4.86 from 14 votes

Caprese Stuffed Chicken

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Caprese Stuffed chicken with balsamic glaze has delicious tomatoes and mozzarella cheese and is a perfect chicken breast recipe that you can count on for a WOW dinner menu.

Nothing is more delicious and more accessible to make than this restaurant-quality chicken recipe, and with this dish being under 30 minutes, it’s a true winner.

how to stuff caprese chicken.

Why you will love this Balsamic Caprese Chicken

One Pan Meal – Baked chicken recipes do not have to be complicated to taste delicious, and you will be surprised at how few ingredients you can use to create menu perfection. 

Caprese Chicken with balsamic reduction is about the best way to eat dinner tonight. Everyone loves garlic, fresh basil, and tons of seasonings, and you will be surprised at how easy this dish is to create.

Weeknight Magic – Hot, melty, pan-seared Caprese stuffed chicken with balsamic reduction and garlic is one of the most satisfying meals you can make in a home kitchen.

The stuffed boneless skinless chicken comes to life when loaded with mozzarella rounds, fresh basil leaves, and sun-dried tomato pieces.

Ingredients

  • boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • fresh mozzarella cheese rounds
  • Seasonings – fresh basil leaves, dried oregano, dried basil, minced garlic salt, and black pepper.
  • balsamic vinegar

How to make Caprese Stuffed Chicken

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Cut a pocket into each chicken breast.
  2. Tuck 1/4 of the sundried tomatoes jar into the chicken breast pocket.
  3. Now add two mozzarella cheese rounds and fresh basil leaves inside.
  4. Add additional sun-dried tomatoes and season chicken with half of the oregano kosher salt, pepper, and dried basil on top.
  5. Close the pocket and tuck the chicken breast shut with toothpicks inserted at an angle. Repeat the entire process with the other chicken breast.
how to stuff chicken breast with caprese.
  1. Place stuffed chicken into an ovenproof skillet and heat on medium-high heat, about 3-5 minutes on each side, until sides are golden brown. Mix minced garlic and balsamic and pour over the tops of boneless chicken breasts.
  2. Place cast iron pan into the preheated oven for 10 – 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through at recommended temperature.
  3. Top juicy chicken with chopped fresh basil and an extra side of balsamic glaze for dipping.
easy chicken breast recipe.

Expert Tips

Weight Watchers Nutritional Notes: 6 Points per serving for two servings IF using fat-free mozzarella cheese.

Meal Prep for Caprese Chicken: This is quick prep to put together, maybe 10 minutes. Adding stove top and baking time, this meal is under 30 minutes, making it fast. If you don’t have an ovenproof pan, you can transfer it to a baking dish or casserole dish after browning in the skillet.

Do not forget: Make sure to remove the toothpicks before serving!

caprese stuffed chicken recipe on a white plate ready for dinner.

FAQ’s

Do I have to use Mozzarella in Caprese chicken?


A slice of mozzarella is traditionally used in Caprese but feel free to experiment with other types of cheeses. Try smoked gouda, white cheddar, asiago, or Havarti cheese.

Can you substitute sun-dried Tomatoes?


Sun-dried tomatoes are a particular flavor for many people, and some prefer fresh tomatoes. It’s easy to substitute cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes in this dish. Sun-dried tomatoes have a beautiful tart flavor and are delicious with chicken, so give it a shot!

What is the best way to ensure even cooking when it comes to chicken breasts?


When cooking more than one chicken breast (as most do), ensure that each piece you choose is as even as possible with the other piece.

If one chicken is super thick, it’s OK to pound it down slightly to be even. Just be careful not to over-flatten it, or it won’t cut properly to stuff.

What temperature is chicken cooked to?


According to Food safety practices, the chicken should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

How to make Balsamic Glaze for dipping.

Want a little extra dip?

It’s easy to purchase store-bought glaze (we like Bertolli brand) or make a homemade balsamic vinegar reduction to dip your chicken into!

What to serve with Caprese Stuffed Chicken?

We like to serve our chicken with crusty Italian or French bread and a green salad or Greek salad.

If you want to keep a Caprese-themed dinner and cannot get enough of tomatoes and mozzarella, try a traditional classic Caprese Salad recipe, Strawberry Caprese Salad or our brand new recipe for corn salad.

balsamic on a plate with chicken.

We know how hard it is to find a great weeknight meal to serve, so we have a few chicken dishes that fit the bill of great while being no fuss in the kitchen. 

Keeping in the theme of easy and filling, we love casserole recipes. Try this Ritz Cracker Chicken Casserole recipe or this simple Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe, which are incredibly popular on our site. 

