Chicken Tenders with Balsamic-Fig Sauce


The balsamic vinegar is a nice contrast to the sweet figs which add great texture, and the thyme provides just a bit of savoriness to this sweet and rich sauce.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pound chicken tenders

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • 1 shallot, minced

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • ½ cup red wine

  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

  • 4 fresh figs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon butter


  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides and lightly coat with flour, shaking off excess.

  2. Heat olive oil and butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add chicken to the skillet and cook until tenders are golden brown, no longer pink in the centers, and juices run clear, 5 to 6 minutes, flipping halfway through. Transfer to a plate and cover loosely with aluminum foil to keep warm.

  3. Add shallot and garlic to the same skillet and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add red wine and balsamic and let simmer until reduced by half, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in figs, thyme, Dijon mustard, honey, and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low or medium-low and let simmer until thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter.

  4. Spoon sauce over warm chicken tenders, or add chicken back into the skillet to briefly reheat, and serve immediately.

Cook's Note:

You may also use skinless, boneless chicken breasts or chicken thighs, just adjust your cooking time. If your sauce thickens too much, just stir in a little water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

354 Calories
15g Fat
23g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 354
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 456mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 432mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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