Chicken with Burst Tomatoes, Peppers, and Mozzarella
September 29, 2023
Chicken with Burst Tomatoes, Peppers, and Mozzarella is a beautiful, healthy, and easy-to-put-together family dinner.
This chicken and veggie situation all rolled into one skillet makes easy work of putting a beautiful and healthy dinner on the table.
2 tablespoons plus ½ cup olive oil, divided
3 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled, divided
4 chicken cutlets (or 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut in half horizontally)
2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
¾ teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
4 sprigs fresh thyme
12 fresh basil leaves, sliced thin, plus more for garnish
1 pint small tomatoes, such as cherry or grape
1 yellow bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
2 cups bocconcini (fresh mozzarella pearls)
Balsamic glaze, for garnish (buy it where you buy balsamic vinegar)
Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add 1 smashed garlic clove and cook, stirring, for 1 minutes. Season the chicken with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper and cook in the skillet for 5 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is browned and cooked through. Remove the chicken to a plate.
Reduce the heat to low, and warm ½ cup olive oil in the same skillet. Add the remaining 2 smashed garlic cloves, thyme, and basil. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, pepper, red pepper flakes (if using), 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper, and stir to coat the tomatoes. Cook for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the tomatoes burst. Remove the thyme sprigs.
Warm the chicken in the skillet with the tomatoes. To serve, top the chicken with the tomatoes and a drizzle of the oil from the skillet. Add the mozzarella and more torn basil leaves. Taste for seasoning, adding a little flaky salt and freshly ground pepper if you’d like. Drizzle with a little balsamic glaze.