Caprese stuffed chicken breasts

Juicy chicken breasts stuffed with sundried tomatoes, mozzarella and basil and pan-fried until cooked to perfection is a delicious dinner recipe.

Caprese stuffed chicken breasts

Stuffed chicken is a great way to use simple, boneless chicken breasts. Not only is it easy to make, it’s also a simple showstopper and great served with pasta, steamed greens or potatoes. Using classic Caprese flavors means this will be a crowd pleaser of note.


Full recipe with amounts can be found in the recipe card below.

  • Chicken breasts. Boneless and skinless chicken breasts work best.
  • Mozzarella cheese. I used low-moisture mozzarella. Fresh mozzarella will add too much liquid to the chicken.
  • Sundried tomatoes.
  • Fresh basil.
  • Italian herbs / Italian seasoning.
  • Balsamic vinegar.
  • Salt and pepper.

Caprese stuffed chicken breasts

How to make stuffed chicken breasts

  1. Prepare the chicken breasts: Start by using large, boneless and skinless chicken breasts. Place the chicken on a chopping board in front of you and with a sharp knife, slice into the side of the chicken breast, creating a pocket for the stuffing.
  2. Stuff the chicken: Place grated mozzarella, chopped sun dried tomatoes and fresh basil into the pocket and secure with toothpicks. Season the chicken generously with salt, pepper and Italian herbs.
  3. Cook the chicken: In a large pan or skillet over medium-high heat, add the chicken and breasts and cook until golden brown then transfer the pan to the oven and allow to cook for 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. The chicken is cooked when the cheese is completely melted and the chicken is white and opaque throughout. Remove the chicken from the pan and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

How long to cook stuffed chicken breast

Cook the chicken over medium-high heat for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is white and opaque throughout. The internal temperature should read 73ºC/165ºF on a meat thermometer. You could also brown the chicken in a pan and then place it in a 200ºC/ 390ºF for 10-15 minutes.

Caprese stuffed chicken breasts with melted mozzarella

Can I make this ahead?

The chicken can be stuffed, covered and refrigerated for up to a day before cooking. Cooked chicken breasts can be refrigerated for up to 2 days and reheated in a hot oven before serving.

What to serve with stuffed chicken breasts

  1. Easy tomato cream rigatoni
  2. Crispy salt and pepper smashed potatoes
  3. Easy side salad with lemon dressing

Pan-seared Caprese stuffed chicken breasts

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Caprese stuffed chicken breasts

Caprese stuffed chicken breasts

Juicy chicken breasts stuffed with mozzarella, sundried tomatoes and fresh basil. Delicious served with pasta or on its own for a perfect dinner. 
4.62 from 13 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caprese stuffed chicken breast, chicken breast recipe, easy chicken recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Calories: 236kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 4


  • 4 large chicken breasts skinless and boneless
  • 1-2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup sundried tomatoes finely chopped
  • 4 large basil leaves
  • 2 tsp dried Italian herbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar


  • Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC / 390ºF. 
  • Place the chicken on a chopping board and with a sharp knife, carefully slice into the side of the chicken breast, creating a deep pocket for the stuffing. 
  • Place a few tablespoons of shredded/grated mozzarella, sundried tomatoes and a basil leaf in each chicken breast. Secure the opening with toothpicks. 
  • Season generously with salt, pepper and Italian herbs. 
  • Add a few tablespoons of olive oil to a large oven-proof frying pan or skillet and heat over medium-high heat. 
  • Add the chicken breasts and brown on both sides then pour the Balsamic vinegar over the chicken. Place in the oven and allow to cook for 15 minutes or until cooked through. 
  • Remove from the pan and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving. 


Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 339mg | Potassium: 913mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Vitamin C: 6.8mg | Calcium: 242mg | Iron: 1.7mg

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  1. Oh wow this was a huge hit with all my family including a rather fussy grandson. It will definatley be on my list of fave’s. Thank you.

  2. How big is a “large” boneless chicken breast? These days here in NC, all boneless skinless chicken breasts range from 12-18 oz, each, and that’s simply too large for this recipe. I haven’t seen a 6 oz chicken breast in more than a decade, and that used to be defined as “large.” I do remember back in the 80s when a 1 lb package of frozen chicken breast had 2- 3 pieces. I tried–sliced a 14 oz breast lengthwise into 2 thick cutlets and then attempted to cut pockets into those with limited success. The chicken was delicious, but the cheese leaked all over the place, and the presentation was less than perfect.

    1. 6-8 oz is definitely what I would suggest. I think if you have 12-18oz breasts leave them as is then stuff and then just halve when serving. So one breast would feed two people.

      1. So succulent! A burst of flavour! Definitely a win with my tribe. Thank you for supperation (supper inspiration)

  3. I didn’t have sun-dried tomatoes but roasted cherry tomatoes instead. The chicken was so soft and delicious. Great recipe.