{Whole30} Balsamic Roasted Chicken and Veggies

Chicken thighs and veggies coated in balsamic vinegar and other spices you may already have on hand, roasted to perfection! Huge batch can be made ahead and reheated the next day/meal. 

Grocery shopping should be one of the happiest moments in a foodie’s life and grocery day should be labeled as ‘Oh! It’s a happy day!’ day. The ‘Oh! It’s a happy day!’ day turned out to be my ‘Oh! What a nightmare!’ day! I used to spend a lot of money on food, especially when my brain saved my Mom’s line “You don’t have to refrain from spending when it comes to food.” And yeah, for years, that’s what I did! Thanks, Mom! 

My feeling before when planning to go to the grocery store was 500% happy, but now it’s more like 5% happy that I am going to a happy place, 5% feeling anxious that I MIGHT spend much on unnecessary stuff and 90% I KNOW that I will get unnecessary stuff! Don’t ask how I know the percentage – I just know!

I was trying to convince myself that I am trying to eat healthier and eating more clean food than dirt can be a bit pricey. But again I realized that even if I eat dirt, I still spend a LOT! At the moment of receiving my salary, I have so many plans to buy (well, most of them… FOOD!) The truth is, I DON’T HAVE BUDGET FOR FOOD! I never did!


I just buy whatever I want! But as people say ‘you don’t always get what you want’.

Soooo…. I am teaching myself now how to limit my expenses when it comes to food! Sorry, Mom. I have to. I know you’ll be proud of me up there. Wish me luck!

I bought 8 pcs of chicken thighs, not-so-expensive sweet potatoes, mushrooms and I used the remaining bell peppers I have. I had balsamic vinegar and the rest of the ingredients so I had a chance to make this superb meal. The other four pieces chicken thighs were kept for another dish. I kept half of this dish for another day so this can be made ahead and reheated the next day/meal. See? I am learning…

What are you up to this weekend? For sure, I’ll spend some quality time with my kitchen. Right now, I am happy to be co-hosting Fiesta Friday # 184 with the talented and creative Petra @ Food Eat Love. And of course, this party is not possible without our Amazing Angie. Please click on the image below and take the time to visit, will ya?

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I hope you will love this dish and I am thrilled to know that balsamic vinegar is also Whole30 approved. So exciting!

Balsamic Roasted Chicken and Veggies


  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 4 chicken thighs, bone in, skin on
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into squares
  • 1 medium sized onion, quartered
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • Parsley, for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 450F. Prepare a baking dish enough to accommodate the chicken and veggies.
  2. In a bowl, mix balsamic vinegar, oil, garlic powder, minced garlic, dried oregano and dried thyme. Add in chicken and sweet potatoes and give it a good mix. Add the coated chicken pieces and sweet potatoes in the baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Add in the mushrooms, bell pepper and onion to the bowl with the vinegar mixture. Mix to coat. (You can add little vinegar & olive oil, if necessary). Add these veggies to the baking dish with chicken and sweet potatoes and bake for additional 15-20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and sweet potatoes are tender.
  4. If desired, you can also broil the chicken and veggies to darken the color a bit. Add chopped parsley and season with salt and pepper.

Source recipe: One Pan Balsamic Roasted Chicken and Vegetables by Yammie’s Noshery


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30 thoughts on “{Whole30} Balsamic Roasted Chicken and Veggies

  1. Food budget?! You mean there’s such a thing?! 😂 Don’t worry, Jhuls, you’re making healthy homecooked meals, that’s all that matters. I’m sure your mom would have approved, and I know she’s proud of you! Why do I always buy chicken breasts?! Next time I’ll get thighs instead so I can make this. Delicious!! Thanks for cohosting, Jhuls! 😘

    1. Unfortunately, there is such thing which is the reason I get nightmares 😂 I love chicken thighs, that’s a good thing.

      It’s so fun co-hosting, Angie! Thanks again!😘

  2. I adore balsamic vinegar and the flavours that it adds to dishes. This is a must try recipe it looks amazing! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

  3. Gosh that looks wonderful, Jhuls! I always try to balance the nutritional value with the cost, right. Get more bang for your buck as we say here…and junk usually costs more than anything else. Where I go wrong is I have to have this spice or that specialty cheese, lol! But then my next rule is to get as much flavor for my money, which keeps me making wonderful things and eating at home (which is always less than going out, right?)

    I’m sure your Mom is very proud of you…I wish my Mom were alive to see my blog, or my “blerb” as my 90 yr old Stepmom calls it! 🙂

    1. Yes, I know what you mean, Mollie. Even me, I need to have 2 smoked paprika, reserved. I don’t know why I can’t make it just one. Also, I should have 3 kinds of bottled sauces like banana ketchup, sweet chili sauce and tomato ketchup. And the list goes on…😂 Eating at home is better than going out when you are the one buying all the stuff. But when someone is in-charge with the payment, I prefer eating out.🤣👏🏻

      My Mom, who is up there (maybe with you Mom, who knows?) is so proud of me, I know that.💜 ahh gosh, I miss her😕

      1. Oh gosh, I just saw a recipe 10 minute ago that called for banana ketchup and I had to look it up because I had never heard of it!! And now you mention it!

        Oh, I am sorry for your loss! I miss mine every day. I know I got my love of cooking (and good food) from my Mom. And so much else! I bet you did, too. 🙂

  4. Oh Juhls! My food budget is the one that I always find the hardest to stick to. There are just way too many things to be tempted by, good and bad!
    Chicken thighs and the wings are my favorite parts of the chicken and this sounds delicious! I would happily eat it cold the next day as well 🙂
    Thank you for co hosting, sorry am arriving a little late but am ready to party! 🙂
    Have a great week ahead! x

    1. I know, Petra! There are so many junk in my list that I want to eat after my Whole30.😂 I hope I don’t finish the one month food budget in a week. I spent around USD 1200 in a week during my first month of Whole30 and I realized that was crazy, so I am trying really hard know. Let’s see what happens since pay day is still 2 weeks away.😐

      Thanks for co-hosting with me, Petra. Have an amazing day!

      1. hi Juhls
        Always a pleasure co hosting and partying with you make it even better!
        Wow, $1200 in a week is impressive 🙂 but I can see how easily it is done! x

    1. Yes, I know that. I spent a lot during the first three months of Whole30. But when you are single mom, you gotta tighten the budget😂 Thanks, Debbie!

  5. Jhuls don’t limit your spending on good food – consider it medicine against future health problems – well that’s my excuse! Happy Fiesta Friday! My post this week didn’t feel very suited to the party 😊

    1. I know what you mean, Laura. If only I don’t have actual medicine for my RA and include the pricey consultation fee and blood tests.😐 Maybe someday… again! 😂 Thanks, Laura! Happy Fiesta Friday!

  6. Good for you for sticking to your budget and healthy plan! I have the same excitement about grocery shopping, but I’m not always so good at not buying whatever I want.

  7. I do the same thing and spend too much, especially when I go to a store like Whole Foods. I always forget about chicken thighs and how much more economical they are than chicken breasts. Thanks for sharing, great recipe!

    1. I never look at the price. I just get what I want and I get really surprised when I get to the counter.😂 That had changed this month and I am happy that I am still doing great! Thanks, Antonia.

  8. If this is what eating on a budget looks like…I’m all in! I always forget about chicken thighs for some reason and they certainly are a much more affordable option! Thanks for hosting Fiesta Friday this week! Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck – Colleen

    1. Really? I don’t even know about that! I just love chicken thighs and chicken breast is my least favorite. Thanks, Colleen and happy Fiesta Friday!

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