Kanwal’s Healthy Corner – Balsamic Masala Chicken

Chicken is such a great protein to cook with. When bought skinless, it is a pretty lean piece of protein. Even a serving of skinless chicken thighs ranks in at about 120 calories and less than 7 grams of fat. I’ve decided to put an unusual, yet tasty twist to my usual masala chicken. Usually, I will marinate my chicken in lemon juice or white vinegar. The acids aid in tenderizing the meat. Sure, this time I did marinate my chicken with an acid; however I used balsamic vinegar in place of white vinegar or lemon juice. The result….a phenomenal, rich tasting chicken. The balsamic vinegar added a slight sweetness and not only tenderized the chicken as needed, but also brought out the deep flavors of cumin and garam masala. This is definitely a different way of seasoning chicken that leads to such great flavor. Enjoy!


  • One pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1tsp. of salt
  • 2tsp. of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2TB. of cumin powder
  • 2tsp. of turmeric powder
  • 1tsp. of chili powder
  • 1TB. of garam masala
  • 1/2c of balsamic vinegar


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Combine all ingredients except for the chicken in a bowl. Once thoroughly combined, add the chicken and coat with vinegar mixture. Place chicken in an oven baked dish and bake for 40 minutes.

Allow to cool before serving.

This recipe serves 4.

BONUS: Use the juices in the baked dish as a dressing for shredded cabbage salad!


My name is Kanwal Ullah. I am a 27 year old IT Professional living in good old Jersey City, NJ. As some of you may know, I have a deep passion for healthy living. Most importantly, healthy living starts with what you put in your body. Therefore, my passion also exists in healthy cooking. When I’m not in the kitchen working on healthy recipes, you can find me at the gym or roaming the streets of NYC for great food finds. Born as the daughter of two wonderful Pakistani parents, I particularly crave the culture and food from my ancestors. However, I do not like the fat and calories that have crossed continents to get to me! My passion has developed into revamping our South Asian Cuisine to make it more heart healthy and figure friendly! Bon Appetit!

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