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Caprese Chicken

This Caprese Chicken has the most flavorful balsamic sauce, seasoned and seared chicken, fresh tomatoes, and basil. It comes together quickly in a skillet before a brief bake in the oven to melt the fresh mozzarella cheese!

Serve this with roasted asparagus and roasted potatoes

Caprese Chicken on a white plate with asparagus on the side.

Caprese Chicken

When it comes to easy chicken recipes, I think this Caprese Chicken just jumped to the top of my favorites list! This comes together so quickly in a skillet before a quick bake in the oven to melt that delicious, fresh mozzarella cheese. 

This is a great way to make use of fresh garden tomatoes and basil, and it pairs really well with a variety of roasted vegetables and potato dishes!

(PS- my picky eater loves this meal!) Read on to learn exactly what makes this recipe taste so delicious.

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

To start, sear seasoned chicken in a skillet. This creates a beautiful golden crust on the outside of the chicken and leaves a ton of flavor, (i.e. fond!) on the bottom of the pan, which is deglazed with white wine. (Chicken broth can be used if you don’t cook with wine.)

From there, we make a delicious balsamic sauce, which starts with a little butter and minced garlic. 

A plate of seared chicken next to a skillet with garlic, butter, and white.

Add Chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, and honey. Bring the sauce to a gentle boil and let it reduce for 5 minutes, then remove from heat and add the chicken back. 

A skillet with balsamic sauce with seared chicken added to it.

Top the chicken with fresh mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, and dried basil. Cherry tomatoes add a nice finishing touch to the dish.

Bake for 10 minutes, then broil for 3.  Drizzle with balsamic glaze, top with freshly cracked pepper, and garnish with fresh basil and voila! Dinner is done.

A skillet of Caprese Chicken before and after it is baked.

Pro Tips

Storage

  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Caprese Chicken in a Skillet with Balsamic Sauce, Tomatoes, Basil, and Balsamic Glaze.

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Caprese Chicken

5 from 3 ratings
This Caprese Chicken is an easy dinner recipe with the most flavorful balsamic sauce, seasoned and seared chicken, fresh tomatoes, and basil.

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt/Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 slices fresh mozzarella, whole milk/low moisture melts best
  • 1 whole tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes

Balsamic Sauce

  • 1/3 cup dry white wine, see notes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

For Serving

  • Fresh Basil
  • Balsamic Glaze
  • Freshly Cracked Pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Slice the chicken in half lengthwise to create 2-3 thinner slices. Place in a gallon freezer bag (or in between saran wrap) and use the textured side of a meat mallet to pound it to ½ inch thick. Pat completely dry. Season each side with salt, pepper, and Italian seasonings.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the chicken in batches for 3-4 minutes per side, until a golden crust has developed. Set aside.
  • Add the wine to the skillet over medium heat and use a silicone spatula to “clean” the bottom and sides of the skillet. Let it reduce by half, 3-4 minutes.
  • Melt the butter, then add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar, chicken broth, and honey and stir to combine. Bring to a gentle boil. Let it simmer and reduce for 5 minutes, remove from heat.
  • Transfer the sauce to a 9 x 13-inch baking dish if your skillet isn’t oven safe.
  • Add the chicken to the sauce along with any juices from the plate. Top each piece of chicken with 2 slices of mozzarella and 1 slice of tomato, then sprinkle with dried basil. Arrange the cherry tomatoes around the chicken.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is just melted, then broil at 425 (or a low broil), for about 3 minutes. Watch it carefully during this time. Remove from oven. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and garnish with fresh basil. Serve with roasted asparagus or roasted potatoes.

Notes


  • The nutritional information provided is an estimate and is per serving. This recipe makes 4 servings. 

Nutrition

Calories: 472kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 104mg, Sodium: 573mg, Potassium: 451mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 993IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 332mg, Iron: 2mg
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13 comments on “Caprese Chicken”

  1. Never mind, I see that it is.  🙂

  2. Going to make this today! When you post Nutrition facts, is that per serving? Can’t wait to make this!
    Thanks!

  3. Loved this recipe. I didn’t have any slices of mozzarella cheese but i did have shredded mozzarella. It came out delicious. The balsamic vinegar really adds a lot of flavor.

    • I’m so happy you loved it Carlene! I agree, the balsamic vinegar is the star. Such a great summer recipe, thanks so much for taking the time to leav a review!💗

  4. Not a comment but question… can you grill the chicken on outside bbq grill instead of using the oven?

  5. Hello! I’d love to try and make this ahead of time to bring to family with a newborn. Any suggestions on how to prepare? Could I bring it over in a baking dish and they complete the oven portion after letting the dish come to room temp? The new parents love these flavors!   Thanks for brainstorming with me! 

  6. This was delicious! Over the top with some farm fresh tomatoes and basil I had on hand, it’s like you read my mind! Next time I will use a little less honey for personal tastes but the recipe was great as is. 

  7. I made this recipe for my sister-in-law who always orders Caprese pizza when we go to Denver. I never liked the sauce in those dishes but I LOVE the balsamic sauce in this one. I think it is because of the wine and honey. I used Sauvignon Blanc as you suggested. Now that I’ve tried it, I’m going to make this regularly. My sister-in-law asked for the recipe as well! It’s my new fav. Thank you Cozy Cook!

    • You’re very welcome Cindy! I’m so happy you loved the sauce in this one, to me it has the best summer flavors! Thanks so much for the great comments and for taking the time to leave a review!💗

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