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Chicken Caprese Salad

Your life simply cannot be complete without this Chicken Caprese Salad.  This salad is bursting with flavor! Tender and juicy balsamic chicken, over a bed of lettuce, tomato, avocado, mozzarella, fresh basil and finished with a balsamic reduction.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Chicken Caprese Salad, EASY CHICKEN CAPRESE
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Dressing

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Salad:

  • 5 cups Iceberg lettuce, washed and dried
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup mini mozzarella cheese balls
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, thinly sliced

Instructions

Chicken

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, parsley, lemon juice, and balsamic vinegar.
  2. Place a single chicken breast inside of a ziplock bag (or between two sheets of saran wrap). Using a mallet or rolling pin, pound chicken to 1/4 inch thickness, set aside. Repeat with the other three chicken breasts.
  3. Place the chicken into a bowl with the olive oil mixture, let the chicken marinate at room temperature for approximately 10-15 minutes.
  4. Set a large skillet to medium-high heat. Add the chicken to the pan and cook undisturbed for 3-5 minutes, flip and repeat with the opposite side. Make sure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165° Fahrenheit. Remove from heat.
  5. Once cool, slice into 1-inch strips. Set aside.

Dressing

  1. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, add the balsamic vinegar. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium-low, stirring occasionally until the liquid is reduced by half. The balsamic reduction should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

  2. Remove the balsamic vinegar from the heat and stir in the honey. Set aside.

  3. In a separate small bowl, combine olive oil and salt and pepper, set aside.

Salad

  1. In a large bowl, add lettuce, sliced avocado, tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and basil leaves. Top with sliced chicken and both dressings (balsamic reduction, and oil mixture).
  2. Serve.