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