Balsamic Chicken Caprese

By Rena |

You’re going to love this balsamic Chicken Caprese recipe! Perfectly flavorful and juicy chicken paired with fresh mozzarella slices, tangy balsamic vinegar, and fresh tomatoes for a satisfying meal.

Top view of chicken caprese in red pan with tomatoes and basil

This balsamic chicken caprese is incredibly satisfying, cheesy, delicious, and just what you need for an easy weeknight dinner. Cooked in under 30 minutes, this simple chicken breast recipe is bold, fresh in flavor, and full of protein.

For this recipe, fresh garlic cloves are minced and mixed with balsamic vinegar with a splash of honey for a succulent and subtly sweet marinade. The marinade creates juicy chicken that is baked to perfection with creamy mozzarella cheese that is topped with fresh basil and tomatoes.

Why You Will Love This Easy Chicken Recipe

  • Easy: With such fool-proof instructions, you will have an easy chicken recipe prepared for dinner in no time.
  • Quick: With a marinade that creates tender chicken within minutes, this recipe takes no time at all. Your food will be cooked in under 30 minutes!
  • Bold in Flavor: The balsamic vinegar is boiled down into a robust sauce that creates a perfect balance with the chicken breasts and mozzarella. All the typical and classic flavors of a Caprese salad are in this yummy healthy chicken recipe.
Chicken caprese in pan

Ingredients You Will Need

Here is a list of ingredients you will need for this easy chicken Caprese recipe. The full measurements are listed in the recipe card below.

For the Marinade

balsamic vinegar
honey
oil, olive
garlic, freshly minced
oregano, dried
salt and pepper, Kosher

Chicken Ingredients

chicken breasts, large, boneless, and skinless, and cut in half lengthwise
mozzarella cheese, sliced
tomatoes, cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
basil, freshly chopped

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How to Make This Chicken Caprese recipe from Scratch

  • Mix the marinade: First, add the marinade ingredients to a small jar and shake to emulsify.
  • Marinade the chicken: Next, place the chicken in a dish and pour over half the balsamic marinade. After that, reserve half of the marinade. Then, marinate the chicken for 20-30 minutes.
  • Cook: Next, place the chicken in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Then, cook the chicken for 10-12 minutes, flipping halftime.
  • Top with cheese and dressing: After that, top the chicken with the mozzarella slices and drizzle the rest of the dressing over the chicken.
  • Serve: Finally, remove the chicken from heat and serve with fresh tomatoes and basil. Lastly, enjoy!
Close view of cooked chicken

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Make sure the chicken is cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, you can use a meat thermometer.
  • Alternatively, maple syrup can be used in place of honey.
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.
  • Feel free to use boneless chicken thighs.
  • Substitute tofu for the chicken for a vegetarian option.
  • Either grapeseed, avocado, or olive oil will work for this chicken Caprese.
  • The chicken can be marinated in the refrigerator overnight.
Chicken and mozzarella with tomatoes

What Goes Good With Chicken Caprese?

Chicken caprese in pan with tomatoes

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Caprese mean?

Caprese traditionally means a salad of tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil mixed with olive oil or an Italian dressing.

Is chicken Caprese healthy?

This Italian chicken Caprese recipe is healthy and gluten-free! Since this recipe uses honey, then it is also refined sugar-free. It is high in lean protein, low in fat and carbs. A well-balanced meal to enjoy without sacrificing taste.

Where is Caprese salad from?

Caprese salad originated in Italy on the island of Capri. Also, the story behind how it was invented was a bricklayer stuffing his sandwich with mozzarella, tomato, and basil to represent the colors of the Italian flag.

Chicken caprese with tomatoes and balsamic vinegar

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Balsamic Chicken Caprese

You're going to love this Italian Chicken Caprese recipe! Perfectly flavorful and juicy chicken is paired with fresh mozzarella slices, tangy balsamic vinegar, and fresh tomatoes for a satisfying meal.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Gluten-Free, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Marinating Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 47 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 322kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

Dressing/Marinade

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Kosher pepper to taste

Chicken

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts large, (around 8 oz each), cut in half lengthwise
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes quartered
  • ¼ cup fresh basil chopped

Instructions

  • Add all the dressing/marinade ingredients to a small jar and shake vigorously to emulsify.
  • Place the chicken in a shallow dish and pour over half of the balsamic marinade. Reserve the remaining half untouched to use later.
  • Toss the chicken into the marinade to completely coat.
  • Allow the chicken to marinate for 20-30 minutes.
  • Preheat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the marinated chicken and cook for around 10-12 minutes, flipping halftime. A meat thermometer inserted into the center of each breast should read 165F when the chicken is cooked through.
  • Once the chicken is done cooking, top with mozzarella slices.
  • Drizzle with the remaining untouched dressing and allow it to bubble for a few minutes, until the sauce reduces and the cheese is melted.
  • Take off the heat and top with tomatoes and fresh basil.

Notes

Serving size: one chicken breast
  • Make sure the chicken is cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, you can use a meat thermometer.
  • Alternatively, maple syrup can be used in place of honey.
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.
  • Feel free to use boneless chicken thighs.
  • Substitute tofu for the chicken for a vegetarian option.
  • Either grapeseed, avocado, or olive oil will work for this chicken Caprese.
  • The chicken can be marinated in the refrigerator overnight.

Nutrition

Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 260mg | Potassium: 460mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 665IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 181mg | Iron: 2mg
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