Chicken in balsamic, orange & rosemary sauce

Chicken in balsamic, orange & rosemary sauce

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(72 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


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 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 a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 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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6th May, 2018
Absolutely love this recipe, been making it a few years. Very tasty but there isn't enough sauce so I always double up.
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24th Jun, 2017
Omg this was sooo good will definitely become a staple! Served with sweet potatoe mash and carrots pass there self by date which the sauce definitely livened up. Will use double chicken stock next time though to help cook chicken through more
3rd Jun, 2015
Really quick and tasty dinner, especially for during the week. Goes really well with mashed potato too.
18th Mar, 2015
One of me and my partner's favourite recipes. We love the sauce so much I double the sauce recipe, as there never seems to be enough. Aside from the fresh orange slices (which I usually leave out) I usually have all ingredients in the house already, so it's a nice and simple recipe to whip up. The sauce does need a lot longer to boil down though if you want a thicker sauce.
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28th Apr, 2014
Been looking for something different, this fulfilled the brief. Lovely. Halfed the recipe as there is only two of us. Cooked in oven as Cdub did, for 25 minutes as I've very hot oven. Perfect, chicken moist and juicy, served with mash, carrot, &broccoli.
12th Jan, 2014
So delicious - firm favourite.
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8th May, 2013
I looked in the fridge, then the fruit bowl. I needed inspiration so I logged in and just put chicken and orange. This recipe came up. I must admit I didn't have exactly the right ingredients ie, balsamic dressing rather than vinegar, no brown sugar, no chicken stock so I used a small amount of a branded chicken gravy granules, dried rosemary not fresh. Having said that it was gorgeous, what will it be like after I've bought the right stuff? I can't wait.
17th Mar, 2013
Really good. Adapted if for what I had, chicken thighs and clementine juice. Cooked in the oven for an hr and it was lovely. Whole family loved it. Will be doing again.
9th May, 2012
Not great. If I'm honest I feel like I wasted 3 table spoons of very expensive balsamic vinegar!
10th Apr, 2012
I used a whole cut-up chicken as that is all I had at the time so cooked for a little longer. This is a delicious sauce and a great recipe. Even with the longer cooking time, it was still a fast and easy supper and so refreshing with the addition of orange. The combination of ingredients made it so tasty. This is now a firm favourite in this household.


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