Chicken Caprese with Paleo Balsamic Reduction
 
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This Chicken Caprese with Paleo Balsamic Reduction is an ideal dish for a healthy dinner or lunch! This recipe is so simple and inexpensive, while also tasting like a gourmet delicacy. This low-maintenance recipe takes under an hour to prepare and will feed a family of four or five. Do yourself a favor and experience this renowned Italian dish made sinless and delicious!
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Recipe type: Lunch & Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4-5
Ingredients
Chicken
  • 4-5 boneless skinless organic chicken breasts, room temperature (about 2 lbs.)
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, finely minced or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon parsley flakes
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
  • 4-5 fresh basil leaves
  • 4-5 slices of tomatoes off the vine (can sub another tomato of choice)
  • 4-5 slices all natural, fresh mozzarella (not bagged—the real stuff!) (I use a ball of Belgioioso Fresh Mozzarella)
Paleo Balsamic Reduction
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking dish large enough to fit the chicken with foil.
  2. Next, place all the spices for the chicken in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. Coat the chicken evenly with the olive oil and sprinkle the spices evenly over the front and back of the chicken breasts.
  4. Transfer the chicken to the baking pan and into the oven. Cook until it reaches at least 165°F at the thickest point of the chicken (about 40 minutes depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts), but we have a few steps to do while it’s cooking!
  5. When you have about twenty minutes left of cooking time, start on the balsamic reduction, adding the balsamic vinegar and maple syrup in a small saucepan.
  6. Let the mixture simmer for about 15 minutes or until thickened and reduced.
  7. Then, in the last 5 minutes of cooking, turn the oven up to 450°F and top each chicken breast with a slice of mozzarella cheese and a thin slice of tomato. If you’d like, you can also put the basil leaves on, but they will shrivel and get a little browned. I prefer to top my chicken with uncooked basil for aesthetic purposes, but it’s delicious both ways!
  8. The cheese should begin melting down the sides of the chicken breasts and the tomatoes should be softened. Remove from the oven and let rest for about 5-10 minutes. Top each with a fresh basil leaf.
  9. Serve each with a drizzle of Paleo balsamic reduction! Enjoy! :)
Recipe by Sabrina's Sinless Secrets at https://sabrinassinlesssecrets.com/gluten-free-recipes/chicken-caprese-paleo-balsamic-reduction/