I had a bottle of liquid smoke sitting in my cupboard for a long time. I used it for a few things but didn’t know what else to do with it.

Until now.  I’ve made this chicken several times and it’s always a hit.  It’s a quick, simple way to dress up ordinary chicken in a delicious, healthy way.


2 tablespoons I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, light or regular butter
2 teaspoons liquid smoke, divided
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 cup water
2 cloves garlic
3 – 6 ounces boneless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons brown sugar
salt and pepper
  • In a large pan, melt butter with 1 teaspoon of the liquid smoke. 
  • Toss onions in and saute for a few minutes or so. 
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper, add to pan and brown for about 10 minutes, turning once. 
  • Remove to a plate, add garlic and one cup water to the pan, boil for about 1 minute scraping up the browned bits. 
  • Return chicken to pan, cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 20 – 30 minutes. 
  • Move chicken to one side of pan (or briefly remove), and stir in brown sugar, balsamic vinegar and 1 teaspoon liquid smoke. 
  • Boil uncovered until slightly thickened. 
  • Move the chicken around in the delicious liquid to slightly caramelize on the chicken. 
  • Serve with flavored onions over the chicken.

Total calories = 1064

3 servings = 355 calories per chicken breast


My mouth is watering… so glad I misread the calorie count at first glance. My bad – thought each serving was 1064 calories. Oops.