30 Minute Balsamic Chicken

30 Minute One Pan Balsamic Chicken

The First Time I Made 30 Minute Balsamic Chicken

The first time I made this 30 Minute Balsamic Chicken recipe, it was late afternoon and my people (husband and 3 teen girls) would soon be coming home hungry. Inevitably, they would ask me the familiar question; “What’s for dinner?”

I had chicken breasts thawed but little inspiration as to what do with them.  I was sitting in my car outside my local health food store and googled “quick dinner chicken.”

I scrolled a bit and came upon a recipe from AllRecipes for Balsamic Chicken. I remembered I had a good quality balsamic vinegar at home and saw that the recipe was quick and easy.

I went inside and bought a couple of onions, green peppers, and some canned tomatoes (on sale!) and headed home excited to try a new recipe and get my people fed in less than 30 minutes!

30 Minute Balsamic Chicken Recipe

The original recipe did not call for green pepper, but I have had a favorite Balsamic Chicken dish at a local restaurant and the best part is the onion and pepper strips all soft and sweet in the balsamic sauce. The natural sweetness brought out in the peppers and onions while sauteeing compliments the slight tang of the balsamic vinegar, so I went with the pepper!

Note: a good quality balsamic vinegar should also have a natural sweetness. Cheaper vinegar has too much tang. Quality balsamic vinegar is key for balanced flavors in this dish! I love and use a bottle from Trader Joes, pictured above.

30 Minute Balsamic Chicken Recipe

After you slice your peppers and onions (the hardest part of this recipe) make sure your pan is hot enough to brown your chicken breasts. The trick is to let them be! It is tempting to mess with the chicken too soon and then it sticks. Let it form a nice brown crust on med-high heat and you will have no issues with it sticking to the pan.

You may notice the recipe calls for 6 chicken breasts and I only have 2 in the photos. We liked this recipe so much I made it again the following day with two pieces of chicken I had on hand so I could photograph it for you all!

Midwest winters and an early setting sun make it really hard to take nice photos for you all at dinner time, so I made it again for lunch.

30 Minute Balsamic Chicken Recipe

Once the chicken is browned, you add the onion and pepper strips. You could also add mushrooms at this time if you are a mushroom lover! They would be delish in this recipe. If you do this you may want to double the sauce.

After the vegetables cook down, you simply add the rest of the ingredients (spices, tomatoes & vinegar) and then let the chicken and vegetables cook and absorb the amazing flavor of the sauce.

30 Minute Balsamic Chicken Recipe

I like to serve this with a simple kale salad. Any green vegetable will do…broccoli, asparagus, green beans…they all would go great with this meal.

30 Minute Balsamic Chicken Recipe served with Cauliflower Rice

You can serve it over rice, angel hair pasta, risotto, mashed potatoes or cauliflower rice. I went for the cauliflower rice and it was delicious! I also like to slice the chicken before serving. There is less waste that way, as some of my family members cannot eat a whole chicken breast.

30 Minute Balsamic Chicken Recipe

Let me know if you try this 30-minute meal! Make it when your family will be coming home hungry and you have chicken breasts on hand with very little time to make dinner. I am sure your people will love it as much as my people did!

30 Minute Balsamic Chicken


4-6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 teaspoon garlic salt
ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil (I used avocado oil)
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 green pepper, sliced into strips

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 (14.5 ounces) can diced tomatoes

Season both sides of chicken breasts with garlic salt and pepper.

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium to medium-high heat; cook seasoned chicken breasts until chicken is browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

Add onion and green pepper; cook and stir until onion is translucent and pepper is softened, 3 to 4 minutes.

Pour diced tomatoes and balsamic vinegar over chicken; season with basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme. (I like to mix them in a small bowl first, then sprinkle on.)

Simmer until chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear about 15 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Do you like 30 Minute Meals? If so, you should also try my 30 Minute Sloppy Joes. They have been a very popular recipe here on the blog and have gone viral on Pinterest.

Should I continue to share 30 Minute Meals at New Nostalgia?

Do you love balsamic vinegar as much as I do?


New Nostalgia Most Popular Posts on Content 2017 – Pt. 2

Best posts of the year from New Nostalgia- a purposeful living blog

Most Popular Posts of 2017 Pt. 2

Slow Living Summer Recipes

This popular post includes summer favorites like Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Glaze, Fresh and Healthy Lime Soda, No Cook Peanut Butter Chocolate Chia Oats and Cheesy Tortelinni Crockpot Soup.

Soup in the summer? Why yes! When it is made in the slow cooker it keeps the stove and oven off and your kitchen cool. Several of these recipes are great all season long.

Click through to see to see here.

DIY Daily Sink Scrub Shaker Top

DIY Daily Sink Scrub

A two ingredient daily sink scrub makes me a very happy lady every time I use it! My sink has stayed clean and shiny with no built up gunk!

