Avocado Caprese Skillet Chicken

01.12.2016

Avocado Caprese Skillet Chicken | Cooking Classy

The Caprese (tomato, basil, fresh mozzarella and balsamic vinegar) combination is one of the worlds best ingredient combinations…and then you add avocado into the mix and things get totally crazy. When I make a Caprese dish, more often then not lately you’ll also find some perfectly ripe avocados in the mix of things, because why not? Avocados are healthy, they’re creamy, they have a mellow yet incredible flavor, and they pair perfectly with tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. Pile all of that over some garlicky skillet chicken and finish it of with a generous drizzling of balsamic glaze and you’ve got an chicken dish worthy of a holiday meal…yet it’s easy enough for a weeknight meal! You can have this chicken ready in 20 – 25 minutes (especially if you slice the toppings while the chicken cooks)! Does dinner get any better? Really, I’m not sure it does. I was savoring each and every bite of this delicious chicken!
Of course you can also grill this chicken as well, simply brush the chicken with the olive oil first, then sprinkle on the seasonings (garlic, powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, S & P) then grill over medium-high heat on lightly oiled grilled grates until cooked through – adding on the cheese, avocados and tomatoes during the last minute of cooking. I do love the simplicity of doing this in a skillet though, and of course in the warmth of my home right now. Plus it’s nice not to have to wait for a grill to preheat, the skillet only takes a minute or two.

Of course this is definitely a repeat recipe! It’s so good and so easy it will likely become a regular on your menu! 

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Avocado Caprese Skillet Chicken

Yield: 4 servings

Avocado Caprese Skillet Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 (10 - 11 oz each) boneless skinless chicken breasts, butterflied and halved
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 6 oz fresh mozzarella, cut into 8 slices
  • 4 avocado slices (from a firm but ripe large avocado)
  • 2 medium vine ripened tomatoes, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp balsamic glaze (I used Bertolli)
  • 1/3 cup chopped basil ribbons

Directions

  • In a bowl mix together garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Sprinkle mixture evenly over both sides of each chicken cutlet. Heat olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken (cover pan with a splatter screen if you have one) and cook until golden brown on bottom, about 4 - 6 minutes. Rotate and cook opposite side until chicken has nearly cooked though, reducing burner temperature just slightly if needed, about 4 - 5 minutes (it should be nearly 160 in center on an instant read thermometer) then add two slices of mozzarella to the top each cutlet, followed by one avocado slice, and 1 - 2 tomato slices. Cover pan with lid, return to heat and allow to cook 1 - 2 minutes longer until cheese has melted and chicken registers 165 in center.
  • Sprinkle chicken with pepper, drizzle with balsamic glaze and sprinkle with fresh basil. Serve warm.
  • Recipe source: Cooking Classy
http://www.cookingclassy.com/2016/01/avocado-caprese-skillet-chicken/

34 comments

  • Mary: This looks delicious. I have balsamic vinegar at home, not the glaze. Can I make the glaze to use? January 13, 2016 at 8:37am Reply

    • Laura: You can make the glaze easy. Just know that you reduce it quite a bit to make it thick enough to coat a spoon. You have to be patient. It takes a bit of time and your house will reek of vinegar. (My family about killed me when I bought 2 big bottles of balsamic vinegar and made my own glaze.) The great thing about making your own is there are no additives and you can store it for forever. Just pour the vinegar in the pan and start boiling. The amount of time varies on taste more then anything. Test it by dipping in a spoon. You want it thick enough to coat the spoon and sweet. January 24, 2016 at 6:04am Reply

      • Mary: I made this last night and it was delicious! I made the balsamic glaze using 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar and 1 Tbsp sugar, boiled down for ~20 minutes until thickened. It turned out great. The fresh basil was so good. January 26, 2016 at 12:17pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Mary, thanks for your feedback! January 27, 2016 at 12:23am Reply

  • Wanda Lebeau: CAN NOT WAIT TO MAKE THIS.
    GREAT SPECIAL DINNER RECIPE.
    THANK YOU January 13, 2016 at 10:22am Reply

  • Ellie: Hi Jaclyn, what do you recommend serving as side dishes with this recipe? It sounds fantastic but I’m not sure what else to have with it. Thanks for your advice! January 13, 2016 at 11:03am Reply

    • Paige H: How about some roasted balsamic Brussel sprouts?? June 29, 2016 at 3:32pm Reply

  • Julie: This looks really delicious but I would LOVE to know where you are able to find a decent tomato in the middle of winter! I have found regardless of the store and how good the vine-ripened or roma tomatoes may look on the outside, they are mealy and tasteless. Please share! I will certainly save this recipe for summer though! :) January 13, 2016 at 2:48pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Oh dear, I hear you! I went to three stores to get the best looking ones. I finally found some at Winco. I still crave fresh tomatoes all year long but it’s so true that they are so much better during the summer. January 13, 2016 at 9:42pm Reply

      • Sabrina: Winco is definitely the place as weird as i sounds they have great choice in veggies and fruits. They aren’t expensive either. January 18, 2016 at 10:29am Reply

  • NJ-Cook4You: Need to make these immediately! My mouth is watering! Nice pitures!