If you want something FULL of flavor, Copycat Alice Springs Chicken brings it home along with this creamy chicken and bacon pasta recipe

Viral foods take the cake when it comes to dinners in our house, so if you want to try some trends, try TikToks McDonalds Chicken Nuggets, Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken recipe, or look through the other viral dinner recipes here.

Lastly, everyone needs a great air fryer recipe, and we have two! Learn how to make Air Fryer Chicken Tenders (seasoned how you like) or Air Fried Jalapeno Stuffed Chicken

4.86 from 14 votes

Caprese Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Glaze


Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Caprese Stuffed chicken with balsamic glaze has delicious tomatoes and mozzarella cheese and is a perfect chicken breast recipe that you can count on for your dinner menu. Nothing is more delicious and easier to make than this restaurant quality chicken recipe combined with these favorite Italian flavors.

Ingredients
 

  • 2 chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 3.5 oz. sundried tomatoes in oil
  • 4 fresh mozzarella cheese rounds
  • 6 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Cut a pocket into each chicken breast.
  • Tuck 1/4 of the jar of tomatoes into the pocket followed 2 cheese rounds and basil leaves.
  • Add additional sun dried tomatoes and close the pocket and tuck shut with toothpicks inserted at an angle. Repeat with the other chicken breast.
  • Season chicken breasts with half of the oregano and dried basil on top.
  • Place chicken into an ovenproof skillet (like cast iron) and heat on stove medium heat, about 3-5 minutes on each side until browned.
  • In a bowl, mix together minced garlic and balsamic vinegar and pour over chicken in skillet.
  • Place pan into the oven for an additional 10 – 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through to 165 degrees.
  • Top with chopped fresh basil and a bit of balsamic glaze if desired.

Notes

Slicing Chicken: As you can see in the chicken images, we used a very sharp knife to slice through the center of the chicken, taking care to only cut partially so the cheese, tomatoes and basil do not come out the other side. 
Just a reminder to remove toothpicks prior to serving!
Weight Watchers Nutritional Notes: 6 Points per serving for 2 servings IF using fat free mozzarella cheese.
Do I have to use Mozzarella in Caprese chicken?
A slice of mozzarella is traditionally used in Caprese but feel free to experiment with other types of cheeses. Try smoked gouda, white cheddar, asiago or Havarti.
Can you substitute sun dried Tomatoes?
Sun dried tomatoes are a very specific flavor for a lot of people and some prefer fresh tomatoes. It’s easy to substitute for cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes in this dish if you want. That being said, sun dried tomatoes have a beautiful tart flavor and are really quite delicious with chicken, so give it a shot!
How to make Balsamic Glaze for dipping.
Want a little extra dip? It’s easy to purchase store bought glaze (we like Bertolli brand) or simply make a homemade balsamic vinegar reduction.
What is the best way to ensure even cooking?
When cooking more than one chicken breast (as most do) make sure that each piece you choose is as even as possible with the other piece. If one chicken is super thick, it’s fine to pound it down slightly to be even. Just be careful not to over flatten it or it wont cut properly to stuff.
What temperature is chicken cooked to?
According to Food safety practices, chicken should be cooked to 165 degrees.

Nutrition

Serving: 1chicken breast | Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Sodium: 419mg | Potassium: 1726mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 793IU | Vitamin C: 53mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 3mg

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8 Comments

  1. This is delicious! We eat it over salad with balsamic glaze drizzled over. I use pesto instead of basil because I always have a big jar of pesto on hand. 🙂

  2. We absolutely loved this and I will be adding this recipe in my rotation. I followed instruction exactly as printed.

    1. Thanks for your feedback, Susan!

  3. ALEX PALACIOS says:

    Hi Trisha, this recipe looks so good, going to make it tomorrow for my wife and I! Question, when I brown the chicken in my Cast Iron skillet, do I heat a little oil first? Like maybe a little olive oil? Thank you!

    1. HI Alex, this is a great question. You dont HAVE to heat your oil first but I find when browning chicken like this, it helps to heat it – less likely to stick to the pan! Just be careful not to burn it. 🙂

      Let me know what you think!

  4. Tanya K Estelle says:

    Awesome dish and paired with wild rice and French green beans from my garden

  5. Christopher Marshall says:

    Just curious about the ingredients vs the cooking instructions. Seems very impossible to cook boneless skinless chicken breast until the skin is golden brown.
    I don’t think I have ever seen boneless skin on breasts.

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      omgosh, I just cracked up! You are correct that in the article itself, I said cook until skins are browned, it should have said SIDES are browned. I didnt appear to have made that typing error in the recipe card though, so all is well. Thanks for pointing it out. I run my articles all through a grammar and spellcheck and it may have gotten caught in that. Thankfully it wouldn’t have altered the instructions since it really was just browning the sides. Fixed. Appreciate you pointing it out~

      Trisha