This pestolicious recipe has all the classic caprese elements and that means seconds are a must!
I have made plenty of caprese recipes and shared them on the blog. The reason behind this is basically that I love pesto (it is my life blood, y'all) and I adore pairing it with tomatoes. I didn't fix the balsamic glaze because I'd be the only one to eat it, but I highly recommend doing so because caprese needs balsamic. What I particularly love about this recipe is that the chicken is marinaded in pesto and you add pesto to the pasta. Then you have these lovely little pearls of mozzarella that get all melty and gooey but still maintain their shape. It's just the best little surprise when you get a bite with a pearl.
What you need:
- 4 chicken breasts
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup pesto
- 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
- 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 lb. pasta, cooked
- 2 cups reserved pasta water
- 1 lb. mozzarella pearls
- 1/3 cup pesto
- 1/2 cup basil leaves, chiffonaded
- Shredded parmesan cheese
- Crushed red pepper flakes, for topping
- Season chicken with salt and pepper and then coat in 1/2 cup pesto. Cook in desired method and then set aside.
- Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil over medium-high heat in a deep skillet. Add tomatoes and cook until they start to soften. Set aside.
- In the same skillet the tomatoes were cooked in, add diced tomatoes and garlic. Simmer for a few minutes.
- Meanwhile, add balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan. Heat over medium-high until it begins to bubble. Then reduce heat to low and simmer until thickened about 10 minutes. Whisk often.
- Add cooked pasta to skillet with tomatoes and toss, using reserved pasta water, if needed to loosen up.
- Add grape tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, 1/3 cup pesto, and basil. Toss to combine.
- Slice chicken and add to the skillet. Sprinkle with Parmesan and crushed red pepper flakes.
- Serve drizzled with balsamic glaze.
While this isn't a one pot meal, I still love it. However, if you are looking for a chicken pasta one pot recipe, this One Pot Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta is a great recipe for a busy night! If an appetizer is more what you're hunting for, I recommend this Hot Cheesy Caprese Dip from The Blond Cook because it's what I wish I had in front of me right this very second. It definitely wouldn't last long at all.
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