Chicken Caprese

June 22, 2012 by Ali

This has been my summer of all things “caprese”.

Moving in nextdoor to my long-time favorite Italian market has basically meant that my fridge is pretty much always stocked now with fresh mozzarella, beautiful red tomatoes and fresh basil. Whether that turns into paninis, salads, little appetizers, or of course, pastas — the classic “caprese” combination has proven this summer to be the one meal that I can enjoy again. And again. And again.

Love it!

So after lots of paninis last week, I decided to transition this week to a simple “chicken caprese” meal this week. It really couldn’t be simpler. Just saute or grill some chicken breasts, and then top them with tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a (really easy!) balsamic reduction. SO GOOD. And fresh. And healthy. And b-e-a-utiful!

What are some of your favorite ways to go “caprese”?

Chicken Caprese

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to uniform thickness
  • 1/2 cup good-quality balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella, torn into small pieces
  • 1 cup lightly-packed fresh basil, torn

Method

To Make The Chicken:

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. (You will know that it is ready when the oil is shimmering, or it sizzles when you place a drop of water in the oil.) Add the chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is fully cooked and the juices run clear. Remove chicken and set aside.

To Make The Balsamic Reduction:

Heat balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10-15 minutes until reduced by half. Remove and set aside.

To Assemble The Dish:

Plate the chicken, then top with sliced tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. Drizzle with the balsamic reduction. Serve warm.

Ali’s Tip:

You can also pop this under the broiler for a minute or two (keep an eye on it!) to melt the mozzarella and warm up the tomatoes! Just be sure to add the basil after you broil.

filed in Chicken, Entrees

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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19 thoughts on “Chicken Caprese

  1. Oh yum, this looks fantastic! Pinning!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  2. This was great! Awesome summer meal! :)

    - Sarah

  3. I usually have it by itself, but I like your idea to connect it with a chicken. And yes, tasty and healthy :)

    - Marta @ What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today?

  4. Caprese is my FAVORITE summer flavor! I love it on bruschetta or in pasta, but I could see how this meal would be ultra delicious also!

    - Joanne

  5. I love anything caprese. This one looks definitely like a perfect summer meal.

    - Ronja

  6. oh wow, GORGEOUS colors on this dish! i love anything caprese..they’re the best kind of light dishes to have :)

    - Julie @ Table for Two

  7. This is absolutely gorgeous! And I’m so jealous that you live next to an Italian market. If that was me, I’d buy pancetta every single day :)

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  8. This is so pretty and colorful! I wish we had an Italian market near my house. I would move in!

    - Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

  9. Oh this is a thing of beauty! Love all the flavors going on here Ali!

    - Laurie {Simply Scratch}

  10. Oh, that balsamic reduction is just the perfect touch! Beautiful photos, so fresh and bright!

    - Anna @ hiddenponies

  11. You are getting such amazing lighting. Love this dish, caprese is a big winner in my book!

    - Cassie

  12. Oh guuuuurl, yes!

    - Bev @ Bev Cooks

  13. Oh man, I’m in love with anything and everything caprese. This looks like a great combination!

    - Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

  14. gorgeous! i can’t WAIT until we have tomatoes.

    - brandi

  15. I’m so jealous that you live next to an Italian market – perchance to dream! This salad looks fabulous, especially for a sweltering summer day’s meal.

    - Sydney @ The Crepes of Wrath

  16. Moving next door to an Italian market would be the end of me. I don’t think I would ever come up for air!
    Love this chicken, though…all my favorites in one place :)

    - shelly (cookies and cups)

  17. This sounds really tasty and just a perfect summer meal.

    - Kathryn

  18. Sucker for anything caprese!

    - Blog is the New Black