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One-Pan Juicy Chicken Caprese

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This One-Pan Juicy Chicken Caprese recipe is not only easy to make, but guarantees juicy, tender chicken every single time, thanks to a clever cooking method I stumbled upon from @sammypur on TikTok. Believe me, this quick and easy chicken dish is destined to be on repeat in your kitchen.

A decorative round platter filled with two chicken breasts covered in fresh, melted mozzarella cheese with halved cherry tomatoes spooned over the chicken and platter and garnished with fresh basil and balsamic reduction.
Plate the chicken. Spoon on the tomato mixture and garnish with fresh basil, cracked black pepper and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

Why You Should Make this Juicy Chicken Caprese

  • Quick and easy: With minimal prep work and only one pan needed, this recipe is perfect for busy weeknights.
  • Bursting with flavor: The combination of juicy chicken, melted mozzarella and fresh tomatoes and basil creates a wonderful combination of flavors in every bite.
  • Versatile: Serve this chicken dish on its own for a satisfying meal, or pair it with your favorite side dishes like pasta or roasted vegetables.

Ingredients

  • Boneless Chicken Breasts: Easily substitute with chicken tenders or boneless chicken thighs.
  • Olive Oil: Substitute with any high-smoke point oil for sautéing the chicken.
  • Seasonings: Feel free to use your favorite seasoning blend for the chicken.
  • Fresh Mozzarella: Substitute with sliced provolone, or even shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Cherry Tomatoes: Substitute with grape tomatoes, diced Roma tomatoes or heirloom cherry tomatoes.
  • Fresh Basil Leaves: Substitute with spinach leaves, arugula or parsley for a different flavor profile.
  • Balsamic Glaze: Substitute with balsamic vinegar reduction or a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar.

How to Make Juicy Chicken

As mentioned earlier, I learned this method of making juicy chicken from a content creator on TikTok. Believe me, this technique produces a juicy chicken breast, every single time.

  1. Preheat oven to 400° (200°).
  2. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels.
  3. Season the boneless chicken breasts with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.
  4. Sear in a hot pan for 5 minutes on one side.
  5. Flip, and immediately transfer to a preheated oven and bake for exactly 12 minutes (13 minutes if you are not using the chicken for this recipe).

How to Make Chicken Caprese

  1. While the chicken is baking, prepare a tomato mixture with cherry tomatoes, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  2. Once the chicken is done, top with slices of fresh mozzarella, and broil until melted.
  3. Serve the chicken topped with the tomato mixture, a drizzle of balsamic glaze and garnished with fresh basil and cracked black pepper.

How to Serve and Store One-Pan Juicy Chicken Caprese

Here are a few ideas to pair pair with this Juicy Chicken Caprese dish:

  1. Pasta: Serve the chicken alongside a bed of al dente pasta tossed in a light marinara sauce or olive oil with garlic and herbs.
  2. Roasted Vegetables: Roasted vegetables such as asparagus, zucchini, and/or bell peppers make a fantastic side dish.
  3. Crusty Bread: A loaf of crusty Italian bread or garlic bread is perfect for soaking up the savory juices from the chicken and tomato mixture.
  4. Steamed Vegetables: Steamed broccoli or asparagus would be a great compliment to this baked chicken dish.

Storage and Leftovers: If you happen to have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Simply reheat on the stovetop or oven until warmed through.

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A decorative round platter filled with two chicken breasts covered in fresh, melted mozzarella cheese with halved cherry tomatoes spooned over the chicken and platter and garnished with fresh basil and balsamic reduction.

One-Pan Juicy Chicken Caprese


Description

This One-Pan Juicy Chicken Caprese recipe is not only easy to make, but guarantees juicy, tender chicken every single time!


Ingredients

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  • 2 boneless chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 6 slices fresh mozzarella
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1012 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper, plus more for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic glaze

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Pat the chicken breasts dry with a paper towel. Season both sides with half of the salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.
  3. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a cast iron, or oven-safe pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Once hot, add the chicken breasts and let them sear without touching for exactly five minutes.
  5. Flip the chicken breasts and immediately transfer the pan to the preheated oven. Bake for exactly 12 minutes.
  6. While the chicken is baking, prepare the tomato mixture. In a bowl, combine the cherry tomatoes, remaining olive oil, remaining salt, cracked black pepper and about 8 torn basil leaves. Stir to coat everything evenly.
  7. Remove the chicken from the oven and switch the oven setting to broil.
  8. Lay the fresh mozzarella slices over the chicken breasts and return to the oven. Broil on the middle rack until the cheese is melted.
  9. Once done, transfer the chicken to a serving platter. Spoon the tomato mixture over the chicken. 
  10. Drizzle with balsamic glaze.
  11. Garnish with the remaining fresh basil leaves and cracked black pepper.
  12. ENJOY!
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Notes

  • Do follow the technique to make juicy chicken (you will not regret it).
  • A cast iron pan works best in this recipe. However, you can use an oven-safe pan if that is all you have.
  • Sear the chicken in a cast iron pan for exactly 5 minutes, without touching. Flip then immediately transfer to the oven for exactly 12 minutes.
  • Set a timer, to be exact with the searing and baking time. 
  • Lay the fresh mozzarella slices on paper towels to draw out any excess moisture. 
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: American

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