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Baked Honey Balsamic Chicken served with charred lemon feta cheese. Marinated chicken baked until glazed in a deliciously tangy, sweet balsamic sauce. Arrange lemon wedges and asparagus around the chicken and bake everything together on the same sheet pan. The balsamic sauce reduces around the chicken, and the asparagus cooks up perfectly with butter melted over top. Serve this chicken and asparagus together over steamy rice or pasta with plenty of charred lemon feta cheese! YUM!

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Lately, I’ve been sharing so many recipes that I know my Nonnie would have loved. I can’t help but think about her this time of year. Spring break is approaching, and Easter will soon be here. This is the time of year that we would always spend with my grandparents in South Florida. I have some of the best memories from those times.

Nonnie always made every visit with them so special. Looking back, she must have put in so much work to host our family, but she made it seem effortless.

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To maximize our time together, Nonnie would either take everyone out for dinner or make something so simple that it required almost no effort.

On the nights that we ate in, it was either carryout or her “guest” chicken and asparagus dinner. She’d bake the chicken in a store-bought Russian dressing, with roasted asparagus on the side.

Oh, and microwaved rice and fresh crusty bread were always on the menu too!

So you see, this would have been her kind of meal. I know she’d just love the honey balsamic sauce too!

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Step 1: season the chicken

Working on a sheet pan, mix the chicken breasts or thighs with balsamic vinegar, honey, shallots, garlic, dried thyme, and dried oregano. Then season with salt, pepper, and chili flakes.

Arrange the chicken in an even layer across the sheet pan. Then add lemon wedges around the chicken.

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Step 2: the asparagus

Now, take a bunch of asparagus and trim away the woody ends. Place the asparagus over the chicken – again, in an even layer, with pats of butter on top.

The butter will melt down over the asparagus and chicken.

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Step 3: bake everything

Bake everything until the chicken and asparagus are cooked. Pull the asparagus off the pan and set aside.

Broil the chicken and lemon until the sauce begins to bubble and caramelize around the chicken. Please watch this closely, as the sauce can burn quickly.

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Step 4: the charred lemon feta

Take the charred lemon wedges from the sheet pan and finely chop them. Toss the chopped lemon with feta cheese, fresh herbs and toasted nuts/seeds. I love to use cilantro and dill, plus toasted pine nuts.

This mix is so yummy!

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Step 5: serve it

Serve the chicken over rice or pasta. Plate the asparagus on the side, then sprinkle the feta cheese over everything.

So delicious you guys! Serve this with buttered bread on the side, just as Nonnie would! It’s perfect for scooping and soaking up all the yummy sauce and flavors on the pan.

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Looking for other easy dinners? Here are some favorites:

Easy Greek Sheet Pan Chicken and Potatoes

30 Minute Spicy Indian Butter Chicken

Sheet Pan Sticky Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sheet Pan Chicken Gyros with Feta Tzatziki

Creamy White Bean Lemon Pesto Orzo Soup

Sheet Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Feta Potatoes

Lastly, if you make this Baked Honey Balsamic Chicken, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And, of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Baked Honey Balsamic Chicken with Charred Lemon Feta

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 329 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 450° F.
    2. On a baking sheet, mix the chicken with the balsamic vinegar, honey, worcestershire, shallots, garlic, thyme, and oregano. Season with salt, pepper, and chili flakes. Arrange the chicken in an even layer. Arrange the asparagus over the chicken, add slices of butter on top, and season with salt and pepper. Bake 15-20 minutes, until the asparagus is cooked.
    3. Switch the oven to broil. Remove the asparagus from the pan. Broil the chicken and lemons until the chicken caramelizes, 1-2 minutes. Watch closely, the sauce can burn quickly.
    4. Remove the lemons from the sheet pan and finely chop 2 or 3 of the wedges. In a bowl, toss the chopped lemon with the feta, pine nuts, and herbs.
    5. Serve the chicken and asparagus over bowls of rice or pasta. Top with lots of feta.
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  1. 5 stars
    Thie recipe was super easy and quick to make. The flavor is awesome, and chicken cooked perfectly. Chicken was kid approved, too!

    1. Hey Brooklyn,
      Amazing!! Thanks so much for making this recipe and your comment, love to hear that it turned out well! xT

  2. We really enjoyed this dish! However I would cook it a little differently next time – not in a sheet pan as the sauce really spreads out and end up charring at the edges and smoking up the oven as well as drying out the chicken too much which was what I was afraid of. Next time I will try cooking it in a casserole dish at a lower temperature for longer and then finish with a brief high broil as the recipe indicates. We loved the feta mixture as a compliment to the dish and paired it with wild rice. Will definitely make again!

    1. Hey Janet,
      Fantastic! Love to hear that this dish turned out nicely for you, thanks so much for making it! Thanks for sharing your notes! Have a great weekend:)

  3. 5 stars
    Super easy to put together, lots of flavor!! Easy enough for a weeknight. My husband isn’t a fan of feta so he just added chopped lemon and herbs to his bowl and he still loved it.

    1. Hey Madeline,
      Happy Friday! Love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks for making it! xT

  4. 4 stars
    I couldn’t seem to make the sauce thicken and caramelize. This happened on another sheet pan recipe you have as well.

    1. Hi Kristin,
      Thanks for trying this recipe and sharing your feedback! Sorry to hear you are having some issues with the sauces. I would try adding a cornstarch slurry and see if that helps you! Let me know:) xx

  5. 5 stars
    I made the recipe as written except I didn’t have asparagus so I used broccoli. My husband and I thought the chicken and broccoli were delicious! Simple prep too! I also thought the lemon (cut smaller too?) should bake a little before the broiling step as it wasn’t warm. I didn’t add the herbs to the pine nut/feta combo because I didn’t think it needed it. Yummy!

    1. Hey Juliet,
      Thanks so much for making this recipe and your comment, love to hear that it turned out well for you! Xx

  6. 5 stars
    Hello, just made this tonight. Absolutely delicious, my husband is VERY picky eater and he gave it a 2 thumbs up, of course minus the asparagus. I loved the taste, I was surprised how crispy the asparagus turned out, sooo tasty. Thank you from Canada. Love your stories

    1. Hey Betty,
      Love to hear this!! Thank you so much for trying this dish and sharing your feedback:) Have a great day! xT