Braised Balsamic Chicken With Garlic and Onions

Total Time
Prep 1 hr
Cook 0 mins

Soooo flavorful! The house smells wonderful while this is cooking!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 6 pieces bacon, cut into 1/4 inch strips
  • 1 chicken, cut into 8 pieces (or 8 pieces of your favorite cut)
  • 1 lb onion, thinly sliced (or shallots)
  • 1 head garlic, separated and peeled
  • 14 cup balsamic vinegar


  1. Cook bacon in a deep heavy skilled until crisp.
  2. Drain on paper towels, reserving bacon grease in skillet.
  3. Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Brown chicken in bacon grease, in 2 batches, over medium high heat, turning, about 8 minutes.
  5. Transfer chicken to plate.
  6. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat.
  7. Lower heat, add onions to skillet and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until soft and lightly brown, about 10 minutes.
  8. Remove lid and continuing cooking until deep golden, about 10 minutes more.
  9. Add garlic and 1 cup water to skillet and bring to a boil, stirring 1 minute.
  10. Return chicken to skillet, turning pieces to coat, then arrange them skin side up and gently simmer, covered, until cooked through, about 30 minutes.
  11. Transfer chicken to serving dish.
  12. Add balsamic vinegar to sauce and boil, uncovered, mashing garlic, until slightly thickened.
  13. Season with salt and pepper and pour over chicken, then sprinkle with bacon.
Most Helpful

I also added mushrooms when adding the onions and used more chicken stock than water. Incredibly awesome and a big hit with the family! The chicken itself was juicy and full of flavour then add on the sauce and WOW!

Nymphadora Tonks March 29, 2011

This is real good! I took the suggestion of others and added mushrooms and cooked the chicken with the balsamic. I also used a more expensive balsamic as suggested. So thank you to all the reviewers!!!To the recipe I would suggest adding the mushrooms as optional because they really added to it and they were actually my favorite part. Thank you Charmie!!! A definite keeper!

Chef Mommie June 12, 2007

Definitely a KEEPER! I wish I could give it 20 stars! I didn't do a whole pound of onions (altho' I used two large onions--maybe they weighed a pound?). The whole thing was SIMPLE and EASY to prepare, not to mention DELICIOUS to eat. I'm SO glad that I made I can enjoy this AGAIN! On the advice of an earlier reviewer, I added about a half-pound of fresh, sliced mushrooms, and that really gave it a nice appearance (not to mention something else to LOVE!). *Made for ZWT 3 Spanish Adventure*

Debber June 01, 2007