This juicy balsamic caprese chicken is a delicious recipe that uses up those summer tomatoes. This is one of favorite dinners to serve in the summer.
This caprese chicken recipe is a simple variation of my Classic Caprese Salad recipe.
Just add balsamic marinated grilled chicken and you have your main meal and side all rolled into one!
This is one of those easy dinner recipes that uses juicy chicken breasts placed in a balsamic chicken marinade for a few hours before cooking on a hot grill.
Once the chicken has almost finished grilling, it’s topped with melty mozzarella cheese and ripe tomatoes for the best balsamic glazed caprese chicken.
This recipe is ideal for busy weeknights because it takes no time on the grill.
My family typically eats fresh tomatoes all summer long.
My favorite way to enjoy this easy side dish is by topping sweet tomatoes slices with fresh mozzarella cheese, fragrant basil leaves and drizzling the entire platter with olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar.
Do you grow your own tomatoes?
I grow my own tomatoes during the summer months because homegrown has so much more fresh flavor than anything you can buy in the grocery store.
I also grow my own basil. It’s available in the pot anytime I need a few leaves.
I’m a big fan of container gardening. I like to mix it up with flowers, veggies and herbs.
In the summer, I typically grow rosemary, cilantro, basil and thyme.
I use a single pot for mint because it grows crazy otherwise.
Bell peppers, burst cherry tomatoes and eggplant are easy to grow in pots.
Sprinkle in a few flowers and you’ve got the perfect container garden.
But back to the recipe. This grilled chicken caprese recipe topped with fresh mozzarella and basil is perfect for summer barbecues.
And I promise it will quickly become a family favorite and go-to recipe because it’s on the table in under 30 minutes.
HOW SHOULD I COOK THE BALSAMIC CAPRESE CHICKEN?
Grilled boneless, skinless chicken is best but if it’s raining or you don’t have a grill then cast iron chicken breast is the answer.
Pull out the cast iron skillet. A baked caprese chicken cooks up easily inside too.
Let the chicken soak up the balsamic marinade for a few hours before grilling on medium-high heat.
Throw on some fresh mozzarella cheese until just melted.
Slice up some ripe red tomatoes and top the tender chicken with a few slices and that fragrant basil from the garden.
A little drizzle of balsamic glaze and dinner is served. This recipe couldn’t be easier.
And oh so flavorful! This is one of those delicious meals you can’t say no to!
Doesn’t this picture make you want to just dig in?
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The Best Caprese Chicken with a Balsamic Glaze
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast, boneless chicken breasts
- 2 fresh tomatoes, sliced
- 1 ball fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
- Fresh basil, chopped
- Balsamic reduction glaze
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- Combine the marinade ingredients together and pour over the chicken breasts. Allow the chicken to marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
- Prepare the outdoor grill to medium-high heat. Cook chicken breasts for 4 minutes on one side.
- After flipping the chicken, add two slices of mozzarella cheese and top with two slices of tomato and grill for 4 minutes longer or until the mozzarella melts. (Thick chicken breasts may require 2-3 minutes longer grilling time.)
- Remove the chicken from the grill once it's done cooking or has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees on a meat thermometer. Then let the chicken rest. Add a pinch of fresh basil and drizzle each chicken breast with the balsamic glaze.
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