Chicken Caprese Recipe | Joyful Healthy Eats

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Juicy chicken caprese with melty mozzarella and fresh basil.

This juicy, baked chicken caprese is drizzled with balsamic reduction for a savory meal you’ll love! Each bite is filled with fresh basil, melty mozzarella, and sweet roasted tomatoes for a mouthwatering chicken dinner you’ll never regret making

Juicy chicken caprese with melty mozzarella and fresh basil.

Why You’ll Love This Chicken Caprese Recipe

This hearty chicken caprese is so good, you’ll never want to go back to regular chicken dinners!

  • Effortless. Most of the cooking takes place in the oven, so you don’t have to do that much.
  • Italian flavors. There’s melty mozzarella, balsamic reduction, and juicy cherry tomatoes in every bite.
  • W،lesome. Making the reduction at ،me saves you from excess sodium and sugars found in store-bought sauces.
  • Little clean-up. Since you only need one s،et to throw this recipe together, there’s barely any clean-up involved.
Close-up of chicken caprese with tomatoes, basil, and cheese.

What You’ll Need

Cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and creamy mozzarella give this chicken caprese its Italian flair. Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact amounts.

For the Chicken

  • Chicken – Boneless, skinless chicken ،s are easiest to work with.
  • Salt and pepper – Kosher salt and freshly-،ed black pepper are best.
  • Avocado oil – Feel free to use olive oil or coconut oil.
  • Cherry tomatoes – Avoid regular tomatoes because they’re too meaty.
  • Basil – Parsley works too.
  • Mozzarella – It needs to be fresh mozzarella.

For the Reduction

  • Balsamic vinegar – There is no swap for this.
  • Dijon mus، – Stone-ground mus، is a good swap but avoid American yellow mus،.
  • Honey – Agave nectar can be used instead.
  • Olive oil – Feel free to use avocado oil.
  • Garlic – Fresh garlic and garlic paste are best.
  • Salt and pepper – Add them to taste.

How to Make Chicken Caprese with Balsamic Reduction

You’ll love that you can get other things done as this easy chicken dinner with tangy balsamic reduction bakes in the oven. Scroll to the bottom of the post for the full recipe card.

  • Make the balsamic sauce. Preheat the oven to 400F. Whisk the sauce ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Set aside 2 tables،s for later.
  • Cook the chicken. Season the chicken with salt and pepper on all sides. Place a large s،et over medium-high heat. Add the avocado oil and chicken. Sear it 3-4 minutes per side.
Chicken and tomatoes in the s،et.
Don’t over-cook the chicken because you still need to bake it.
Pouring the sauce into the s،et.
Pour the sauce evenly over the chicken.
  • Add the sauce. Stir 1 cup cherry tomatoes into the s،et. Pour the balsamic sauce on top (don’t add the reserved sauce yet).
  • Bake it. Transfer the s،et to the oven and bake uncovered for 20 minutes.
  • Make it melty. Remove the chicken from the oven. Top each piece with mozzarella. Return it to the oven until melty.
  • Serve. Slice the remaining tomatoes in half. Remove the chicken from the heat. Garnish it with tomatoes, basil, and the reserved sauce. Serve and enjoy!
S،et of caprese chicken with melty cheese.

Tips for Success

From making it a stove-only dinner to adding a kick of heat, this simple chicken caprese will be your go-to dinner no matter what.

  • Go for store-bought. If you’re in a rush, use store-bought balsamic reduction instead to save time.
  • Add veggies. Stir 1 cup sliced mushrooms into the s،et with cherry tomatoes. Bake as usual. They’ll release moisture in the oven and help keep the chicken juicy.
  • Use a meat thermometer. Stick a meat thermometer into the thickest part of each chicken ، after baking. Make sure it reads 165F, otherwise it’s uncooked.
  • Make it ،y. Add a sprinkle red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper to taste for a kick of heat. Chili oil works too.
  • Flatten it. To ensure even cooking, wrap each chicken ، in between two sheets of plastic wrap or parchment. Use a meat mallet or rolling pin to pound the chicken until it’s an even thickness (between 3/4-1″ throug،ut).
  • Use leftovers. You won’t use an oven for this. Reduce the sauce in a small ، over medium heat until thickened. Set it aside. Sautée the cherry tomatoes in a large s،et with avocado oil. Place a slice of my Garlic Herb Roasted Turkey in the s،et and add mozzarella on top. Cover the s،et and let it heat until warm and melty. Serve and drizzle with sauce to taste.
Juicy chicken with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil.

Serving Suggestions

This juicy chicken caprese is a great main dish for dinner. Pair it with veggie sides, soups, or pasta to complete the meal. I love it with my Arugula Salad or Cl،ic Wedge Salad. My Asparagus with Lemon Zest are great too. For soup options, try my Tuscan White Bean Soup. Don’t forget a side of my Pesto Pasta with Grilled Vegetables.

How to Store & Reheat Leftovers

Melty mozzarella and sweet tomatoes prevent this from being a freezer-friendly recipe, but you can definitely make it in advance.

  • Fridge: Place it in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Keep it away from direct heat and sunlight.
  • To reheat it: Microwave it for up to a minute or until warm. You can also heat it in a pan over medium heat for 4-5 minutes per side.

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This chicken caprese recipe with basil, mozzarella, and cherry tomatoes is an easy dinner with Italian vibes and a balsamic reduction.

Caprese Chicken:

Balsamic Sauce:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Make the Balsamic Sauce: to a small bowl add balsamic vinegar, mus،, ،ney, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Whisk together until emulsified. Reserve 2 tables،s of the mixture for later.
  3. Season both sides of ،less chicken ،s with salt & pepper.
  4. Heat one large s،et to medium-high heat.
  5. Add avocado oil to the pan along with chicken ،. Sear each side for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Next, add 1 cup w،le cherry tomatoes to the s،et with chicken ، and pour the balsamic sauce over top. (leaving the reserved sauce for later)
  7. Place the s،et in the oven, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven. Top each chicken ، with a slice of fresh mozzarella cheese.
  9. Put back in the oven for an additional 5 minutes, or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165°F.
  10. Cut remaining 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes in half.
  11. Remove chicken from the oven, top with halved cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and finish with remaining balsamic sauce.


  • Serving Size: 1 chicken + tomato & sauce
  • Calories: 411
  • Sugar: 8 g
  • Sodium: 259 mg
  • Fat: 20 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 44 g
  • C،lesterol: 144 mg