Avocado Caprese Skillet Chicken

03.05.2018

Easy skillet chicken recipe! This Caprese Chicken might just leave you speechless. The Caprese combo of tomato, basil, fresh mozzarella and balsamic vinegar is simply dreamy… and then you add avocado into the mix and things become over-the-top delicious!

Here you get layer after layer of delicious flavor and everyone will love it!

Shown here chicken breasts in a skillet are top with fresh mozzarella avocado tomato basil and balsamic glaze

Easy Caprese Chicken Recipe

When I make a Caprese dish, more often than 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 breasts and finish it off with a generous drizzle of balsamic glaze and you’ve got a chicken dish worthy of a holiday meal — yet it’s easy enough for a weeknight meal!

You can have this tasty 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!

What to see how to make skillet chicken? Watch the video!

Caprese Chicken Ingredients

For this easy chicken recipe, you’ll need:
  • Chicken breasts
  • Herbs and spices (garlic and onion powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper)
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Avocado
  • Tomatoes
  • Balsamic glaze
  • Fresh basil

Three browned seasoned chicken breasts shown here in a skillet after cooking

How to Make Caprese Chicken

  • In a bowl, mix together garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.
  • Dab chicken dry with paper towels then 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 (about 160 in center), reducing burner temperature just slightly if needed, about 4 – 5 minutes.
  • 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 165F in center.
  • Sprinkle chicken with pepper, drizzle with balsamic glaze and sprinkle with fresh basil. Serve warm.

Caprese Chicken Breasts topped with mozzarella, avocado, tomato and fresh basil

Can I Grill the Chicken?

Yes! To do so simply brush the chicken with the olive oil first, then sprinkle on the seasonings (garlic, powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, S & P).

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.

How Can I Make Homemade Balsamic Glaze?

Homemade balsamic glaze (or balsamic reduction) can easily be made using just balsamic vinegar and your sweetener of choice. I have a homemade honey-balsamic glaze recipe that I used in my Peach and Prosciutto Pizza recipe — feel free to halve the ingredients for this caprese chicken recipe.

If you have any glaze leftover after making this skillet chicken recipe, save it for lunch the next day. Balsamic glaze pairs nicely with a variety of salads, grilled meats, and sandwiches.

Tips for the Best Caprese Chicken

  • Fresh basil is a must for this recipe. If you use dried, you’ll lose the basil flavor.
  • You want to slice a firm but ripe avocado for this recipe. If the avocado is too soft, it’ll become mushy when heated.
  • For this recipe, you want fresh balls of mozzarella rather than the pre-shredded kind.

Shown here chicken breasts in a skillet are top with fresh mozzarella avocado tomato basil and balsamic glaze

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Skillet Avocado Caprese Chicken

5 from 6 votes

This Skillet Avocado Caprese Chicken will quickly become a dinner favorite! There's layer after layer of flavor and they all blend together so beautifully. And bonus it's so easy to make!

Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

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

Instructions

  1. In a bowl mix together garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. 
  2. Dab chicken dry with paper towels then sprinkle mixture evenly over both sides of each chicken cutlet. Heat olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. 

  3. Add chicken (cover pan with a splatter screen if you have one) and cook until golden brown on bottom, about 4 - 6 minutes. 
  4. Rotate and cook opposite side until chicken has nearly cooked though (about 160 in center), reducing burner temperature just slightly if needed, about 4 - 5 minutes.

  5. Add two slices of mozzarella to the top each cutlet, followed by one avocado slice, and 1 - 2 tomato slices.

  6. 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.

  7. Sprinkle chicken with pepper, drizzle with balsamic glaze and sprinkle with fresh basil. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

  • I have a homemade honey-balsamic glaze recipe that I used in my Peach and Prosciutto Pizza recipe — feel free to halve the balsamic glaze ingredients for this caprese chicken recipe. 
  • Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Skillet Avocado Caprese Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 401 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 124mg41%
Sodium 434mg19%
Potassium 698mg20%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 715IU14%
Vitamin C 7.7mg9%
Calcium 232mg23%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Caprese Chicken, Chicken Breast Recipe
Calories: 401 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

60 comments

  • Elizabeth Priddle: is Balsamic glaze a ready-made product? Don’t think I’ve ever seen it in my supermarket here in Ontario Canada November 13, 2018 at 7:48pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes but if you are unable to find it Homemade works great too. November 14, 2018 at 9:05am Reply

  • Pj: Really enjoyed this I served with spaghetti squash ! Will make again most diffently. November 8, 2018 at 6:12pm Reply

  • Joee simpson: Just made this and it was fantastic. Will definitely make it again. I served with asparagus and parmesan cauliflower rice as I cook gluten free for my hubby. August 6, 2018 at 5:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the feedback! August 7, 2018 at 2:45pm Reply

  • Annette Roberts: It was very easy and very good. Everyone loved it!!! It’s a keeper for sure!!!
    Thanks February 26, 2018 at 3:39pm Reply

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