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Easy, Skinny Balsamic Rosemary Chicken

This is a quick and easy recipe for balsamic rosemary chicken that never fails to please even picky eaters. Making a simple reduction sauce using balsamic vinegar, garlic and fresh rosemary creates a flavorful marinade for the chicken. This chicken smells wonderful when baking and tastes even better when ready! The skinny for 1 serving, 169 calories, 3 grams fat and 4 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. Serve with steamed veggies, baked potatoes and mash some of the delicious sauce (marinade) into each potato.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time for Marinade: 45 minutes
Bake Time: 35 minutes


½ cup balsamic vinegar

2 teaspoons olive oil

1½ tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

½ teaspoon salt

Fresh black pepper, to taste

Cooking spray

4 (5 ounces each) boneless, skinless chicken breasts (If your chicken breast are large, cut into 5 ounce sizes to equal 4 breasts)

2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Fresh rosemary springs, for garnish



To make marinade: In a small pot, add vinegar, oil, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper and mix until combined. Bring up to a boil, turn heat down to medium and simmer until reduced in half, about 3 minutes. Place in refrigerator to cool for about 15 minutes. For a quicker chill, place in freezer for about 5 minutes.

2. Coat a 9 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Place chicken in baking dish and pour cooled marinade over chicken. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Can be refrigerated overnight.

3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Take dish out of refrigerator, cover with foil and baked in marinade. Bake for about 35 minutes until chicken is cooked thoroughly.

4. Remove chicken to serving plate. Pour cooked marinade into a small pot. Add 2 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar. Cook a few minutes until the sauce has thickened a bit. Pour some of the sauce over chicken and serve.

5. Use the leftover sauce drizzled in a baked potato, if desired.

Makes 4 servings, each serving 1 breast with sauce

Food Fact
Balsamic vinegar is made in Italy in areas around Modena and Reggio Emilia. White Trebbiano grapes are used to produce the vinegar. It has a dark, rich, color and a sweet pungent aged taste due to the lengthy aging process.

Healthy Benefit
Vinegar has been valued for it’s healing properties for thousands of years. Some feel it aids in digestion and can help regulate blood sugar levels.

Weight Watchers (old points) 4
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 4

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 chicken breast with sauce
169 calories, 3g fat, 29g protein, 6g carbs, 0g fiber, 158mg sodium, 0g sugar

FAT FACTS: the skinny and fat facts are the same for this recipe

Nancy Fox

Nancy Fox is no stranger to the food industry. She founded Mrs. Beasley's, a gift-basket company featuring baskets full of decadent baked goods. It became the "hot" gift to give among the Hollywood community. 
Nancy later opened 2 low fat restaurants called Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen. Her line of reduced-fat cookies were featured on "Oprah's Favorites" gift show. Continuing her passion for cooking and baking Nancy created a recipe website called Skinny Kitchen. Each week she shares skinny recipes, cooking and kitchen tips, food finds and the healthy benefits of many recipes. There’s also nutritional facts and Weight Watchers POINTS on each recipe.

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Lisa Froman

Tuesday 7th of January 2014

This looks wonderful; plus I have a rosemary bush in my back yard so I already have one of the ingredients--yay! I'm not much of a cook, but this looks easy enough for me to do. Thanks!

Tuesday 7th of January 2014

Lisa, This is so easy and sounds like it was meant for you since you've got the rosemary. I hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday 7th of January 2014

Thanks so much Anne and Sharon for sharing one of my favorite chicken recipes. It made the list of My Top 10 Skinny Recipes of 2013! With my very best wishes, Nancy

Anne Parris

Tuesday 7th of January 2014

Okay, this is what's for dinner tonight! I would eat an old shoe if it had a balsamic marinade!

Tuesday 7th of January 2014

I love balsamic vinegar too Anne. Enjoy!!!

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