Chicken in balsamic, orange & rosemary sauce

Chicken in balsamic, orange & rosemary sauce

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(66 ratings)

Takes 25-30 minutes


Serves 4
Low-fat tender chicken in a rich gravy with rosemary and balsamic vinegar

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy


  • kcal259
  • fat9g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs11g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre0g
  • protein34g
  • salt0.3g
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  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

    bal-sam-ick vin-ee-gah

    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…

  • 150ml/¼ pint fresh orange juice
  • 150ml/¼ pint chicken stock
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary leaves



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 1 tsp light muscovado sugar
  • knob of butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • orange segments and fresh rosemary sprigs to garnish



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • boiled rice and green salad to serve



    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…


  1. Put the chicken between pieces of cling film and flatten slightly by bashing with a pan. Unwrap and sprinkle on both sides with pepper. Heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat, then fry the chicken for 5 minutes, turning halfway through.

  2. Pour 2 tbsp vinegar over the chicken, add the orange juice and stock and sprinkle with the rosemary and salt. Bring to the boil, lower the heat and bubble gently for 5 minutes until tender, spooning with the sauce frequently and turning chicken halfway through.

  3. Stir in the sugar, butter and rest of the vinegar, then sizzle for a few minutes until reduced and glossy.

  4. Put the chicken in a serving dish, spoon the sauce over and garnish with orange and rosemary. Serve with rice and a crisp green salad.

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Comments (55)

bluemuma1's picture

Yummy!!! you won't be dissapointed. I added extra sugar to balance out the vinegar and used fresh sage and a sprinkle of dried thyme as i didn't have any rosemary, i personally like lots of gravy so maybe next time i'll increase the ingrediants. x

bootiebabes's picture

It was great chicken definately needs longer though i served it with sauteed potatoes and asparagus wrapped in parma ham and it was lovely with that aswell

ebefel's picture

This was really very tasty. I flattened the chicken by bashing it one breast at a time with a frying pan so it cooked perfectly in the given time. I found my sauce didn't really thicken though so I think next time I'll take some advice from above, remove the chicken and really bubble the sauce adding a little extra sugar. Fab receipe though, will definately make again, gonna use the leftovers in sandwiches tomorrow...yum!

kristjana's picture

Very very good results!!! I did this recipe for my mum and dad and we all loved it!! Will definitely do it again for a dinner party with friends!! Just one small change: i used honey instead of the brown sugar cos i didn't have any at home but still very good results!!

bri_lou's picture

This really tantilises the taste buds! I loved it, I did use turkey strips instead and it tasted devine, go on try it :-)

1william's picture

I made this last night and enjoyed the different flavours, however I will use less vinegar next time as it was too sharp for my taste. Like others commentators I found the chicken took longer to cook than recipe recommended.

aavforrester's picture

Tastes lovely. The flavours work together really well.

mrs_mogwai's picture

Cooked this tonight for a couple of friends. Went down really well. I think next time I'd serve it with some good mash potato.

jennahead's picture

This is one of the nicest recipes I've ever come across. The chicken is so lovely and tender! Can't recommend it highly enough! My boyfriend has pestered me to make it every day since we had it! I made brown rice and roasted peppers and tomatoes to go with it. It worked wonderfully. Yum!

kt_gallacher's picture

So easy and a great tasting meal. Served with basmati rice and some pak choi (which was amazing with the sauce!).

janhearn's picture

superb! and so easy to do. I left out the orange segments and added a little cornflour to thicken the sauce slightly. Would definately do it again.

ashleyhouston71's picture

delicious and really easy to make, everyone in family enjoyed it, tried to flatten my chicken but didnt seem to work, still tasted great all the same!

andylangfor's picture

Easy to cook and the Kids love it. A sneaky way of getting fruit into out 5 year old. fantastic, thanks

farmersgirl's picture

I'm a big fan of rosemary but not usually with chicken. The flavours worked really well and the light fresh taste of the orange was really delicious.

provene's picture

Lovely receipe. Kids didn't appreciate the orange sections in with the gravy and the meat, but that's easy enough to remedy.

I agree this would make a nice dinner party dish with duck (although that will blow it's low cal rating!) - and it's very easy to do. We had it with rice and peas - will definitely be making again.

tanyah's picture

I flatten the chicken lots so it cooks perfectly in the time stated.

I use really good balsamic vinegar and the difference is really noticble. Also take the chicken out, keep it warm while reducing the sauce with a major boil for a few mins, a tad more sugar than the recipe state, so it thickens up nicely. Everyone loves it including 3 and 4 year old.

I wouldn't use it for entertaining though as it tastes way better than it looks!

gillianmcn's picture

This is delicious, but the sweet sauce might better complement duck than chicken.

lesley1142's picture

As people have mentioned before, the chicken does need more cooking time but it ends up being so tender and tasty. A quite bizarre combination of ingredients and may be an acquired taste for those who are not keen on balsamic vinegar but I'm glad I tried this. The pepper was too much for me so next time will only season very lightly before going in the pan. Lovely with mash and rice.

carol123's picture

I love this, simple to make tastes great, I had this with baby potatoes and fresh green beens. A good mid week dinner.

poldark's picture

quick and easy for a mid week meal yet impressive enough for a dinner party.


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