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This keto Caprese Chicken recipe is fresh, juicy, packed with summer flavors, and baked in one skillet. Perfectly cooked chicken breasts are topped with mozzarella, basil, and fresh tomatoes for a delicious family friendly dinner.
Caprese chicken is the perfect easy dinner for summer! Juicy chicken breasts are cooked with gooey mozzarella and fresh tomatoes. For the perfect finish, garnish with plenty of fresh basil and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
This skillet dish is simple to make but has a ton of flavor. For a complete meal, serve it up with roasted potatoes or pasta.
Baked Caprese Chicken on a Skillet
Made in just one pan Caprese chicken recipe is an easy, healthy, gluten free, and low carb keto weeknight meal that the whole family will love!
And, if you love Caprese salad, then you’ll love this Caprese chicken recipe. This chicken dish is packed with summer flavors and it’s so easy to make. Made with tomato, basil, mozzarella, and chicken then drizzled with a balsamic glaze.
It’s ready in under 30 minutes.
The sauce for this chicken is simple. You just need diced tomatoes, garlic, and olive oil.
I like to use fresh tomatoes when they are in season. The cherry and Roma tomatoes go perfectly together and they are so sweet and juicy!
Ingredients for Chicken Caprese Recipe
- Chicken breasts
- Olive oil
- Cherry tomatoes
- Dried Italian seasoning
- Mozzarella cheese
- Roma tomato
- Fresh basil leaves
- Balsamic glaze
- This recipe uses chicken breasts because they cook quickly and have a mild flavor. I suggest using boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
- Olive oil helps sear the chicken and make it crispy and golden brown.
- This recipe combines cherry and Roma tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes are small and roast in the oven. Roma tomatoes are big and look pretty when they are cooked.
- Garlic is a delicious addition to this recipe and pairs well with tomatoes and chicken.
- Italian seasoning can give food a delicious flavor. It has a bit of an earthy taste and also a herby flavor. This seasoning tastes great with tomatoes.
- We are using fresh mozzarella cheese with our chicken in the oven. The cheese melts over chicken breast for a cheesy and delicious delight.
- Basil is another ingredient in Caprese chicken. We’re adding it right serving so it doesn’t get wilt.
- I love the richness and acidity of the balsamic glaze in this recipe. I highly recommend using a glaze rather than plain balsamic vinegar. See how to turn balsamic vinegar into a glaze in our Caprese appetizer skewers recipe under the recipe notes.
Equipment Used for Caprese Chicken on a Skillet
How to Make Chicken Caprese on Skillet
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Heat an oven safe skillet over medium heat then add the olive oil.
Add the chicken breasts to the pan and cook them for 4 minutes on the each side, until they are golden brown.
Remove the pan from the heat and add the cherry tomatoes, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Toss to combine.
Place two pieces of mozzarella cheese and two or three slices of Roma tomato on each piece of chicken.
Put the cooked chicken in the oven and bake it for 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the internal temperature of the chicken is 165°F.
Optional: To crisp the tomato and mozzarella, broil it on high heat for a few minutes until it is to your desired doneness.
Sprinkle over the basil leaves and drizzle over the balsamic glaze on top of baked Caprese chicken. Then serve immediately.
Storage: Leftover keto Caprese chicken can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
- Caprese Chicken Thighs: use chicken thighs in place of chicken breasts for a juicier piece of meat.
- Caprese Stuffed Chicken: After sautéing the chicken breasts, butterfly and stuff the chicken with mozzarella and tomatoes and then bake it according to the recipe instructions.
- Caprese chicken skewers: Sear and cook the chicken until it reaches 165ºF then cut it into bite sized pieces. Put it on skewers with tomatoes and mozzarella for skewered Caprese chicken.
- Tomato-Basil Chicken Caprese: You can still use the tomato, basil, mozzarella, and chicken. But if you want to change up the flavor of this recipe, try using a chunky tomato basil sauce instead of balsamic glaze on top.
