4slicesfresh mozzarella cheese, low sodium, (about ¼ to ½ inch in thickness each)
2tbspBalsamic glaze or balsamic reduction,I used this one
8Fresh basil leaves,leave 4 whole and slice the rest into ribbons
If the chicken breasts are large and thick, cut them horizontally through the middle to make thinner cutlets or pieces. If you like, use a kitchen mallet to tenderize and flatten the chicken breasts before cooking. This helps them quick quickly and evenly.
Pat the chicken dry and season with salt and pepper on both sides.
Heat an indoor griddle or pan over high heat. Drizzle about 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil to coat bottom of pan. (See notes if you prefer to use an outdoor grill).
Add the chicken and cook for 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until done (chicken's internal temperature should register 165 degrees F).
In the last couple minutes or so of cooking, top each piece of chicken with a bit of the basil pesto then add a mozzarella slice on top.
Remove from heat. Add fresh basil leaves and tomato slices on top of each chicken piece and finish with a little balsamic reduction (or balsamic glaze). Finally, sprinkle fresh basil ribbons and serve!
To use an outdoor gas grill: Oil the grates and preheat the grill on medium-high heat. Grill chicken on each side for 3 to 5 minutes or until internal temperature registers 165 degrees F. Follow rest of the recipe as written.
To make your own homemade basil pesto: If you have fresh basil, you can make this pesto recipe in advance and keep it in the fridge to use with this chicken or other items.
To Make Own Balsamic Glaze: pour 2 cups balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the vinegar thickens and is reduced to about ½ cup (20 to 25 minutes.) Set aside to cool for 10 minutes; it will continue to thicken.
What to Serve Along? Chicken caprese works well with pasta or your favorite grain (check out this pesto pasta recipe, which will complement this chicken very well, since it uses the same elements). You can also just serve it with plain orzo or your favorite grain. I like to start the meal with something bright still like a bowl of this fresh cucumber salad or Mediterranean Three Bean Salad (the bean salad is hefty enough that you can probably just make it your side and skip the pasta/grain option.)