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Rosemary Peach Chicken

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This Braised chicken recipe with peaches, rosemary and a balsamic sauce is an easy recipe for entertaining! With tons of elegant flavor and simple steps, this will be on your “to make” list over and over!

This easy braised chicken recipe is paired with fresh juicy peaches and fragrant rosemary to create a simple but elegant tasting meal.
peach balsamic chicken in pan
peach balsamic chicken in pan

I am definitely having a love affair with fresh fruit + fresh herbs + awesome meat. I can’t stop pairing them together, and I am never disappointed!

They just go together so well! Whatever this dish lacks in visual appeal (because lets be honest, its not winning any beauty contests), it makes up for about 80 times in taste. 

Chicken thighs braised until super tender in a sauce of honey and balsamic vinegar, studded with caramelized onions, fresh juicy peaches, and a handful of fresh and fragrant rosemary.

It’s utterly amazing. Just try not to stand over the pot and eat every single last bite of chicken and every drop of sauce. It is divine! 

peach balsamic chicken with brown rice on blue plate

How to Braise Chicken

Braising Chicken is a great way to make tender and flavorful meals, especially chicken thighs. It helps to tenderize tough meat, adds flavor that it absorbs from the braising liquid, and is also very forgiving. Its hard to mess up a braised meat!

  • Basically, you start by searing the chicken to get a good color and crisp on the skin.
  • Then deglaze the pan with some good juices – broth or wine are the best choices!
  • Then nestle the meat back in the pan, add the lid, and let it work for a bit until the meat is tender, flavorful, and perfectly cooked.

For this particular recipe we are going to change things up a bit. Typically when you braise chicken you use a bone-in, skin-on recipe. But for this recipe we are using boneless, skinless chicken thighs. So we don’t want to sear them or they would stick like crazy.

Instead, we are going to sear our peaches and get some great caramelize flavor to the peaches as well as some nice crusty bits on the pan.

Then we degalze with honey and balsamic vinegar! Nestle the chicken back into the pan, wait 30 minutes and enjoy a seriously amazing meal that takes almost no work at all!

braising chicken and peaches in pan
Like Apples and Pork or Turkey and Cranberry Sauce – Peaches and Chicken work together beautiful well! Its not nearly as controversial as pineapple on pizza (which totally belongs, too).
I know that it sounds kind of weird, but trust me when I say – It works! The fruit adds a hint of sweetness to the slightly salty meat. The fruit and meat work together to enhance the flavor and appeal of each other.

If you have leftover fresh rosemary after this recipe, learn how to dry it rosemary to save it for later.

peach balsamic chicken on plate with brown rice

How to make braised chicken with peaches and rosemary

This recipe is simple to make! For the full set of directions, please scroll down to the recipe card below. This is just a general overview on how to make it to help you plan.

  1. Heat a large braised over medium heat, and then sauté the onion, rosemary, salt and pepper for 4-5 minutes, or until the onion is translucent.
  2. Add the sliced peaches and saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add in the honey and balsamic vinegar and heat to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes. Do NOT stir.
  4. Add in the chicken thighs, making sure they are covered with the sauce.
  5. Cover and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove the chicken from the pan, and simmer for 2-3 minutes, until slightly reduced.
  7. Drizzle the sauce over the chicken and enjoy!
braised chicken with brown rice

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peach balsamic chicken in pan

Rosemary Peach Balsamic Chicken

This easy braised chicken recipe is paired with fresh juicy peaches and fragrant rosemary to create a simple but elegant tasting meal.
4.80 from 5 votes
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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 597kcal
Author: Jenni

Ingredients

  • 2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 small sweet yellow onion sliced thinly
  • 4 springs fresh rosemary chopped
  • 1 ½ tsp coarse salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 3 peaches sliced
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¾ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs

Instructions

  • In a large braiser, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Sautee the onion, rosemary, salt and pepper for 4-5 minutes, or until the onion is translucent.
  • Add the sliced peaches and saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add in the honey and balsamic vinegar and heat to a simmer.
  • Simmer for 5 minutes, without stirring.
  • Add in the chicken thighs, making sure they are covered with the sauce.
  • Cover and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan, and simmer for 2-3 minutes, until slightly reduced.
  • Drizzle the sauce over the chicken and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 597kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 57g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 277mg | Sodium: 1286mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 36g

5 Comments

  1. That’s so cool that you did a cooking demonstration on TV! I’ve been invited for cooking segments on some Facebook Live broadcasts, but never the real deal! The flavors in this chicken are spot on. Can’t wait for summer when I can find fresh peaches.

  2. Your rice looks good too, would love a recipe for that 🙂

  3. Do you have a recipe for the rice??

    1. I don’t, but I need to publish one! Its just a wild rice mix!

  4. Such a fun way to jazz up ordinary chicken. Thanks for the recipe!

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