Caprese Grilled Chicken

When the weather warms and fresh tomatoes are in abundance, I can’t get enough caprese. The mixture of tangy balsamic vinegar with sweet tomatoes, salty soft mozzarella, garlic and olive oil is my favorite flavor combination ever. We’re talking ever ever. And I eat a lot.

Served with a juicy hunk of grilled chicken, dinner doesn’t come any easier. Add a big green salad, some garlic bread and a glass of wine, and honey… you’re speakin’ my language.

It’s summer on a plate!

Basically, what I’m saying is, if you came over for dinner, this is what we’d eat. This meal is just as impressive for hungry guests as it is for weeknights that call for something fresh and colorful. And it’s not bad to look at, either!

I like to marinade my chicken in a mixture of olive oil, vinegar and Italian seasonings, but use what you like. You could spice it up with red pepper flakes, go for a bit more fragrance with rosemary and thyme, add some citrusy brightness with lemon zest… Get creative with it!

Here in Austin, it’s inconceivable to fire up your oven past June. So, we grill. But if you don’t have a grill, you can bake the chicken or sizzle it up in a skillet. Just add your mozzarella during the last few minutes of cooking. That melty, gooey goodness is what MAKES this chicken, so go for the fresh mozz if you can. It provides the perfect pillowy bed for a pile of sweet, tangy tomatoes!

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Caprese Grilled Chicken

Yield: Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts, halved horizontally
3 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper, to taste
6 slices fresh mozzarella
2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

Directions:

Preheat your outdoor grill or grill pan to medium-high.

Coat chicken breasts with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper. Grill chicken for about 15 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking time. Top chicken with 2 slices mozzarella each, cover grill, and allow chicken to cook through, about 5 minutes more.

In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes and minced garlic. Add a splash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Serve chicken, spoon tomato mixture over each portion, and sprinkle with fresh basil.

Enjoy! (This is great served with crusty bread and a salad!)

Adapted from Babble

      

16 Responses to “Caprese Grilled Chicken”

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    Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe — August 4, 2014 @ 4:32 am

    Looks truly yummy! During summer-time I’m all about caprese, too so you can be sure you’ll be trying out this recipe :)

    xo, Elisa

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    Julie @ WolfItDown — August 4, 2014 @ 5:28 am

    Happiness on a plate :D x

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    Choc Chip Uru — August 4, 2014 @ 8:09 am

    I love the colours of this grilled chicken, it looks fantastic!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — August 4, 2014 @ 8:33 am

    I love easy summery recipes, and anything with the words “caprese!” Great recipe, Georgia!

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    Gaby — August 4, 2014 @ 8:57 am

    This is right up my alley! So delicious!

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    RavieNomNoms — August 4, 2014 @ 12:43 pm

    What a great idea! I love the combinations of these flavors together. Really delicious!

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    Angel Reyes — August 4, 2014 @ 2:22 pm

    Wonderful!!!! It looks vibrant and appetizing!

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    Judit + Corina | Glamorous Bite — August 4, 2014 @ 4:36 pm

    What a perfect summer dish Georgia! Hope you are having a wonderful summer with little Lillian Rose :)
    Cheers,
    J+C

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — August 5, 2014 @ 7:26 am

    If this is what you are serving for dinner, I’ll be right over! Lovely Georgia, as always.

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 5, 2014 @ 4:09 pm

    I’m obsessed with Caprese anything, perfect summer dinner!

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    Kitchen Belleicious — August 5, 2014 @ 5:52 pm

    pile those tomatoes on girl! i love me cherry tomatoes and the chicken looks perfectly moist- juicy and delicious

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    Pat — August 5, 2014 @ 8:42 pm

    What a great looking meal that is, I will be right over to join you! This is my kind of summer dinner. :)

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    Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen — August 6, 2014 @ 12:30 pm

    That looks totally luscious! Add a loaf of French bread and a glass of red wine and this is heavenly :)

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    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — August 7, 2014 @ 12:14 am

    What a great way to use all the tomatoes right now – adding this to the meal plan!

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    marcie — August 10, 2014 @ 11:15 am

    I don’t know why I’ve never done this, because caprese is one of my favorite things ever! This is one incredible way to gussy up grilled chicken! :)

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — August 16, 2014 @ 8:36 pm

    That’s the fanciest chicken I’ve seen in a while.

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