Sheet Pan Balsamic Basil Chicken with Burst Tomatoes

This Sheet Pan Balsamic Basil Chicken with Burst Tomatoes recipe will change your life. A few simple ingredients, a simple marinade and one sheet pan is all you need to put dinner on the table in under an hour. Serve with pasta or zoodles and prepare to fall in love. Serves 4. 

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Oh my gosh, you guys. If you want a ridiculously simple dinner, you must make this sheet pan balsamic basil chicken with burst tomatoes ASAP! It’s everything you could imagine it would be. It has flavor for dayyyys because the tomatoes burst and mingle with the balsamic-chicken liquids, creating some saucy action. Your mind will be blown I promise.

As you know, sheet pan dinners are becoming one of my favorite things because they are so convenient! I dedicate at least one night (sometimes two) a week to making/testing sheet pan recipes. Some are just, meh and need some tweaks. But this one hit the nail on the head with it’s first go round.

Sheet Pan Balsamic Basil Chicken with Burst Tomatoes l SimplyScratch.com

It was love after first bite.

Sheet Pan Balsamic Basil Chicken with Burst Tomatoes l SimplyScratch.com

First things first, here is what you’ll need: 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoon low-sodium tamari, 2 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard and 1 tablespoon olive oil. 1 medium shallot, 1 clove garlic and 3/4 teaspoon dried basil. Salt, pepper, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella. Oh and chicken breast halves. 4 of them.

Sheet Pan Balsamic Basil Chicken with Burst Tomatoes l SimplyScratch.com Sheet Pan Balsamic Basil Chicken with Burst Tomatoes l SimplyScratch.com

Next, in a medium bowl, add 1/4 cup balsamic, 2 tablespoons both tamari and honey, 1 tablespoon both dijon mustard and olive oil. Then grate in 1 medium shallot and 1 clove of garlic. Lastly measure in 3/4 teaspoon dried basil and whisk to combine.

Sheet Pan Balsamic Basil Chicken with Burst Tomatoes l SimplyScratch.com Sheet Pan Balsamic Basil Chicken with Burst Tomatoes l SimplyScratch.com

Now add the boneless, skinless chicken breasts and toss to combine. Allow the chicken to marinate for 20 to 30 minutes or longer. Whatever you have time for.

Sheet Pan Balsamic Basil Chicken with Burst Tomatoes l SimplyScratch.com Sheet Pan Balsamic Basil Chicken with Burst Tomatoes l SimplyScratch.com

Next toss a pint of tomatoes with a little olive oil and a pinch of kosher salt. Once the chicken has marinated, use tongs to remove each piece from the marinade. Let any excess marinade drip off before placing the chicken in the middle of a rimmed, metal baking sheet. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and arrange the tomatoes around the chicken.

Sheet Pan Balsamic Basil Chicken with Burst Tomatoes l SimplyScratch.com

Then slip the sheet pan into your preheated 425° oven for 15 minutes.

Sheet Pan Balsamic Basil Chicken with Burst Tomatoes l SimplyScratch.com Sheet Pan Balsamic Basil Chicken with Burst Tomatoes l SimplyScratch.com

Finally, after the first 15 minutes, top each chicken breast with 1/4 cup of freshly shredded mozzarella cheese.  Then slide the pan back in the oven and continue baking for an additional 5 to 8 more minutes (depending on the size of your chicken breasts). Furthermore, I also flick on the broiler for a few to give the mozzarella some deep golden spots.

While the sheet pan balsamic basil chicken was doing it’s thing, I prepared the zoodles which only takes 5 to 8 minutes to cook. Resulting in everything being done at the same time.

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This is the saucy goodness I was telling you about! ^^^

Sheet Pan Balsamic Basil Chicken with Burst Tomatoes l SimplyScratch.com

Serve it as is with fresh basil and red pepper flakes on zoodles or angel hair pasta, maybe even orzo or rice. Drizzle any pan juices over top because that stuff is liquid gold.

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The chicken is moist and the tomatoes leave a sauce behind on the sheet pan and acts as a sauce for the chicken. Not that it really needs it. Fresh basil really adds a nice burst of herbaceous freshness and after a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and parmesan, dinner is served.

Sheet Pan Balsamic Basil Chicken with Burst Tomatoes l SimplyScratch.com

Enjoy! And if you give this Sheet Pan Balsamic Basil Chicken with Burst Tomatoes recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Sheet Pan Balsamic Basil Chicken with Burst Tomatoes

This Sheet Pan Balsamic Basil Chicken with Burst Tomatoes recipe will change your life. A few ingredients, a simple marinade and one sheet pan is all you need. Serve with pasta or zoodles and prepare to fall in love. Serves 4 in under an hour.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: about 20 minutes

Total Time: about 25 minutes

Ingredients:

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons low-sodium tamari (or low-sodium soy sauce)

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for tomatoes

1 medium shallot, grated

1 clove peeled fresh garlic, grated

1/4 teaspoon dried basil

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1-1/2 to 1-3/4 pounds total)

kosher salt

freshly ground black pepper

1 pint cherry tomatoes (I did a mix of cherry and sungold)

1 cup freshly shredded mozzarella cheese

fresh basil leaves, for garnish

red pepper flakes, for garnish

freshly grated parmesan cheese, for garnish

Pasta, rice or zoodles, for serving

Directions:

In a medium bowl whisk together the vinegar, tamari, honey, mustard, 1 tablespoon olive oil, shallot, garlic and basil. Add in the chicken breast halves and toss to coat. Cover and marinate for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Refrigerate if marinating longer than 30 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 425°.

Toss the tomatoes in a little olive oil and kosher salt.

Use tongs to remove the chicken from the marinade, allowing any excess marinade to drip back into the bowl. Place the chicken in the middle of a metal, rimmed baking sheet and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Scatter the tomatoes around the chicken.

Slide the sheet pan onto the middle rack of your preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove and top each chicken breast with 1/4 cup of mozzarella. Slide the pan back into the oven to continue baking for 5 to 8 more minutes. Turn on the broiler to brown the top of cheese -optional. This happens quickly, so watch carefully.

Serve the chicken and burst tomatoes on top of pasta, rice or zoodles. Garnish with fresh basil, red pepper flakes and a little parmesan cheese. Lastly, spoon the pan liquids over top.

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5 Responses to “Sheet Pan Balsamic Basil Chicken with Burst Tomatoes”

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    2pots2cook — August 29, 2018 at 12:51 am

    Since fresh ingredients at our street market are still available to make this one, keeper it is to make this week end !

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    Liz — August 31, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight and we loved it! Thanks for an easy delicious meal I can entertain with!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 10th, 2018 @ 8:05 am

      Hi Liz! I’m so glad you loved this recipe! It’s so fancy yet know one would believe how easy it is! Thank you for taking the time to make this recipe and leave a comment

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    Michelle La Grandeur — September 9, 2018 at 1:56 am

    This is an amazing recipe! Made it tonight for husband and father-in-law and we all agreed it’s a keeper. Easy and flavorful. Used Trader Joe’s shredded quatro formaggi cheese mixed with mozzarella for a more complex topping. Great on zoodles. Home run!!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 10th, 2018 @ 7:22 am

      Hi Michelle! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Thank you for taking the time to make this recipe 🙂

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