Baked Caprese Chicken Thighs

Baked Caprese Chicken Thighs

I have been craving this Garlic Basil Chicken topped with Caprese Salad. I had some chicken thighs basil, and mozzarella in the fridge, and a nice juicy tomato. I decided to make a baked caprese chicken thigh recipe for dinner. I lightly seasoned the chicken thighs then seared them on one side. I finished baking the chicken thighs in the oven before topping them with a slice of mozzarella and a tomato slice. I baked them for another 5 minutes or so and topped them with a balsamic reduction and fresh basil. The chicken was juicy and delicious! The balsamic reduction gave this dish a nice depth of flavor and the gooey mozzarella tasted amazing with the fresh tomato and basil. I have a feeling we’ll be eating this chicken a lot this summer.

Baked Caprese Chicken Thighs

How to Make Baked Caprese Chicken Thighs

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Season the chicken thighs with sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and basil, to taste, evenly over both sides. Heat the olive oil in an oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken thighs to the hot pan and cook, until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Flip the chicken over and place it into the oven for 15 minutes; add the slices of mozzarella and tomato slice then place back into the oven and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 175 degrees. Remove from the oven and set aside.

While the chicken is baking for the last five minutes, pour the balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan over medium heat. Boil and let the balsamic vinegar reduce down for a few minutes, or until it coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and drizzle over the chicken. Top with fresh basil and serve immediately. Enjoy.

Baked Caprese Chicken Thighs

 

Baked Caprese Chicken Thighs

Yield: 4 thighs

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil
4 boneless skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of any extra fat
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Garlic powder, to taste
Dried oregano, to taste
Dried basil, to taste
Mozzarella, thickly sliced
Tomato, thickly sliced
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar, reduced
Fresh basil, chopped

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Season the chicken thighs with sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and basil, to taste, evenly over both sides. Heat the olive oil in an oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken thighs to the hot pan and cook, until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Flip the chicken over and place it into the oven for 15 minutes; add the slices of mozzarella and tomato slice then place back into the oven and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 175 degrees. Remove from the oven and set aside.

While the chicken is baking for the last five minutes, pour the balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan over medium heat. Boil and let the balsamic vinegar reduce down for a few minutes, or until it coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and drizzle over the chicken. Top with fresh basil and serve immediately. Enjoy.

 

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

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17 Comments

  1. Yum- this looks delicious! I try not to turn my oven on during the summer (it’s going to be in the 90’s today here), so I’m going to grill this and I’m sure it will be amazing!

  2. This dish looks and sounds incredibly delicious! I’m presently thawing out a pkg. of chicken thighs. I have everything on hand in order to prepare this dish, so I’ll be serving it for dinner this evening, along with a Spinach Salad and Garlic Bread. Yum!

  3. Hi, it’s me again. I just want to say that I ‘did’ make the Baked Caprese Chicken Thighs, and they were awesome! The seasonings all worked very well together, and the Balsamic Reduction truly made the chicken exceptionally delicious. My family raved about it, so I’ll definitely be making this over & over again. Not only was the chicken delicious & juicy, it was also very easy to prepare. (P.S. I love your your Blog, and have shared it with my BFFs.)

  4. Wow – kids who like balsamic vinegar?
    This can only mean EXCELLENT parenting skills (besides some great culinary expertise).

    The hat’s off to ya, Pam.
    Please carry-on!

  5. Just made this last night for my husband and I and it was absolutely delicious. I followed your recipe exactly and it turned out perfect. Flavorful, savory, and tender! I have always baked my chicken thighs in a maple honey mustard sauce but this will definitely be my new go-to. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Made this tonight using sun dried tomatoes instead of fresh. It was delicious! I will for sure be making these again in future.