Grilled Caprese Chicken

Let’s just get straight to the point here:
Tender grilled chicken topped with grilled fresh tomatoes (I know, get out!) fresh mozzarella and a basil-red wine vinaigrette just might be the most delicious combination to enter my mouth this century. When I spied this meal in a long lost Cook’s Country magazine and targeted it for the main reason that I could make it after late church and eat before 9 p.m., I had no idea that it would rock my world. And let me tell you, I am completely converted to grilled tomatoes. Where have they been all my life?

This simple caprese chicken is so delicious that I made it again two nights later. So fantastic that I’m making it again for my in-laws when they come visit next week. So ridiculously easy and yummy that I just might eat it every day until my basil plant gives up it’s last leaf.

Grilled Caprese Chicken

What To ServePotato Puffs or Jo Jo Potato Wedges
Garlic Knots or Make-Ahead Garlic Bread
Orzo Salad with Tomatoes, Basil and Feta , Smoked Mozzarella and Penne Spinach Salad or a simple green salad

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Grilled Caprese Chicken

Yield: Serves 4-6

Grilled Caprese Chicken

Note: The chicken breasts should be on the thinner side of things. If you have gargantuan, thick chicken breasts, slice them in half horizontally, giving you two thinner chicken breasts. All in all, you should end up with 4-6 thinner pieces of chicken. Also, look for tomatoes that are ripe but still firm so they will hold their shape on the grill.


  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/4-inch slices, halved, and patted dry
  • 4 chicken breasts, about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds (see note above)
  • 2 large tomatoes, cored and cut into 1/2-inch slices


  1. In a small bowl, combine the basil, vinegar, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Slowly whisk in the oil until it is thoroughly incorporated. Transfer 3 tablespoons of the vinaigrette to a bowl and toss in the fresh mozzarella pieces, coating the cheese with the vinaigrette. Set aside. Reserve the remaining vinaigrette for the cooked chicken.
  2. Pat the chicken pieces dry with a paper towel and season both sides with salt and pepper. Grill the chicken and tomatoes on a hot charcoal or gas grill until the chicken is browned and cooked through and the tomatoes are lightly charred, about 2-3 minutes per side (depending on the thickness of your chicken and heat of the grill). Transfer the cooked chicken to a platter. Top with the tomato slices and drizzle with the reserved vinaigrette. Cover the chicken with an even layer of mozzarella and tent the platter loosely with foil. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes. Serve.

Recipe Source: adapted from Cook’s Country, Aug/Sept 2011

42 Responses to Grilled Caprese Chicken

  1. Carolee says:

    Another winner, Mel!!!

  2. Ranisa says:

    just made this for dinner tonight. Oh my!! Delicious! This is my go to recipe blog when ever I want something new. Mel-your recipes have never failed me and most that I try get added to our typical menu plans. The only reason some don’t is they are sometimes for specail occassions.

  3. Kimberly says:

    I realize this post is old but I just found this and made it tonight…. Holy FABULOUSNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Your recipes are fantastic Mel… thank you so much for sharing them with the world!

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  5. Lillie says:

    Made this last night! Super delish! Your French bread was on the side. I will make it again, but I think I’ll use balsamic next time.

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  7. Becky Bowman says:

    How do you grill the tomatoes without them falling apart? I have tried this a few times, and although we like the recipe, my tomatoes tend to get mushy, without grill marks.

    • Mel says:

      Becky – are your tomatoes really large and watery? If so, try buying/finding tomatoes that have more pulp to them – even a bit smaller (larger roma tomatoes or regular tomatoes that just haven’t gotten to the enormous stage yet).

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  10. Vicki says:

    Hi Mel, I’m glad I finally tried this recipe – it was delicious and it is company worthy. I used cherry tomatoes instead of whole tomatoes since that is what I had on hand. Thanks again – good luck with your move.

  11. Mel says:

    Dee-yes, you could probably use the oven but I’d recommend broiling versus baking but either way should work. I think broiling the tomatoes would give better results.

  12. DEE says:

    Hi Mel…can you bake this dish? I don’t have a grill. Is there an alternative you can recommend? Thanks!

  13. Nathalie says:

    * didn’t wait the full 10 minutes for the cheese to melt 🙂

  14. Nathalie says:

    Made this for supper tonight, very good! I didn’t have the fresh mozzarella so I used the shredded…I didn’t wait the full 10 minutes as I was in a hurry so I put in in the microwave to speed things up, either way it still turned out really nicely, I’ll be grilling more tomatoes with it next time, so good!! 🙂

    Mel, do you have any tips of growing herbs? I’ve been growing mine from seed and am no expert at pruning and I always have a hard time getting herbs that grow to full capacity, I used up all my basil just doing this meal and I didn’t even get 2 Tbsp…lol If you had any tips I know I could use them! 🙂

  15. Angie says:

    We used chicken tenders with this and it was perfect!!

