21 June 2014

Summer is Here with Caprese Chicken


Caprese Chicken
The first day of summer brings to mind sunkissed tomatoes, fragrant basil and freshly plucked greens. This simple Caprese Chicken takes full advantage of the season.

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. ~John Steinbeck

**Caprese Chicken**
4 skinless chicken breasts
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3 large garlic cloves, minced
2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
10 large basil leaves
8 oz fresh buffalo mozzarella, sliced in 1/2 inch thick slices
balsamic vinegar, to taste

Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken breasts and set aside.

In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add chicken, cover pan, and cook for about 10 minutes. After 5 minutes flip chicken breasts, add sliced tomatoes and garlic to pan and continue cooking another 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked thoroughly (or has reached an internal temp of 165°F).

Once chicken has reached desired doneness, top the tops of each chicken breast with 2 slices of mozzarella. Sprinkle with basil leaves. Cover pan with lid and let the mozzarella melt, about 1-2 minutes.

Drizzle with a splash of balsamic vinegar and serve immediately.


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16 comments:

  1. I think you've absolutely hit the nail on the head with how you describe summer and this glorious dish is perfect.

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  2. Scrumptious and summery! A delightful dish.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  3. My kind of summer dish - everything tasty about summer on one plate!

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  4. Chicken topped with a gorgeous Caprese salad is perfect for welcoming summertime. Hope you are having a lovely weekend Val.
    Sam

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  5. Lovely summer dinner. Oh, those tomatoes, they look so good.

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  6. I'm so glad summer is here...finally!
    After the winter we had here on cape cod? Blizzard after blizzard after blizzard.
    Made a promise to myself on blizzard #8 that I would take more time out this summer. Happy to report I am doing just that today. :-)

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  7. Delicious - we made a recipe like this for dinner on our last night in the villa we rented in Tuscany. Buono! When the tomatoes are bursting ripe and the basil plentiful . . . mmm the senses pop!

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  8. This dish has so many wonderful flavors of summer in it, Val, and I especially like that it is light and healthy. My basil is ready to pick but the tomatoes are still weeks away.

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  9. Marvelous quote and a perfectly delicious dinner, simply made with great flavors!

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  10. That sounds really delicious!

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  11. Sounds wonderful. I'm a huge sucker for anything Caprese. It sings summer to me :)

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  12. I have the basil but still waiting on the tomatoes! What a delicious idea. Love those caprese flavors together.

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  13. So nice and simple and so good!

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  14. Oh goodness, Val, how I'd love to dig into this deliciousness. :-)

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  15. this is such a winning combination. i'd like to shake the hand of the person who first threw these ingredients together!

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  16. A perfect dish to enjoy when I have ripe tomatoes ready for harvesting.

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