When I sprinkle this scrub into my rinsed out sink, the aroma that drifts up is great. It hits my senses and is very awakening. I used Purify by Rocky Mountain Oils in my scrub, which just smells like—clean! I love it!

Make your own scrub here.

Strawberry Chia Hemp Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Quinoa For Breakfast – 3 Ways

Although it is a new year, quinoa is still my favorite breakfast. I just can’t get over how satisfying it is thanks to 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber in just one cup!

Quinoa is technically a seed, not a grain, and packs all nine essential amino acids your body needs. It contains iron, vitamin B, and my fav–the calming mineral, magnesium! This is just a few of the nutrients in quinoa, there are many more!

See 3 different ways to prepare quinoa for breakfast here.

Easy Steak Quesadillas. Nice and brown and crispy!

Easy Steak Quesadillas

Just placing that photo into this post made my mouth start watering, and I decided that it is what’s for dinner tonight! I want to make something quick, filling, and delicious. This recipe is perfect.

The steak is well seasoned and smells amazing while cooking. Between the scent of seasoned steak and the aroma of the bits of cheese that fall from the tortillas into the pan, your home will smell amazing and your people will come running!

We are not huge steak eaters around here, so having a few bite-sized bits of steak in a crispy tortilla was perfect for our family. We also don’t do a ton of cheese in our meals, so I love that it is easy to control the amount of cheese in this dish. Just sprinkle your preferred amount!

Get the recipe here.

Breast Cancer

7 Years Surviving Cancer

I reread this post and tears come to my eyes as I sit here typing in Starbucks. I take a sip of my grande Pike Place and swallow down the lump in my throat. Here is a tidbit:

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Oven Scrambled Eggs

Oven Scrambled Eggs - so easy, light, fluffy & delicious!

I love finding easy new cooking techniques for staple foods that everyone loves. That is exactly what I found in Oven Scrambled Eggs. These eggs cook up super light and fluffy and are the best-tasting eggs I’ve ever had!

Baking scrambled eggs in the oven makes sense if you have other things to do besides watching eggs cook. I have made them for our Christmas morning brunch the last 2 years and loved having them in the oven along with our Christmas morning traditional cinnamon rolls. I’ve read about others throwing bacon on a baking pan and baking it at the same time as the eggs.

Today I made them because our girls had a snow day, and I knew they would wake up with hungry bellies but I didn’t want to spend a bunch of time and energy in the kitchen. I baked a pan of these eggs, sliced up some fruit, made toast and some Food Processor Chocolate Chip Banana bread, which I will be sharing with you soon!

The original recipe called for 24 eggs, but I halved it and it is the perfect amount to feed my family of 5. 12 eggs still seem like a lot, but I have teenage girls that like getting their protein in first thing in the morning, and… having teenage girls around also means there are often teenage boys here too, so I love that this recipe makes plenty!

Oven Scrambled Eggs - so easy, light, fluffy & delicious!

The recipe is so forgiving that you can easily adjust the amounts by cutting it in half or doubling it.

I plan on making a pan for “brinner” (breakfast for dinner) soon and serving with warmed tortillas and sauteed fajita vegetables.  If I have any leftover eggs, I will make some of my Breakfast Burritos For The Freezer.

Oven Scrambled Eggs

1/4 cup butter

12 eggs

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cups milk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (174 degrees C).

Put butter into a glass 9×13 inch baking pan. Place in oven and let melt while oven preheats to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and salt until well blended. Gradually whisk in milk. Pour egg mixture into the baking dish.

Bake uncovered for 10 minutes, then stir, and bake an additional 10-15 minutes, or until eggs are set. Stir and fluff eggs. Serve immediately, OR keep can keep warm in a crockpot until ready to serve.

What about you? Have you ever thought about making scrambled eggs in the oven? Do you plan on trying it out?

RECIPES Roundups

Recipes I’m Making This Week – My Meal Plan

Recipes I’m Making This Week:

I love starting the week with food in my refrigerator and a good idea of what I am going to feed my family each week. It cuts down on food waste, helps me stick to our grocery budget, gives an answer to that dreaded question: “what’s for dinner?” and keeps me from visiting the grocery store more than once a week.

Meal planning is a time and money saver!

I personally do not plan out exactly what we are going to eat each day. My schedule changes, my 3 teenagers’ needs change each day, and I just don’t know what kind of food mood we will all be in.

Yes…that is a thing…food mood! Mine seems to change with the weather…if it is cold and dreary outside then I want soup simmering. If it is sunny and mild, I want something quick so I can get outdoors and enjoy it!

I follow a loose guide every week, with the below themes as my guide. Some weeks I hit all of the themes, some weeks I don’t. Flexibility works for me!

I start with knowing what is in my freezer, refrigerator, and pantry. I especially pay attention to any proteins we have so I can build meals around them. I then find recipes online that I have saved or look here are New Nostalgia at our fav go-to recipes.

