Garlic Basil Chicken topped with Caprese Salad

I combined two recipes to make this dish.  I loved the marinade I used for the Garlic Basil Shrimp with Penne in a Spicy Basil Sauce and I loved the caprese salad that I made for the Caprese Bruschetta.  I decided to marinate some chicken breasts in the garlic and basil marinade for 24 hours.  I then tossed together the caprese salad and served it on top of the pan-grilled chicken.  It was light, filling, and so delicious!  My husband and I loved it and so did my girlfriend who was over for dinner.  The marinade gave the chicken great flavor and I loved the tangy tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella on top!   This was a wonderful dish for the upcoming summer and a great recipe to serve to guests.  I served this chicken with my House Salad and Baby Artichokes Stuffed with Panko, Parmesan, and Garlic.

Combine the olive oil, basil, and garlic together in a large zip lock bag.  Add the trimmed chicken breasts and squish them around to evenly coat them.  Seal and place in the refrigerator for 4-24 hours.

Prepare the caprese salad about 20 minutes prior to grilling the chicken.  Combine the tomatoes, mozzarella, olive oil, vinegar, minced garlic, sea salt and freshy cracked pepper to taste together in a bowl.  Toss until evenly combined.  Chop and add the basil right before serving so it stays a vivid green.  Side note:  I liked using equal amounts of vinegar/oil in this recipe because I love the tang it gives to the salad; use less vinegar if you  don’t want it too tangy.

Heat a grill pan over medium heat; coat with cooking spray.  Lightly season the chicken with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.  Once the pan is hot add the chicken and cook for 5-6 minutes or until golden brown.  Flip the chicken over and continue cooking for 3-4 minutes or until the chicken has cooked through and the juices are running clear.  Remove from the pan and let the meat rest for a few minutes.  Place the chicken on a serving plate.  Add the basil to the caprese salad and toss then spoon it over the center of the chicken breasts.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy.

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Garlic Basil Chicken topped with Caprese Salad

Yield: 2

Prep Time: 10 minutes + 24 hours of marinating

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 min. + Marinating time

Ingredients:

Marinade:

2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp of fresh basil, chopped
2 cloves of garlic minced
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Caprese Salad:

1 cup of yellow and red grape tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
1/4 cup of mozzarella, diced
2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove of garlic, minced
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Directions:

Combine the olive oil, basil, and garlic together in a large zip lock bag. Add the trimmed chicken breasts and squish them around to evenly coat them. Seal and place in the refrigerator for 4-24 hours.

Prepare the caprese salad about 20 minutes prior to grilling the chicken. Combine the tomatoes, mozzarella, olive oil, vinegar, minced garlic, sea salt and freshy cracked pepper to taste together in a bowl. Toss until evenly combined. Chop and add the basil right before serving so it stays a vivid green. Side note: I liked using equal amounts of vinegar/oil in this recipe because I love the tang it gives to the salad; use less vinegar if you don't want it too tangy.

Heat a grill pan over medium heat; coat with cooking spray. Lightly season the chicken with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Once the pan is hot add the chicken and cook for 5-6 minutes or until golden brown. Flip the chicken over and continue cooking for 3-4 minutes or until the chicken has cooked through and the juices are running clear. Remove from the pan and let the meat rest for a few minutes. Place the chicken on a serving plate. Add the basil to the caprese salad and toss then spoon it over the center of the chicken breasts. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

 

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28 Responses to “Garlic Basil Chicken topped with Caprese Salad”

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    101 Memorial Day Recipes - I Wash You Dry — May 25, 2012 @ 1:45 am

    [...] Garlic Basil Chicken topped with Caprese Salad – For the Love of Cooking [...]

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    Blond Duck — May 25, 2012 @ 3:34 am

    Must make this weekend…

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    Kim in MD — May 25, 2012 @ 3:56 am

    Swoon. I love caprese salad, and that combined with the garlic basil chicken is over the top crazy delicious! I am going to make this and grill it outside this weekend. Happy Memorial Day, Pam!

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    Jenn's Food Journey — May 25, 2012 @ 5:28 am

    Yum! What a wonderful idea.. and it just looks so summery!!

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    Blog is the New Black — May 25, 2012 @ 5:48 am

    This sounds wonderful!

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    Karen (Back Road Journal) — May 25, 2012 @ 6:29 am

    This dish looks like summer on a plate. I can’t wait until I have tomatoes ready for picking. Your photo of the dish is terrific.

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    Susan — May 25, 2012 @ 7:03 am

    Delicious! …And worthy of my diet plan! Thanks! I agree, too, your photo is sooo
    appealing!

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    Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italian — May 25, 2012 @ 7:52 am

    How incredible! This looks perfect.

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    SEVİL — May 25, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    hımm leziz ve nefis harika !

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    Inês Oliveira — May 25, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

    Delicious and beautiful recipe :) I loved the caprese salad on the top!

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    Larry — May 25, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

    Sounds delicious Pam and your last photo is beautiful.

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    Honey What's Cooking — May 25, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

    you come up with the most wonderfully simple and delicious recipes. caprese salad on anything would be amazing. delish.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — May 25, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    This looks so colour and appetizing. Simply love the colours of the caprese salad.

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    Words Of Deliciousness — May 25, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

    This looks so colorful and delicious!

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    Joanne — May 26, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

    I love how you used the caprese salad almost like a salsa! I really should do that more often!

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    pam — May 26, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

    Love this!!! Especially love the sound of that marinade!

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    alex — May 26, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

    this looks like a prefect summer dish. I love the caprese salad!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 27, 2012 @ 2:18 am

    What a flavorful dish! It’s definitely an awesome twist from the boring ol’ chicken dish. I’ll have to make this very soon.

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    Vanessa — May 27, 2012 @ 11:59 am

    I made this for dinner tonight. We had guests over and everyone was raving about both the chicken and the caprese salad on top. I tend to always add an extra clove or 2 of garlic to my dishes. It was too much if you are eating the salad along, but when eaten with the chicken, it was perfect! Thanks for the recipe and I’m sharing it with my guests.

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    lenia — May 28, 2012 @ 12:32 am

    So lovely and colorful!I love it!xxx

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    Rhonda — May 28, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    I pinned this to try because it looks so perfect! I love all the colors.

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    Kerstin — May 28, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

    Wow, this just screams summer!! The marinade sounds so flavorful and the caprese salad on top sounds super refreshing and is so colorful and festive!

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    PEGGY — May 28, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

    Pam,
    I just made this tonight for my husband and myself and it was so refreshing and delicious! Thank you , girl, you never disappoint!
    Peggy

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    Chris — June 1, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

    I love the recipe, the plating and photography, all are inspirational. But yeah, I’ll do the chicken on the grill. The colors really pop. (and I just had a caprese salad tonight)

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