I love anything with basil, tomato, and mozzarella which means I swoon for caprese salad. So recently, when I was stuck with defrosted chicken breast and the kitchen was too hot for the oven, I went to my garden and harvested the ingredients for Grilled Chicken Caprese.
Grilled chicken alone is delicious. We use a charcoal grill and just the thought of the flavor makes my mouth water. But imagine what happens when you add a tasty balsamic marinade and fresh basil!
Chicken breast seems so large lately that I have made a habit of slicing them in half to keep our portion sizes closer to what is recommended by doctors. Then, to help them cook evenly, I pound them to an even thickness.
At least 30 minutes prior to grill time, you whisk together the balsamic dressing and drizzle over the chicken. Place one piece of basil on each chicken breast portion and then cover with plastic wrap before placing in the refrigerator.
Serve over pasta, with mashed potatoes, or paired with a crunchy bruschetta.
Each bite will fill your mouth with the fresh flavor of summer.
Grilled Caprese Chicken
- Boneless skinless chicken breast
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
- Fresh basil leaves for each piece of chicken and additional basil chopped for serving
- Mozzarella cheese shredded
- Ripe tomatoes sliced
- Pound chicken to equal thickness and place on rimmed baking sheet.
- Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper. Drizzle over chicken.
- Place one piece of fresh basil over each piece of chicken. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
- Prepare grill to high heat, about 600 degrees.
- Take chicken from the refrigerator and remove basil.
- Carefully grease grill using tongs and a paper towel dipped in olive oil. Then, place chicken on the grill allowing to cook for 3 minutes on each side or until cook through.
- Remove chicken from grill and immediately top with mozzarella cheese to allow the cheese to melt.
- Before serving, place on slice of tomato on each chicken breast and sprinkle with chopped basil and additional salt and pepper to taste.
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