Five Ingredient Friday: Balsamic Brown “Sugar” Chicken

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It’s always nice to have a “fancy dinner” that is actually pretty easy to prepare.  This Balsamic “Brown Sugar” Chicken only requires a few ingredients and bakes in the oven so there is no need to fuss over it.

Let’s face it…we’re all busy.  Making good decisions in regards to our diets can often be clouded by the fact that our time is limited.  Every Friday I will share with you a recipe or technique that uses 5 Ingredients or fewer.  The idea is to show you recipes that are easy to prepare and versatile for all of us that don’t have time to whip up a complicated meal during the week.

The recipes will include 5 ingredients or fewer, but there are a few ingredients that are considered “free” ingredients that you probably use every day and are already in your kitchen.  The “free” items are water, salt, black pepper, and cooking oil.  These items may be used in recipes and won’t count toward the ingredient total.  I will also include some optional items that would be great to add if you have them on hand but you don’t need to make a special trip to the store if you’re all out.

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Five Ingredient Friday: Balsamic ‘Brown Sugar’ Chicken


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 Tbsp grassfed butter or ghee
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup brown "sugar"--note the link for the homemade brown "sugar"--the recipe doesn't actually use brown sugar (or use coconut sugar for Paleo)
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Real salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In small pan over medium low heat melt the butter, brown "sugar" or coconut sugar, and balsamic vinegar.
  3. Add the garlic and stir to combine.
  4. Place chicken breasts in a baking dish and cover with the balsamic/brown "sugar" mixture.
  5. Season with Real salt and black pepper, to taste.
  6. Bake uncovered for 20-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.


Net Carb Count*: 1.75 g net carbs (for 1 chicken breast)

Total Carb Count: 1.78 g total carbs (for 1 chicken breast - Plus the carbs for the sweetener.)

*Note net carb count = Total carbs - fiber. Carb counts are estimated based on the products I used. Check nutrition labels for accurate carb counts and gluten information.

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