This recipe for chicken caprese is grilled seasoned chicken, topped with fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, basil and balsamic reduction. A quick and easy dinner that’s easy enough for a busy weeknight but special enough to serve to company!

I love easy chicken dishes, in the summer I rotate between Greek lemon chicken, bruschetta chicken and this fresh and delicious caprese chicken.

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Chicken caprese with sliced tomatoes, balsamic glaze, fresh mozzarella and shredded basil.

One of my favorite parts of summer is the tomatoes. We’ve had zero luck with growing tomatoes at this house, so I buy the best I can find at the farmer’s market and savor them. This chicken caprese just screams summer – grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella, summer’s finest tomatoes, basil and balsamic – what’s not to love?

A plate of caprese chicken breasts topped with cheese, tomatoes and basil.

How do you make chicken caprese?

This chicken caprese recipe is pretty straightforward, and the ingredients are fairly basic. The chicken is seasoned with olive oil, salt and pepper, and Italian seasoning. The Italian seasoning blend I buy is a mix of salt, garlic powder and dried basil, thyme and oregano. If you can’t find Italian seasoning or don’t want to buy it, just use equal parts of garlic powder, dried basil and dried oregano instead. Also – no grill or don’t feel like heating one up? Use a grill pan indoors instead, it’ll still be delicious!

Grilled chicken caprese with tomato slices, balsamic reduction and finely chopped basil.

Caprese Chicken Tips

  • This caprese chicken is topped with a balsamic glaze, which is very different than regular old balsamic vinegar. Balsamic glaze is the vinegar that’s been cooked down to create a thick, syrupy liquid that’s more mellow than standard balsamic vinegar. I buy mine in the vinegar/salad dressing aisle. If you can’t find it at your store, it’s pretty easy to make it yourself.
  • Use chicken breasts that are all the same size and thickness so that they cook at the same rate. I often buy the thin cut chicken breasts because they cook so much faster.
  • Tomatoes not in season? Try making this dish with a topping of oil packed whole sun dried tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes.
  • I like to finish off my caprese chicken with a sprinkling of flaky sea salt, it really accentuates the flavor of the tomatoes.

Grilled chicken breasts topped with sliced cheese, tomatoes and basil.

This chicken recipe is destined to become your favorite summertime dinner. I’ve made it countless times this month, it’s such a fun twist on the classic caprese salad. And besides, we’ve got to use up all the ripe tomatoes while they’re still in season!

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Chicken Caprese

AuthorSara Welch
This recipe for chicken caprese is grilled seasoned chicken, topped with fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, basil and balsamic reduction. A quick and easy dinner that's easy enough for a busy weeknight but special enough to serve to company!
This recipe for chicken caprese is grilled seasoned chicken, topped with fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, basil and balsamic reduction. A quick and easy dinner that's easy enough for a busy weeknight but special enough to serve to company!
Time
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Serves 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dry italian seasoning (or equal parts of garlic powder dried oregano and dried basil)
  • 4 thick slices of ripe tomato
  • 4 1- ounce slices of fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic glaze or balsamic reduction
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced basil

Instructions 

  • Heat a grill or grill pan over medium high heat.
  • Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over chicken breasts and season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle italian seasoning over the chicken.
  • Place the chicken on the grill and cook for 3-5 minutes per side, or until done. Cook time will vary depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts.
  • When chicken is done top with a slice of mozzarella cheese and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Remove from heat and place chicken breasts on a plate. Top each breast with 1 slice of tomato, thinly sliced basil and salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 287mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

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    1. I just purchase the glaze at my grocery store. If you want to make your own, simmer 1 cup of balsamic vinegar until it’s thick and syrupy, about 7-10 minutes.

  1. When you say med high heat can you give a little more guidance. My grill goes from 200-1200 i suspect if I cooked them at 600-700 they would become hockey pucks. I have always struggled with chicken for some reason. I can smoke brisket pork etc but grilling chicken forget it lol.

  2. I plan to serve this for a summer dinner party. Any thoughts on what to serve along with it? I was thinking a pasta salad with fresh summer vegetables. Not sure if that is enough though.

  3. I think it is my all-new favourite.This chicken caprese just screams summer – grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella, summer’s finest tomatoes, basil and balsamic recipe was simple and delicious!My taste buds love this.Life changer!
    How nice easy and tasty This chicken caprese was too yummy?

  4. 5 stars
    Just made this, so easy and delicious. I am always looking for new easy and fast chicken recipes because my family always eats chicken, even my picky children! Thanks for the recipe, I will definitely be adding this to my favorites!

  5. Balsamic must be perfect on this grilled chicken, especially with the fresh tomato and soft cheese – a wonderful dinner and I love how simple it is to make but looks so elegant!

  6. My favourite flavours and such a great dinner that everyone will enjoy 🙂

    1. 5 stars
      Fast, healthy, easy and taste amazing! Whole family loves it! It’s been requested by the kids on the weekly menu for dinners!!!