Balsamic Baked Chicken

I’m embarrassed to say this as the chef that I am. . . . my kids’ favorite meal is pasta with ketchup and hotdogs!  There, I said it. Can you believe it?!

So needless to say, I was absolutely thrilled when this chicken dish, with much more sophisticated flavors, went over so well with them! Phew!

It’s so delicious, and will not only please your kids, but also your dinner party guests! And it only takes a few minutes of your time, to boot! Add rice and roasted broccoli and dinner is ready!  


  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • About 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper


Serves 4 to 6

Total Prep and Cooking Time: 1 hour

Active Work Time: 5 minutes

Combine the chicken with the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and thyme in a large zip lock bag. Place the bag in the refrigerator to marinate for about 30 minutes. (Place the bag in a large bowl just in case it leaks!)

While the chicken in marinating, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  

Add the chicken with the marinade to a baking dish (about 9 x 13 x 2 inch), and season both sides with salt and pepper.   Bake the chicken, uncovered, in the preheated oven just until it’s cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes.  Serve over rice or pasta.