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Baked Caprese Chicken

Amazingly crisp-tender chicken baked with melted mozzarella and topped with juicy tomatoes, fresh basil and balsamic reduction!

Baked Caprese Chicken - Amazingly crisp-tender chicken baked with melted mozzarella and topped with juicy tomatoes, fresh basil and balsamic reduction!

There are quite a bit of chicken caprese recipes using chicken breast, but what about chicken thighs? Chicken thighs are way more juicier, tender and well, 1000x better than chicken breast in my opinion.

Baked Caprese Chicken - Amazingly crisp-tender chicken baked with melted mozzarella and topped with juicy tomatoes, fresh basil and balsamic reduction!

And it gets even better when you topped these chicken thighs off with fresh mozzarella, letting that melt right on top of that crisp, herb-crusted skin. You can then finish these babies off with those juicy Roma tomato slices, fresh basil, and a sweet and tangy balsamic reduction.

Baked Caprese Chicken - Amazingly crisp-tender chicken baked with melted mozzarella and topped with juicy tomatoes, fresh basil and balsamic reduction!

The end product is savory, cheesy, sweet, tangy, and refreshing – a blend of flavors and textures that come together so beautifully and complementing one another so perfectly!

Baked Caprese Chicken

Amazingly crisp-tender chicken baked with melted mozzarella and topped with juicy tomatoes, fresh basil and balsamic reduction!

15 minutes35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 8 slices
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, chiffonade

For the balsamic reduction

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. To make the balsamic reduction, add balsamic vinegar and brown sugar to a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a slight boil and reduce by half, about 6-8 minutes; set aside and let cool.
  3. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, basil and oregano; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Using your fingers or a brush, work the mixture onto both sides of the chicken.
  4. Melt butter in a large oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken, skin-side down, and sear both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side; drain excess fat.
  5. Place into oven and roast until the chicken is completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 25-30 minutes. Top each chicken with mozzarella cheese. Then broil for 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese has melted completely.
  6. Serve immediately, topped with tomatoes, drizzled with balsamic reduction and garnished with basil, if desired.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 337.0 Calories from Fat 221.4
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24.6g 38%
Saturated Fat 9.4g 47%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Cholesterol 91.4mg 30%
Sodium 239.4mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 7.8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0.4g 2%
Sugars 6.6g
Protein 19.9g 40%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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43 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is delicious! 

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazing, wonderful flavors, tender, juicy. I let the thighs sit with the rub for a couple hours before frying, which certainly can’t hurt.

  3. Just a quick question- do you drain all the butter/fat before popping in the oven or do you leave some?

  4. Just made this for dinner and WOW it was delicious! There is a few more steps than what I typically make, but WELL worth it. I will definitely be making this delicious dish again for my in-laws. Thank you! 

  5. This looks amazing! I love chicken. I love recipes that come from damndelicious. Congrats on the nomination as well!

  6. I made this tonight and it was delicious. The chicken thighs I had were boneless and skinless so I shortened the cooking time and it came out great. Thanks for the new addition to the dinner rotation.

  7. This recipe is amazing! Just  made it and it melts in your mouth! The sauce is to die for! Thanks for sharing

  8. Delicious! Doubled the recipe and used 8 boneless chicken breasts for big family dinner. Bursting with flavor, moist and tender! Easy clean up and no left overs! Thanks for this terrific recipe!

  9. Delicious! I doubled the recipe and used 8 chicken breast for a big family dinner. Chicken was bursting with flavor, moist and tender. Compared to a fine restaurant, Easy clean up and no left overs!

  10. What do you recommend serving on the side?

  11. Is there any reason why you can’t/ didn’t marinate the chicken in the reduction before baking?

    • Toni, the reduction is simply used for serving – but as always, please do what is most comfortable for you and your taste preferences.

  12. I love your recipes! but am not a big fan of Balsamic, can you recommend a substitute?

    • Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment.

  13. I made this for dinner last week with boneless/skinless thighs and it was absolutely TDF!  Thank you for this receipe!

  14. Made this tonight. It was seriously DAMN DELICIOUS! I love your recipes they make me feel like a real cook 🙂

    Thanks!

  15. Love this recipe!! Made it last night with chicken breast because that is what I had on hand. Added chopped garlic and thyme to the recipe. Damn delicious!!!

  16. I love chicken thighs. I made this recipe using bone out skinless thighs and it was gourmet quality! I wasn’t too certain I would like the balsamic reduction mixture but all ingredients only added to the end delish-ness of this dish. I served this with Brown whole grain rice and Stir fry vegetable. I will be making this again very very soon and often…

  17. I just made this today. Absolutely delicious! There is so much flavor! The balsamic/brown sugar glaze is amazing.

  18. Just made this for quick, easy and delicious dinner! Thank you! Found the recipe on Pinterest. = )

  19. Yummers! We loved this! Thank you!

  20. I plan to try this recipe tonight, it looks delicious! However, I do not have an oven safe skillet…would this work in just a plain casserole dish in the oven?

  21. Tried this last night with chicken thighs. Absolutely amazing!!!!

  22. One of the most amazing meals I ever prepared!!! Made me a rockstar!!!!

  23. I know thighs would be better…but can I use breasts? I already have them defrosting…
    I just found your blog, and OMG, so addicted! Everything has been super yummy!

    • Yes, you can certainly use chicken breasts, but you may have to adjust cooking time as needed to ensure that the chicken is completly cooked through.

  24. I made this last night but modified it a bit. I made this into a sandwich with toast french bread, boneless chicken, and added pesto and alfredo as the spread. It was amazing

  25. It was a fabulous dinner. Thank you Mrs. Rhee!

  26. I made this last night for dinner. It was really good. I did take the skin off the chicken but that’s all I did different. The balsamic reduction was so good. With just the tomatoes and Mozzarella it wold be good.

  27. What side item ideas goes with this? This looks amazing 🙂

  28. Made this for dinner, it was great. Had sautéed veggies and the sauce was excellent with them as well as the chicken. Yum!

  29. Looks absolutely WONDERFUL – looking forward to making it! 😉

  30. We just licked our plates clean. How is that for a thumbs up on this dish? Husband, high school senior and fifth grader all thanked me for a great dinner, and can I make it again, please. And, though I rarely repeat recipes, i will on this! simple, easy, and delicious. I will point out to those who don’t care for chicken skin, rub spices under skin, cook with skin, then remove before adding cheese. In this manner, you get a lot of the flavor without the extra fat (though most of the fat renders out – cleanup tip – keep old jars with lids, cool fat, pour into jar, attach lid and dispose.).

  31. How True the Dark meat is the BEST!……Came out Perfect…Thanks

  32. Totally agreed about the chicken thighs! Brown meat is where it’s at. I’ve never understood what’s so good about the chicken breast. It has never appealed to me. Anyway, this looks fabulous. Pinning!

  33. Caprese ALL THE THINGS, I always say!
    It may have been the first time I have said that, but this chicken is getting me excited! It looks so delicious, and I want to dive face-first into the photos! Pinned!

  34. This looks amazing! I love all these ingredients and to put them together in a quick meal is brilliant! I’m always looking for ways to mix up every day chicken dishes…this looks like one I must try!

  35. Ohhhh that looks so yummy! Love caprese and love chicken so this will be perfect for Sunday dinner. Off to the grocery I go! I found your blog a few months ago and have made several recipes. Every one of them have been keepers. I’m looking for a recipe for Baby Dragon Bowl. I had one at a restaurant and would like to make at home . Any ideas would be appreciated..

  36. This looks like a fabulous recipe. I struggle to find a chicken thighs dish I like, but I am going to try this one. Thanks.