cooked chicken breast in a cast iron pan with mozzarella cheese, cherry, tomatoes, basil, and balsamic vinegar on top
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Baked Caprese Chicken

Light, fresh, and bursting with flavor, this baked Caprese chicken dish is perfect for summer. The chicken cutlets are browned to perfection in a cast iron skillet and topped with melted mozzarella cheese. The homemade balsamic reduction and freshly chopped basil really takes this recipe to the next level.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword caprese chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 469kcal
Author Dina from SimplyHomeCooked.com

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breast about 2 half breasts
  • 1 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 slices fresh mozzarella
  • 6 basil leaves
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup good balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp honey

Instructions

  • To make the balsamic reduction, heat the honey and balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan until it comes to a boil. Bring it down to a low simmer and cook for about 10-15 minutes or until it thickens and reduces.
  • Cut each chicken breast into thin halves. Season with salt and pepper.
  • In a cast iron skillet, heat olive oil and butter on high, and cook each piece of chicken until fully cooked through.
  • Remove the cooked chicken and set aside.
  • In the same skillet stir minced garlic and cherry tomatoes for about 2 minutes on medium heat.
  • Place the chicken back into the skillet and add a slice of fresh mozzarella cheese on top of each piece of chicken.
  • Broil until the cheese is melted (a few minutes). Broil time may vary depending on your oven. Once the cheese is melted, remove the skillet from the oven and drizzle with the balsamic reduction and garish with freshly chopped basil.

Nutrition

Calories: 469kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 616mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 795IU | Vitamin C: 14.6mg | Calcium: 173mg | Iron: 1.3mg