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Air Fryer Chicken Caprese – Easy and Delicious

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Tasty air fryer chicken caprese is a delicious way to make chicken breast! Chicken cooks quickly in the air fryer and is topped off with fresh mozzarella cheese and red, ripe tomatoes for a delicious, healthy and easy dinner, ready in about 20 minutes.

air fryer cihcken caprese on a plate

Fresh tomatoes taste amazing, especially when they are sweet and ripe. This year I planted six tomato plants and they are providing me with an over abundance!

I’m making a bunch into Instant Pot marinara sauce and making things like spinach tomato frittata so I can use tomatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

This is the perfect recipe for using up garden fresh tomatoes because it is very fast to make and delicious. Using an air fryer means you can have dinner ready in about 20 minutes!

top view of air fryer chicken caprese on a plate

Chicken Caprese

Caprese salad is an Italian favorite consisting of tomatoes and mozzerella cheese topped with basil and drizzled with balsamic vinegar. It is a classic summer side dish.

Chicken Caprese is essentially just chicken breast cooked and topped off with a Caprese salad. It combines the meat with the salad for an easy one dish meal.

While this is easy to make it looks fancy. The gooey cheese melting down over the chicken and the bright red tomatoes make this a very visually appealing dinner. That makes it my favorite kind of dinner – elegant but easy!

close up of chicken caprese

Chicken Breast Cutlets

I prefer to use chicken breasts cutlets for this air fryer chicken caprese. A chicken breast cutlet is a chicken breast that has been cut in half so it is of a thin, even thickness.

You can cut a chicken breast in half yourself or buy it already cut from the grocery store. To cut it in half just use a sharp knife and cut it lengthwise into two pieces.

I have also made this with full sized boneless chicken breasts and it is still tasty, it just needs to be cooked a bit longer. But I find that a whole chicken breast is too large for one person.

Also the tomatoes and cheese are more likely to slide off a whole chicken breast, because it isn’t as flat. So using chicken breast cutlets makes it easier to serve, because everyone gets their own piece of chicken topped off with their own cheese and tomato.

ingredients for chicken caprese - chicken, tomatoes, cheese, spices

Ingredients

  • Chicken breast cutlets
  • Italian seasoning
  • salt & pepper
  • mozzarella cheese
  • fresh tomato

Fresh is Best

For both the mozzarella cheese and the tomato fresh is best because they are the stars of this air fryer chicken caprese recipe. Sadly large, fresh tomatoes aren’t always available at the grocery store.

If tomatoes aren’t in season you will probably get better flavor by using grape or cherry tomatoes for the chicken caprese, since they tend to be sweeter.

Chicken breasts with tomato and cheese in front of an air fryer

Step by Step Instructions

1. Season the Chicken

Take the chicken out of the package and cut it in half if necessary. Then pat it dry with a paper towel.

seasoning the chicken breasts

Season the chicken by sprinkling on the Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Sprinkle spices on both sides of the chicken.

2. Cook the Chicken

Set the air fryer at 380 F for 10 minutes. Put the chicken in the air fryer basket, making sure to leave space for the air to circulate.

air frying the chicken breats

If you have a small air fryer you might only be able to cook 2 pieces at once, so make this in batches if necessary. Flip the chicken over after 5 minutes.

While the chicken cooks slice the cheese and tomato into slices. Once the chicken is done cooking test it with an instant read thermometer to make sure it has reached 165 F.

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Air fryers differ, so don’t just go by time, check the temperature of your chicken! If it isn’t done put it back in for another 2-3 minutes and check it again.

3. Top the Chicken

Once the chicken is done leave it in the basket and carefully top each piece with a slice of mozzarella followed by a slice of tomato. Use a fork or tongs to put the toppings on, because the sides of the basket will be hot!

adding a slice of tomato to the chicken

Then put the basket back in the air fryer and set it to cook at 200 F for 1 minute. This will allow the cheese to melt some, but not so much that it drips all over the air fryer basket and makes a big mess.

two chicken breasts topped with cheese and tomato in air fryer basket

After the 1 minute is up leave the basket in the air fryer for another minute, then take it out and serve the chicken.

How to Serve

To make this air fryer chicken caprese even more like a caprese salad sprinkle some fresh basil on top and drizzle a little bit of balsamic vinegar on it. The chicken breast is juicy and tender and smothered in gooey cheese and fresh sweet tomato on top.

adding basil to the chicken caprese

You can complete the dinner with some Italian bread, some grilled vegetables, rice or pasta if you like. If you are looking for a light dinner you don’t need to add anything to this meal!

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chicken caprese on a plate with tomatoes in the background
Yield: 4

Air Fryer Chicken Caprese

chicken caprese on a plate with tomatoes in the background

Chicken cooks quickly in the air fryer and is topped off with fresh mozzarella cheese and red, ripe tomatoes for a delicious, healthy and easy dinner.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breast cutlets (about 1 pound)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 slices fresh mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1 large tomato
  • basil and balsamic vinegar to garnish

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken breast cutlets on a plate and pat them dry with a paper towel. Then sprinkle them with the Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  2. Place them in the air fryer basket and cook at 380 F for 10 minutes. Use tongs to flip them over after 5 minutes. Make sure not to crowd the chicken in the air fryer basket, leave room for the air to circulate.
  3. While the chicken is cooking slice the cheese and tomato.
  4. Once the air fryer is done use a thermometer to check the chicken and make sure it has reached 165 F. Put it back in for another minute or two if it is not done.
  5. Leaving the chicken in the basket top each chicken breast with a slice of mozzarella cheese and a tomato. Use tongs or a fork to do this and be careful not to touch the sides of the basket, they will be very hot.
  6. Put the basket back in the air fryer and set it on 200 F for 1 minute to melt the cheese. After 1 minute keep the basket closed for another minute. Then take it out and serve the chicken caprese.
  7. Garnish the chicken with basil and balsamic vinegar if desired.

Notes

Fresh ripe tomatoes are essential for this recipe. If tomatoes aren't in season use grape or cherry tomatoes since they have better flavor than out of season tomatoes.

If you are using full sized boneless chicken breasts instead of chicken breast cutlets increase the cooking time to 20 minutes.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 788mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 40g

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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air fryer chicken caprese topped with basil
Tasty air fryer chicken caprese is a delicious way to make chicken breast! Chicken cooks quickly in the air fryer and is topped off with fresh mozzerella cheese and red, ripe tomatoes for a delicious, healthy and easy dinner, ready in about 20 minutes.
By on September 4th, 2020

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