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Chicken in Tomato-Caper Sauce Recipe

Chicken in Tomato-Caper Sauce Recipe

This is what I call an easy crowd pleaser. I like to serve this entree with pasta and a nice salad. If you don’t have capers, try using diced green olives instead. —Shemaine Rohrbach, Allentown, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons drained capers
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1. Pound chicken breasts with a meat mallet to 1/4-in. thickness; sprinkle with pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Brown chicken on both sides; remove from pan.
  • 2. In same skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in tomatoes, spinach, capers, basil and cayenne. Return chicken to pan. Cook, covered, 8-10 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.
  • 3. Sprinkle with cheeses. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 392 calories, 16g fat (5g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 545mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 5g fiber), 45g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 6 lean meat, 1 fat.

Reviews for Chicken in Tomato-Caper Sauce

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muffbear74 254014
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2016

"Fine restaurant quality! Great recipe!"

schamberlain 247107
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2016

"Amazing flavors in this dish! My husband says it belongs in a restaurant"

mchisler 231100
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2015

"Everyone loved this dish. Just the sauce would be great on pasta or rice!"

TexasR 230163
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2015

"This is excellent! I served it with buttered noodles and pan roasted squash. I want to try this sauce with fish."

japroscia 193863
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2014

"Excellent, will definitely make again!!"

krysta72 133597
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2013

"My kids actually loved this and is one they request often. I wasnt sure how they would like the capers but this just adds to the flavor. a family favorite."

eapetema 178647
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2013

"I forgot to add the cheese and even without the cheese we decided that this recipe is a keeper!"

nancyphudson 180202
Reviewed May. 29, 2013

"Quick, easy, and delicious! A great weeknight option."

kheer 195494
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"I made this last night and it was wonderful. I am not used so much cayenne pepper but it was great. There was left over sauce and I used it in scrambled eggs for breakfast, the eggs were fabulous!!"

LLbarry 118324
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2013

"Winner! My husband loved it and it was a quick weeknight meal with lots of flavor, I saved time by using chicken tenders."

MY REVIEW 117950
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2013

"This recipe is good but not exceptional. I wish the caper flavor had been stronger; perhaps increasing the amount would help. I did appreciated the large amount of veggies included--you don't need to add any veggie side dishes to this dish, just a starch! I ate it with couscous and bulgur."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.