Grilled Balsamic Glazed Chicken

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Grilled Balsamic Glazed Chicken takes a whole new level in flavor when savory grilled chicken is coated with a rosemary and balsamic glaze. This makes a great stand alone meal, or can be used as a base for a salad. Either way it’s delicious.

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There’s no such thing as too many grilled chicken recipes. This one takes some of my favorite flavors (rosemary, aged balsamic vinegar, and honey, to name a few), and turns those into a sweet and savory glaze for grilled chicken. There are some big and bold flavors in this dish. Even the kiddos love this one!

The Cut

When it comes to grilling chicken, we love using all parts of the chicken. For this recipe we’re using the chicken leg, which is the thigh and drumstick, as well as skin-on boneless chicken breasts. You can use boneless chicken breasts too, but I prefer how the glaze caramelizes with the skin in the final minutes of grilling, creating a great crust.

You can easily ask a butcher to quarter a chicken for you, or just buy the pieces separately.

Preparation

  1. Start by making the balsamic glaze so it can set and thicken up prior to the chicken being grilled.
  2. Then season the raw chicken with poultry seasoning. Our seasoning is a blend of herbs and savory flavors that makes chicken really stand out. You can also use your favorite poultry rub. Do this up to 24 hours prior to grilling. The longer the rub adheres to the chicken the stronger the flavor as the salt helps brine the meat.
  3. The last step is to grill and glaze the chicken.

Rosemary Balsamic Glaze

A basic balsamic glaze adds a sweet and rich flavor. The goal is to combine the balsamic vinegar with sugar and then apply heat. The heat will allow the balsamic to reduce as it simmers, intensifying in flavor. In addition to intensifying the flavor, the sauce will also thicken up which makes it a great thick glaze for the meat.

  1. In a small sauce pan over medium heat, add olive oil and shallot. Stir often so as to not burn the shallots. This should take about 4 minutes. Add garlic and sauté an additional 1 minute.
  2. Add remaining glaze ingredients in the pan and stir to incorporate. Bring heat up to medium high and a simmer. Continue to simmer the glaze for an additional 20 minutes or until the glaze has reduced in half.
  3. Remove the glaze from the heat and allow to cool. As the glaze cools, it will thicken up with the flavors getting more intense. You can place in the refrigerator until ready to use. We recommend doing this prior to starting the grill so it has enough time to cool and thicken up.

How To Grill Balsamic Glazed Chicken

If you are intimidated by chicken then check out our full summary of how to grill chicken. Most people overcook grilled chicken for fear of getting sick. But using a two-zone method of grilling allows you to get the sear on the skin and still result in a juicy piece of chicken that is not overcooked.

  1. Remove from chicken if there is any. Coat chicken olive oil and liberally apply the poultry seasoning. This step can be done up to 24 hours prior to cooking.
  2. Prepare the grill for two-zone cooking method, targeting 450 – 500 degrees ambient cooking temperature in the grill.
  3. Place the chicken over direct heat on the grill and cook until it gets a nice sear (about 4 minutes with the lid closed). Flip the chicken and grill the other side over direct heat for an additional 4 minutes with the lid closed to get a nice sear. Then move the chicken to indirect heat.
  4. Continue to grill over indirect heat with the lid closed. When the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 150 degrees Fahrenheit (about 8 minutes), glaze the chicken once. Continue to grill indirect and remove from grill when the internal temperature of each piece is at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.Balsamic Rosemary Grilled Chicken on the grill
  5. Immediately glaze the chicken one last time and let rest 10 minutes loosely tented with foil. Serve with your favorite side.

Recipe Note: We glaze toward the end of the cooking process because the glaze will burn over direct heat.

Glazing chicken with a balsamic glaze

When Is the Chicken Done?

USDA recommends cooking chicken to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit to safely cook out any pathogens. This will mean that you need to monitor the chicken to move from direct to indirect when you see a nice sear and allow the indirect heat to finish the chicken.

Take the temperature of each piece in the thickest part of the chicken, as some will be done sooner than others, using a good high quality instant read thermometer like the Thermoworks MK4 Thermapen. After you remove the chicken from heat, carry over cooking will occur allowing the chicken to continue to increase in temperature up to 5 degrees Fahrehneit.

  • Our preferred temperature for chicken breast is 160 – 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • For chicken thighs and drumsticks we like to pull the chicken between 170 – 175 degrees Fahrenheit.

You can also read a great summary about how chicken safety and temperature go hand in hand so you can pull the chicken at a temperature that is right for you.

Grilled Balsamic Chicken on a platter
balsamic glazed chicken
5 from 2 votes

Grilled Balsamic Glazed Chicken Recipe

Delicious savory rubbed chicken grilled to perfection with a sweet and tangy rosemary balsamic glaze. This is one of our favorite grilled chicken recipes.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Making the Glaze: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
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Ingredients 

  • 2 whole chicken legs , (thighs and drumstick)
  • 2 whole chicken breasts, skin-on
  • ¼ cup poultry rub
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Balsamic Glaze

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon diced shallots
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 sprigs rosemary leaves, diced, (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions 

Balsamic Rosemary Glaze

  • In a small sauce pan over medium heat, add olive oil and shallot. Stir often so as to not burn the shallots. This should take about 4 minutes. Add garlic and sauté an additional 1 minute.
  • Add remaining glaze ingredients in the pan and stir to incorporate. Bring heat up to medium high and a simmer. Continue to simmer the glaze for an additional 20 minutes or until the glaze has reduced in half.
  • Remove the glaze from the heat and allow to cool. As the glaze cools, it will thicken up with the flavors getting more intense. You can place in the refrigerator until ready to use. We recommend doing this prior to starting the grill so it has enough time to cool and thicken.

For the Grilled and Glazed Chicken

  • Remove any excess fat from the chicken. Coat chicken in olive oil and liberally apply the poultry seasoning. Can be done up to 24 hours prior to cooking.
  • Prepare the grill for two-zone cooking method targeting 450 – 500 degrees ambient cooking temperature in the grill.
  • Place the chicken over direct heat on the grill and cook until it gets a nice sear (about 4 minutes with the lid closed). Flip the chicken and grill the other side over direct heat for an additional 4 minutes with the lid closed to get a nice sear on that side. Then move to indirect heat.
  • Continue to grill over indirect heat with the lid closed. When the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 150 degrees Fahrenheit (about 8 minutes), glaze the chicken once. Continue to grill over indirect heat and remove from grill when the internal temperature of each piece is at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Immediately glaze the chicken one last time and let rest 10 minutes loosely tented with foil. Serve with your favorite side.

Notes

A note about grilling chicken: Every piece will cook at different times. They key is watching each piece to be sure it doesn’t burn and is removed when the internal temperature is to your desired minimum temperature.

Nutrition

Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 977mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 131IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Making the Glaze: 20 minutes
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, Grilled Chicken
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 223
Keyword: balsamic glaze, balsamic glazed chicken, grilled balsamic chicken
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  1. 5 stars
    The flavor that this dry rub imparted on my grilled chicken was more than enough to obtain my “seal of approval,” but what had me “smacking my lips” was the rosemary and balsamic glaze used to coat and finish the chicken.

    After taking my first bite, all I could say was, “oh, my!”