Cheesy Chicken Caprese

Well, here we find ourselves, again. Another week, another chicken breast. Another chance to actually be delighted at how EASY dinner can be! This week we transform the plain old boring white meat into a succulent, moist and irresistably delicious dinner.  This week we make, Cheesy Chicken Caprese!

With only 3 main ingredients, chicken, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, this recipe is quick, easy and oh-so-delicious. Like the last few weeks recipes, it's not so much WHAT we are making but HOW we are preparing and cooking that makes all the difference.

The dual cooking method of pan-sear combined with finishing in the oven creates tender, juicy and succulent chicken that everyone will rave about. But the real secret to this dish? Pounding the chicken before you cook it.


The easiest way to do this is with a large plastic bag and a small frying pan. Just place the meat in the bag and give it a good, solid, even WHACK with the bottom of the pan.

You'll see how easily it flattens- and evenly as well. I prefer this method to a meat mallet any day as the tiny mallet only hits part of the meat at once, leaving you with uneven results. The frying pan is definitely key.

Making the chicken thinner not only tenderizes it, but it allows it to cook MUCH faster. Plus you get the added benefit of a little arm workout and stress relief too!

The end result is oh-so-fabulous. The one pot meal makes it a winner! Definitely put this one in rotation this week- I can almost guarantee you've got these basic ingredients on hand.

Happy Cooking!
Stacey

 

Cheesy Chicken Caprese

  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 35 Minutes

Servings: ~4 Serving 

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons  Stacey Hawkins Roasted Garlic Oil (or oil of your choice and fresh garlic)

  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 3/8" thickness

  • 2 teaspoons  Stacey Hawkins Tuscan Fantasty Seasoning (or garlic, red pepper, black pepper, parsley, onion, garlic powder)

  • 1 C chopped tomatoes (can be fresh or canned and well drained)

  • 8 Tablespoons (1/2 C) lowfat mozzarella cheese, shredded

  • fresh basil for garnish if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    1. Pound chicken into 3/8" thickness. The easiest way to do this is to place one breast in a large plastic bag and hit with the back of a small frying pan. Be careful to do this on a cutting board, or other safe surface. You do not want to crack your countertops!

    2. Add oil to a large, oven-safe frying pan (no plastic handles!) and place over medium-high heat.

    3. Season each chicken breast with 1/2 teaspoon of Tuscan Fantasy seasoning. When the oil is hot, place chicken in the pan.

    4. Cook chicken for 5-7 minutes one one side then flip to the other side. Cook an additional 5 minutes more.

    5. Turn the stove off. Scoop 1/4 C tomatoes on to the top of each chicken breast.

    6. Sprinkle 2 T mozzarella and an additional pinch of Tuscan Fantasy Seasoning over each chicken breast.

    7. Place in the oven for 7-10 minutes until chicken is fully cooked and cheese is melty. Verify temp with meat thermometer. Chicken should be 165 degrees F.

    8. Remove from oven and sprinkle with fresh basil or other herbs if desired. Serve hot with your favorite side dish.

      Serving Size 6 oz. chicken with 1/4 C tomatoes and 2 T cheese and is 1 Lean, 1/2 Green, 1 Healthy Fat and 3 Condiment options.

    Nutrition Facts


     

    Optavia Counts Per Serving

    0 -  Lean

    1 - Leaner

    0 - Leanest

    1/2 - Green

    3 - Condiments

    1 - Healthy Fat

    Weight Watchers Points
    Per Serving

    2 Weight Watchers Points

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    Nutritional Data Information:

    This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guaran- tee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Very Well Fit. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.


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    2 comments
    • Thank you. From the bottom of my heart. Seriously I am so glad I found your site. I just started the OPTAVIA 5&1 and this cheesy chicken was what my soul needed. I just knew I was going to miss seasonings until tried this and it made my heart sing….lol. I’m going to talk my husband into getting your cookbook for me. Thank you again.

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    • This recipe is delicious! I didn’t have plain diced tomatoes so used fire roasted and it was wonderful. Next time I will try the plain with that fresh basil. Easy, fast, tender, loaded with flavor. Thank you Stacey!!

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