Chicken with Balsamic Fig Sauce Recipe

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It’s official, fig season is here. Last night, I’ve made my third fig dish and cooked Chicken with Balsamic Fig Sauce for dinner. I found this recipe online and thought of giving it a try. I  actually started using figs last year and immediately fell in love with this magical fruit. I’ve already made the prosciutto-wrapped figs stuffed with goat cheese and my very first fig jams. Both were a great hit with my boys and our friends specially loved the fig jams that I’ve made. For last night’s dinner, it was very timely that I had chicken breasts in my fridge so I decided to make a sauce with my fresh figs to top the meat. Needless to say, my boys loved the dinner and there were no leftovers. The dish was easy to make and very tasty and savory.

Credit goes to: Maureen Callahan for the recipe
Photos: All photos were taken by me.

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Chicken with Balsamic-Fig Sauce
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 3
  • 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¾ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • ½ cup finely chopped dried figs (**I used fresh brown turkey figs and just cut it in half)
  1. Sprinkle both sides of chicken evenly with 1½ teaspoons thyme, ¼ teaspoon salt, and pepper. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 6-8 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from pan; keep warm.
  2. Reduce heat to medium; add butter to pan. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add broth, vinegar, soy sauce, and figs. Simmer until sauce is reduced to 1 cup (about 3 minutes). Add 1 tablespoon thyme and ¼ teaspoon salt. Cut chicken breast halves lengthwise on the diagonal into slices. Serve sauce over chicken.


My name is Cai, an Asian Crossover, Filipina, Bilingual Global Marketer and a Food Enthusiast living on a tiny island of Outerbanks, North Carolina.

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