Saturday, May 30, 2020

Caprese Chicken

I love a Caprese salad of tomatoes, basil and cheese, so why not try a chicken caprese? You can grill this dish, but my family agrees it’s juicier straight from the oven. Serves 4-6 Total Time: 30 minutes


3-4 Large Chicken Breasts (or 5-6 thinly sliced chicken breasts)
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
3/4 teaspoon Dried Basil
3/4 teaspoon Dried Oregano
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
1 1/2 cups Fresh Tomatoes such as Campari or Grape, halved or quartered
1/3 cup Red Onion diced
3 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 1/2 cups Grated Mozzarella Cheese or 4 - 8 Slices Fresh Mozzarella
Garnish optional: Fresh Italian Parsley or Basil diced


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place chicken breast in a baking dish or cast-iron skillet. Sprinkle with olive oil, basil, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Place halved tomatoes and diced onion all around chicken. Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. Bake for 18-24 minutes, depending on the thickness of chicken breast. After chicken is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 160F-165F, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Set oven to broil and place baking pan or skillet on the top rack. Broil for about 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with fresh basil or Italian parsley. Serve by drizzling balsamic sauce and tomatoes all over chicken.

Due to the size of these chicken breasts it took 40 minutes to reach the internal temperature of 165F. Very good and very easy to make. This recipe is a keeper! 

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