This was SOOOO good. I think I'm in love! I got the idea from a sandwich I had at Red Robin. I am always looking for new recipes for chicken that are healthy and flavorful. I love Caprese salad so I thought of this recipe and made it. There are a few things I would maybe recommend changing and I'll tell you those below. Here is how I made it.
*4 chicken breasts- About 1 inch thick (Not too thick, but also not too thin)
*1 cup italian dressing (I like Kraft Zesty Italian or WishBone Italian best)
*seasonings (I used 1 T montreal chicken seasonings and 1 1/2 T italian seasonings)
*2 T canola oil
*4 1/2 -inch slices of fresh mozzarella (I cut a mozzarella ball into slices)
*4 1/2-inch slices of tomato
*4 large basil leaves
*1 T balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze
1) Put the first 3 ingredients into a zip lock bag and marinate in fridge for 2-6 hours.
2)When ready to cook, preheat oven to 500 degrees and heat up cast iron skillet on stove top with the canola oil. Once oil is popping hot, add chicken breasts. Let sizzle for 2 minutes. Flip chicken and then place skillet in the oven.
3)Bake at 500 degrees for about 12 minutes (or until chicken is just done))
4)Take skillet out of oven. Top each chicken breast with a slice of mozzarella, slice of tomato and basil leaf. Place back in oven for 3-5 minutes.
5)Transfer chicken breasts to platter and drizzle balsamic over the top.
*** (Things you can do different. I like my cheese a bit melted and my tomatoes warm. I think it would be good just putting the cold cheese, tomato and basil on top of the warm chicken and drizzling the balsamic over the top. I think next time I will make mine the same way but just not add the basil to it until after it's done out of the oven)
**** I served this with a side salad of butter lettuce, cucumber, avocado and vinegar and oil and a loaf of fresh bread.
Sorry I didn't take more pictures. I didn't even thing about it until I was putting it in the oven. It's a super easy recipe though:)
|Notice the thickness of the cheese and tomato...|
|Chicken is done here, just putting back into oven to warm cheese and tomato for 3 minutes|
|Next time I won't cook it with the basil, but it was so flavorful and good!!|
I think this would taste great served on ciabatta bread as a sandwich as well!!