Baked Caprese Chicken Skillet
Baked Caprese Chicken Skillet PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

If it were up to us, we’d top everything with mozzarella. So naturally, this baked caprese chicken skillet with spaghetti is one of our favorite dinners on earth. It’s easy, tasty and ready in 30 minutes.

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Makes 4 servings
Start to Finish: 30 minutes

Ingredients

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 cup pesto

6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced into 12 pieces

3 tomatoes, thickly sliced

1 pint cherry tomatoes

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

12 ounces spaghetti

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Chopped fresh basil, as needed for finishing

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an oven-safe skillet generously with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Place the chicken breasts in the prepared skillet. Dollop 1 tablespoon pesto onto each piece and then rub it all over to fully coat the chicken.

3. Top each chicken breast with 3 mozzarella slices and a few tomato slices. Arrange the cherry tomatoes in the skillet around the chicken. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

4. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted, the tomatoes are soft and the chicken is fully cooked, 20 to 22 minutes.

5. While the chicken cooks, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook according to the instructions on the package. Drain the pasta and then toss with the remaining pesto.

6. To serve, divide the pasta among four plates and top each serving with a piece of chicken. Drizzle each plate with ½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar and garnish with fresh basil. Serve immediately.

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