Italian Elegance: Hasselback Caprese Chicken Symphony

Savor the refined flavors of Italy with this Hasselback Caprese Chicken. Juicy chicken breasts are intricately sliced and stuffed with fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, and aromatic basil, recreating the classic Caprese salad in a novel form. 

Drizzled with a rich balsamic reduction, each bite is a medley of tangy, savory, and herbaceous notes, echoing the vibrant spirit of Italian cuisine.

The image beautifully captures a close-up of the intricate slits of the chicken, showcasing the vibrant colors and textures of the fresh Caprese ingredients stuffed within.

Precise Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25 minutes

The Number of Servings and Ideal Serving Size

  • Yields 4 servings. 
  • Ideal Serving Size: 200g per serving.

Essential Nutritional Information

  • Calorie Count: 430 kcal/serving
  • Macronutrients:
    • Proteins: 40g
    • Carbohydrates: 6g
    • Fats: 27g
  • Sodium: 320mg
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.9g

Ingredients, Measured in Grams

  • Chicken breasts: 800g
  • Fresh mozzarella: 200g
  • Ripe tomatoes: 200g
  • Fresh basil leaves: 40g
  • Balsamic vinegar (for reduction): 60ml
  • Olive oil: 30ml
  • Salt and pepper: To taste

Method of Preparation

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C (392°F).
  • Make parallel slits into the chicken breasts, ensuring you don't cut all the way through.
  • Slice the mozzarella and tomatoes into thin slices.
  • Stuff each slit in the chicken with a slice of mozzarella, tomato, and a basil leaf.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sear the chicken breasts on each side until golden brown.
  • Transfer the chicken to a baking dish and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan, reduce the balsamic vinegar until thickened.
  • Drizzle the balsamic reduction over the baked chicken before serving.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • Using buffalo mozzarella can enhance the creaminess of the dish.
  • Pair the dish with roasted vegetables or a light salad to complement the Caprese flavors.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Can I use cherry tomatoes for this recipe? Yes, cherry tomatoes can be used, but they should be sliced in half to fit into the slits properly.
  • What can I use instead of balsamic vinegar? A glaze of reduced red wine with a hint of sugar can serve as an alternative.