note for alternate method)

  • Transfer chicken to your prepared baking pan/dish.

  • Toss mushrooms with remaining 2 tablespoons butter (melted), 1 teaspoon garlic, and some salt and pepper. Add to the sheet pan along with the chicken.

  • Bake for about 15 minutes until chicken is cooked through and mushrooms are tender. While chicken cooks, prepare the balsamic glaze.

  • In a medium sauce pan combine balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. Give it a good stir, bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to a simmer 8-10 minutes until reduced by half and thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons honey and pinch of salt.

  • Drizzle balsamic glaze over chicken and mushrooms, garnish with fresh basil if desired and serve.

Notes

Balsamic vinegar: use a good quality balsamic vinegar! You can really taste the difference. 
Browning the chicken: If you’d like to skip the step of pre-browning the chicken, you can bake the chicken then broil for the last couple of minutes (watch closely so it doesn’t burn). 

Nutrition

Calories: 674 kcal, Carbohydrates: 61 g, Protein: 30 g, Fat: 32 g, Saturated Fat: 8 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 14 g, Trans Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 168 mg, Sodium: 767 mg, Potassium: 810 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 56 g, Vitamin A: 158 IU, Vitamin C: 1 mg, Calcium: 96 mg, Iron: 3 mg



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