    Greets, January 14, 2016 at 7:00am Reply

  • Chantal: I just made this and my husband asked what did I do wrong !! So good it looked:D. FANTASTIC will do again January 14, 2016 at 5:55pm Reply

  • Jen: Had this for dinner this week and used the leftovers in salad for lunch. Will definitely make again. I am curious where to find the balsamic glaze too. I checked Kroger and Wal-Mart. Would it be on the same aisle with the vinegars and spices? I used my balsamic vinegar but the glaze looks amazing. I would love to try it.

    And I used Roma tomatoes. Once the heat hits them, it seems to flavor them up a bit. I can just imagine this with some ripe summer tomatoes though. YUM! January 21, 2016 at 1:11pm Reply

    • Mary: Jen, I looked up balsamic glaze and it was made w/ balsamic vinegar mixed with brown sugar and simmered for a few minutes to dissolve the brown sugar (like making a simple sugar). January 22, 2016 at 9:38am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I found it at a Kroger store (Smith’s – they actually sold a store brand as well as the Bertolli). You can also make it homemade by lightly simmering and reducing about 1 cup of good quality balsamic vinegar with a few tbsp sugar or honey for about 20 minutes or until reduced by half. January 22, 2016 at 10:27am Reply

      • Laura: You won’t find balsamic glaze near the vinegars. I ended up finding it in the spaghetti sauce section in my store. You don’t have to use any sugar to make the glaze. Technically that’s cheating. ;) Reducing the glaze until it coats a spoon and is sweet is enough. I bought 2 bottles of balsamic vinegar once and reduced it using this method and it worked great. It keeps forever and so yummy. January 24, 2016 at 6:13am Reply

  • Catherine: Hi, what would you recommend as a side dish for this recipe? January 27, 2016 at 4:57pm Reply

  • Ginger Gaubert: Making this for dinner tonight! Going to reduce my balsamic vinegar to make the glaze–I’m not adding any sugar. Will let you know if the dish meets the hubby’s approval. February 17, 2016 at 9:57am Reply

  • Helen Wood: Hi from the UK! This looks delicious! I will definitely be cooking it for my next diner party. Do you have any suggestions for what to serve with it? please and thank you x March 2, 2016 at 12:26pm Reply

  • Kristin: This dish looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it! I don’t quite know what to serve with it though. What do you suggest? Thanks in advance! March 5, 2016 at 10:03pm Reply

    • Mary: We served flavored wild rice and steamed broccoli. March 10, 2016 at 1:15pm Reply

  • Jill: This looks relish! Any chance you know (or can guess) the calories, etc? Hubby and I have decided it is time to lose weight and get healthy :) March 9, 2016 at 8:16pm Reply

  • Haley: I made this for my family last night and they were swooning! Thank you so much for sharing. Highly recommend! Also, the grocery store around the corner didn’t have balsamic glaze so i just subbed salad dressing and it tasted amazing, it probably want the healthiest- but it did the job in a time crunch! March 16, 2016 at 8:50am Reply

  • Nicki: I’m confused–there are 8 total pieces of chicken, right? So how are you putting 2 slices of mozzarella on each piece? March 17, 2016 at 2:22pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: No there are 4 total. You begin with 2 chicken breasts then slice them in half as if butterflying the chicken but cut all the way through – then you end with four and put 2 slices on each piece :). March 18, 2016 at 9:41am Reply

  • Denise Becsei: I was wondering if you knew the total calories on this meal? Looks delicious March 22, 2016 at 1:21pm Reply

  • Melissa: What is the 21 day fix container count? May 1, 2016 at 7:05am Reply

  • Jeannette: Oh yes!! I’m always looking for new chicken recipes, and this sound and looks delicious! It has all my favorite ingredients.. Can’t wait to make it.. Thank you!! May 21, 2016 at 5:15am Reply

  • Sid: Hi! Can this be done in the oven instead? I won’t have access to the stovetop when preparing this… June 1, 2016 at 2:10pm Reply

  • Dawn Carr: Made this last nite, what a delight. We love Caprese Salad, so putting it on top of the chicken was a winner in my book. I made almond green beans and broasted sliced potatoes. Lovely first day of summer meal on the deck! June 22, 2016 at 9:32am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you loved it Dawn! June 23, 2016 at 11:46am Reply

  • Savita @ChefDeHome: This chicken looks so good. Love the color and love the flavor! June 24, 2016 at 7:52pm Reply

  • Megan: My 16 year old found this on his phone as we were wondering aimlessly around the store trying to figure out dinner. OMG so easy and delish, we will definitely make again, thank you!! July 6, 2016 at 7:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad it was enjoyed Megan! July 11, 2016 at 3:07pm Reply

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