Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms and Thyme

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Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms and Thyme is ready 25 minutes, tastes like a restaurant dish, and is healthy and low carb. Jump to Recipe keyboard_arrow_down

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Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms and Thyme is one of those meals that you will make over and over again. It has so much flavor, couldn't be easier to make, and tastes like a dish you would get in a restaurant or at a fancy dinner party.

This dish is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Golden brown chicken breasts, earthy mushrooms, a slightly sweet and tangy balsamic vinegar and thyme sauce, and a sprinkling of fresh parsley. Yum. As an added bonus it feels like a gourmet-style dish and comes together in under 25 minutes. Plus we usually grate some fresh Parmesan cheese on top or finish it with a good sprinkling of goat cheese. Nothing better.

I absolutely love dinners like this. They're fancy enough to serve for guests but simple enough to make at home any weeknight. And most importantly, it's a meal you can feel good about feeding your family. With only 214 calories and 5 grams of fat, it's good for you and also low carb, gluten-free, Paleo and Whole30 friendly. It's also all cooked in one pan, which makes clean up painless.

Here are some tips and tricks for making this Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms and Thyme:

  • Personally, I couldn't love mushrooms more but if they aren't your favorite, you could use zucchini, summer squash, or green beans instead.
  • If you can't find chicken breast tenderloins for the recipe, just use a whole chicken breast and slice it down into smaller strips so that they cook more quickly and evenly.
  • Thyme is my favorite spice to use in this recipe but you could substitute in Italian seasoning, oregano, rosemary, or marjoram. You could also use fresh herbs instead of dried if you have some on hand.
  • Although parsley is a great way to add freshness to the dish, you could also add fresh basil or chives to finish the dish.
  • One of our readers had a great idea to add cherry tomatoes during the last five minutes of cooking! Love it!

Looking for a side dish to try to serve with this yummy dish? Some classic pairings are brown rice, couscous, quinoa, a baked potato, or orzo. Or you could try:

Balsamic Chicken and Mushrooms with parsley in a cast iron skillet.

Here are some tools I use when preparing this dish:

  • I am in love with this pan that I used to prepare this dish but you could use any heavy bottomed pan or cast iron since it can be on the pricey side. However, in my opinion, it's worth the investment since you will never have to replace it.
  • High-quality balsamic vinegar: Since the balsamic vinegar is one of the main flavors in this recipe, it's really important to choose a high-quality one that will pack in the flavor and bring the right amount of sweetness and tartness. This doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune though. Personally, I usually buy the Whole Foods 365 Aged Balsamic Vinegar and also enjoy this one and this one.
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Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms and Thyme

Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms and Thyme

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  • 1.33 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 U garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2.5 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp. parsley, chopped

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Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the chicken and sear on both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside.


Add the garlic and mushrooms to the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes until mushrooms begin to soften.


Add the chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, and thyme to the skillet. Stir and scrape any browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken and let simmer for 10-15 minutes on low heat or until chicken is fully cooked.

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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 6 oz. chicken and 1/2 cup mushrooms
Amount Per Serving
Calories 215
Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 74mg
Sodium 69mg
Total Carbohydrate 4g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 3g
Protein 34g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.


I used chicken tenderloins but any chicken breast will work. For large chicken breasts, cut into smaller tenders or cutlets to ensure they fully cook.
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Jessica Seigel
May 5, 2020 - 15:00
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This dish was surprisingly fabulous and with little fuss -- and ingredients I had (under lockdown April 2020). I doubled the mushrooms, which worked well for us -- we like more vegetables, or in this case fungus? I may have cooked it too long so the juice largely evaporated and was not juicy enough, so next time I will increase by 1/3 the sauce part and perhaps add some corn starch to thicken. We'll see. Will definitely make again. Superior and I've made huge flubs now cooking at home for first time really on quarantine. Love that this is low cal. I'm now failing at WW, but trying and this superior dish is helping with its low cal ingredients!
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February 14, 2020 - 13:29
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Planning to make this tonight and serve over spaghetti squash! Thank you!
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Patricia Campbell
April 8, 2019 - 18:44
Absolutely delicious ! Thank you !
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Jessica Young
April 6, 2018 - 09:44
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Made this recipe with the garlic parm zoodles and it was delicious! Your site is my new go to for recipes.

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November 11, 2017 - 16:34
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Thanks for this simple, delicious recipe. I did add the cherry tomatoes for some color. My hubby, who doesn't really care for chicken, LOVED this dish, and asked for seconds. It fit into my diet plan perfectly and left me with enough points to have a dessert coffee after dinner. Again, thanks for ALL your yummy recipes.
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Lynn Charron
January 7, 2016 - 17:28
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This was very tasty and so easy to make! I added cherry tomatoes in the last 5 minutes of simmering and served it over spaghetti squash, so yummy!
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