Food, Recipes

Balsamic basil chicken

1/4 c. plus 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp. dijon mustard
1 Kg chicken thighs
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 large zucchini, cut into half moons
1 can cherry tomatoes, halved
Freshly grated Parmesan, for serving (optional)
Basil, thinly sliced


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together ¼ cup olive oil, vinegar, and mustard. Add chicken thighs and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 218°C. In a large pan over medium-high heat, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Shake off excess marinade from chicken and season all over with salt and pepper. Add, skin side-down, and cook until seared and golden, about 6 minutes. Flip chicken and cook until seared on other side, about 6 minutes.
  3. Scatter tomatoes and zucchini around chicken. Season vegetables with salt and pepper, then transfer pan to oven and bake until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes more.
  4. Garnish with Parmesan and basil before serving.