Description: Food Network Kitchen's Caprese Chicken Breasts Pan-Fried from Frozen. Keywords: Chicken Breasts, Black Pepper, Salt, Beefsteak Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil
Recipe courtesy of Heath Goldman for Food Network Kitchen

Caprese Chicken Breasts Pan-Fried from Frozen

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Dinner prep just got a whole lot easier, thanks to this recipe -- it allows you to cook frozen chicken breasts without having to thaw them first. You’ll simply pan-fry the chicken until it’s golden brown (don’t worry, the oil won’t spatter), then layer them with fresh tomato slices and mozzarella cheese when they’re partially thawed to lock in the moisture as the chicken finishes cooking. The flavors are inspired by the classic Italian Caprese salad of tomato, mozzarella and basil -- here used as a garnish.



  1. Add the olive oil to a large nonstick skillet and heat over medium heat. Gently place the chicken in the skillet and cook, covered, until golden brown on the bottoms, about 10 minutes.
  2. Flip the chicken, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper and top with the tomato and then mozzarella slices. Sprinkle the mozzarella with a pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cover the skillet and continue to cook until the mozzarella is melted and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken registers 165 degrees F, about 10 minutes more. 
  3. Top the chicken with the basil before serving.