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Caprese Chicken Recipe
  • READY IN 4+ hrs

Caprese Chicken

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"I love caprese salad and I'm always trying to find new ways to make chicken dishes and eat a bit healthier. Plus the basil in my garden is growing out of control! Everyone who's made it raves about it and makes it again and again!"

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  1. Place chicken breasts, Italian salad dressing, Italian herb seasoning, and chicken seasoning into a resealable plastic bag, knead bag several times to coat chicken with marinade, and squeeze air from the bag. Seal and refrigerate 4 to 6 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C).
  3. Pour canola oil into a large cast-iron or ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Heat the oil until a small droplet of water pops in the oil. Remove chicken breasts from marinade and discard used marinade. Place chicken breasts into hot oil, fry for 2 minutes, and flip chicken.
  4. Place skillet into the preheated oven and bake until chicken is no longer pink inside and the juices run clear, about 12 minutes. Top each chicken breast with a slice of mozzarella cheese and a tomato slice.
  5. Return to oven and bake until cheese has melted, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer chicken breasts to a serving platter and top each with a basil leaf and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
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  • PREP 15 mins
  • COOK 15 mins
  • READY IN 4 hrs 30 mins


  • Cook's Note:
  • A cast-iron skillet can be substituted for an ovenproof skillet. This can also be done on the grill, but my family agrees it's juicier this way!

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Oct 29, 2012

YUUMMMMMEEEEEE! I followed it exactly as written with one minor substitution. The taste and texture is wonderful, never picked up a knife because they were still tender. I did use thinner breasts, not too thick. I didn't have fresh basil so I used about a 1/2 inch squeeze of basil puree from a bottle. (usually right next to the fresh herbs in the supermarket) I spread it on the breasts right before adding the mozzarella and tomatoes. Make sure you use FRESH mozzarella people! MY 14 y.o. daughter, who doesn't like fresh tomatoes, gobbled it up and asked if there was anymore! The rest of the crowd said, "make more next time!" And it LOOKS so gourmet too. This is a keeper!

Nov 16, 2012

We loved this! The addition of the Montreal chicken seasoning in the marinade was awesome! I baked these for 30 minutes at 350 and then 7 minutes more with the cheese on top to melt. I added the tomato at the e,d after baking, as I find cooked tomatoes to be too soggy. Delicious!


19 Ratings

Oct 25, 2012

Five star all the way! Beautiful chicken....served with homemade marinara and spaghetti....the bomb! Can't wait to show it off to dinner guests! Thank you for this recipe....follow it exactly and you will be the star in your kitchen!

Mar 07, 2013

I loved this recipe. I did not use seasoning at all. I cut the breast thin and marinated it in Ken's Lite Northern Italian w/Basil & Romano dressing overnight. I love basil so I layered it basil, tomato, basil, cheese. Once cooked I added more basil on top. It was delish!!!!! Could not believe it was with no seasoning. Instead, I sautéed the chicken in olive oil. I actually forgot to add the balsamic vinegar and it was awesome without it. Can't wait to make this again.

Nov 27, 2013

So good. I used cherry tomatoes and sauteed the tomatoes and basil before topping the chicken. The marinade was delicious! Very moist and tender chicken that wasn't bland.

Jun 11, 2013

Wow the marinade really made this chicken amazing. I thought the mozzarella and tomato were a bit of an overkill but the rest of my family loved it. I don't really like that much cheese. I've also just grilled the chicken with out the cheese and this also turned out great. All in all this is a great simple recipe and a different way to make chicken. I will defiantly be making this again. The best meal I made with this chicken is grilled chicken and asparagus in balsamic vinegar or leak salad with a vinegar.

Mar 16, 2014

Healthy, delicious, and easy. I used 1" tomatoes cut in half, cut up the basil, and stirred together with salt and pepper. Then added it all to the skillet and covered for a few minutes, after melting the cheese. It looked very appetizing and fresh.

Oct 09, 2013

5 stars for great flavor and being a quick and easy recipe that tastes like it took a lot more effort! Made the recipe exactly as indicated, except that my husband and I love the rich flavor of goat cheese, so we added a little to our pieces and left the kids' with just the mozzarella. Fantastic! The only change I'll make next time around is to pound the chicken breasts before marinating -- not to tenderize, because the marinade already does a great job of that, but because I want more surface area for the marinade to soak into. This is one I'll definitely keep on hand for when company's coming, but I don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.


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  • Calories
  • 583 kcal
  • 29%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.7 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 132 mg
  • 44%
  • Fat
  • 39.5 g
  • 61%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 43.9 g
  • 88%
  • Sodium
  • 1279 mg
  • 51%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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