Caprese Chicken with pesto is a delicious, fresh-tasting meal that’s quick to prep. It makes a great low-carb dinner or lunch. I love it served on top of spaghetti squash! Caprese pasta is traditionally made with balsamic vinegar and basil for pesto. However, we are putting a new spin on classic Caprese recipes by adding an Italian garlic-butter version instead of balsamic vinegar.
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30-Minute Chicken Caprese
With store-bought pesto, cherry tomatoes, leafy basil, and thick sliced fresh mozzarella, you can make this chicken Caprese, skillet dinner in under 30 minutes.
During the week, there are many things we have at our house, but the extra time in the day is not always one of them. Taking a little time at the beginning of the week to plan the grocery shopping always helps when the dreaded question of “what’s for dinner?” arises. That’s when one-pan recipes like this 30-minute chicken dinner wonder make cooking at home, dare I say, enjoyable.
This chicken Caprese recipe combines my favorite Caprese salad ingredients with boneless chicken breasts for a quick-to-make dinner perfect for weeknights. Thin-cut boneless chicken breasts are seared on the stove then topped with pesto, sliced sweet tomato, and fresh mozzarella cheese then go into the oven to finish cooking and melt into a creamy wonder. Finished with fresh basil and a drizzle of balsamic glaze, dinner simply doesn’t get much easier than this.
What Is Chicken Caprese
This chicken Caprese recipe is another one in my partnership with DeLallo Foods and features a few of the products I keep stocked in my pantry for easy dinner recipes I can whip up in a flash. Because their products are always top-notch in quality and fresh flavor, I’m a big fan of everything from their pasta to olive oil and have been for years.
Here’s what’s in this chicken Caprese:
- Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- Extra virgin olive oil
- DeLallo Simply Pesto Traditional Basil Sauce
- Sweet Campari tomatoes
- Fresh mozzarella cheese
- Fresh basil
- DeLallo Modenacrem balsamic glaze
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
How to Make Chicken Caprese
This easy chicken dinner starts on the stove and finishes in the oven to guarantee moist, juicy chicken cutlets that cook quickly and taste awesome.
Cut boneless chicken breasts in half lengthwise so they’re thinner, cook faster, and go further. Or is that farther? Either way, it makes more chicken for your buck. Thinner chicken breasts are also easier to gauge for doneness and have more browned and crisped areas to enjoy.
Sear the chicken in a combination of extra virgin olive oil and butter. Adding butter to the EVOO raises the smoke point so neither burns and adds a lovely golden color to the cooked chicken breasts.
Cook the chicken breasts undisturbed until they release easily from the pan. There’s no need for flipping back and forth. When the chicken is seared, the developed crust will easily release from the pan. The chicken will continue to cook in the oven.
Flavor Shortcut: Jarred Pesto
For one-step flavor, smear the chicken with pesto. The best shortcut for adding flavor is topping the seared chicken breasts with the Italian-inspired basil and garlicky, tangy schmear of pesto. Making my favorite homemade basil pesto is easy, but opening a jar of DeLallo’s Traditional Basil Simply Pesto makes this dish even easier. There’s no need for any other herbs or spices—besides salt and pepper—because it’s all there in the jar. Wha-la!
Make It Caprese
Add the Caprese components. Thick cuts of fresh mozzarella cheese and sweet tomatoes are classically caprese. Use garden fresh tomatoes, or if out of season, try the smaller and sweeter store-bought Campari (or cocktail) tomatoes to make this recipe all winter long.
Transfer the skillet to a 400°F oven for about 10 minutes to finish cooking. Finish cooking the chicken in the hot skillet as the mozzarella melts and the tomatoes warm and lightly roast.
The Chicken Caprese Finalé
Before cutting, allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes. Keep the juices in the chicken meat by giving it a minute to rest before taking a knife to it. Save any of the juices left in the pan for a tasty, savory drizzle.
Finish the dish with balsamic glaze and fresh basil. Before serving, add some sweetness with a drizzle of DeLallo’s Modenacrem balsamic glaze. Drizzle a little or a lot, just make sure you drizzle. A sprinkling of fresh basil finishes this dish off with every cheesy, chicken bite.
Pesto Chicken Caprese
If you are looking for a flavor-packed, healthy, and easy weeknight dinner, look no further than this delicious Pesto Chicken Caprese! Fresh ingredients like cherry tomatoes, juicy chicken, garlicky pesto, and cheese come together to create an unbelievably tasty and easy chicken dinner in just 30 minutes!
