Caprese Chicken

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Caprese Chicken
Yield: 4 Servings
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Ingredients
  1. 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  2. 1-2 teaspoons garlic powder
  3. 1 teaspoon Italian spice
  4. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  5. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  6. 2 tablespoons butter
  7. ½ cup pesto fresh or store bought
  8. 4-6 slices fresh mozzarella (I used an herby mozzarella log from Trader Joe's)
  9. 2-3 tomatoes, sliced
  10. balsamic glaze
  11. 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  12. fresh basil
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Slice tomatoes and place in large shallow pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and toss a few sprigs of fresh rosemary over tomatoes. Roast tomatoes 30-40 minutes.
  3. While tomatoes are roasting, season both sides of chicken with first 3 ingredients.
  4. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium high heat and add equal amounts of olive oil and butter. Once the butter has melted into the olive oil, add the chicken breasts to the pan, cook in batches to make sure not to over crowd. Cook on each side until lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes each.
  5. Brush 1-2 tablespoons of pesto over each chicken breast. Top each chicken breast with a slice of mozzarella and a few slices of tomato. Put the skillet in the oven and cook for 10-12 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. F.
  6. Remove from the oven and garnish with fresh basil and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
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