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Caprese Chicken with Bacon

Smoky bacon, fresh basil, ripe tomatoes and gooey mozzarella top this appealing chicken caprese recipe. The aroma as it bakes is irresistible! —Tammy Hayden, Quincy, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 8 bacon strips
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 plum tomatoes, sliced
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 4 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • Preheat oven to 400°. Place bacon in an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake until partially cooked but not crisp, 8-10 minutes. Remove to paper towels to drain.
  • Place chicken in an ungreased 13x9-in. baking pan; brush with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with tomatoes and basil. Wrap each in 2 bacon strips, arranging bacon in a crisscross.
  • Bake, uncovered, until a thermometer reads 165°, 15-20 minutes. Top with cheese; bake until melted, 1 minute longer.
Nutrition Facts
1 chicken breast half: 373 calories, 18g fat (7g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 821mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 47g protein.
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  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Oct 28, 2020

    I subbed in drained diced tomatoes and shredded mozzarella cheese. Looks like a fancy dish but easy to make

  • Appy_Girl
    Oct 30, 2019

    Very tasty Chicken upper ! I baked mine a little bit longer. I used bone in chicken thighs. Boneless is the better choice. Super easy to put together. Next time I will use Provolone cheese. Bake in a shallow pan for even browning. I upped the oven temp to 450 after adding the bacon and tomato. Baked for about 15 extra minutes. Bacon browned perfectly.

  • LaChicaDeAyer
    Aug 7, 2017

    This is my new favorite chicken dish! It tastes so fresh and is bursting with flavor. The chicken turned out juicy in the oven and prep was easy. The only change I made was to use shredded cheese instead of slices since that's what I had on hand. The combination of chicken, bacon, cheese, basil, and tomato is perfection. It's also a visually appealing dish. I served it with couscous and a salad. This is now on our go-to recipes list.

  • buffetfan
    Mar 28, 2017

    This recipe was a hit. Everyone cleaned their plates. This recipe is very easy and perfect for a weeknight dinner or company. I will say I read it wrong and cooked the bacon more than I should have but it worked out fine. It didn't burn in the oven. I used fresh mozzarella but you could use shredded or slices. Definitely a keeper.*Volunteer Field Editor

  • greatwithoutgluten
    Feb 27, 2017

    This was simple and delicious! Everyone in our family really enjoyed this recipe. We will make this again soon!

  • djmcclimon
    Dec 19, 2016

    I will definitely make this again. Next time I will use sun dried tomatoes. The presentation was company worthy.

  • aorla846
    Sep 28, 2016

    No comment left

  • PageRD
    Sep 21, 2016

    I tried this on a whim since I had all the ingredients. I thought it was juicy and tender. The bacon was a nice touch, but I didn't use as much as the recipe called for since I only had 4 slices. After tasting the recipe as written, I added a bit of balsamic glaze which really heightened all the flavors. Definitely worth a try.

  • ryanswife
    Sep 16, 2016

    We really liked this dinner. Chicken was juicy and tender. Definitely keeping this one. My husband gave me his tomatoes because usually he doesn't eat them.

  • PenelopeWin
    Feb 28, 2016

    This was really good after I took the bacon off. I thought the bacon was too overpowering and salty. Also, it didn't taste like caprese with the bacon. Next time I will leave the bacon off. I sliced the tomatoes thick and the cheese as well. I will make it again without the bacon.