Caprese Chicken & Polenta Bake: A Mediterranean Delight


Embark on a flavorful journey to the Mediterranean with our Caprese Chicken & Polenta Bake: A Mediterranean Delight. This dish marries the juiciness of perfectly baked chicken with the soft, comforting texture of polenta, all while embracing the classic Caprese flavors of fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, and aromatic basil. It's a harmonious blend of ingredients that come together in the oven to create a meal that's both nourishing and indulgent. Ideal for a family dinner or a special occasion, this dish is sure to impress with its simplicity, elegance, and depth of flavor.

Caprese Chicken & Polenta Bake: A Mediterranean Delight

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 1 portion

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 450 kcal
  • Protein: 30g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fat: 22g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 85mg
  • Sodium: 690mg
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 4g


  • 450g (1 lb) chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 500g (17.6 oz) precooked polenta, sliced into rounds
  • 200g (7 oz) fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 3 ripe tomatoes, sliced
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Balsamic glaze for drizzling

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Arrange the polenta rounds at the bottom of a large baking dish, creating a complete layer.
  3. Season the chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and minced garlic, then arrange them on top of the polenta.
  4. Layer the sliced tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese on top of the chicken.
  5. Drizzle olive oil over the entire dish and season again with a bit of salt and pepper.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the cheese is bubbly and golden.
  7. Remove from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and drizzle with balsamic glaze before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For an extra crispy top, broil the bake for the last 2-3 minutes of cooking.
  • Add depth to the polenta by mixing in some grated Parmesan cheese before layering it in the dish.
  • For a vegetarian version, substitute chicken with grilled eggplant or zucchini slices.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use homemade polenta? 

Absolutely! Homemade polenta can be used and may add a richer flavor to the dish.

How do I store leftovers? 

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven for best results.

Can I prepare this dish ahead of time? 

Yes, assemble the bake without the basil and balsamic glaze, cover, and refrigerate. Bake when ready to serve.

As you savor the last bite of the Caprese Chicken & Polenta Bake, the vibrant flavors leave you with a sense of satisfaction and warmth, a testament to the Mediterranean's rich culinary heritage. This dish is more than just a meal; it's an experience, a celebration of simple ingredients coming together in perfect harmony. May the memories of this delightful feast inspire you to explore more of the flavors that the Mediterranean has to offer.