15-minute Creamy Balsamic Chicken

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This 15-minute creamy Balsamic Chicken is easily my favorite, most flavorful, fastest chicken dish. A definite family favorite.

IMG_0206Portland is in a bit of a predicament. We got snow, yo. And more is on it’s way.

My daughter is THRILLED.

We’ve lived in and around the Portland-metro area for the last 3 years and never have gotten snow. I remember one time we got a few ‘flurries’ but they were gone and melted by noon.

I used to love living in Portland because it was mild and rainy in the winter. Rain means I don’t have to shovel snow. And we all know I purposely choose to do things with as little effort as possible. #lazymom

This is why I go through parchment paper, cupcake liners and aluminum foil like crazy. So I don’t have to wash pans after I cook. Um, duh.

Also, dishes are the worst.

So, today’s dinner totally reflects my lazy attitude towards work. Even though I’m a blogger who loves food and really honestly loves to cook, I go through phases of hating my kitchen because it means I need to make dinner. I’m sure you have these phases too. Sometimes, it just feels like a CHORE and you’d rather sleep the day away, go shopping, drop your kids off at your in-laws and go on a 14 week vacation pick up Chinese takeout.

Well, here’s a  super simple dish that’s bound to fill a few tummies with a relatively healthy meal that is ready is a flash. I ate mine with steamed broccoli for a lower carb version and my family had theirs over pasta. Both are delicious and will hit your table in about 15 minutes.

Here’s how you make it:IMG_0160Are you ready for these ingredients. OMG, this is seriously such an easy recipe it’s bananas. What you will need is: a jar of light alfredo, some Mrs. Dash, some thyme and some balsamic vinegar.IMG_0170Oh and some chicken. Duh.

Also, salt and pepper, but I didn’t take a picture of those.IMG_0171Sooooo, what you do is sprinkle the chicken tenders with all your seasonings and brown in a non-stick pan. Pull those out, then stir in the alfredo sauce and balsamic vinegar and stir. Put the chicken back into the sauce, simmer 5-10 minutes and it’s done. IMG_0210All the spices from the chicken and the brown bits at the bottom of the pan flavor this ‘gravy’ or sauce so well that it hardly needs any adjusting at all. I like to make extra sauce too so I make 1 1/2 times the recipe and recommend you do the same if you’re a gravy type of person.

WHICH YOU SHOULD BE. #iheartgravy

Anyways, that’s it that’s all! Enjoy your weekend. Stay warm! xoxo

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3.80 from 5 votes

15-Minute Creamy Balsamic Chicken

This 15-minute creamy Balsamic Chicken is easily my favorite, most flavorful, fastest chicken dish. A definite family favorite.
servings 2 servings
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Chicken seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 15 oz light alfredo sauce 1 jar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar do not substitute any other vinegar!


  • Lightly spray large, deep skillet with nonstick cooking spray and place over medium heat. Sprinkle chicken tenders on both sides with thyme, Mrs. Dash, salt and pepper. Place into hot skillet and brown each side. Chicken does not have to be fully cooked, but probably will be.
  • Remove chicken from pan. Pour in alfredo sauce and balsamic vinegar. Stir to combine, then add in chicken. Coat chicken in sauce, cover pan and reduce to medium low heat until ready to eat.
  • Serve plain, over pasta, steamed veggies or rice.


Calories: 654kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 285mg | Sodium: 1695mg | Potassium: 839mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Balsamic Chicken
3.80 from 5 votes (2 ratings without comment)

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47 Responses
  1. Vicki

    1 star
    This sounded so good but when I actually made it – I think it is the worst thing I’ve ever made and I am a pretty good cook. Guess this just wasn’t for me or my family. You win some and you lose some. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  2. julie Fleck

    5 stars
    This is the recipe- this one is how I found you and when I started to peek into your life. I don’t follow routinely because I like to binge read 🙂 I may not check for a week or maybe a month. But I always come back to see what’s new and to get this recipe! I so appreciate all the 30″ meals and the weekly updates. Thanks for being you!

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  4. Dawn Williams

    I’m making this for dinner tonight, it looks so good and we are alfredo fans. Oh, for the snow, the kids were out until 7:30 playing in it…i was enjoying my chai inside.

  5. Kerry

    I’ve got regular original Mrs. Dash. Would that work or change flavor too much? Or if I used a different chicken seasoning that has salt would that work?

