One Pot Balsamic Chicken & Veggies

Healthy dinners often seem beyond a working person’s reach, especially when it comes to fixing one a whole family will enjoy. Luckily, these easy, flavorful one pot balsamic chicken & veggies dish is always a real crowd pleaser. Chock full of lean protein, and tender, sauced vegetables- it’s a great go to meal that you can feel good about serving and enjoying!

one pot balsamic chicken and veggies served on white plates with silver forks in the background

Today we’re back with another one pot wonder.

A dish that from start to finish, dirties only one pot.

ONE.

It’s one of the seven wonders of the weeknight kitchen world.

one pot balsamic chicken and veggies shown in a blue pot

While we’ve got a lengthy list of other one pot recipes we love, this Balsamic Chicken accompanied by some of our favorite veggies, became an overnight star.

For real.

Ingredients Needed

  • Italian Salad Dressing – a vinaigrette style, NOT a creamy version
  • Balsamic Vinegar – use a quality one you like because this is a prominent flavor that will shine through in this dish
  • Honey
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • Chicken – you can use chicken breast or chicken tenderloins, breasts will just need the be thinly sliced into strips or pieces
  • Olive Oil – extra virgin works best, but regular will work too
  • Green Beans – fresh green beans, washed & with the ends trimmed
  • Carrots – julienned carrots, either from whole carrots or you can buy the prepared ones from the store
  • Grape Tomatoes – washed and cut in half lengthwise

That’s it.

A simple list full of basic, but flavorful wholesome ingredients!

one pot balsamic chicken and veggies shown in a blue pot

How To Make

In a small bowl, whisk together the sauce- the dressing, vinegar, honey, and red pepper flakes. Once evenly combined, set this mixture aside.

Add the olive oil to a large skillet, and heat it over medium high heat. 

While the oil heats, liberally season the chicken with salt & pepper, then add it to the skillet.

Cook the chicken for 3-4 minutes, and then turn it and continue cooking another 3 minutes- or just until cooked through.

Pour half of the sauce mixture into the skillet, and turn the chicken so that it’s evenly coated in it.

Using tongs, remove the chicken from the skillet to a waiting plate.

Tent it with aluminum foil so that it doesn’t continue cooking, but stays nice and warm.

Leave the excess sauce mixture in the pan!

Add the green beans and carrots to the skillet, and gently toss them in the sauce until coated.

Cook the veggies for roughly 4 minutes, or until they’re tender but still firm.

Using your tongs again, transfer the cooked veggies to the plate with the chicken.

Tent with foil again.

Pour the rest of the sauce mixture into the skillet and cook it, stirring frequently, until it’s begun to thicken.

This should take about a minute.

Return the cooked chicken, green beans, and carrots to the skillet.

Add the tomatoes, and gently stir everything to coat it evenly in the sauce.

Remove the skillet from heat, and serve this one pot balsamic chicken & veggies while still warm!

one pot balsamic chicken and veggies shown in a blue pot

Adapting To What You Have On Hand- Using Other Ingredients

I tweaked the original recipe to what we had on hand and it was delicious!

I mean, REALLY delicious.

This really is one of those glorious ‘kitchen sink’ style recipes I love to tell you all about.

It’s so easy to change, add extra, subtract the veggies used and make it your own.

You can’t go wrong!

We’ve tried all of these, and each has worked well:

  • asparagus
  • broccoli
  • mushrooms
  • bell peppers

Storing & Reheating Leftovers

Let’s go back, as in I think I ate 3/4th of the entire dish.

As in, it was great the first time around and great as leftovers for lunch the next day.

As in, I think this is one of my new favorite go-to, all-in-one meal.

Leftovers for this dish are great!

You can store them in individual portions to brown bag for lunch throughout the week, or in tupperware to reheat as needed at home.

To reheat, add your desired amount to a microwave safe dish, and cook until heated through.

Toss and serve warm.

one pot balsamic chicken and veggies served on white plates with silver forks in the background

Sides To Serve With Balsamic Chicken And Vegetables

Sometimes with a one pot meal, even one that I absolutely adore, I still find myself scratching my head about what sides to serve it with.

