Caprese Skillet Chicken

Caprese Skillet Chicken is a crazy fast weeknight meal ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Caprese Skillet Chicken is a healthy, colorful stove top 30 minute meal that will get raves from everybody — be prepared to make this on a weekly basis because the family’s going to demand it!

Caprese Chicken Skillet ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

This recipe for Caprese Skillet Chicken comes from the brand new, hot off the presses The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook, from one of my best blogging buddies, Mary, from Barefeet in the Kitchen.  We got to know each other virtually when we were just newbie bloggers, and we’ve becomme great friends ever since.  Mary’s cooking style is down home, authentic, hearty, and always delicious.  She feeds three hungry boys and a husband on a daily basis and she’s mastered the art of the quick dinner.  I’ve made so many of Mary’s recipes over the years and I can’t think of a more trusted source for great food.

Skillet Caprese Chicken ~ A super quick, easy, and delicious 30 minute meal ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

True story — when it came time for me to make this chicken, I gathered all my ingredients together about an hour before dinnertime just like I do every night.  I started to go through the recipe and quickly realized that the whole thing was going to be done in a matter of MINUTES, and I was going to be waaaaay early with the meal…so I had to put everything aside and go read a book (aka surf Pinterest) for an hour before I needed to get to work :)  If I had been more observant, and less eager to eat,  I would have noticed that my Caprese Skillet Chicken was part of Mary’s 15-25 Minute Meals Section — thanks Mary for a lightning quick and super delicious meal, and thanks for all the extra free time!

 

Caprese Skillet Chicken is a crazy fast weeknight meal ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

What makes this meal so brilliant, and so fast, is that the chicken breasts are sliced in half lengthwise, so they cook in no time, and the mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil get warmed through, just enough to get the cheese all melty, but not long enough to destroy that wonderful fresh flavor and texture that Caprese is famous for.

TIP: Make this extra pretty with colorful heirloom tomatoes.

Caprese Skillet Chicken ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

TIP: Fresh mozzarella is notoriously difficult to slice, especially thinly.  For an easier time of it, freeze the cheese for 2 hours to firm it up. 

This book is going to be one of those that you keep right on the counter, or better yet, it’s compact enough that you might store it in your in purse so you can whip it out at the grocery store.   Here’s a sampling of the recipes I’ve got on my list for the coming weeks:

  • Green Chile and Cheese Stuffed Chicken
  • Cheesy Mexican Pasta
  • Philly Cheesesteak Potato Skillet
  • Cheesy Enchilada Rice Skillet
  • Honey Chipotle Meatloaf
  • Creamy Green Chile, Chicken and Spinach Enchilada

The words ‘cheesy‘ and ‘skillet‘ come up a lot in these recipes, to give you an idea of what you can expect…

Caprese Skillet Chicken from The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Recipe from The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook

Caprese Skillet Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb chicken breasts (about 3)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, plus a pinch for finishing
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus more for finishing
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes (I used heirlooms and a few cherries for garnish))
  • 8 large fresh basil leaves
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar for garnish

Instructions

  1. Slice the chicken breasts in half lengthwise, making thin cutlets. If the chicken is still more than 1/2 inch thick, lightly pound the cutlets until they are an even 1/2 inch in thickness. Sprinkle the chicken with the salt, pepper, and dried basil. Slice the cheese into 1/4 inch thick slices, slice the tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices, and slice the fresh basil into thin shreds. Set on a plate next to the stove.
  2. Warm a large stainless steel skillet over medium high heat, add the oil and heat until shimmering. Add the chicken in a single layer across the skillet. Cook without touching for 90 seconds. Reduce the heat to medium. Flip the chicken over and top each piece of chicken with cheese and then tomato slices and cover with a lid. Cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes. The cheese should be just beginning to melt over the chicken.
  3. Remove from the heat, uncover and test the chicken for doneness. It should be white throughout with barely a hint of pink. Sprinkle the tomatoes lightly with a pinch of salt and pepper and top with the fresh basil. Drizzle with the balsamic just before serving.
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notes:

  • We had this with couscous (great for soaking up the juices) and steamed broccoli.
  • As Mary notes, don’t skip the finishing touch of a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, it brings it all together.