Some weeks I try new-to-me recipes, some weeks I go to what is familiar.

I gather them, make a grocery list, and make sure I keep a list of links so I can reference it all week. I like sharing them here with you, so I can just come to this post when it is time to think about dinner. The recipes I don’t get to I will roll-over into the following week.



 My Meal Plan


Oven Scrambled Eggs

Cranberry Banana Quinoa Oatmeal Bake

I have several bags of frozen cranberries in my freezer. This looks like a great way to use them.



Mexican Chicken and Rice Salad Bowls

A new-to-me recipe. My girls are asking for something to take in their lunches besides sandwiches. I thought a hearty salad would make them happy. We shall see!



Magic One-Pan Spaghetti

A new-to-me recipe. I’m going to use chicken broth in place of water in this recipe, thanks to a tip in the comment thread of the video.



Broccoli Cheese Potato Soup

My sister said this soup is amazing. I’m not sure how my family will do digesting so much dairy, but maybe I decided to try it! I am going to use almond milk in place of dairy milk, but will still use the cheese and cream.



Mexican Chicken and Rice Salad Bowls


A Pinnable photo of sloppy Joes

{for your pinning pleasure}


One Pan Texas Hash

A new-to-me recipe. I have frozen grass-fed beef I want to use up and I love hash.

30 Minute Sloppy Joes

A go-to around here. You all love it too! It has gone very viral on Pinterest. Yay!



Seared Cod in Chive Butter

I’ve made this twice and it is DELICIOUS! The sauce is to die for…it uses white wine, shallots, butter, lemon and fresh herbs. You can use chicken broth in place of the wine. This recipe is a keeper!





None this week, but you could try: Crockpot Bone Broth



Sheet Pan Sausage Potato Pepper Hash

Magic One-Pan Spaghetti

It is kind of fun that I am trying 2 new one pan meals.



Broccoli Cheese Potato Soup



Easy Chopped Detox Salad

Seasoned Lentils

The Detox Salad is my new food crush. It makes a nice big bowl that keeps well in the refrigerator if you store the dressing separately. I eat it all week long!

Seasoned lentils make a great side dish. I buy cooked lentils from Trader Joes and flavor them up a bit using this recipe.



Restaurant Style Salsa – My family can’t get enough of this recipe!

Hall of Fame Cranberry Sauce – I can’t get enough of this recipe. I use often use it as a toast topping.

Banana Pumpkin Muffins – These are a great way to use up those ripe bananas. Super moist and makes a bunch.

Stove Top Granola – This is a new-to-me recipe. I love that it is stove top instead of the oven.



Anxiety Away Blend —  5 drops Frankincense, 3 drops Orange, 2 drops Peppermint

Diffuse (my fav diffuser)  into room or combine with a carrier oil in a roller bottle and put on temples and back of the neck.


Instant Pot Yogurt

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Instant Pot Quinoa

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Black Beans


Notice I also share a new essential oils recipe. I love to mix it up each week and try new scents!

Let me know in the comments if a weekly round-up of the recipes I plan on making is helpful to you

Also, keep an eye on my Instagram Stories to see some of the recipes. I often capture my cooking process!



New Nostalgia Most Popular Posts on Content 2017 – Pt. 1

Best Content of the Year From New Nostalgia 2017 Pt 1

Most Popular Posts of 2017

Instant Pot Blueberry Yogurt Jars 101

2017 was the year of the Instant Pot here at New Nostalgia. You all welcomed it with open arms — 5 of my top 20 posts from 2017 are Instant Pot recipes!

These Instant Pot Blueberry Yogurt Jars are so yummy that it makes me want to eat one right now as I write about it. This post takes you step by step through the process and gives a video at the end–the very video that made me brave enough to make my own yogurt.

See it here.

How to Declutter When Overwhelmed

How To Declutter When Overwhelmed

I just motivated myself by rereading this decluttering post. There are so many great tips– if I do say so myself! I do think the #1 best tip to declutter is simply GET RID OF STUFF. Otherwise, you are spending time organizing clutter & will have to do it over and over again.

I’m still in the process of purging out home but 2018 is the year where I will conquer all the clutter in all rooms, closets, and drawers. I want to up my game when it comes to cleaning, and you can’t clean well if you are too busy tidying all the stuff! Cheers much easier cleaning because of clear surfaces and clear floors!

Get motivated here.

Blueberry Compote for Instant Pot Yogurt with Fruit On The Bottom

Blueberry Compote + 10 Ways To Use It

A healthy, naturally sweetened fruit compote is a great thing to have on hand. It is amazing how many ways it can be used! I like that it keeps me from reaching for and wanting processed sugar treats–I can get my sweet fix naturally in many different ways using this blueberry compote recipe. Don’t care for blueberries? You can substitute, and frozen fruit works great!

See the many ways you can use a fruit compote here.

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