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Chicken Caprese

Caprese Chicken Skillet – Delicious pan seared chicken topped with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and balsamic. This dinner has a gourmet flare and is ready in just 15 minutes!

Caprese Chicken Skillet dinner is ready in 15 minutes! Delicious pan seared chicken topped with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and balsamic!

Chicken Caprese

I took a look at my cookbook shelf the other day and I realized I have well over 200 cookbooks.

My latest addition to my cookbook collection comes from my sweet friend Mary who blogs at Barefeet in the Kitchen. I love her and her new cookbook, “The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook.” 

I love cookbooks that have drool-worthy photos for EVERY recipe, and Mary’s cookbook does NOT disappoint!

I seriously have at least a dozen recipes dog eared to try soon (Mediterranean Nachos, Cheesy Mexican Pasta, Fish Tacos with Jalapeno Lime Sauce and for dessert: Cinnamon Toast Cake)!

But, I knew the first one I was going to try would be her Caprese Chicken Skillet recipe.

Caprese Chicken Skillet dinner is ready in 15 minutes! Delicious pan seared chicken topped with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and balsamic!

Friends, I knew this meal would be good but I was blown away by how wonderful the chicken tasted! The zing of balsamic, the juicy tomato and the tender chicken all tasted like something from a high end restaurant.

Do you want to know my favorite thing about today’s dinner recipe?

From start to finish it was ready in 15 minutes. No joke.

Ingredient Notes

Have you ever wondered what the “caprese” in chicken caprese means? It refers to the combination of mozzarella, basil and tomato that give this meal the bulk of its flavor.

You add these to the top of seared chicken breasts, along with balsamic vinegar and dried Italian herbs to turn an ordinary piece of chicken into a dinner that does everything but transport you to the Italian countryside.

Chicken thighs work well in this recipe too! Just make sure they are skinless and boneless.

Step by Step Instructions

STEP 1. Tenderize the chicken

Place your chicken breasts into a zip plastic bag, and pound them to about 1/4-1/2 inch thick using a meat tenderizer.

STEP 2. Sear

Warm a large skillet over medium high heat then add olive oil to the pan. Once the oil is warm, ddd the chicken in a single layer and sprinkle with half of the salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.

Cook without touching for about two minutes (you’ll notice the edges of the chicken cook while the center appears pink). Flip the chicken over and sprinkle with the remaining salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.

STEP 3. Add the tomato and cheese

Top each piece of chicken with cheese followed by tomato slices. Cover with a lid and cook an additional 3-4 minutes.

Check the chicken for doneness before serving. I use this meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature is at least 165 F.

Tips and Tricks

  • Cutlets – If you prefer, you can also cut the chicken breasts in half lengthwise to form cutlets, and skip the tenderizing step altogether.
  • How to tell when chicken is done: I highly recommend investing in a meat thermometer to help you know when your meats like chicken and pork are fully cooked. In the even you don’t have one, you can check the chicken for doneness by piercing the center with a knife and fork. The juices will run clear when the chicken is fully cooked. If they are pink, the chicken needs more time.

Serving Suggestions

I served our Caprese Chicken Skillet with a side of angel hair pasta (greatly appreciated by my athletic kids who need the extra carbs). I’m pretty sure the pasta took longer to boil than the chicken took to make!

This chicken would also pair beautifully with rice, a simple salad or some sauteed Zucchini Noodles for a low carb dinner. You could also serve chicken on toasted Italian bread for one out-of-this-world sandwich.

Got leftovers? Dice up the chicken and enjoy cold it in a tossed salad for lunch the next day!

This lightning quick Caprese Chicken Skillet does it all: healthy, easy, flavorful and so versatile. I’m so glad to have a new fast homemade dinner option for these busy times!

Caprese Chicken Skillet dinner is ready in 15 minutes! Delicious pan seared chicken topped with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and balsamic!

Want more amazing easy weeknight dinner recipes from Mary? Order a copy of the cookbook for yourself and tell me which recipe you tried first!

Caprese Chicken Skillet dinner is ready in 15 minutes! Delicious pan seared chicken topped with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and balsamic!

More Easy Dinner Recipes

Yield: serves 4

Chicken Caprese

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Delicious pan seared chicken topped with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and balsamic! Caprese Chicken Skillet dinner is ready in 15 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 6 oz fresh mozzarella (I used sliced mozzarella)
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 8 large fresh basil leaves, sliced in thin strips
  • 2-4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Place your chicken breasts into a ziploc bag, and pound them to about 1/4-1/2 inch thick using a meat tenderizer. Alternately, you can slice then in half lengthwise, making thin cutlets.
  2. Warm a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the olive oil and heat until shimmering. Add the chicken in a single layer and sprinkle with half of the salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Cook without touching for about two minutes, you'll notice the edges of the chicken cooking, while only the center is pink. Flip the chicken over and sprinkle with the remaining salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Top each piece of chicken with cheese and then tomato slices. Cover with a lid and cook an additional 3-4 minutes.
  3. Check the chicken for doneness. I use this meat thermometer, and the temperature should read 165°F.
  4. Sprinkle with fresh basil and drizzle with the balsamic vinegar right before serving. ENJOY!

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Aimee

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Posted on September 21, 2016

Comments & Reviews

  1. I’m so happy that you liked the chicken and that you’re enjoying the book, Aimee. Your photos are making me crave this all over again now too. Thanks so much!

  2. That is actually one of the recipes I have bookmarked in Mary’s book to make too!  It sounds amazing and I love how quick it cooks.  Of course, I have quite a few others I need to try out too!  So many yummy recipes!!!

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