The chicken Caprese is a delicious and simple recipe to make where you take some chicken breasts and stuffed them with the ingredients of a typical Caprese salad: tomato, mozzarella cheese and basil. We have made this recipe a couple of times, but this version was definitely much better than we prepared for the first time. This may be a bit expensive to make, but it tastes great, so learn how to prepare the chicken Caprese recipe.
Ingredients for Chicken Caprese recipe:
- 4 chicken fillets.
- 200 grams of whole mozzarella cheese.
- 8 dried tomatoes.
- 8 slices of smoked bacon.
- 1 tablespoon of dried basil.
- 8 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar.
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
- 4 crushed garlic.
- Salt, pepper to taste.
Steps to follow:
Take the chicken Milanese and mash with a kitchen hammer until they are very thin. Put them between two pieces of plastic so they don’t stick together. I used a clean open bag and an empty wine bottle to do this.
When they are very fine, add the crushed garlic, salt, pepper, olive oil and 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. Let rest for at least 40 minutes.
While chopping the mozzarella cheese into large strips. Do not buy sliced or grate it because it will disappear when cooked. They must be large chunks. Chop a very large pair for each Milanese. Take a Milanese and fill with 2 tomatoes, 2 pieces of cheese and a little basil.
Close the Milanese covering the filling.
Cover with a couple of slices of smoked bacon and start to close with toothpicks so that it does not open when cooking.
When it is closed, it will be something like this.
Heat a skillet. Please don’t put anything on it. When it is hot, put all the Milanese to cook. It would be best if you let them brown, without stirring, over medium-high heat. Turn when they are, as seen in the photo below and let cook on the other side.
Now add the rest of the balsamic vinegar that you have left. It will bind with the fat from the bacon and make a salty and slightly sweet sauce. Let the chicken cook in the sauce over high heat for 3-4 more minutes, turning so that it reaches all sides.
Remove the chicken and set aside. Lower the heat and cook the sauce for about 4 more minutes to reduce a little.
Serve the chicken with the sauce. So it is.
Benefits of Chicken Caprese
This delicious Caprese salad with fresh tomato, mozzarella, basil, olive oil, Modena vinegar and black olives brings countless benefits to your health. An antioxidant dish, rich in calcium, light and healthy.
The tomato stands out for being a high antioxidant food. This is thanks to its great contribution to vitamin C and lycopene. This substance gives it its red color, which reduces “bad” cholesterol, protects us against heart disease, and prevents various types of cancer, especially those caused by free radicals. If we want to take advantage of all the fiber in tomatoes, it is best to eat them with their skin, as we will do in this Caprese salad, which will help us maintain a healthy digestive system.
It is a cheese made with fresh buffalo milk, originally from Italy. This type of cheese, very fatty and creamy, is rich in protein. Mozzarella is a great source of calcium, a mineral necessary to protect the bone structure and protect tooth enamel. It also contains phosphorus, essential for the correct assimilation of calcium. This cheese also provides many essential vitamins to maintain healthy skin and eyes and correct red blood cells.
It facilitates heavy digestions and calms gastrointestinal discomfort. It also strengthens the nervous system and helps increase defenses, thus helping to prevent colds and flu. And it is a good contribution of beta-carotene, vitamin C and magnesium, which promote cardiovascular health.
It is the healthiest oil that exists. It has an optimal concentration of essential fatty acids, which regulate cholesterol and reduce cardiovascular disease risk. It is also a rich source of vitamins C and E, making olive oil a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals that cause premature aging.
This vinegar, which comes from Modena’s city (in the Italian province of Emilia Romana), is specifically characterized by its dark color, its strong flavor and its final sweetness, thanks to its maturation for years in wooden barrels. Its properties include its cleansing and bactericidal effect. Also, it is good for eye and skincare, and, as it contains polyphenols such as grapes, it also acts as an anticancer.
There are few nutritional differences between green and black olives, except that the latter has a higher concentration of monounsaturated fats, which reduce “bad” cholesterol. Its virtues are many since they improve our dermal and visual health, thanks to vitamin A’s contribution. They are also a great source of iron, suitable for the correct formation of red blood cells and transporting oxygen to our cells.