The little things that will flesh it out, and turn it into a complete family meal.

Since this marinated chicken and vegetable recipe has no real carbs included, it makes it super easy to match up with starchy sides.

My recommendations include:

  • roasted spaghetti squash, pulled like spaghetti, or roasted butternut squash
  • par-boiled or baked white potatoes
  • baked sweet potatoes
  • steamed white, brown, or wild rice

This dish really does lean towards the healthier side of things with it’s simple sauce and basically a pot full of fresh, wholesome ingredients.

So I figure my best bet is to stick with that trend and keep the sides on the leaner, better for you side too.

Sometimes simple in fresh is not only best, but so, so good!

TIPS & TRICKS

  • Want to add a little extra zing? Garnish this dish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese just before serving.
  • Switch up the vegetables to incorporate what you have on hand- you really can’t go wrong here.
  • If your chicken pieces/slices are really on the thin side, you may need to reduce the heat & increase the cooking time to keep the chicken from drying out and to prevent it from cooking through before the vegetables.

This meal is new, it’s fun, it’s healthy, and it’s easy.

How many other nights are you able to get a home cooked, form scratch meal on the table in under 20 minutes? With the word balsamic in the title you know it’s got to be good, right?!

Enjoy this meal as is, or fortify it with a few simple carbs in the form of a scoop of your favorite pasta or rice on the side.

Other One Pot Meals To Try

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one pot balsamic chicken and veggies served on white plates with silver forks in the background

One Pot Balsamic Chicken & Veggies

Healthy dinners often seem beyond a working person's reach, especially when it comes to fixing one a whole family will enjoy. Luckily, these easy, flavorful one pot balsamic chicken & veggies dish is always a real crowd pleaser. Chock full of lean protein, and tender, sauced vegetables- it's a great go to meal that you can feel good about serving and enjoying!
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 355kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp Italian salad dressing light versions tend to work better since they’ve a bit of a thicker consistency for coating, BUT any variety will still taste great
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/4 lbs chicken breast tenderloins
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb fresh green beans trimmed
  • 1 1/2 cup carrots julienned
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes halved

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, stir together the dressing, vinegar, honey and red pepper flakes until evenly combined, and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, before putting the tenderloins into the skillet.
  • Cook the chicken about 6 – 7 minutes, rotating once halfway through cooking, until chicken has cooked through (meanwhile, prepare the veggies). Add half the dressing mixture to the skillet and turn the chicken to make sure it’s evenly coated. Transfer the cooked, coated chicken to a large plate or a serving platter while leaving the sauce in the skillet.
  • Add in the green beans and carrots, season with salt and pepper (again, to taste) and cook, stirring frequently, until still crisp, but also tender, about 4 minutes. Transfer the veggies to plate or platter with chicken.
  • Add the remaining dressing mixture to the skillet and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 1 minute. Add the cooked chicken, cooked green beans and carrots, and the tomatoes back to the pot. Toss everything to coat, and serve.

Notes

  • Want to add a little extra zing? Garnish this dish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese just before serving.
  • Switch up the vegetables to incorporate what you have on hand- you really can't go wrong here.
  • If your chicken pieces/slices are really on the thin side, you may need to reduce the heat & increase the cooking time to keep the chicken from drying out and to prevent it from cooking through before the vegetables.

Nutrition

Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 356mg | Potassium: 1031mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 9173IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2mg

pictures & post updated 12/27/2020

Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy

6 thoughts on “One Pot Balsamic Chicken & Veggies

  1. I love this recipe! We eat a lot of chicken, it is so versatile and really takes on the flavors that you use. A piece of that Black Pepper & Parmesan Beer bread would be perfect with this meal too! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  2. I love one pot meals! I have some balsamic vinegar that I’ve bought and never used yet and now I have something I can use it with! This looks so great! I need to try this! Thanks for sharing with us at #ThrowbackThursday and hope to see you again this week!

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