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.
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.
Baked chicken is topped with a fresh and healthy strawberry caprese topping!
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
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!
For you caprese lovers out there, feel free to check out these other yummy caprese recipes too!
I love the strawberry twist to caprese. This is gorgeous!
I love strawberry caprese. Maybe even more than the tradition caprese!! This is so gorgeous looking chicken, Ali!! Looks so good!
Gorgeous, as always, Ali! And one of my favorite things ever. Looks amazing!
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?
I would not have given you the raised eyebrow on this one, it sounds amazing Ali!
So lovely! Love strawberry caprese.
This has summer written all over it! I’m glad I’m not the only crapese-holic out there ;)
Can’t wait to try this. Sounds yummy!
Oh my gosh! I love this. Strawberry and balsamic are sooo good together!
OH my yuuuuum! Sounds so fresh and summery! I love.
I could just lick the screen – the colors are AMAZING!!!
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!
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!
Well, I’ll coming over in 2.2 nano seconds! This chicken looks divine!
this is on the schedule for us this week with my garden tomatoes and basil (and fresh mozzarella from Aldi!)
I love everything about this, you can never go wrong with strawberries and balsamic!
So, so, so purttttyyyy!
Beautiful, Ali! This is the perfect thing to make grilled chicken pop with flavor.
I was just telling someone I was craving caprese pizza (your photo reminded me.) Love the strawberries and balsamic combo – especially over chicken!!
Such a gorgeous dish, Ali! I have a feeling I could eat this all summer long!
Gorgeous! And in my opinion there could never be too much caprese of any kind :)
Looks delicious! Great post and photos!
this chicken looks CRAZY good – caprese is one of my all time favorite foods, and I love it with fruit!!
What a gorgeous dish! And I love this twist on caprese using strawberries!
This looks gorgeous and like the epitome of summer in a meal! Can’t wait to try this!
So yummy, Ali! I love the strawberry caprese you added on top for a little sweet-saltiness. Lovely recipe!
You can never have enough red, white, and basil!
Oh, my goodness!! This sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try this! :)
This chicken looks too good!
Sound so perfect! I love the spiciness!
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!
Dying from the goodness!
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!
Oh my word. This looks amazing! I’m going to make this sometime this week for sure!
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 :)
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 :)
Hi, this looks SO good! I can’t wait to try it. I was wondering if I could use this recipe for a strawberry recipe round-up I’m doing? I would be using a photo only and linking back to this post for the recipe. Thanks!
Thanks Brittany, and sure, of course you can! Thanks for asking! : )
What sides did you serve with this?