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Air Fryer Chicken Caprese

by Karly

This Air Fryer Chicken Caprese recipe is easy to make, loaded with fresh ingredients, and absolutely delicious! The simple marinade packs in loads of flavor and the chicken turns out so juicy from the air fryer!

Two chicken caprese on a white round plate.

Not much beats the flavors of a caprese salad…ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and balsamic all just come together in the perfect way, bursting with simple but vibrant flavor!

Only way to improve on that classic? Serve it up over a juicy chicken breast that’s been marinated in a mixture of balsamic, olive oil, and garlic!

Oh man, this caprese chicken is outrageously good and seriously simple!

Much like our recipes for air fryer pork tenderloin and air fryer stuffed chicken, this will quickly become a go to dinner. It’s nice enough to serve to guests, but easy enough for any night of the week. Don’t you love recipes like that??

Ingredient Notes:

Chicken caprese ingredients spread out on a countertop.

Chicken breast- This recipe uses two 6 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts. The recipe easily doubles if you need to serve 4.

Cheese- Fresh mozzarella is a must.

Tomatoes- This is best made when tomatoes are juicy and ripe.

Marinade- A simple combination of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and Italian seasoning will add loads of flavor to your chicken caprese.

How to Make Caprese Chicken in the Air Fryer:

Collage of the steps of chicken caprese being made.

Marinade- Add your oil, vinegar, Italian seasoning, garlic and salt to a shallow dish. Stir together and then add the chicken. Let marinate in the fridge for 4 hours.

Air fry the chicken– Spritz your air fryer basket with oil, add the chicken, and cook for 10 minutes at 380 degrees F or until chicken reaches 160 degrees. It will continue cooking once you add the tomatoes and cheese.

Add the toppings– Arrange your cheese slices and tomato slices over the chicken and air fry for an additional 2 minutes. Sprinkle with basil, drizzle with balsamic glaze, and devour!

Two cooked chicken caprese in an air fryer basket.

FAQ:

How should I store leftovers? How long will they last?

Just keep them in an air-tight container for up to three or four days in the fridge. Reheat them in the air fryer at 360 degrees until they are warm again.

What is Caprese Chicken made of?

Caprese chicken is seasoned chicken breast topped with the usual components of a caprese salad – ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and balsamic. It can be cooked in a variety of ways, but we prefer to cook it in the air fryer.

What is caprese salad?

Caprese Salad, which is believed to have originated in Capri, Italy, is a salad made of ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. It is often drizzled with olive oil or balsamic vinegar to finish it off.

A plate of chicken caprese that has been cut into slices.

Serving Suggestions:

We love to serve this Air Fryer Caprese Chicken with either garlic bread or air fryer breadsticks. A nice green salad and buttered pasta also make a great addition to the meal.

Tips for this recipe:

As with all chicken recipes, be sure to cook the chicken all the way through! You will know it is done and safe to eat when the internal temp of the chicken is over 165 degrees F.

Overhead view of chicken caprese.

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Air fryer basket on a countertop with chicken caprese in it.

Air Fryer Chicken Caprese

Yield: 2 chicken breasts
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 22 minutes

This Chicken Caprese cooks perfectly in the air fryer. The chicken turns out so moist and tender and the juicy tomatoes and fresh mozzarella really make this meal feel special. Easy enough for any night of the week, but nice enough that you'll want to serve it to guests.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 6 ounces each
  • 2 slices fresh mozzarella cheese, halved
  • 2 slices fresh tomato, halved
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • Balsamic glaze, for drizzling over the top

Instructions

  1. Add the oil, vinegar, garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt to a plastic bag or shallow dish and whisk to combine.
  2. Add the chicken to the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.
  3. Spritz the air fryer basket with oil and arrange the chicken in the basket.
  4. Air fry at 380 degrees for 10 minutes or until chicken reaches 160 degrees.
  5. Arrange the sliced mozzarella and tomatoes over the chicken breasts and return to the air fryer for 2 minutes to melt the cheese and bring the chicken to 165 degrees.
  6. Remove from the air fryer and sprinkle with basil and drizzle with balsamic.

Notes

This recipe easily doubles, though you'll likely need to work in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.

Be sure to use a good quality, ripe tomato for the best flavor. This is an instance where in season tomatoes really shine.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 343Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 779mgCarbohydrates: 11gNet Carbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 33g

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2 comments

Jill Gee May 5, 2022 - 1:01 pm

This recipe looks great and nice and easy so I am definitely going to try it. I’m such a novice to cooking so I do have 2 questions:
1. Is is better to tenderize the chicken to make it a more even? 2. You did not turn it over halfway through-how do you know when that is not needed? Thanx! Love your recipes and comments.

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Karly May 6, 2022 - 5:12 am

Hi Jill! Great questions! If you tenderize/flatten the breasts, they will cook more evenly. We do this whenever we have really large chicken breasts – kind of just based on how they look coming out of the package. We often buy chicken breasts that are already trimmed and portioned nicely so it’s not needed. As for turning, we usually only flip for things that we’re trying to crisp up – stuff that has a breading, for example. You could flip these if you wanted, but it’s not really necessary. 🙂

Hope that helps!

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