Chicken With Mozzarella And Tomatoes

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Chicken with Mozzarella and Tomatoes is a dish I like to make when I have some time on my hands. It’s pretty easy to put together and extremely tasty. The best part of this recipe is it only requires three ingredients, one of which is chicken! Now I don’t know about you but if it tells me that the Chicken is the ONLY ingredient required , well then what more could you ask for?

Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella Chicken

Ingredients

for 2 servings

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • olive oil, to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • garlic powder, to taste
  • oregano, to taste
  • 1 ball fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tomato, medium
  • 5 leaves fresh basil leaf

BALSAMIC GLAZE

  • 1 cup dark balsamic vinegar(240 mL), inexpensive
  • ⅓ cup honey(115 g)

Nutrition Info

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Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, season both sides of the chicken with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes, or until cooked through and juices run clear.
  4. While the chicken is in the oven, combine the balsamic vinegar and honey in a sauce pot and simmer, stirring occasionally.
  5. NOTE: It should take about 20 minutes for the mixture to reduce.
  6. Once the glaze has reached your desired thickness, remove it from the heat and set aside.
  7. Remove the chicken from the oven and top with slices of mozzarella and tomato.
  8. Broil for 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melty and the tomatoes are slightly charred.
  9. While the chicken is broiling, you can chiffonade (cut into thin strips) the basil.
  10. Drizzle the balsamic glaze over the chicken and top with basil.
  11. Enjoy!

MOZZARELLA STUFFED CHICKEN WITH TOMATO AND BASI

Chicken for dinner doesn’t have to be the same old and it doesn’t have to be complicated either. This simple baked Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken with fresh basil and tomato makes dinner worth repeating! Ready in 30 minutes and packed with flavor– a Caprese salad right in your chicken!

Cooked mozarrella stuffed chicken with chopped basil on top.

Dinner. The one thing that I swear I get into the biggest ruts in life these days.

There’s taco night, spaghetti night, mama is too tired so we order pizza night, and a few other things here and there. It goes over and over on repeat until I decide I’m bored and I need something new.

We do chicken at least once a week. I typically season it with some garlic, salt, pepper and oregano. I bake it and then try to change up what I serve it with to “keep it fresh.”

But I ALWAYS get big smiles and two thumbs up when I whip up this super simple mozzarella stuffed chicken–and I have no doubt you will too!

INGREDIENTS AND SUBSTITUTES:

  • mozzarella: fresh mozzarella is best. I honestly think it is what makes this recipe. Anything you can do to make it happen in this mozzarella stuffed chicken, please do!
  • basil: fresh basil as well. The flavor it adds is unbeatable. Just be warned that any of the basil hanging out of the chicken will come out black in the oven. Consider yourself warned!
Ingredients to make mozzarella stuffed chicken.

If you are a big fan of olive oils, a really nice olive oil will also make a really great impact on the flavor of this stuffed chicken. This is the kind of dish I like to save the good stuff for!

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Start out by combining the balsamic, olive oil, one garlic clove, Italian seasoning, a pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk well to combine. Add the sliced tomato and basil into the mixture and allow to soak for several minutes. You can let it sit for up to about an hour even.
  • Slice the chicken in half (see video below) about ¾ of the way through. Try to make sure the top and bottom part of the chicken are even so they cook evenly. (I cut this piece slightly uneven)
Steps to stuff chicken.
  • Season the chicken breasts with sea salt and pepper as well as one garlic clove.
  • Stuff the chicken! Take each ½ inch circle and cut in half. Place two pieces in the opening of the chicken breast. Layer the tomato and basil from the balsamic olive oil mixture on top of the mozzarella. (steps 1, 2 and 3)
  • Use toothpicks to keep the mozzarella, tomato and basil in place. I also like to pour over the extra balsamic and olive oil mixture on the chicken. (step 4)
Prepped stuffed chicken.
  • Line the chicken up in a baking pan and bake about 20-25 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Allow to rest for about 5 minutes before serving.
  • There may be some liquid in the pan when you pull the chicken out, so be aware. This happens more often when you add the extra balsamic over top.

EXPERT TIPS:

  • When putting these stuffed chicken breasts together, using two toothpicks is best to keep everything in place. Plus, it helps if you want to stuff them BIG TIME.
  • While you can certainly use shredded mozzarella if that’s what you have, I highly recommend using fresh mozzarella. The flavor, the melt, everything about it is just the best.
  • When slicing the chicken for stuffing, try to do it so that top and bottom half are of equal thickness. This will ensure that both parts cook at an even rate and one does not dry out.
  • You can make these ahead of time and let them sit in the fridge for the day and then pop them in the oven before dinner. That always helps when it comes to meal time for me!

BAKED CAPRESE CHICKEN

Baked Chicken Caprese. Oven-roasted chicken with Italian spices, sweet balsamic tomatoes, and melted mozzarella cheese. An easy 30-minute meal that your whole family will love. Chicken Breast with oven-roasted tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. www.modernhoney.com #dinner #30minutemeals #chicken

BAKED CAPRESE CHICKEN

Baked Caprese Chicken with Italian seasoned chicken breast, sweet oven roasted tomatoes, savory balsamic vinegar, and melted mozzarella cheese. 

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This 30-minute Oven-Baked Chicken with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese will have everyone begging for seconds. This is one of those dinner recipes that is a classic go-to because it is so easy and everyone loves it.

Baked Chicken Caprese. Oven-roasted chicken with Italian spices, sweet balsamic tomatoes, and melted mozzarella cheese. An easy 30-minute meal that your whole family will love. Chicken Breast with oven-roasted tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. www.modernhoney.com #dinner #30minutemeals #chicken

It all starts with boneless, skinless chicken breasts. You can use the traditional thick breasts or pick up the thinly sliced chicken breasts. I tend to go for the thinly sliced chicken breasts because the chicken cooks evenly and there’s more topping. It’s all about the topping!

Next, to make this Caprese Chicken, you need to season the heck out of the chicken breast. Let’s be real here…chicken is way bland on its own and needs a little help. It is amazing the power of spices to transform bland, boring chicken.  We are rubbing on extra virgin olive oil to keep it moist and juicy and a mixture of Italian spices to make it extra flavorful.

Baked Chicken Caprese. Oven-roasted chicken with Italian spices, sweet balsamic tomatoes, and melted mozzarella cheese. An easy 30-minute meal that your whole family will love. Chicken Breast with oven-roasted tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. www.modernhoney.com #dinner #30minutemeals #chicken

To bring in the freshness, we are using vine-ripened tomatoes.  We all know vegetables taste even better when they are roasted so we are roasting tomatoes with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to make them soft, slightly sweet, and savory.  You can use any type of tomatoes but I usually grab the campari or grape tomatoes at the grocery store and halve or quarter them.

Bring on the mozzarella cheese! Oh cheese, how I LOVE YOU. After the chicken is baked through, sprinkle on the mozzarella cheese, and broil it for 5 minutes to get it melted and toasty.  You can use grated or freshly sliced mozzarella cheese.  If you use grated mozzarella cheese, it will melt easier since fresh mozzarella tends to keep its shape for a longer period of time. Both are amazing on this Balsamic Chicken with Tomatoes and Mozzarella so it is up to you!

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