Spring is around the corner, so it’s time for my favorite ingredients: tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella. This recipe for Chicken Caprese is a 30 minute twist on your typical “Caprese” salad. Feel free to sauté the chicken if you don’t have time to grill (or if it’s still to chilly outside). My 3 kids really loved this one! My youngest son, Zachary, loves fresh mozzarella, and it’s a a great way to get him to eat fresh tomatoes and basil. My best tip is to buy the highest quality mozzarella you can find. Enjoy this during spring and summer as a simple weeknight or weekend chicken main dish.
11/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoon lemon pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 large tomatoes, thinly sliced
6 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/4-inch slices and patted dry
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
Balsamic vinegar (optional)
1. Coat grill rack with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat grill to medium (300°F to 350°F). Season chicken with lemon pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Place chicken on grill. Grill, covered, 6 to 8 minutes per side or until chicken is no longer pink.
2. Transfer chicken to 4 serving plates. Serve over tomatoes and top with mozzarella and fresh basil. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, if desired, and serve.