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Overhead grilled balsamic chicken recipe on white platter

Balsamic Grilled Chicken Recipe

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  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Italian


Cheesy balsamic grilled chicken breast topped with pesto, tomato, avocado, and balsamic glaze. It’s an easy summer meal that comes together in under 30 minutes! 


Units Scale
  • 1 1/4 lbs. boneless, skinless, chicken breasts (about 2 medium breasts)
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt

To Serve:

  • 4 slices cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil pesto
  • 12 tomatoes on the vine, thinly sliced
  • 1 large ripe avocado, sliced
  • Balsamic glaze
  • Kosher salt and fresh black pepper
  • Fresh basil, thinly sliced, optional


  1. Slice chicken breasts in half lengthwise to about 1/2-inch thickness. If needed, pound each cutlet between plastic wrap until desired thickness.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic, lemon juice, honey, red pepper flakes, and salt. Add chicken to the mixture and toss to combine. Let stand at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes while pre-heating the grill.
  3. Pre-heat the grill on medium high heat. Clean and oil the grates. Add chicken and grill for 2-3 minutes on each side, covered, until cooked through. Thicker parts of the breast may require an additional minute or so. In the last minute of cooking, add the cheese and cook until melted.
  4. Remove the chicken to a platter, top with pesto, slice of avocado, tomato, and drizzle of balsamic glaze. If desired, garnish with fresh basil. I also like to add a light sprinkle of salt over the tomato and avocado, just before serving.


  • Cheddar cheese: I love using cheddar cheese in this recipe. It’s sharp, pungent flavor pairs so well with the sweetness of the balsamic and creaminess of the avocado. But if you like something milder, fresh mozzarella is a great option.
  • Balsamic Glaze: Balsamic glaze also known as balsamic reduction is sold at most supermarkets. I usually find it in the oil/vinegar aisle.


  • Serving Size: 1 breast halve with toppings
  • Calories: 449
  • Sugar: 2.7 g
  • Sodium: 833 mg
  • Fat: 28.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.3 g
  • Protein: 39.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 131.1 mg