 

don’t forget to pin it!

Caprese Skillet Chicken is a healthy weeknight meal that takes literally minutes to put together from start to finish! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

 

The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook is hot off the presses this month and I highly recommend picking up a copy — it’s on Amazon, HERE.  I’ve purchased copies for both of my daughters, who are newly living on their own with full time jobs.

The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

19 Comments

  • Reply
    Aarti
    October 20, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Wow this looks amazing!

  • Reply
    Mary Younkin
    October 14, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Sue!! I can’t believe I missed your review! I’m so glad we chatted today, so I’d know to come and check it out. This is one of my favorite recipes in the book and your photos are absolutely gorgeous. Thanks so much for your sweet words, friend. I love that we’ve been on this blogging journey together for so many years.

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    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    September 3, 2016 at 5:16 am

    This is a favorite at our house. Your tomatoes are so gorgeous!

  • Reply
    Heidi
    August 31, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Caprese chicken is the bomb! And guess what Sue? My husband said “you need to make this weekly”. So easy and so good.

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 31, 2016 at 8:16 am

      haha, just the response I got, it’s nice when something so easy is so popular.

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    August 30, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    I love caprese anything and this is a must make! This is my kind of dinner!

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    Medeja
    August 29, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Lovely and easy meal! I should try it sometime :)

  • Reply
    2 sisters recipes
    August 28, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Absolutely love this recipe! Easy and delicious is what we love. Thanks for sharing!

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    manu
    August 28, 2016 at 2:40 am

    Your caprese salad looks so colored and so yummy!
    THanks for sharing.
    Love

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    Daniela Apostol
    August 27, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Not only a colourful and gorgeous-looking recipe, but also healthy and quick to make. It just ticks all boxes. A great meal whenever there’s not much time to spare. A proper delish!

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    Kushi
    August 27, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    This is such a great idea. Looks so beautiful and delicious!

  • Reply
    Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook
    August 27, 2016 at 11:49 am

    A quick meal is always welcome on the weekdays – heck, even weekends!
    P.S. – I fall into the “what’s happening on my phone” trap when I should be reading, too… sigh.

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    Tara@SimpleFood365
    August 27, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I absolutely love Caprese salad!! Turning it into a quick and easy chicken dish is absolutely ingenious! Looks fantastic.

  • Reply
    Susan
    August 27, 2016 at 10:27 am

    I am so glad you posted this recipe! I have another blogger’s recipe, and while it’s good, it takes a lot of work to make. The hardest part here is slicing the chicken breasts. I just happen to have some wonderful aged balsamic vinegar that we bought in San Gimignano, Italy, which would make this perfect. I’m going to have to check out that cookbook, too.

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      Sue
      August 27, 2016 at 10:38 am

      I know, the real surprise of this recipe is how straightforward it is, it lets the ingredients speak for themselves, I love that. I think you’ll love the cookbook, too Susan.

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    Chris Scheuer
    August 27, 2016 at 10:16 am

    This is my favorite kind of summer dinner. Simple ingredients combined to enhance one another – perfection in my book! I want as many meals like this as possible before the season (and those wonderful tomatoes) slip away.

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    Sarah @ Champagne Tastes
    August 27, 2016 at 10:12 am

    What a delicious idea.. I love anything with huge juicy tomatoes and fresh basil. Noms.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    August 27, 2016 at 8:43 am

    So juicy and flavourful…I totally love those heirloom tomatoes.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    August 27, 2016 at 7:56 am

    This recipe is going on my list to make next! I love my new Barefeet in the Kitchen cookbook and you picked a wonderful recipe to feature. Those tomatoes and tender chicken – with fresh basil … perfection! I am absolutely drooling!

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