  16. What a delicious healthy meal!!! Serve it up with some brown rice!!!

  17. Deb says:

    Made this for dinner tonight with the Simple Orzo Pilaf and it was divine. The flavors were so bright from the vinegar and basil. I don’t really even like tomatoes but I used them anyway and I loved them this way. Super easy meal on a super hot worknight. Can’t beat it!

  18. Jen M says:

    I made these for dinner tonight and they were delicious! Thanks for another great recipe. Your site is always the first place I check when I need a good recipe. You are the best!

  19. Annie says:

    This was a quick and easy fix for dinner for a crowd this week and everyone loved it!

  20. Carlyn Grossaint says:

    Is this how you sign up for this blog?

  21. Your description makes me ache for this chicken! Is it the vinegar that makes it so good? That extra kick. Great, easy and healthy recipe!

  22. Linda says:

    I’ve been grilling tomatoes this summer too – aren’t they the most delicious? My husband and I love Caprese salads so I know we will like this too. YUM!

  23. RuthAnn Wright says:

    Made this tonight for dinner and there is no word to describe how truly fantastic it was! The cheese didn’t melt quite as much as I wanted it to so I just stuck the chicken under the broiler in the oven for like a minute and it was perfect! We also had the Raspberry Lime Rickey to drink and ended with an equally delicious Blueberry Cheesecake Pie for dessert. Yea for summer and for Mel’s Kitchen Cafe to bring it all together!

  24. Katherine says:

    Made it tonite and we all loved it. Fresh, light and easy with ingredients already in my kitchen — one of the best parts! Thank you for all your hard work and sharing the fruits of your labor. I’m a subscriber for a few weeks now after checking out your site I found through Pinterest. One of the best parts of that site is finding the blog treasures! All the best,

  25. Julie Markham says:

    My husband and I made this for lunch today with fresh basil from my sister’s garden. Oh, oh — so so good! Thanks!

  26. Kim in MD says:

    Mel- I made this for dinner last night, and it was so delicious! I mean, really really delicious! I used chicken cutlets, so the grill time was super fast. My whole family loved this, and I agree that it would be a great dish for company- and so easy! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  27. Jen T says:

    Yum! Today I posted photos on my blog from our 4th BBQ, and we made your layered patriotic drink and brownie kebabs–they were huge hits!!! The kids were super impressed with the drink! Thanks so much!!

  28. amy @ uTryIt says:

    Oh goodness, I totally need to make this! I know it’ll be a hit on the family table!

  29. Rachel Moody says:

    oh sweet mother of Mel…. how do you do it? I’m going to girl’s camp for 3 days and then a family reunion for the weekend, but when I get back…watch out! I’m makin’ this bad boy and going to enjoy all 5 servings MYSELF! 🙂 maybe I’ll stay up later and do it for a midnight snack tonight…who needs sleep when food is involved?!?

  30. Mel says:

    Missy – the cheese gets soft and gooey but not overly melted. It depends on how long you leave the hot dish covered.

  31. Missy says:

    Mel, does the mozzarella melt?

  32. Amanda says:

    Yum! I’ve been roasting tomatoes alot lately, but have never grilled them. I will definitely be making this!

  33. How funny is this… I had a similar recipe picked out for our meal plan this week! But, as always, yours looks better! I love the idea of the vinaigrette.

  34. Ooohhh this looks good!!!!

  35. Kira says:

    Looks delicious! We have use your marinted caprese salad to top grilled chicken, and I bet this is just as good!

  36. Allison says:

    This looks like it would make an amazing sandwich on a nice crusty roll. Yum!

  37. Stacy K says:

    Oh my gosh!! I suddenly can’t wait for supper! I already have chicken breasts ready for the grill tonight, and tomatoes for a side. I just need the fresh mozzarella, which I now will be buying on my way home from work today. This will be perfect with the corn on the cob and potatoes planned. Thanks for the recipe!

  38. Oooo… this is going straight onto my menu plan. Love how fresh and summery it looks!

  39. Leslie says:

    This is exactly what I had in mind for yesterday! Oh well. I will definitely keep it handy! Thanks!

  40. Kim in MD says:

    YUM! My mouth is watering looking at that photo, Mel! I am making this for dinner tonight. Grilled tomatoes? I can’t wait to get this in my mouth! 🙂

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