  6. Joey Wessel

    Hi I’m thinking of doing a blog and really don’t know where to begin. I LOVE YOUR SITE!! Did you start first with your on website? Any info will be extremely appreciated. thanks and God Bless

  7. Maryjo

    this looks yummy. I have a question, sorry I am not the best cook. When you say that you double it, do you double the whole recipe or just the sauce/gravy part?
    Thank you

  8. Alice

    Dear Lauren,
    Firstly, thank you for your awesome recipes, I love your page!
    Having said that, I have a request…when you use a ready-to-use product (like the alfredo sauce) in this recipe, it leaves those of us who don’t have access to those things, a bit in the dark. Would it be possible to add how to make the bottled ingredients so we have an alternative?
    If you think its too much then I understand. just a thought.
    Thanks for the delicious things tho!

  9. Brittany

    I made this for my boyfriend last night and we both absolutely loved it! By the time I was halfway through my meal, he had already licked his plate clean (this is not an exaggeration)! This is my first recipe of yours that I have made, but it definitely won’t be the last. Thanks!

  10. cyndI

    Wonderful recipe. .I think it would be wonderful to reduce the balsamic w the chicken drippings until it thickens, then add the sauce. .it will sweeten it naturally. ..

  11. Rheannon

    Great recipe! I am definitely in need of more quick and tasty weeknight dinners. We live in Woodland, WA so not far from you guys and this would have been a great hit on one of the lazy snow day nights for sure! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Melissa

    Okay, so I have this secret way to convince my husband to try new recipes. I simply say, “it’s from Lauren’s Latest” and he will try anything. His response is always the same to that line “she hasn’t steered us wrong so far.” So I tried this yesterday night being that 1. I had most of the ingredients on hand and I cannot stand eating jarred alfredo sauce plain (especially since we make browned butter alfredo every other week) 2. it looked super easy 3.we have a 3 month old and it looked quick enough to cook and eat even if we encountered a fussy time.
    I will admit, I started to doubt after I added the balsamic…. I am not a huge fan of vinegar smells. It’s taken me to this point in my life to like honey mustard and I still can’t tolerate the normal kind… so straight up adding vinegar is not usually my thing. But after letting it all meld together. Well folks, we have another recipe that will be added into the rotation. Absolutely delicious!
    Thank you so much! So sorry for my momentary doubt 🙂

  13. Matt Davis

    Thanks- perfect timing! We’ve got some chicken in the fridge we need to use, and have the Alfredo and Balsamic already here (thus no snowy trip to the store required)… Looking forward to trying this tonight.

  14. Angie's Southern Kitchen

    Good morning Lauren…..
    We are making a visit to Portland in a few weeks and I know you live near Portland, we wanted your advice, if you would tell us what your favorite:
    1. Portland restaurant is
    2. Thing to do in Portland
    2. Adventure out side of Portland
    We are planning to go to Cannon Beach and Multnomah Falls… we have 2 extra days and thought maybe the wine area or maybe Astoria or maybe even Crater Lake. We are all from Atlanta Area and have never been to Portland. Read most of the guide books and internet so torn what to do and know you would know the best…..Thanks for your thoughts ~ Angie

  15. Sonju

    Hi Lauren! I’m writing from Finland and I absolutely loooooove your recipes! So thank you :)) Since I’m not familiar with US products, could you explain what this Alfredo sauce is? Thank you very much in advance!

    1. Lauren

      Alfredo is a creamy pasta sauce. Here’s a version of a brown butter alfredo sauce if you wanted to try, or google a different alfredo sauce recipe: https://laurenslatest.com/browned-butter-alfredo-pasta/

  16. Karen

    This looks good and easy and I am right there with you.. I get in a cooking rut and thankfully, I have people like you to help me out. This is also a great recipe for college kids…and new to living on their own people…that is, my children. I also go through foil, cup cake liners, and parchment…great step saver. Thank you! Enjoy the snow. We have way too much of it this year in the NE.

  17. Ansa

    I just started following your blog and Im so glad I found you!

    I made your Southwest Chicken Chop salad that my family LOVED. It was deeeeeeeelicious!!!

    Today, I made your Mrs Fields cookies. HOLY COW……these cookies are aaaaaaaaamazing! I was a little hesitant at first but Im glad I tried these.

    Next up Im dying to try is the Double Chocolate Mousse Pie (aka the pie that got you married) and also the 15 Creamy Balsamic Chicken!

    Thanks for sharing all your recipes and time.

    Next time youre in Chicago, you have to try Cafe BaBaReeba and Gibson Steak House!

    Chicago, Illinois