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Pesto Chicken Caprese
It’s crazy to think that summer is almost dwindling to an end. While there are still a few weeks of sunshine and no school before we roll into the fall, this year seems to just be hurling by! So, enjoy these last few weeks of sunny days with some bright and summery dishes like this grilled pesto chicken Caprese before it’s all about the warm soups and hearty casseroles!
Lord knows we love a perfectly Grilled Chicken Breast, but a grilled pesto chicken Caprese breast is even better! But don’t fret, we also gave directions for you to cook the chicken breasts on the stovetop if you aren’t up for grilling your chicken breast.
Once you have cooked your chicken breast, you top it with some garlicky pesto, mozzarella cheese, hot blistered tomatoes, and a little parmesan cheese on top. All those flavors atop a juicy chicken breast are the perfect healthy dinner that you won’t be able to stop eating!
Enjoying all of the bright, fresh flavors with perfectly grilled chicken is certainly a tasteful way to wrap up the last few weeks of summertime. Plus, the good news? This recipe only takes 30 minutes to make so you don’t have to waste your whole night cooking dinner.
- Grilled Chicken Breasts – They can also be made in the oven or on the stovetop if preferred.
- Cherry Tomatoes – Grape tomatoes will also work.
- Olive Oil – Extra virgin olive oil is preferred for the best flavor.
- Salt and Pepper
- Mozzarella Cheese – you can use already shredded mozzarella or slices of fresh mozzarella.
- Pesto Sauce – Homemade or store-bought will both work well.
- Parmesan Cheese – We like to shave the parmesan right off the block! However, store-bought shredded is also delicious.
How to Make Pesto Chicken Caprese
Cook the chicken. Follow directions for grilled chicken breasts, or cook chicken breasts on stove top or oven, as desired. (Instructions for roasting your chicken breasts are included in the recipe card below!)
Prepare. When the chicken is almost done cooking, turn your broiler on high. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray (or line with parchment paper/foil) and set aside.
Toss. In a medium bowl, add sliced cherry tomatoes, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss until well combined.
Roast. Pour tomatoes onto the prepared baking sheet and place under broiler for 2-4 minutes or until tomatoes start to blister and roast.
Broil. Remove the tray from the oven and move the tomatoes to the side. Place freshly cooked chicken breast in the center of the pan. Cover chicken with mozzarella cheese and place under the broiler for 2-4 minutes, or until the cheese is nice and melted.
Pesto. Remove the pan from the oven and place the chicken onto serving plates. Add pesto to the top of the chicken and melted cheese and then place a few tomatoes over the pesto.
Parmesan. Top it all off with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and some fresh basil, if desired. Serve immediately.
Variations to Try For Pesto Chicken Caprese
- Capers. If you like a little bit of added salt, sprinkle a few capers on top of your prepared chicken breast! While capers aren’t a traditional ingredient when it comes to career, they’re a tasty addition.
- Basil. Fresh basil is always a good idea, especially when there’s pesto involved! Serve this chicken with a few leaves of fresh basil on top for an extra summery treat.
- Mozzarella. You can use the shredded mozzarella as we did, or you can pick up some fresh buffalo mozzarella and slice it into pieces to use instead.
- Goat Cheese. I also make this same recipe but with goat cheese on top of the chicken. If you are a goat cheese lover, this is a must-try!
Let’s talk side dishes! There are several sides that you can serve with this chicken:
- Salad: A side arugula salad is a great healthier option that we love to serve with this meal. It’s fresh and fits well with the Pesto Caprese Chicken.
- Potatoes: Mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower are both great sides didishesor this chicken dinner.
- Vegetables: Any roasted vegetable goes well with this chicken, but especially green roasted vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, or green beans!
- Noodles: My kids like it when I make a quick serving of buttery parmesan pasta (with a little fresh black pepper added) to go alongside this chicken. It does compliment it well!
- Garlic Bread: If we are feeling carb-y, garlic bread is always a happy side
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HOW TO STORE AND REHEAT LEFTOVERS
To store Pesto Chicken Caprese, refrigerate it in an airtight container for 2-3 days. It sadly does not freeze well. The cheese and pesto combination don’t thaw well.
When you want to reheat your leftovers, pour a little olive oil into a pan on medium heat, and add some extra cheese on top of the chicken. Cook until the chicken and tomatoes reach the desired temperature. You can also reheat it well in an air fryer set to 375°F for about 2 to 3 minutes!