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Baked Caprese Chicken

This Baked Caprese Chicken combines the Italian flavors of garlic, tomato, balsamic, fresh mozzarella, and basil into one easy skillet recipe. It’s quick to prepare, and ready in under 30 minutes!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American, Italian
Diet: Gluten Free
Keyword: bruschetta chicken, caprese chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 406kcal
Author: Erin

Ingredients

  • 4 small chicken breasts (see notes)
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil divided
  • 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup pearl mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoon balsamic glaze optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Place chicken on a cutting board, then top it with a piece of plastic wrap. Pound the chicken down so it's all the same thickness. Remove the plastic wrap, then drizzle the chicken with 1 tablespoon olive oil, and sprinkle it with the Italian seasoning and salt, using your hands to press the seasoning into the chicken.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Place the chicken smooth side down into the skillet and sear it for 4 minutes, then flip it over and sear it for 3 minutes; remove the skillet from the heat.
  • Add the tomatoes and garlic to the skillet then drizzle everything with the remaining oil and balsamic. Place the skillet in the oven and bake the chicken for 20-25 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°.
  • Remove the skillet, then add the mozzarella cheese. Place the skillet back into the oven and set your oven to BROIL. Broil the chicken for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  • Remove the skillet and sprinkle everything with fresh basil. Drizzle the chicken with the balsamic glaze and enjoy!

Notes

*Calories are per serving and are an estimation 
*If you can't find 4 small chicken breasts, use 2 large ones and slice them in half so they're thinner 
*The balsamic glaze is optional, but it adds a subtle sweetness to the dish that I enjoy. I always use store-bought, but you can make homemade glaze if you prefer (there's a link in the FAQs section of the blog post). 

Nutrition

Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 855mg | Potassium: 946mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 473IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1mg