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Grilled Chicken Caprese Recipe

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: American


Grilled chicken topped with thinly sliced roma tomatoes, melted mozzarella cheese, fresh chopped basil, and a drizzle of balsamic reduction. It’s a simple yet elegant dish packed with so much flavor.


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast (keep under 3/4 inches thick, slice if possible)
  • 8-ounce ball fresh mozzarella sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 medium roma tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 810 leaves fresh basil, chopped
  • 12 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the grill to medium heat. Clean the grates well and lightly oil with olive oil.
  2. Grill chicken for 5-7 minutes per side (lid closed) or until chicken is no longer pink and fully cooked through. Always use a digital thermometer to ensure the internal temperature is 165°F. See note below on alternately baking chicken.
  3. Top each piece of chicken with 1-2 slices of tomato (sprinkle tomatoes with a pinch of salt to really set it off) then 1-2 slices of fresh mozzarella cheese. Close the lid and grill for 2-3 more minutes or until cheese is warm and starting to melt.
  4. Remove from the heat, drizzle with balsamic and sprinkle with chopped fresh basil.

Balsamic reduction

  1. While chicken is cooking, bring balsamic vinegar to a boil, and reduce heat to low/simmer as soon as it bubbles. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until reduced by half. The sauce may not look thicker until it’s been removed from the heat for a few minutes. A splash of warm water will help thin the sauce if it gets too sticky.



The recipe works best with 3/4 inch thick chicken. Make all slices uniform for the best results. Larger, thicker chicken breasts should be sliced in half to yield two thinner slicers.

To bake the chicken: Preheat the oven to 450°F. Brush chicken with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place on a baking sheet/dish and bake for 15-18 minutes or until internal temp reaches 165°F and meat is no longer pink. In the last 3 minutes, top with sliced tomato and cheese and bake until melted. Remove from the heat, drizzle with balsamic and sprinkle with chopped fresh basil.


  • Serving Size: 1 piece
  • Calories: 416
  • Sugar: 0.9g
  • Sodium: 361mg
  • Fat: 17.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.5g
  • Fiber: 0.4g
  • Protein: 61.4g
  • Cholesterol: 157mg

Keywords: chicken with mozzarella and basil, chicken caprese


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