Caprese Grilled Chicken


Have you noticed I’m obsessed with Caprese yet? You should be too (yes I’m telling you what you should love :). It’s the best. It’s so easy, so fresh and of course so delicious. I’ve made Caprese Lasgana Roll Ups, Caprese Mac and Cheese, Grilled Chicken Caprese Pasta and a Caprese Grilled Cheese, now this and I’m sure my love of Caprese dishes won’t end here. I haven’t even posted a traditional Insalata Caprese, a basic Caprese salad, simply because of that – it’s so basic and simple it doesn’t really need a recipe.

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This is a chicken recipe I very highly recommend trying in the near future. Like today. It is unbelievably good. Tender grilled chicken is covered (while hot) with fresh mozzarella, fresh roma tomato slices and of course fresh basil, then it is finished with a balsamic reduction (which in simple terms is just balsamic vinegar reduced by half it’s volumn by heating. It cooks off some of the acidity allows the sweetness to come through and well, your house is going to smell so good… I wish. Vinegar has such a strong and overwhelming, slap you in the face scent about it). If you’d like you can grill the tomatoes as well. This chicken in the meaning of summer grilling love. It will likely find it’s way through your grilled foods dinner rotation.

Just a note the balsamic reduction isn’t pictured on the chicken for two reasons, I didn’t want to half half of it dripping down into the grill, plate it before adding it. Also I think it’s slightly prettier before it’s added :), but it tastes amazing! Enjoy!


caprese grilled chicken

Yes it got a little dry, but I blame it on trying to cook and photograph with crutches :). Just check the temp for doneness.


Caprese Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Reduction


  • 6 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 6 (6 oz) boneless skinless chicken breast halves, rested at room temperature 15 minutes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil , plus more for brushing grill
  • 1 clove garlic , finely minced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepepr
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella , sliced into 6 slices
  • 2 large Roma tomatoes , sliced
  • 1/4 cup basil , chopped


  1. Heat balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring vinegar just to a boil then reduce heat slightly and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, until vinegar has reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Brush grill grates lightly with oil and pre-heat grill to medium-high heat. In a small bowl, stir together olive oil and garlic. Brush each side of each chicken breast lightly with olive oil mixture and season each side with salt and pepper. Transfer chicken to preheated grill, cover with lid and cook chicken 5 minutes, then rotate and cook opposite side until chicken is cooked through and registers 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer (about 5 minutes longer, time will vary though based on the thickness of the chicken breasts). Top each chicken breast with one slice of fresh mozzarella and 1 or 2 Roma tomato slices. Transfer to a platter and cover with foil, allow to rest 5 - 10 minutes. Remove foil and sprinkle tops with fresh basil and drizzle with balsamic reduction, serve immediately.
  3. Recipe Source: adapted slightly from add a pinch


  • Robyn | Add a Pinch: So glad you are enjoying my caprese grilled chicken. Isn’t it amazing? One of our very favorites for summer. May 2, 2013 at 4:48pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Indeed it is! Thanks so much for the recipe Robyn! I love your site! May 2, 2013 at 8:18pm Reply

  • Monica: This is awesome looking and I cannot wait to make this for a patio lunch. May 2, 2013 at 6:22pm Reply

  • Curry and Comfort: My family would love this for dinner. :) May 3, 2013 at 4:34am Reply

  • Bree {Skinny Mommy}: Looks perfectly summery-yum! May 3, 2013 at 5:43am Reply

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress): You can totally tell me what to love because I DO love caprese! And chicken! :D May 3, 2013 at 6:02am Reply

  • Jessica@AKitchenAddiction: I have a feeling that this will quickly become a favorite at my house! May 3, 2013 at 8:36am Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: Love this! I may just have to invest in an outdoor grill this summer! May 3, 2013 at 12:40pm Reply

  • JoAnn@FoodWanderingsInAsia: Trying to cook and photograph with crutches? You are amazing, Jaclyn! Your photos are always so perfect, crutches or no crutches. :) I love your blog! May 6, 2013 at 5:34pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much JoAnn :)! I’ve upgraded to 1 crutch although I always forget to use it :). May 7, 2013 at 9:16am Reply

  • Mary: My daughter made this for me for Mothers Day. It was wonderful !! Thanks for the recipe ! May 12, 2013 at 5:34pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome Mary! I’m so glad you liked it and I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! May 14, 2013 at 10:39am Reply

  • Doris Earnest: what is caprese? May 24, 2013 at 7:44am Reply

  • Monica McGuiness: I agree. Caprese is the perfect combination and it should be a feature in every dish. I love this recipe. Monica July 6, 2013 at 8:35am Reply

  • chefzakircooking: seems very delicious. i will try it. July 15, 2013 at 2:49am Reply

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  • Tiffany Buehner: I made this for my family last night and we all loved it! Super simple with lots of flavor. Will be a staple for this summer. Thanks for the recipe :) June 2, 2014 at 5:44am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to let me know it turned out great Tiffany! June 19, 2014 at 11:15pm Reply

  • Jordan Sward | Smile Sandwich: This looks amazing! I cannot resist fresh mozzarella. June 20, 2014 at 10:38am Reply

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  • Bethany: Great recipe. I added garlic to my balsamic vinegar and marinated the chicken in olive oil and Italian herbs. After the chicken was grilled, I added tomatoes to grill for about a minute each side. I then topped it with mozzarella, grilled tomatoes, and fresh basil. Last, I drizzled the balsamic vinegar with garlic. So yummy! August 5, 2017 at 9:42am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review Bethany! August 11, 2017 at 12:10pm Reply

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