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Chicken Caprese

A classic Italian dish, Baked Chicken Caprese has it all. Tangy balsamic glaze, melted fresh mozzarella cheese, spiced with basil and oregano, and topped with fresh tomatoes before being baked to perfection. It’s a great healthy recipe to ring in the new year.

Serve this Chicken Caprese over a bed of Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil Spaghetti. Or with a side Caesar Salad and a heaping bowl of Italian Wedding Soup! Finish up the meal with a sweet treat like a batch of Chocolate Filled Pastries or a Molten Chocolate Lava Cake.

Top down view of baked caprese chicken on a plate.

Chicken Caprese

This Baked Chicken Caprese is so tender and juicy. It’s easy to make for a weeknight meal but is impressive enough to be served at your next dinner party. Caprese may sound fancy but it really just means a combination of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil.

This combination is often used for salads or appetizers but also makes for a mouthwatering Italian inspired chicken dish! Able to be thrown together in minutes and baked in just about half an hour, this flavorful recipe will look like you’ve been working in the kitchen all day.

Pair it with your favorite simple salad for lunch or a sauteed veggie side for dinner! Serving over a bed of penne or the pasta of your choice is a great option as well!

How To Make Chicken Caprese

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, stir the dried basil, oregano, salt, and pepper together. Generously season both sides of the chicken breasts with this mixture and save any leftover seasoning.
  3. In a 9×13 inch baking dish, pour in half of the olive oil. Next, add the cherry tomatoes, minced garlic, and any remaining seasoning not used on the chicken. Toss to combine.
  4. Now, place the seasoned chicken into the dish and arrange the cherry tomatoes around the chicken so that they bake evenly.
  5. Top each chicken breast with 2 slices of tomato then place 2 slices of cheese on top of the tomatoes.
  6. Drizzle the balsamic glaze over the dish and then drizzle on the remaining olive oil as well.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until an instant thermometer reads 165°F when inserted into the thickest part of the chicken breasts.
  8. Serve with a garnish of freshly chopped basil and another drizzle of balsamic glaze and enjoy.
Collage showing how to make chicken caprese.

Tips and Variations

  • Be sure not to overbake. You’ll want the chicken to reach an internal temperature of 165°F. To make sure your meat retains that juiciness, let the chicken rest for about 10 minutes before cutting into it. That’s why a meat thermometer comes in so handy!
  • For a twist on the classic, serve this on a sub roll for an Italian inspired sandwich.
  • You can use an Italian seasoning mix to save time.
  • Fresh mozzarella slices are standard but you can use shredded if that’s what you have on hand.
Baked chicken caprese on a white plate.

Storage and Reheating

Storage: Store leftover Chicken Caprese in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.

Freezer: Freezing is not recommended due to the amount of fresh ingredients in this recipe.

Reheating: To reheat this chicken, pop it in the microwave or in the oven until warmed through. Add additional balsamic glaze if desired.

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Chicken Caprese

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 622kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon basil dried
  • 1 teaspoon oregano dried
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 chicken breasts trimmed and cleaned
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 2 tomatoes sliced
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese fresh, sliced into 8 equal slices
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic glaze plus more for serving
  • Fresh basil for garnish sliced or left whole

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Stir the dried basil, oregano, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Season both sides of the chicken breasts with the mixture, and save any remaining seasoning.
    1 teaspoon basil
    1 teaspoon oregano
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
    4 chicken breasts
  • Pour half of the olive oil into a 9×13 inch casserole dish. Next, add the cherry tomatoes, garlic and any remaining seasoning not used to season the chicken. Toss to combine.
    4 tablespoons olive oil
    1 pint cherry tomatoes
    3 cloves garlic
  • Place the chicken into the pan, and arrange the cherry tomatoes around the chicken so that they bake evenly.
  • Place 2 slices of tomato on the tops of each chicken breast then place 2 slices of cheese on top of the tomatoes.
    2 tomatoes
    8 ounces mozzarella cheese
  • Drizzle on the balsamic glaze then drizzle on the remaining olive oil.
    1 tablespoon balsamic glaze
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until an instant thermometer reads 165°F when inserted into the thickest part of the chicken.
  • Serve with freshly chopped basil and another drizzle of balsamic glaze if desired.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 chicken breast. Actual calories will vary.
 
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.
 
*Photos courtesy of Karla Rae Photography.

Nutrition

Serving: 1chicken breast | Calories: 622kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 68g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 790mg | Potassium: 906mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1522IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 345mg | Iron: 3mg
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