Caprese Chicken with Balsamic Reduction

by Erin

It’s official. Not only am I broke (after paying fees for grad school, car repairs, and new contacts), but I am also low on time. In a little over a week I will be packing up and moving to Knoxville for a month to work with a collaborating lab to do mouse studies for my research.The list of things I need to get done before then is ridiculous. And I don’t think the stress is allowing me to sleep properly at night still because I wake up exhausted even after 8 hours. So what does that mean for you? Hopefully nothing other than hearing me complain or freak out from time to time. I don’t plan on letting my blog suffer but just in case I don’t post one day, blame my stress.

Continuing on with quick dinners for my life-style as of late, enter this caprese-style chicken. This recipe is very similar to the Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Mozzarella and Pesto but instead of pesto you use fresh basil leaves and then add a tomato. Maybe next time I’ll mesh the two recipes together and use Mozzarella, pesto AND tomato – watch out for me I’m a risk taker (note sarcasm).

Speaking of fresh basil, I have started growing my own in pots on my porch! They are cute little things at the moment, but I still have to resist the urge to pluck off their tiny leaves to eat. Which reminds me I need to take those with me when I leave…

One year ago: Beef Negimaki with Broccolini and Rice


Serves 6


6 grilled boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp butter

6 slices fresh Mozzarella cheese

6 slices tomato

6 large basil leaves


  1. Prepare chicken on the grill. As chicken is cooking, pour balsamic vinegar into sauce pan or skillet and cook until reduced by half. Add in butter and stir with a flat whisk until completely combined. Set aside.
  2. Top chicken with mozzarella cheese, basil leaf, and then tomato slice.
  3. Drizzle with balsamic reduction and serve warm.

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Emily @ She Makes and Bakes July 16, 2012 - 12:41 pm

I love all things caprese, and this looks fantastic. Can’t wait to try!

Baker Street July 15, 2012 - 5:52 am

Wow! This really looks super delicious! Love the way you plated it! :)

April July 13, 2012 - 12:33 pm

Yum!!! this looks wonderful! I have made a version of this before and I LOVED this! Have a wonderful weekend!!

Jennie @themessybakerblog July 12, 2012 - 12:45 pm

Erin, this chicken dish looks so yummy. I love that it’s super easy to make- perfect for busy summer days.

sally @ sally's baking addiction July 12, 2012 - 9:20 am

Caprese salads are my weakness. I order them whenever I see them on the menu, without fail. Love them paired with chicken here Erin! This meal is definitely right up my alley. And it’s so easy!


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