Baked Chicken Caprese Recipe

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 18
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American


Baked chicken topped with thinly sliced tomato and fresh mozzarella cheese and finished with fresh chopped basil and a balsamic reduction. It’s an elegant dish packed with so much flavor and really easy to make.



  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast (keep under 3/4 inches thick, slice if necessary)
  • 8-ounce ball fresh mozzarella sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 810 leaves fresh basil, chopped
  • 12 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Drizzle a cast iron skillet with a little olive oil. Arrange the chicken breast in the skillet without overlap. Brush chicken with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Place in the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or until internal temp reaches 160°F and meat is no longer pink.
  4. In the last 3 minutes, top each piece of chicken with a slice of tomato then a slice of fresh mozzarella. Remove from the oven, drizzle with balsamic and sprinkle with chopped fresh basil.

Balsamic reduction

  1. While chicken is cooking, bring balsamic vinegar to a boil, reduce heat to low/simmer as soon as it bubbles. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until reduced by half. The sauce may not look thicker until it’s been removed from the heat for a few minutes. A splash of warm water will help thin the sauce if it gets too sticky.



The recipe works best with 3/4 inch thick chicken. Make all slices uniform for the best results. Larger, thicker chicken breasts should be sliced in half to yield two thinner slicers.


  • Serving Size: 1 piece
  • Calories: 416
  • Sugar: 0.9g
  • Sodium: 361mg
  • Fat: 17.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.5g
  • Fiber: 0.4g
  • Protein: 61.4g
  • Cholesterol: 157mg

Keywords: chicken with mozzarella and basil, chicken caprese


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