Strawberry Balsamic Chicken

July 16, 2013 by Ali

This strawberry balsamic chicken is a delicious and easy fruity version of caprese that I adore!

Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Ok, I feel like last summer I bombarded the blog with caprese recipes.

From chicken caprese, to stuffed caprese bites, grilled caprese sandwiches, and these caprese bites, I think we’ve established that I love all things red, white and basil. ;)

So to switch things up this summer, I thought it would be fun to do a different take on my favorite combo and make some strawberry caprese!! I was so excited about the idea, but my friends gave me the raised eyebrow when I told them the recipe name. So I caved and named this one Strawberry Balsamic Chicken.

(To-may-to…to-mah-to…although actually no tomato anywhere in this caprese!)

Either way, this strawberry-balsamic-chicken-caprese recipe is crazy good, and uber easy to make.

 

Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Just bake, saute, or grill up some balsamic-marinated chicken breasts. Top them with a strawberry caprese salsa, made from the fresh trio — strawberries, mozzarella and basil. And finally, drizzle on some reduced balsamic for an extra kick, and BAM — this tasty meal is ready to go with just minutes or prep time.

My kind of colorful, fresh and yummy summer meal.

And my taste-testing neighbor agreed. ;)

Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Strawberry Balsamic Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar, divided
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped
  • 4 oz. fresh mozzarella ball (or shredded mozzarella), roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Method

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Combine chicken breasts and 1/2 cup balsamic in a ziplock bag. Refrigerate for at least 5 minutes, or up to 5 hours. When ready to cook, place chicken in a baking dish and pour the remaining vinegar on top. Season chicken generously with salt and pepper. Bake for 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside.

Meanwhile, bring the remaining 1/2 cup vinegar to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until reduced by half. Remove and set aside.

In a small bowl, stir together strawberries, mozzarella and basil to make a caprese topping.

When the chicken is ready, transfer to serving dishes. Then top with the strawberry caprese topping, and then drizzle with the reduced balsamic vinegar.

**For an additional option, you can add the strawberry caprese mixture to the chicken in the baking dish once the chicken during the last 5 minutes of baking. Then the cheese will thoroughly melt and the strawberries will be warm. Either way works great!

Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

For you caprese lovers out there, feel free to check out these other yummy caprese recipes too!

Caprese Phyllo Cups | gimmesomeoven.com

Caprese Phyllo Cups 

Stuffed Caprese Bites {Gimme Some Oven}

Stuffed Caprese Bites

Caprese Pizza | gimmesomeoven.com

Caprese Pizza

Chicken Caprese | gimmesomeoven.com

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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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39 thoughts on “Strawberry Balsamic Chicken

  1. I came across this recipe on Pinterest and decided to try it even though I didn’t have all the ingredients. I made the chicken as directed but substituted smoked gouda cut up and parsley as that was the only cheese and fresh herbs I had in the fridge- LOVED IT. I highly recommend to try that combo :)

    - Kristen

  2. I made this last night with some roasted asparagus and parmesan – delic! I added the strawberry mixture to the oven w the chicken for the last 2 minutes to warm everything through which melted the chesse a little bit. Also, I had fresh pesto which I added to the strawberries and mozzarella since I didn’t have fresh basil on hand. I’ll definitely be making this again soon :)

    - Kacy

  3. Oh my word. This looks amazing! I’m going to make this sometime this week for sure!

    - Reima @ Love A Traveler

  4. Just made this for dinner last night! It was so simple and quick and tasted lovely. I may try making it over a bed of salad next time. I also didn’t have fresh mozz, so I substituted fontina and it was fantastic!

    - Simone

  5. Dying from the goodness!

    - Nessa

  6. This does look wonderful. I’m making it for dinner tonight! I have a question though (there are not stupid questions, right?) The recipe calls for 1 cup of balsamic vinegar, divided. You use have a cup to marinate the chicken and half a cup to reduce for drizzling on top of the chicken. My question is, where it says to place the chicken in a baking dish and pour remaining balsamic on top of the chicken before baking, does that mean the vinegar left in the bag you marinated the chicken in? Thanks for the info and for the recipe. I can’t wait to try it!

    - Kathie

  7. Sound so perfect! I love the spiciness!

    - idressau

  8. This chicken looks too good!

    - Angie

  9. Oh, my goodness!! This sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try this! :)

    - Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

  10. You can never have enough red, white, and basil!

    - Anne [A Squared]

  11. So yummy, Ali! I love the strawberry caprese you added on top for a little sweet-saltiness. Lovely recipe!

    - Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

  12. This looks gorgeous and like the epitome of summer in a meal! Can’t wait to try this!

    - Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

  13. What a gorgeous dish! And I love this twist on caprese using strawberries!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  14. this chicken looks CRAZY good – caprese is one of my all time favorite foods, and I love it with fruit!!

    - Heather @ French Press

  15. Looks delicious! Great post and photos!

    - Dave @ Fit Chef Chicago

  16. Gorgeous! And in my opinion there could never be too much caprese of any kind :)

    - Des @ Life's Ambrosia

  17. Such a gorgeous dish, Ali! I have a feeling I could eat this all summer long!

    - Tracey

  18. I was just telling someone I was craving caprese pizza (your photo reminded me.) Love the strawberries and balsamic combo – especially over chicken!!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  19. Beautiful, Ali! This is the perfect thing to make grilled chicken pop with flavor.

    - Cookin Canuck

  20. So, so, so purttttyyyy!

    - Bev @ Bev Cooks

  21. I love everything about this, you can never go wrong with strawberries and balsamic!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  22. this is on the schedule for us this week with my garden tomatoes and basil (and fresh mozzarella from Aldi!)

    - Ali's Mom

  23. Well, I’ll coming over in 2.2 nano seconds! This chicken looks divine!

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  24. Yum! I’ve seen strawberry caprese salads all over the place, but I haven’t tried it yet. This would be a great place to start…I love that you doused it with balsamic. That is a must!

    - marcie@flavorthemoments

  25. I am never sad about having more caprese recipes! I am in love with this fruity version. The Mr. has an aversion to fruit and meat together sooooo perhaps I’ll save this one for a girl’s night. Also, how did I miss those stuffed caprese bites?? WANT!

    - Courtney @ Neighborfood

  26. I could just lick the screen – the colors are AMAZING!!!

    - Heather

  27. OH my yuuuuum! Sounds so fresh and summery! I love.

    - Sophie

  28. Oh my gosh! I love this. Strawberry and balsamic are sooo good together!

    - Leah | So, How's It Taste?

  29. Can’t wait to try this. Sounds yummy!

    - Angela @ Honey, I Shrunk the Mom

  30. This has summer written all over it! I’m glad I’m not the only crapese-holic out there ;)

    - Megan {Country Cleaver}

  31. So lovely! Love strawberry caprese.

    - Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

  32. I would not have given you the raised eyebrow on this one, it sounds amazing Ali!

    - Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig

  33. This looks delicious! A quick question- before baking the chicken, do I add the chicken and the remaining marinade to the dish, or the chicken, marinade, and the reserved 1/2 cup vinegar?

    - Emily T.

  34. Gorgeous, as always, Ali! And one of my favorite things ever. Looks amazing!

    - Rachel Cooks

  35. I love strawberry caprese. Maybe even more than the tradition caprese!! This is so gorgeous looking chicken, Ali!! Looks so good!

    - Tieghan

  36. I love the strawberry twist to caprese. This is gorgeous!

    - Cassie | Bake Your Day