Sunday, January 10, 2010

Smokey Caramelized Balsamic Chicken

If you don't have any liquid smoke in your house, go buy some. Now. This chicken is phenomenal. Very easy recipe and excellent flavor. I've had the same bottle of liquid smoke in my house for years, this is practically the only thing I use it for.  

I often buy chicken on sale in bulk and portion it out and freeze. I bought some fresh chicken breasts and portioned out several 6 oz. portions and chopped the rest into bite size pieces for stir fry and stuff like that. I just put them into baggies, label them and put them in the freezer for future meals. It makes life SO much easier!

We ate this with awesome watermelon and orange squash and it was a great meal! 

Smoky Caramelized Balsamic Chicken
1 tbsp. butter
2 tsp. liquid smoke, divided
1 medium onion, thinly diced
1 cup water
2 cloves garlic
3 - 6 oz. boneless chicken breasts
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 tsp. brown sugar
salt and pepper

In a large pan, melt butter with 1 tsp. of the liquid smoke. Toss onions in and saute for a minutes or so. Season chicken with salt and pepper, add to pan and brown for about 10 minutes, turning once. Remove to a plate, add garlic and one cup water to the pan, boil for about 1 minute scraping up the browned bits. Return chicken to pan, cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 20 - 30 minutes. Move chicken to one side of pan (or briefly remove), stir brown sugar, balsamic vinegar and 1 tsp. liquid smoke. Boil uncovered until slightly thickened. Move the chicken around in the delicious liquid to slightly caramelize on the chicken. Serve with flavored onions over the chicken.

Total calories = 1064
3 servings = 355 calories per chicken breast

1 Smokey Balsamic Chicken breast + orange squash + 1/2 cup watermelon = 483 calorie dinner.

Calories calculated from, some numbers are rounded and approximate.


  1. This sounds really good. I freeze my chicken as well into portion size bags.

  2. Very good to finally know what to do with that bottle of liquid smoke I have in the back of my spice cupboard! ;) Thanks for sharing the real food love at the two for tuesday recipe blog hop! :) alex

  3. I love anything with balsamic vinegar! This looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing it at Two for Tuesdays!

  4. This sounds delicious!! I LOVE liquid smoke... I roll through it... I use it for TONS of stuff!

  5. Do you have to use the Liquid Smoke? I'm from Australia and they don't sell that kind of thing where I'm from.