Oven Baked Chicken Caprese

Baked chicken caprese

Use your summer tomatoes and basil in this delicious oven baked chicken caprese! This simple, flavorful, balsamic chicken topped with a blanket of melty mozzarella is a weeknight dinner your whole family will love! (gluten-free, nut-free)



For Chicken:

  • 4 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For Topping:

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella cheese
  • more basil, for topping


  1. Pound chicken breasts to even thickness. Place in a shallow dish and sprinkle evenly with salt, pepper and garlic powder. drizzle with balsamic and olive oil and turn to coat evenly. Place in the refrigerator while you prepare remaining ingredients.
  2. In a small bowl, combine tomatoes, garlic, balsamic, and basil. Grate the mozzarella.
  3. Heat oven to 375°F. Place a skillet on the stove and preheat it over medium-high heat.
  4. Once the skillet is hot, sear chicken breasts for about 2 minutes per side.
  5. Place seared chicken in a baking dish in a single layer. Top with tomato mixture and then mozzarella.
  6. Bake 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. It is done when the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  7. Optional: place under the broiler on high for 1-2 minutes to get the cheese bubbly and golden.
  8. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with roughly torn fresh basil leaves and serve immediately.


  • For one less dish to clean, you can use a cast iron skillet to sear the chicken and bake it directly in the skillet too.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

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