This Chicken Caprese Recipe with Lemon and Thyme transforms a classic Caprese salad into a flavorful meal! It strikes the right balance between being satisfying but not overly heavy.
One of the best things about summer is the food. Whether your favorite is corn, watermelon, peaches, green beans, or tomatoes, there seems to be some new local produce popping up at the farmers market every week. I, for one, am hard-pressed to choose a favorite.
I think for me it might be a combo of seasonal flavors, like blackberries + mint or sweet corn + zucchini. Right up at the top of the list are heirloom tomatoes, especially if fresh herbs like basil and thyme are involved.
Caprese salad is always a hit, and a beautiful way to showcase summer flavor and freshness. But the truth of the matter is that the internet just doesn’t need another classic caprese recipe, so I put a little twist on it. I added lemon and thyme-marinated chicken to make it a meal, swapped out balsamic vinegar for a bit lighter and more refreshing red wine vinegar, and added toasted pine nuts for crunch.
Serve it with a big green salad and this is the ideal summer supper.
What is Caprese?
In Italian, Caprese means “of Capri”, which is an island in Italy’s Bay of Naples. Caprese often refers to a type of salad containing mozzarella, tomato, basil, and olive oil.
Easy Chicken Caprese Recipe with Lemon and Thyme
Chicken Caprese Recipe Ingredients:
- Fresh lemon juice
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Lemon zest
- Fresh thyme
- Black pepper
- Heirloom tomatoes
- Fresh mozzarella cheese
- Red wine vinegar
- Toasted pine nuts
- Fresh basil
How to Make Chicken Caprese
Chicken Caprese is so easy to make, it’s sure to become one of your summertime dinner favorites! First, marinade the chicken, and then cook it (I like to grill it for this). Second, slice the cheese and tomatoes. Lastly, arrange the chicken, tomato, and mozzarella on a platter and top with EVOO + vinegar, toasted pine nuts, and fresh basil. Enjoy!
Chicken Caprese Pasta
To make this dish into pasta, you can use bocconcini (baby mozzarella balls) and cherry tomatoes (cut the tomatoes in half). Thinly slice the chicken after grilling. Toss together the bocconcini, cherry tomatoes, grilled chicken, and pasta (any shape you like) with a good splash of vinegar (balsamic or red wine) and EVOO. Top with fresh basil and toasted pine nuts.
Chicken Caprese Sandwich
This dish also makes a delicious sandwich! To do so, simply layer the chicken, mozzarella, and tomatoes on ciabatta bread. Add a splash of vinegar and EVOO, as well as toasted pine nuts and fresh basil.
More Delicious Summertime Chicken Recipes:
- Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe
- Grilled Chicken and Peanut Sauce
- BBQ Chicken Salad Bowls
- Grilled Buffalo Wings
- One Pan Greek Baked Chicken Dinner with Tzatziki Sauce
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Chicken Caprese Salad with Lemon and Thyme
- Combine all ingredients for the chicken in a large bowl, and stir to coat the chicken. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 4 hours. Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill until fully cooked, about 8 to 10 minutes, flipping once halfway through (there should be no pink in the center). Let the chicken rest for 5 to 10 minutes after grilling.
- To assemble the salad, arrange the chicken and tomatoes on a platter. Drizzle on the vinegar and oil and sprinkle on a little salt and pepper. Scatter the pine nuts and basil on top and serve.
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