Chicken Caprese

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

A simple chicken dish with your favorite classic "caprese" ingredients!

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

Directions:

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.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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.

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Comments

  1. Blog is the New Black — June 22, 2012 @ 5:46 am (#)

    Sucker for anything caprese!

  2. Kathryn — June 22, 2012 @ 6:32 am (#)

    This sounds really tasty and just a perfect summer meal.

  3. shelly (cookies and cups) — June 22, 2012 @ 6:36 am (#)

    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 :)

  4. Sydney @ The Crepes of Wrath — June 22, 2012 @ 6:47 am (#)

    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.

  5. brandi — June 22, 2012 @ 6:47 am (#)

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

  6. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — June 22, 2012 @ 7:18 am (#)

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

  7. Bev @ Bev Cooks — June 22, 2012 @ 8:31 am (#)

    Oh guuuuurl, yes!

  8. Cassie — June 22, 2012 @ 8:34 am (#)

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

  9. Anna @ hiddenponies — June 22, 2012 @ 9:37 am (#)

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

  10. Laurie {Simply Scratch} — June 22, 2012 @ 9:45 am (#)

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

  11. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — June 22, 2012 @ 12:36 pm (#)

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

  12. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 22, 2012 @ 2:36 pm (#)

    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 :)

  13. Julie @ Table for Two — June 22, 2012 @ 5:25 pm (#)

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

  14. Ronja — June 23, 2012 @ 5:38 am (#)

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

  15. Joanne — June 23, 2012 @ 6:40 am (#)

    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!

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

  17. Sarah — June 25, 2012 @ 5:33 pm (#)

    This was great! Awesome summer meal! :)

  18. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 4, 2012 @ 11:15 am (#)

    Oh yum, this looks fantastic! Pinning!

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