Updated: Nov 13
This is a great weeknight meal. It's so simple but packs great flavor. I love the marinade. I use the marinade as a salad dressing as well. You can make another batch and serve your mozzarella chicken with a side salad that completely complements the flavor.
4-6 chicken breasts or 2-3 halved
Mozzarella and/or Italian blend cheese
Fresh basil or dry basil sprinkled over the cheese
1/3 cup olive oil
4 T vinegar- white wine or apple cider
1 T grated parmesan cheese
1 T Italian Seasoning
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp pepper
Combine all marinade ingredients.
Cut chicken breasts in half horizontally and place in the marinade for at least 30 min.
Grill or brown the chicken breasts, discarding marinade. Just give them good marks as they will finish cooking in the oven. (You can also cook it completely and serve it there. yum)
Place chicken breasts in a casserole and top with mozzarella, fresh tomato slices, and fresh basil. If you prefer you can simply shake over basil or Italian seasoning on the cheese.
Bake at 400* for approximately 20 minutes.
I love this marinade. It is so versatile that I think you’ll love it too. Marinate the chicken breasts for at least 30 minutes but marinating longer is great. At that point, you can grill the chicken breasts and just serve (yes, it’s that good!) or keep going. You can also brown the chicken (dumping out the excess marinade) and continue on.
After grilling or browning, place breasts in a casserole dish and cover with a generous sprinkling of mozzarella. I like to add in other cheeses like parmesan or an Italian blend, which is probably my easy favorite.
Sprinkle over that with dried or fresh basil, top with sliced tomato, and pop it into the oven for a scant 20-25 minutes. It really depends on how thick your breasts are cut ut generally it’s pretty quick to cook the chicken trough and get the cheese all bubbly and deliciously melted.
You can use the 20 minutes to whip up another batch of marinade and shake it up as a salad dressing for a side salad. I also enjoy a side of mixed zucchini, yellow squash and onion. This too can be marinated and cooked. If using an additional marinated dish only use one side so you are not overwhelmed.
This is a wonderful, easy anytime meal. I hope your loved ones enjoy it as well.
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