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Baked Chicken Caprese for Mother’s Day

Delight Mom when you prepare this delicious one-pan meal on Mother’s Day. Whether for lunch or dinner, pair it with her favorite beverage and make a toast about all she means to you. 

Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 30 Minutes | Servings: 4



  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Fiesta Italian Spice Blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Cooking spray for pan
  • 2 8-ounce tubs of fresh mozzarella cheese. Cut one tub into eight slices and the other tub into small chunks
  • 3 vine ripe tomatoes, divided — ½ cup for chicken and ½ cup for garnish
  • 1 cup whole basil leaves, divided — ½ cup for chicken and ½ cup for garnish


  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Balsamic Reduction

  • Add balsamic vinegar and honey to a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a slight boil and reduce heat by half; cook for about 6-8 minutes; set aside and let cool.

Spice Mixture for Chicken

  • In a small bowl, combine Italian season blend with salt and pepper to taste.


  • Slice the chicken breasts diagonally about ¾ way through the meat. Leave about ¼ inch of the breast intact to hold the cheese and tomato slices.
  • Sprinkle spice mixture evenly over the breasts. Work the mixture onto the cuts and both sides of the chicken with your fingers.
  • Spray the 11 x 7-inch baking pan with the cooking spray.
  • Place chicken into the pan. Insert one slice of mozzarella cheese and one slice of tomato into slits on the chicken. Drizzle ½ teaspoon olive oil over the chicken and roast in the oven until the chicken is cooked thoroughly, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 25-30 minutes.
  • While the chicken is cooking, combine chopped mozzarella with chopped tomato. Add two tablespoons of chopped basil, a pinch of salt and pepper. Drizzle ½ teaspoon olive oil into the mixture. Set aside until ready to plate.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven when the cheese has melted entirely over the cooked chicken.
  • Top with whole basil leaves and serve immediately, topped with mozzarella and tomatoes, drizzled with balsamic Reduction, and garnished with more basil, if desired.


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Chef Rebecka Evans

Rebecka Evans is an award-winning Competitive Home Cook, Food Blogger, and Recipe Developer/Photographer. With her husband, Blake, she’s a mother of five and grandma to seven. Rebecka was the 2017 World Bacon Cham­pion at the World Food Championship and won The Food Network's Home Sweet Grandma episode of CLASH OF THE GRANDMAS in 2016. Rebecka is also a trained classical vocalist and loves singing opera.

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