Chicken Caprese: Fresh Fusion, Bursting with Flavor

Chicken Caprese: Fresh Fusion, Bursting with Flavor

Elevate your dinner with the vibrant flavors of Chicken Caprese. Juicy chicken breasts are topped with ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, and creamy mozzarella, drizzled with balsamic glaze. A delightful Italian-inspired dish that's sure to impress.

Chicken Caprese: Fresh Fusion, Bursting with Flavor




Cook time: 30 Min  Prep time: 5 Min  Serves: 4
Ingredients
1 c balsamic vinegar
1/4 c brown sugar
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 6 ounces each)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 c grape tomatoes sliced in half
2 c shredded whole milk low moisture mozzarella
1/4 c fresh basil leaves cut in ribbons
salt and pepper to taste
Directions
1. Combine the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar in a saucepan. Then bring it to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer until it is reduced by half; about 10 minutes. It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
3. In a large ovenproof skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chicken breast and brown each side; approximately 5 minutes per side. Place on oven proof plate, cover with foil and place in oven for 10-15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees (times varies with the size of the chicken breasts)
4. Top the chicken with the shredded mozzarella dividing evenly. Sprinkle grape tomatoes over the top of the cheese. Place the skillet in the oven uncovered until the cheese is melted; about 5 minutes. Turn the broiler on the last 1-2 minutes of cooking.
5. Top with basil ribbons. Spoon balsamic glaze over the chicken and serve. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
6. NOTES You can cut two large chicken breasts in half lengthwise if desired reducing the size of the portion and baking time. Chicken breasts are cooked through when they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use fresh garden tomatoes when available. I find the grape tomatoes the sweetest and most sun ripened choice in the off season. Keep a close eye on the skillet when it is under the broiler. Broilers are very unpredictable especially in older stoves. Be very careful when remove the skillet from the oven. The handle will be very hot so use oven mitts and remember that handle will remain hot for quite some time. Investing in a simple handle cover is an easy way to prevent kitchen accidents. It is easy to forget that the skillet just came out of the oven! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave at 50% power.

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