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Grilled Chicken Caprese Recipe

Grilled Chicken Caprese is a delightful fusion of classic Italian flavors and wood-fired flavor from the pellet grill. This recipe combines the simplicity of grilled chicken with the freshness of Roma tomatoes, the creaminess of fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil.

Grilled Chicken Caprese

Traeger Grilled Chicken Caprese Recipe

This Grilled Chicken Caprese Recipe is beautiful and crowd-pleasing, perfect for a summertime meal. You can make it whenever you want, though, as long as you can find some nice fresh tomatoes.

The process of grilling chicken infused with herbs, topped with mozzarella and tomatoes, and finally drizzled with balsamic vinegar creates a dish that is comforting and a nice change from your typical grilled chicken dish.

Why you’ll love this dish…

This Grilled Chicken Caprese recipe is a perfect blend of simplicity and sophistication. The combination of fresh, quality ingredients like ripe tomatoes, creamy buffalo mozzarella, and aromatic basil, all come together with the perfectly grilled chicken, makes it a standout dish. It’s an ideal choice for both a family dinner or a special occasion. The balsamic reduction adds a sweet and tangy finish, enhancing the overall flavor profile of the meal.

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Chicken Caprese shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

The preparation for this recipe is straightforward but creates a dish that is bursting with flavor. Here’s what you’ll need and how to put it all together:

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Fresh basil
  • Salt
  • Onion powder
  • Granulated garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh whole buffalo mozzarella
  • Balsamic vinaigrette

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How to make Grilled Chicken Caprese

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.



Preheat your pellet grill to 400°F.

Begin by evenly coating the chicken breasts with olive oil.

Season the chicken with salt, garlic powder, and onion powder, then place it on a preheated grill over medium-high heat.

Grill the chicken for about 3 minutes per side, turning once.

Transfer the grilled chicken to a shallow baking dish or cake pan.



Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella into 1/4″ thick pieces. Layer these slices on the chicken, starting with tomatoes and then mozzarella.

Place the chicken back on the grill and continue cooking for approximately 10 more minutes.



When the chicken reaches 165°F, remove from the grill and rest.



While the chicken rests, chop the basil leaves.

Drizzle balsamic reduction over the chicken and garnish with the chopped basil.



Enjoy with a salad, a plate of pasta, or in a sandwich.

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Chicken Caprese FAQ

Can I use different types of tomatoes?

Yes, feel free to use other types of tomatoes, but Roma tomatoes are recommended for their firmness and flavor.

Can I prepare this dish in advance?

You can grill the chicken in advance, but for the best taste and presentation, add the tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil just before serving.

What if I don’t have a grill?

You can cook the chicken in a grill pan over the stove or bake it in the oven, though the smoky flavor from the grill will be missing.

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Serve this with…

Serve this Grilled Chicken Caprese with a side of garlic bread, a light salad, or over a bed of cooked pasta to complement the flavors. This dish pairs wonderfully with a glass of white wine or a light, crisp beer. Enjoy the blend of classic Italian flavors and the unique charm of grilled chicken with this exquisite recipe!

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Grilled Chicken Caprese
Yield: 4 servings

Grilled Chicken Caprese

Grilled Chicken Caprese

Enjoy this easy grilled chicken recipe topped with tomato, mozzarella, and basil, perfect for a flavorful and healthy meal.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 Roma tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 fresh buffalo mozzarella
  • 1 tbsp balsamic reduction


  1. Preheat pellet grill to 400°F.
  1. Coat chicken breasts with olive oil.
  2. Season chicken with salt, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  3. Grill chicken over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes per side, turning once.
  4. Transfer chicken to a shallow baking dish.
  5. Slice tomatoes and mozzarella into 1/4-inch thick slices.
  6. Layer chicken with tomato slices, followed by mozzarella.
  7. Return dish to grill; cook for 10 minutes.
  8. Check chicken's internal temperature with a probe; it's done at 165°F.
  9. Remove chicken from grill; let rest.
  10. Chop basil leaves.
  11. Drizzle chicken with balsamic reduction.
  12. Garnish with chopped basil. Serve.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 476Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 198mgSodium: 798mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 72g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Friday 26th of January 2024

I'm running out of recipes on what to do with chicken so I'm really glad to see this one!

I made it last night and let me tell you it's really amazing! The combination of grilled chicken and moza is chef's kiss!❤️

I'll try to use other type of cheese next time to have some variation!


Thursday 25th of January 2024

The chicken came out so juicy! I love the balsamic reduction, it perfectly complements the whole dish.


Thursday 25th of January 2024

This was so good and easier to make than I first thought it would be. The tomato added such a fresh taste! I will be making this again.


Thursday 25th of January 2024

For me, the balsamic reduction is the hero of the dish, really took the dish up a notch! I also love the smoky flavor from grilling the chicken. Will I be making this again? A big fat YES!


Thursday 25th of January 2024

Such an elegant looking dish but super easy to make! I love all the flavors!

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