Easy Chicken Caprese (Air Fryer)

Two chicken caprese stuffed with mozzarella and tomatoes then garnished with fresh basil and balsamic drizzle.

Chicken Caprese is an easy air fryer main dish featuring tender chicken breasts stuffed with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella, then finished with a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Makes a great dinner for two or is easily doubled for a family of four.

Winner, winner nothing beats a chicken dinner! If you’re like me, you are always on the lookout for easy and quick ways to cook this popular protein. Type ‘chicken’ on the blog search bar and you’ll find recipes ranging from spicy and satisfying Thai Red Curry Chicken Soup to a whole Lemon Herbed Dry Brine Roast Chicken.

Two chicken caprese stuffed with mozzarella and tomatoes then garnished with fresh basil and balsamic drizzle.

Chicken Caprese in the Air Fryer

Today I am so excited to offer you my very first air fryer recipe! I resisted buying one for so long, thinking it would just be another small appliance taking up space. Boy, was I wrong! We have recently become empty nesters and our air fryer makes it so easy to create delicious meals for two. Plus, It is quicker and uses less energy than turning on the oven.

This air fryer Chicken Caprese is going to knock your socks off. The seasoned chicken breasts quickly cook up nice and juicy in less time than it takes to boil pasta. For the final few minutes of cooking, the chicken is stuffed with slices of mozzarella and tomatoes.

Ingredients used to make chicken caprese.

The melty mozzarella and warm, softened tomatoes make this chicken irresistible, but what really brings this stuffed chicken over the edge is the final drizzle of balsamic glaze and fresh basil leaves. My mouth is watering just thinking of it!

What is Chicken Caprese?

Regular readers of the blog will know how much I love a simple Caprese Salad. There’s just something irresistible about the combination of sweet ripe tomatoes with creamy fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and balsamic vinegar.

One day I felt inspired to turn my favourite Italian Insalata (salad) into a main dish by combining it with chicken and the rest is history. There are many recipes online for stuffed or topped, oven baked or grilled Chicken Caprese. However, my Chicken Caprese recipe delivers a tender and tasty chicken main dish in around 30 minutes.

Two seasoned raw chicken breasts with slices along the top.

Ingredients for this Dish

The ingredients for this winning chicken dinner are the same for classic Caprese Salad, with the addition of chicken, a few more seasonings, and a balsamic reduction.

  • Chicken Breast
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Tomato
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Fresh Basil
  • Brown Sugar
  • Balsamic Vinegar

I usually prefer to use chicken thighs for most recipes as I find they have more flavour. However, for the sake of portioning and visual appeal, this recipe uses boneless, skinless chicken breasts without the tender attached. You can also use bone in ‘frenched’ breasts for a more elegant presentation. Note that cooking time will increase with bone in chicken.

Two cooked chicken breasts stuffed with tomato and mozzarella slices in an air fryer.

The key to a cooking a delicious cooked chicken breast is to season it well and not overcook it. This Chicken Caprese is seasoned with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. If you don’t have Italian seasoning, you can make your own by combining 1 teaspoon of both dried oregano and basil with half a teaspoon each of dried thyme, marjoram, and rosemary.

Unlike my Caprese salad recipe which requires cherry tomatoes, this Chicken Caprese recipe requires one large tomato. Choose a firm, ripe and deep red tomato for best results. Conversely, instead of fresh mozzarella, slightly aged mozzarella is the perfect cheese for melting on top of the chicken. In a pinch, you can also use provolone.

The balsamic vinegar simmers on the stove with a touch of brown sugar until it becomes slightly thicker and a bit syrupy.

Two chicken caprese stuffed with mozzarella and tomatoes then garnished with fresh basil and and spooned with balsamic drizzle.

Cooking Chicken in an Air Fryer

First things first, the temperature of properly cooked chicken never changes. No matter what cooking method you choose, all chicken is cooked when the internal temperature reaches 165 F (74 C).

Now that we’ve discussed food safety, it is important to note that air fryers may differ according to brand, style, etc. While my chicken breast may be fully cooked after 12 minutes at 350 F, yours may not. This is why it is really important to use a meat thermometer in addition to recipe recommendations.

Ideally, you will take the chicken out and stuff it with the mozzarella and tomato slice just before it is fully cooked. This ensures that your chicken will remain tender and juicy after the final few minutes of cooking. Please note that bone in chicken breast may take an additional five minutes of cooking time.

One chicken caprese stuffed with mozzarella and tomatoes then garnished with fresh basil and balsamic drizzle.

How to Make Chicken Caprese

Let’s start with the balsamic glaze because it needs to cool before you drizzle it all over the final dish. Heat the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar in a pan over medium heat. Bring it to boil and then let it simmer until it’s thick and reduced to half. Remove balsamic glaze from heat and allow it to cool to room temperature.

Next, pat the chicken breasts dry with a paper towel and place them on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, make 4-5 slits in each breast; 3/4 way through only.

Season chicken with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning evenly on the outside of the chicken and inside the slits. Drizzle the olive oil over the chicken.

Two chicken caprese stuffed with mozzarella and tomatoes then garnished with fresh basil and balsamic drizzle.

Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 350-degrees F /180-degree C. Brush the basket with little olive oil and add the chicken breasts. Cook for 6 minutes on one side, then flip the breasts over and cook for another 6 minutes.

Remove the chicken and stuff the slits with mozzarella and tomato. Transfer it back to the air fryer and cook for another 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 F.

