This tender chicken is marinated, grilled, and then topped with a delicious Blackberry-Balsamic Glaze. It is easy to throw together and perfect for using up those summer berries! 

Blackberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken from The Food Charlatan

Charlotte stopped me in the middle of reading her a book today to inform me of the correct pronunciation of the word “patent.” She’s FOUR. She CAN’T READ.

Apparently it’s not pronounced “pay-tent” leather. Don’t judge me, okay. I have my 4-year-old for that.

Blackberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken from The Food Charlatan

Eric is always calling me out on my terrible pronunciation. I am well-read and have a decent vocabulary. But you never have to read it out loud, so how should I know?

I read “arrogant” wrong for years as a kid and thought it was pronounced “aggorant.” One time as a tween I came up to my mom and asked her what whores-dwoveres were. (Hors d’oeurves) Don’t even get me started on “rendezvous.” Or the time I pronounced “fatigue” as “fat-ig-you” in front of an entire church congregation. Yep, never gonna live that one down.

Blackberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken from The Food Charlatan

Today we’re making Balkberry Blasamic Glazed Chicken! Just kidding. A couple weeks ago after my epic battle with the thorns, I had several gallons of fresh blackberries. So naturally I made 4 of these Fresh Blackberry Glace Pies. (Count em, FOUR. Worth it.)  And then I still had some and decided I wanted to do something savory. And glazey. Savorazy.

The marinade for this chicken is based off this ever-popular Balsamic Grilled Chicken with Spicy Honey-Bacon Glaze. I changed it up and added smashed berries, but be aware that this turns your chicken a violent shade of purple on the outside. I love it! So colorful. But if you are short on berries, you can use the marinade from the original recipe and just use the berries in the glaze. Either way would be tasty.

Blackberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken from The Food Charlatan
Embrace purple food! They say to have a colorful diet.

The glaze is adapted from another super popular recipe on my blog, Brown Sugar Balsamic Pork Tenderloin. I really like the blackberry-balsamic combo, it totally works. Hooray for summer grilling! Have a great weekend everyone!

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Blackberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken

5 from 4 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 22 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
This tender chicken is marinated, grilled, and then topped with a delicious Blackberry-Balsamic Glaze. It is easy to throw together and perfect for using up those summer berries! 


For the marinade:

  • 2 cups blackberries, mashed
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • hot sauce , a few shakes of your choice brand
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons steak seasoning
  • 6 chicken breasts, about 3 pounds total

For the glaze:

  • 1/2 cup water, cold
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup blackberries


  • In a medium bowl, mash the 2 cups blackberries. Add to a large ziplock bag, along with the olive oil, 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar, hot sauce, 2 tablespoons white sugar, and steak seasoning. Add the chicken and shake it up so everything gets all mixed together.
  • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or up to 24. Turn every couple hours.
  • Heat grill to medium heat. If your chicken breasts are very thick, use a rolling pin or meat mallet to pound them down a bit. They will cook more evenly that way.
  • Prepare the glaze: in a small saucepan combine COLD water and cornstarch with a whisk. Turn the heat to medium. Add 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, and 1 cup blackberries. Mash the berries. Stir over medium heat until the mixture thickens, about 4 minutes. Set over low heat and stir occasionally to keep warm while you cook the chicken.
  • Grill the chicken for 3-5 minutes, then flip and cook for another 2-4 minutes or so. I highly recommend a meat thermometer.
  • Serve the hot chicken with the warm glaze spooned over the top. Goes great with grilled corn and mashed potatoes!


Serving: 1chicken breast | Calories: 724kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 28g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 273mg | Potassium: 998mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 257IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Calories: 724
Keyword: Balsamic, Blackberry, chicken, glazed
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  1. What would you recommend to use to make this if I want no seeds? I absolutely love blackberries, but hate the seeds. Thanks!

    1. Hi Rob! The only thing I can think of is to strain the seeds out. But you would lose a lot of the berry flavor I think!

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