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caprese chicken with mozzarella, tomato slices and basil leaves on a platter
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Easy Caprese Chicken

This Easy Caprese Chicken recipe with tomato, mozzarella and basil bakes on a sheet pan or in the air fryer in just 20 minutes. A light, quick summer dinner!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 252kcal
Author Dee
Cost $10


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts thin, about 1 to 1.5 pounds
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning mix
  • 4 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 4 large basil leaves sliced
  • additional drizzle of olive oil and pinch of salt and pepper, to taste


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Add olive oil to a large sheet pan.
  • Place chicken breasts on sheet pan, and rub some olive oil over chicken. Season with sea salt, pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasoning
    seasoned uncooked chicken breasts on a sheet pan
  • Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until chicken is 165 degrees internally and juices run clear
  • Remove chicken from oven, and place a slice of mozzarella cheese and tomato on each chicken breast. Return to oven and allow cheese to melt slightly. You can turn oven off so that chicken won't over cook
    baked chicken breasts with fresh mozzarella and tomato slices on a sheet pan
  • Remove chicken from oven, drizzle with additional olive oil, then top with sliced basil leaves and a pinch of sea salt and pepper, if desired. Serve immediately

Air Fryer instructions

  • Rub chicken breasts with olive oil, and season both sides. Air fry at 390 degrees for 18 minutes or until internal temperature is 165. Air fryer times may vary. Top with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil and
  • Top with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, plus additional olive oil, salt and pepper, and serve. If you have an Instant Pot Vortex plus or Omni plus or similar oven style air fryer, you can use the bake feature or return to air fryer to allow cheese to melt using keep warm or bake feature.


Thin chicken breasts that are about the same size will cook in 18 to 20 minutes. If using larger ones, bake time will be longer.
Use shredded mozzarella cheese if you can't find fresh mozzarella.


Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 892mg | Potassium: 504mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 471IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 1mg