Grilled Chicken Caprese

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Whether the grill is out of gas or you just desire something fresh, this cast iron Grilled Chicken Caprese dinner is a sweet, tangy, and juicy option any night of the week.

Cast Iron Grill Pan with two finished grilled chicken caprese chicken breasts sitting atop a white background.
Easy to grill and easier to clean, this cheesy caprese chicken is a dream to make and even better to eat.

Spring and summer in The South are full of two things: bugs and juicy tomatoes. We typically grow the traditional larger tomatoes in the garden. However, in recent years, I have been drawn to the smaller cherry-like tomatoes because they taste like happiness.

Not only do they mature faster, but they are also a bit sweeter and the perfect size for placing atop a burger, salad, or, in this case, a Grilled Chicken Caprese. In addition, there tends to be a bit more meat in the center of these tiny tomatoes.

The fact that this grilled chicken can be done right from the stovetop and into the oven is another win for me—no bugs swarming my head as I stand outside at the grill.

A close-up view of fresh basil and small red tomatoes atop a bed of melted Mozzarella cheese, covering a balsamic glazed chicken breast.
Two thick, one-pound chicken breasts, seared and cooked perfectly with a glossy coating of homemade balsamic glaze, provide a succulently moist dinner for four.

How to make a Homemade Balsamic Glaze

Ingredients and items you will need:

It takes only 10 minutes for this balsamic glaze to come together. First, start by heating a small saucepan or a personal cast iron skillet over medium heat for just a minute. I used 1 Tablespoon of sugar (you can use brown sugar or your choice of sugar substitute based on your preference) and 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar.

Next, whisk off and on for 5-10 minutes until the sugar is dissolved and the liquid has been reduced. Reduce by half or until the back of a spoon stays coated upon removal from the glaze. Also, if you make a double or triple batch, you can multiply the recipe. Just note that the reduction time may take longer.

Last but not least, you can store the glaze in a mason jar with a lid in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. This homemade balsamic glaze is like the icing on the chicken. So. Good.

Freshly prepared Grilled Chicken Caprese with Balsamic reduction on a fork in front of a cast iron grill pan with another prepared chicken breast.
Perfectly prepared to enjoy by itself as a light summer meal or paired atop a salad with the homemade balsamic reduction as the dressing.

Easy Summer sides for Grilled Chicken Caprese

Two pieces of chicken topped with melted mozzarella cheese, sliced tomatoes, and chopped basil, served in a cast-iron skillet.

Grilled Chicken Caprese

This easy summer dish is light and bursting with fresh flavor. Cooked on the stove-top in your favorite cast iron grill with a homemade balsamic reduction – you won't believe this could be the perfect weeknight dinner.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Resting: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 people
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Ingredients

Homemade Balsamic Reduction

  • 1 Tablespoon sugar can be brown sugar
  • ¼ cup Balsamic vinegar

Caprese Chicken

  • 2 pounds chicken breasts 1 pound each approximately
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon fine black pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 slices fresh Mozzarella Cheese
  • 4 small tomatoes
  • 3 medium basil leaves

Instructions

  • Heat your saucepan or personal skillet over medium heat, and pre-heat the oven to 350F.
  • Add sugar and Balsamic vinegar to the saucepan/skillet and whisk, off and on, for 10 minutes until reduced by almost half. Then remove from heat.
    1 Tablespoon sugar, ¼ cup Balsamic vinegar
  • Heat your grill pan on setting four, just below medium heat, until the grill pan is approximately 300F.
  • While grill pan is heating, use a rubber grill brush to brush 1 Tablespoon of olive oil onto one side of the chicken breasts.
    2 pounds chicken breasts, 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Mix the spices together in a small bowl and sprinkle half between the two top sides of the chicken where the oil was just brushed.
    1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon fine black pepper, ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Place chicken top side down on the grill pan and repeat the oil and seasoning process for the now top side.
  • Resist the urge to move the chicken. Let the chicken sear in the grill pan for 10 minutes on the first side.
  • Flip the chicken over to grill the other side and brush the now top of the chicken with your balsamic reduction.
  • Let chicken cook in grill pan untouched for another 10 minutes.
  • Top the chicken with 4 slices each of freshly sliced Mozzarella cheese.
    8 slices fresh Mozzarella Cheese
  • Finish cooking in oven for 10 minutes.
  • Add slices of tomatoes and allow to cook for another 5 minutes. At this point, the internal temperature should be approximately 160F/165F.
    4 small tomatoes
  • Remove from oven and allow to rest in the grill pan for 5 minutes while you slice fresh basil to place on top.
    3 medium basil leaves
  • Serve warm and drizzle extra balsamic reduction as you wish.

Nutrition

Calories: 541kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 62g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 1210mg | Potassium: 1192mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1490IU | Vitamin C: 19.6mg | Calcium: 314mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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