Balsamic Chicken with Caramelized Onions

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 28, 2009


I use olive oil.  A lot of it.

It’s my preferred choice of “oil” for cooking.  So it’s a definite BONUS when there are extra savings available for olive oil.

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Now on to the sweet caramelized onions…

1 package chicken breasts (about 1.3 lbs) ($2.33)
1/3 cup olive oil ($.40)
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar ($.20) I used a balsamic white wine vinegar…which explains why my chicken isn’t dark in the photo. A dark balsamic vinegar will turn the chicken brown!
Salt and pepper
1 medium butternut squash ($1.03) STILL on sale for $.49/lb!
2 Tbsp maple syrup (free)
1 medium onion ($.30)
1 tsp olive oil ($.03)
1 tsp sugar ($.01)
1/2 bag romaine lettuce ($.25) Bought on sale with store mailer coupon for $.50!
1 small apple ($.25)
Salad dressing ($.25)

1. Place chicken breasts into glass baking dish. In small bowl, whisk olive oil and balsamic vinegar with salt and pepper. Pour over the chicken breasts. Cover with plastic wrap. Marinate at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator. I started these guys marinating right after breakfast…and mmm! The longer the marinating time, the better!
2. Remove plastic wrap and bake chicken at 350 for 45-55 minutes, or until no longer pink in the center.
3. Bake butternut squash. When finished, scrape out flesh into bowl and stir in 2 Tbsp maple syrup for some extra sweetness!
4. Caramelize the onions.


Add onion slices to skillet with 1 tsp olive oil and 1 tsp sugar.  Cook over medium high heat for 20-25 minutes, or until turn golden brown.  Stir often! I did not do this, but thought of it while eating.  I should have/suggest that you add a dash of balsamic vinegar as the onions are nearing the end of their caramelization!
5. Chop apples and toss over lettuce with dressing.
6. Serve Balsamic Chicken with Caramelized Onions, Maple Sweetened Squash and Salad.

Cost $5.05

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Felicia October 28, 2009 at 6:35 pm

I have everything but the squash in my pantry and fridge.. I’ll have to try it!


Amber October 28, 2009 at 7:01 pm

We love Balsamic Chicken Breast in this house! :) Yum


Christy October 28, 2009 at 7:15 pm

I get tired of making of using chicken the same way so this will be something I can’t wait to try and it’s pretty healthy! Doesn’t get any better than this..Thank you!!


ter October 28, 2009 at 9:11 pm

I didn’t even know balsamic vinegar came in a white color. I was wondering why the chicken wasn’t darker.

Looks good though.

I also use olive oil over other kinds.


Nicole Rod October 28, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Hi Erin!
you mentioned that you use a lot of Olive oil, I wanted to tell you about a good deal (I think?) on it this week. If you live near a Cost Plus World Market, they have a large tin/jug of it (1 or 2 liters) on sale for 7.99 this week.

Love your site! Thanks for all the great recipes! (it’s because of you that I have pre-cooked beans, rice, hamburger, chicken, etc portioned out in baggies in my freezer- My husband thinks he loves me, but if he knew the truth he would love YOU! LOL)


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 29, 2009 at 7:09 am

@Nicole Rod,

LOL! Thanks for the chuckle this AM! So glad he’s loving YOU more!


amy m. October 29, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Just wondering how you get free maple syrup. I have never been able to find a good deal on this, but we have to buy it over regular syrup because of a corn allergy.

Thanks for your site!!! LOVE it!!!!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 29, 2009 at 5:04 pm

@amy m.,
There is a deal on Amazon for a bottle of organic syrup…click here for more details:


Stacie October 29, 2009 at 6:58 pm

This sounds divine! I have heard of this but have never tried it. I think after seeing your picture of it I am going to make it this weekend.


Jill November 30, 2010 at 6:31 pm

I’m making this tonight with Butternut Squash Fries. I hope my husband likes it!!


Holly August 18, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Silly question, but do White Wine Balsamic and regular Balsamic vinegar have the same taste?

I could only find regular dark Balsamic Vinegar in the store, so I hope it’s the same. I don’t mind if it turns the chicken an odd color.


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