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Monday, December 27, 2010

Chicken Caprese (using leftover chicken)


It’s high tomato and basil season here (I know, insert a groan from those suffering in 16F weather) and with a massive pile of leftover turkey from Christmas dinner, it’s Turkey Caprese for dinner tonight.

The dish is dead simple and I can’t think of a better way to dress up leftover protein. Just pile on slices of tomato and fresh mozzarella over any warmed up store-bought rotisserie chicken, leftover chicken, turkey, pork chops, salmon, etc., a little drizzle of olive oil and slide that under the broiler to melt the cheese. Season a bit with salt & pepper, throw on some basil and just a few drips of good balsamic vinegar if you want.

It’s a deceiving dish, looks so darn elegant yet so easy.

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Chicken Caprese Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 5 Cook Time: 10
Chicken Caprese Recipe

Even though the title of this recipe says "Chicken" you can substitute with your favorite protein, like turkey, pork tenderloin, any fish fillet. My lazy day dinners are often store-bought rotisserie chicken that's already cooked and warm -- then following this Chicken Caprese recipe to dress it up.

Ingredients:

4 pieces cooked chicken (or other meat/seafood)
8 slices fresh mozzarella
2 large tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 sprig fresh basil (or dried Italian herb mix)
2 teaspoons good quality balsamic vinegar

Directions:

1. Warm up chicken in oven, pan or microwave, take care not to overcook the already-cooked chicken. You just want it warmed through.

2. Lay chicken on baking sheet. Alternate slices of tomato and mozzarella on each piece of chicken. Drizzle olive oil over chicken. Set oven rack 8 inches below heat source. Broil for 3-4 minutes, until cheese begins to melt.

3. Season mozzarella cheese and tomato with salt and pepper (the already-cooked chicken should already be seasoned), drizzle a few drops of balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with fresh basil.

 



19 Responses to “Chicken Caprese (using leftover chicken)”

  1. “Basil and tomato season” sounds like light years away.
    This is a wonderful combination that I have also made many times before. I can highly recommend it.
    Happy Holidays from Colorado.
    Kirsten

  2. Kalyn — 12/27/10 @ 1:40 pm

    Please deliver to my house immediately!

  3. rita — 12/27/10 @ 4:10 pm

    that’s a very clever idea. i never thought of adding meat on caprese – and, hubby loves caprese. i’ll make this for him! that’s for sure.

  4. looks fantastic. perhaps even better than just the chicken on it’s on :-)

  5. Chris — 12/27/10 @ 6:54 pm

    You rock! Quit it….you’re making the rest of us look bad ;)

    I love this but it is such a summer dish to me that I think I’ll have to wait until I can get my hands on some Grainger County tomatoes.

  6. healthy&homemade — 12/28/10 @ 2:13 am

    Amazing! A great way to use leftovers =)

  7. I am so very jealous that it is high tomato time for you guys! The snow in Boston is up to my hips and not a tomato in sight for a while…will definitely have to make this once all this snow melts (if that ever happens?!) Love how you positioned the tomatoes, basil and cheese on top of the chicken. It’s so simple yet ingenious at the same time!

  8. Brenda — 12/28/10 @ 10:24 am

    I agree with the others, it is in the 20’s here in Pittsburgh and has been all of December. Will remember for next summer.

  9. Lola Dee — 12/28/10 @ 11:23 am

    Yum! Looks fabulous! I am still getting some great Heirloom tomatoes in Vegas at Trader Joe’s, about an hour from where I live in Arizona. I will definitely try this.

  10. Dani — 12/28/10 @ 5:16 pm

    That looks delicious and SO simple! Mmmm, can’t wait to give this one a try!

  11. Indian Food — 1/1/11 @ 6:21 am

    Will try at my home.

  12. JulieD — 1/4/11 @ 1:56 pm

    This looks amazing and it’s simple! I would even eat it without broiling it, I love fresh mozzarella by the slice plain!

  13. I’ll eat Caprese anything… The only thing I’d do would be to whisk together a little balsamic, olive oil, dijon and honey – it’s my all-time favorite Caprese dressing. But other than that, this is perfect – and perfectly simple – as is!

  14. Jason — 4/16/11 @ 10:55 pm

    Looks bueno. Must try next time I have chicken left over.
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  17. Faith Kramer — 9/8/12 @ 4:11 am

    i’ve been looking for the perfect birthday dish for my 25 y.o. son – he asked for something with chicken like a caprese salad so this is perfect! as always, thanks for the inspiration.

  18. Kat — 10/5/12 @ 9:03 pm

    Just had this and it was DELICIOUS!!! I LOVE caprese so I knew I would love this meal, my husband, who does not love tomatoes or cheese, I was a little more skeptical about him liking this. However, even he LOVED this!!!

  19. Lisa — 8/24/13 @ 7:09 pm

    This recipe is so easy and so perfect for Summer when tomatoes and basil are in the garden. This was a huge hit.

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