Finally, drizzle the chicken caprese with balsamic glaze and scatter the chopped basil on top. Serve immediately.

Two chicken caprese stuffed with mozzarella and tomatoes then garnished with fresh basil and balsamic drizzle.

What to Serve with Chicken Caprese

Here’s a list of tasty side dishes to go with your Caprese Chicken.

  • Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
  • Spaghetti or any boiled pasta with Pesto
  • Cacio e Pepe
  • Fettucine Alfredo
  • Pasta Carbonara
  • Caesar Salad
  • Garlic Bread
  • Risotto
  • Cheesy Polenta
Two chicken caprese stuffed with mozzarella and tomatoes then garnished with fresh basil and balsamic drizzle.

Storing and Reheating Leftovers

Leftover Chicken Caprese can be refrigerated for up to three days but is best eaten immediately. Fresh basil and tomatoes end up droopy and slimy when refrigerated. You can remove them to reheat the chicken back up in the air fryer (until it reaches 165F), then add some more freshly diced tomatoes, fresh basil, and more balsamic drizzle.

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Yield: 2 servings

Easy Chicken Caprese (Air Fryer)

Two chicken caprese stuffed with mozzarella and tomatoes then garnished with fresh basil and balsamic drizzle.

Chicken Caprese is an easy air fryer main dish featuring tender chicken breasts stuffed with tomatoes and mozzarella then finished with a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Makes a great dinner for two or is easily doubled for a family of four.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 oz / 55 gm mozzarella; sliced
  • 1 large tomato; sliced into half-moon
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnishing

Instructions

FOR THE BALSAMIC GLAZE

    1. Heat balsamic vinegar and brown sugar in a pan over medium heat.
    2. Bring it to boil and then let it simmer until it’s thick and reduced to half.
    3. Remove from heat and allow it to cool.

    FOR THE CHICKEN

    1. Pat the chicken breasts dry with a paper towel and place them on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, make 4-5 slits in each breast; 3/4 way through only.
    2. Season chicken with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning evenly on the outside of the chicken and inside the slits.
    3. Drizzle olive oil over the chicken.
    4. Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 350-degrees F /180-degree C. Brush the basket with little olive oil and place 2 chicken pieces in it. Cook for 6 minutes on each side.
    5. Take the chicken out and stuff the slits with mozzarella and tomato, transfer it to the air fryer, and cook for another 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
    6. Drizzle balsamic glaze and chopped basil on top and serve hot.





Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 403Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 1341mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 2gSugar: 18gProtein: 45g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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32 comments

  1. Erin

    Delicious, thank you!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you so much Erin. Glad you enjoyed this easy air fryer dish.

  2. Ramona

    This recipe looks super delicious and I can’t wait to make this for dinner for me and my family later on! I love the different flavors and combinations. Thank you for sharing this recipe, I cant wait to give it a go!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I hope they enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by Ramona.

  3. Lauren Michael Harris

    What a simple, yet super tasty chicken caprese recipe! You really can make just about anything with an air fryer – love it!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      You can! I just love ours. It’s perfect for two people.

  4. Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer

    Bernice this is GORGEOUS! I’m so in love with how easy this is! You definitely knocked this one out of the park for sure!!! This is a must-make y’all!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you Lori. So glad you liked it…I’m a big fan too!

  5. Enriqueta E Lemoine

    I don’t have an air fryer, so I made this recipe on the stove and conventional oven. It was delicious! Thanks for the inspiration.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Great! So glad you gave this recipe a try. The flavours are what really make it special.

  6. Linda

    Love everything about chicken caprese and making it in an air fryer makes it even more delicious

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you Linda! So glad you enjoyed the air fryer Caprese!

  7. Tristin

    This chicken recipe was perfectly flavored and, as always, I had a blast making it in my air fryer!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thanks! It’s my favourite new way to cook as well.

  8. Beverley Partridge

    About 20 minutes in a regular oven?350?

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Hi Bev. It will probably take more like 25-30 minutes at 350 F. To be sure it’s fully cooked, the internal temperature should be 165F.

  9. Kathryn

    This chicken caprese made such a delicious dinner! It was so easy to make, light, and just what I was craving. Thanks so much!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It is a crave worthy dish. Thanks for trying my recipe Kathryn!

  10. Marta

    Caprese salad is my hubby’s favorite so I made this chicken to surprise him. He fell in love with the flavors and I loved how easy it was to prepare.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Oh perfect! PS your husband has great taste.

  11. Sharon

    This dish is so delicious and I love that it’s made right in the air fryer. Making again or Valentine’s Day dinner!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I’m really enjoying my air fryer and hoping to develop more recipes made for two.

  12. Freya

    My boyfriend is currently following a keto diet and he absolutely loved this revipe as it was full of flavour!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      OH great! I had no idea it was good for those that follow keto. Thanks for letting me know.

  13. Gloria

    You can never have too many great chicken recipes. We are having a date night dinner for Valentine’s Day…and chicken is on the menu.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      We always have dinner in. This is an easy, but delicious dinner for two. Enjoy!

  14. Jeannie

    this a great recipe that I can serve on occassions or when Im being fancy, its easy and have great flavors

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Gotta love an impressive dinner that takes no effort at all!

  15. Marcellina

    Wonderful flavors! And the chicken is so juicy!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Glad you loved the chicken Marcellina!

  16. Maur

    I am making it this weekend!

    Reply

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