Balsamic Glazed Mediterranean Chicken Bake

THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED AND REDONE! FIND THE NEW AND IMPROVED RECIPE HERE.

Oh. My. Goodness.  I have found the easiest and most delicious dinner option.  It doesn’t hurt that its also relatively healthy!! Very healthy if you leave out the mozzarella…but you know I can’t leave cheese off of anything!

Balsamic Glazed Mediterranean Chicken Bake, EASY, healthy and delicious! {The Cookie Rookie}

I am heading to Jacksonville this weekend to see some of my very favorite ladies, so I was researching some recipes to find a great dish for us to make together on Sunday.  They forget that I’m still a total rookie and have so much to learn! I knew I needed to find something easy (so that I don’t embarrass myself :) and also healthy, because these girls are basically perfect and never splurge on chocolate and cheese like me! (I can’t help it…I’m addicted)  I adapted this recipe from a beautiful site called The Clever Carrot.  I’m so thrilled to find her page.  Gorgeous recipes just begging for me to give them a try! Balsamic Glazed Mediterranean Chicken Bake, EASY, healthy and delicious! {The Cookie Rookie}

Balsamic Glazed Mediterranean Chicken Bake, EASY, healthy and delicious! {The Cookie Rookie}

I feel like this recipe looks so accomplished and beautiful.  It is SHOCKINGLY easy.  Pat even commented on how quick the prep was.  Maybe I’ll make the girls leave when I make this over the weekend…I want them to think that I slaved away and am a serious chef!

Balsamic Glazed Mediterranean Chicken Bake, EASY, healthy and delicious! {The Cookie Rookie}

Balsamic Glazed Mediterranean Chicken Bake, EASY, healthy and delicious! {The Cookie Rookie}

What I loved most about this recipe was how all of the ingredients blend together.  Talk about flavor!!! Since everything bakes in one dish, they all bring out the best in each other.  Completely delicious!

Balsamic Glazed Mediterranean Chicken Bake, EASY, healthy and delicious! {The Cookie Rookie}

It also comes complete with its own baked in side dish!! Just take a look at those scrumptious white beans, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and cashews.  HEAVEN.  You can also serve with some crusty bread and use the fixings as a Mediterranean salsa.  sigh.

Balsamic Glazed Mediterranean Chicken Bake, EASY, healthy and delicious! {The Cookie Rookie}

Balsamic Glazed Mediterranean Chicken Bake, EASY, healthy and delicious! {The Cookie Rookie}

After baking in this dish of deliciousness, the chicken comes out so moist and flavorful.  I really can’t rave about this dish enough.  I have to admit I was a little proud eating it last night for dinner…and today for lunch…you get the picture :) (it reheats incredibly well!!!)

Balsamic Glazed Mediterranean Chicken Bake, EASY, healthy and delicious! {The Cookie Rookie}

I’ll let you know if the girls approve.  I hope they don’t read this post.  I don’t want them to know all of my secrets!! Enjoy :)

THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED AND REDONE! FIND THE NEW AND IMPROVED RECIPE HERE.

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Balsamic Glazed Mediterranean Chicken Bake
Balsamic Glazed Mediterranean Chicken Bake is an easy, delicious, and healthy meal!
Course: Main Course
Author: the cookie rookie
Ingredients
  • 11/2 lbs. chicken breast or thighs boneless & skinless (we used 4 chicken breasts)
  • 1 14 oz can or jar of marinated artichoke hearts
  • 4 sprigs of fresh oregano chopped
  • 1 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes left whole
  • 1 14 oz. can white beans drained & rinsed
  • 1 small tub marinated bocconcini cubed fresh mozzarella will also work
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup whole cashews
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Marinate the chicken breast in balsamic vinegar for at least 30 minutes
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  3. In a roasting pan or casserole dish, add beans, cashews, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and onion.
  4. Heat olive oil in large skillet and brown the chicken on both sides for about 2 minutes on each side. season with salt and pepper. the chicken will be browned, but not cooked through. it will finish cooking in the oven.
  5. add the chicken to the roasting pan and brush with another generous layer of balsamic vinegar. (pour it on, baby!)
  6. add the chicken broth to the pan and sprinkle with the chopped oregano.
  7. roast in the oven for 10-20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through
  8. remove from the oven and add the mozzarella (be sure to wait to add the mozzarella until the end. it will still melt down, but if you add it while baking, you'll have a cheesy mess on your hands!)
  9. Serve with crusty bread.
  10. enjoy!

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Joanne/WineLady Cooks
Becky this looks so amazing you will be the star of the weekend with this recipe. Everyone needs an easy and delicious recipe like this. I will be giving your delicious recipe a try - I know my family will enjoy it. Pinned and shared.
Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads
I love everything about this recipe! Looks SO fantastic! Pinning! :)
Ashley
Wow there are so many great flavors in here! This sounds so good! And I can't leave cheese off of much either : ) I love it too much! haha
    becky gall hardin
    thanks Ashley!! I saw your boozie pretzel trifles today...YUM!! I cannot wait to try those. so cute!
Mary Ellen
I printed this out to try, it sounds awesome!
Rally
Love this post! Making it tonight. Love you Cookie Rookie!
kat
I'd love to make this recipe tomorrow however, I don't like artichoke. Any suggestions on what I can use to substitute?
    becky gall hardin
    you could just leave the artichokes out. you could add more tomatoes and beans if you wanted. i'm not a huge fan of the artichokes either. if you don't mind the flavor, you could leave them in for the flavor but take them out of the pan before eating. hope you enjoy! thanks for stopping by :)
Aimee
Wondering if this can be done in the crock pot?
Jodie
This sounds absolutely perfect for a spring/summer evening. Yummy!
theclevercarrot
He there! Your dish looks absolutely fantastic!!! I'm so glad that you liked my recipe. Thank you so much for your kind words :) xx Emilie
    becky gall hardin
    Your site is one of my absolute favorites!!! I love getting the emails and seeing your beautiful recipes :). Thanks again :)
Donna
The cashews roasted or raw? I have some organic raw or should I buy roasted?
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