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Caprese Chicken Breasts

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield Yield: serves 4 1x
  • Category Category: Chicken
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Dinner

Description:

This incredibly easy and flavor-packed Caprese Chicken is as delicious and it is gorgeous! 


Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless chicken breasts (approx 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 8– ounces fresh mozzarella cheese (log style)
  • 4 Roma tomatoes 
  • 1/3 cup basil pesto
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced fresh basil
  • Balsamic vinegar or glaze to drizzle

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. Place the chicken on a cutting board and cut 6 slits in each breast (this can vary depending on the size of your chicken breasts), 3/4- of the way through, careful not to cut all the way through the chicken.
  3. Combine the salt and the Italian seasoning together and sprinkle evenly on top of the chicken.
  4. Slice the fresh mozzarella into 12 slices. Slice the 12 pieces in half, creating 24 half-moon shaped pieces.
  5. Repeating the same process as the cheese, slice the tomatoes into 12 slices, and then again in half, creating 24 half-moon tomato slices.
  6. Fill each slice in the chicken breasts with a small spoonful (about a teaspoon) of pesto, a slice of the cheese, and a slice of tomato.
  7. Place the chicken into the prepared pan and sprinkle evenly with parmesan cheese. 
  8. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
  9. Garnish with sliced basil and drizzle with balsamic vinegar if desired.

Notes:

Store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 3 days

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