- Caprese chicken pasta: If you want a quick and easy meal, try Caprese chicken pasta. Cook the chicken and tomatoes in the skillet, then add cooked pasta and mozzarella cheese. Toss to combine, then heat through until the cheese is melted. Then serve as shown in the photos
Love Easy Chicken Recipes?
Chicken recipes are one of my favorite things to make for dinner. They are quick and easy to make, and always taste great. If you’re looking for more chicken recipes to try, take a look at some of our favorites.
There are lots of different chicken tender recipes that you can try. One of our favorites is these baked chicken tenders, they have no breading (keto friendly) and are baked to perfection. Another great option is these blackened chicken tenders, which are full of flavor and very easy to make.
So whether you want something simple for a weeknight meal or something to wow guests, we have you covered.
Frequently Asked Questions
The cooking time for chicken breasts in the oven will vary depending on their size. If you are cooking two small chicken breasts, they should cook in about 15-20 minutes. On the other hand, if you are cooking two large chicken breasts, they make take 25- 30 minutes.
Check their internal temperature frequently. To make sure that your chicken is cooked through, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temp of the chicken. It should be 165°F.
The answer is simple, don’t overcook it. Chicken breast is a lean cut of meat, which means it’s prone to becoming dry if you cook it for too long. Check the internal temperature of your chicken frequently.
That’s why this keto Caprese chicken recipe uses a two-step cooking method: first, sear the chicken in a hot skillet until it’s lightly browned and cooked through. Then, finish it in the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly. This ensures that the chicken breast is juicy and flavorful, with a crispy outer crust.
The easiest way to cut tomatoes for Caprese is to use a serrated knife.
* First, cut off the top of the tomato where the stem was attached.
* Then, cut the tomato in half crosswise (not lengthwise).
* Finally, slice the tomato halves into thin slices.
For larger tomatoes, you may want to quarter them first before slicing.
Get the Full Caprese Chicken on Skillet Recipe Here
- 4 pcs thin-cut chicken breasts about 1-1.5 pounds
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes or as many as you like
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
- 8 slices (4 ounces) fresh mozzarella cheese
- 10 slices Roma tomato about 2-3 tomatoes
- ¼ cup fresh basil leaves whole or julienned
- 2 tablespoons balsamic glaze
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Heat an oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil.
- Add the chicken breasts to the pan and cook for 4 minutes on the first side, or until they are golden brown.
- Remove the pan from the heat and add the cherry tomatoes, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Toss to combine.
- Layer two pieces of mozzarella and two/three slices of Roma tomato on each piece of chicken (or as many as it takes to cover the chicken).
- Transfer the chicken to the oven and bake it for 8-10 minutes, or until the mozzarella is melted and the internal temperature of the chicken registers 165°F.
- Optional: crisp the tomato and mozzarella by broiling on high heat for 2-3 minutes or until your desired doneness.
- Sprinkle over the basil leaves and drizzle over the balsamic glaze. Serve immediately.
- Leftover Caprese chicken can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
- Chicken breasts work well in this recipe because they’re quick cooking and mildly flavored. I highly recommend using boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
- Olive oil helps sear the chicken, so it becomes crisp and golden brown.
- I love the combination of cherry tomatoes and Roma tomatoes in this recipe– but pretty much any kind of tomato will work. The small cherry tomatoes warm and burst in the oven while the Roma tomatoes make for a beautiful presentation.
- Garlic is delicious with tomatoes and chicken, so we are using plenty of it in this recipe!
- Italian seasoning adds a bit of earthiness and herbaceous flavor that is delicious with tomatoes.
- Fresh mozzarella is classic in a Caprese so that’s what we’re using with our chicken as well. It melts and becomes gooey and delicious in the oven!
- Basil is another classic Caprese ingredient. We’re adding it to the chicken right before we serve it so it doesn’t wilt too much.
- Balsamic glaze adds a rich, acidic, sweetness that I love in this recipe. I highly recommend using a glaze rather than plain balsamic vinegar.