Balsamic Chicken and Brussels Sprouts

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If you’re looking for a delicious way to add Brussels sprouts to your weeknight meal rotation, this easy to prepare balsamic chicken and Brussels sprouts recipe will do it. Intensely flavored, yet insanely nutritious, this is an easy way to keep your waistline in check while also eating a satisfying meal. Toasted walnuts add crunch and heart healthy fats. Tired of chicken? Try it with pork tenderloin instead.

Balsamic Chicken and Brussels Sprouts

Balsamic Chicken and Brussels Sprouts

Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe | Calories: 322| Total Fat:  22g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 65 mg | Sodium: 195 mg | Carbohydrates: 7g | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugars: 2 g | Protein: 27 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 8


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound fresh Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 2 chicken breasts, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chopped, walnuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


  1. Heat a large sauté pan over medium high heat. When it’s good and hot, add the olive oil, then add the sprouts cut side down. Allow to cook for several minutes until well browned, and then flip.
  2. Add the chicken to the pan, and season with salt and pepper. Stir and cook until the chicken is well browned, and add the thyme. Continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through, and add the balsamic vinegar and walnuts. Continue cooking until vinegar is reduced and walnuts are toasted before serving.

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12 Comments on "Balsamic Chicken and Brussels Sprouts"

  1. Sue  January 25, 2016

    I’m allergic to nuts, but I can eat a lot of different seeds. I do not know how nuts taste and therefore not sure what seeds would go best with this recipe. Can you suggest an alternative for the walnuts in the recipe?

    • Gale Compton  January 25, 2016

      Sue, I would recommend lightly toasted sunflower seeds. YUM! 🙂

  2. Megan  June 14, 2016

    How many oz of chicken should I use for this recipe? ( I have tenders instead of breasts)

    • Kym Votruba  June 15, 2016

      If using tenders, it would be about 6-8 ounces of chicken.

  3. jessa  July 18, 2016

    Delicious, I did sprinkle a bit of Caraway seeds on the Brussels Like it.
    Thank you so much.

  4. jessa  July 20, 2016

    ……The idea is from you, from one of your recipes sooo yum.

  5. Donna Perry  February 19, 2018

    Do you mean boneless chicken breasts? I usually use boneless.

  6. Ingo  December 30, 2019

    One tablespoon of balsamic vinegar until it’s reduced? That should be instantly. Looks good, I’ll try it.

    • Nichole Furlong  January 2, 2020

      yes, this will reduce very quickly!


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