Mozzarella Chicken Breasts Recipe

The mozzarella chicken breasts recipe is very simple and easy to prepare. It is an ideal main dish suitable for a special dinner and at the same time also serves for a daily family meal. Adding a portion of lean chicken breast as part of your meal can help you jump-start your day. For many healthy people who like to eat and exercise, chicken breast is a staple food in their diets. According to a study in the journal Food & Nutrition Research, eating chicken breast is associated with a lower risk of being overweight and developing heart disease and diabetes.

While this is not a magic formula for weight loss, but given that chicken is a low calorie, high-protein option, it is a good food choice for people who are trying to lose weight. Poultry meat (without skin) is often preferred over red meat as it is lower in saturated fat.

This versatile meat is naturally lean, as long as the skin is removed before cooking. A 3-ounce skinless chicken breast contains about 140 calories, 3 grams of total fat and only 1 gram of saturated fat. One serving of Chicken breasts provides 13% of the daily value of the essential nutrient choline. Chicken breasts offer multiple ways to incorporate them into a healthy diet.

There are many ways to buy pre-cut, ready-to-use chicken breasts. You will also find them frozen and individually packaged in many grocery stores and bulk stores. If you buy one of these convenient options, be sure to check the Nutrition Facts label. Sodium content in these products may be higher.

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Mozzarella Butterflied Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Glaze

Discover the delicious flavors of a traditional Caprese salad in this tasty chicken recipe. The sweet grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and rich balsamic glaze take chicken breasts to entirely new heights. This is something you will want to put to good use in your regular weeknight meal rotation because it only takes 20 minutes to get it from the fridge to the table!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 348 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil Extra virgin
  • 2 boneless,skinless chicken breasts Butterflied and flattened
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp maple syrup Pure
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes quartered
  • 1/2 small red onion finely diced
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves fresh,cut into thin slices
  • 8 oz. fresh Mozzarella Ciliegine Mozzarella Ciliegine

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil on medium heat. Season chicken breasts with Italian seasoning and garlic powder on both sides and place in hot skillet. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook for about 3-4 minutes per side until thoroughly cooked. 
  2. In a small saucepan while the chicken is being cooked, combine the balsamic vinegar and maple syrup and cook over medium heat. Simmer until mixture begins to thicken and reduce by half, stirring frequently, about 5-6 minutes.

  3. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together grape tomatoes, red onion, fresh mozzarella, and basil. Add salt and black pepper to taste and stir to combine. 

  4. Once the chicken is cooked, turn off the heat and move the skillet aside. In the skillet, add the tomato and mozzarella mixture to each chicken breast and cover until the tomatoes are well warmed up

  5. Place the chicken on a serving platter or separate plates to serve. Top breasts with tomato mixture and a little balsamic glaze. Have a nice meal!

Recipe Notes

Place the chicken breasts between two plastic wraps to make cleaning easier before pounding with a chicken breast pounder or meat tenderizer

Nutrition Facts
Mozzarella Butterflied Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Glaze
Amount Per Serving (1 person)
Calories 348 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 431mg19%
Potassium 396mg11%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 790IU16%
Vitamin C 7.1mg9%
Calcium 318mg32%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.