Stuffed Caprese Chicken #ImprovCookingChallenge

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This was a delicious meal! The chicken stays so moist from all that creamy goodness stuffed inside, and all of the components work together beautifully, with a fabulous "zing" from the drizzled balsamic over the top. This is definitely a recipe that looks and tastes impressive but is really pretty easy to put together, and most of it is hands off cooking time. Serve this up with a big beautiful salad for a delicious meal! Leftover chicken dices up perfectly into pasta too!

Improv Cooking Challenge: April 2021

Tomatoes & Balsamic

Stuffed Caprese Chicken

2 ½ cups shredded mozzarella, divided
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 (8 ounce) package fresh spinach, wilted
½ (8 ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
½ teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper
4 (6 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 TBS balsamic vinegar, or to taste

  1. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray (for easier clean up). Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Create pockets in each chicken breast by slicing horizontally through - but do not cut all the way through to the back or through the bottom.
  3. Create the filling in a medium bowl: grated parmesan, 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, wilted spinach, softened cream cheese, garlic powder, 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper (more / less to taste).
  4. Generously sprinkle each chicken breast on both sides with salt and pepper. Divide the filling mixture between the breasts, sealing gently with a couple toothpicks.
  5. Arrange on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake 30 minutes, until chicken is almost cooked through. Remove and divide the remaining shredded mozzarella cheese over the breasts and place a couple tomato slices on top of each breast. Return to the oven for 10-15 more minutes, until chicken is cooked through to 165 degrees, and cheese is melted and golden brown.
  7. Drizzle chicken with balsamic vinegar before serving. 
Recipe adapted from Hannah Winters on AllRecipes


  1. Love that filling. This is an excellent dinner idea. Thanks so much.


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