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Tomato Basil Baked Chicken

Tomato Basil Baked Chicken is fresh and light and so easy to make! Marinated chicken breasts are topped with mozzarella cheese and baked to perfection. Fresh or canned tomatoes can be used in this easy chicken breast recipe that is packed with flavor!
Course Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword baked chicken, chicken breast, tomato basil baked chicken
Servings 6
Calories 499kcal
Author Trish - Mom On Timeout

Ingredients

For the chicken:

  • 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast 4 regular breasts or 3 large breasts cut in half lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional

For the tomatoes:

  • 24 oz cherry tomatoes about 4 cups (I used cherry tomatoes in this recipe but larger tomatoes can also be used. Just quarter them to get them roughly the same size.)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

For the top:

  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4-5 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large bowl or ziploc bag, mix the chicken and chicken ingredients together to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (or overnight, if preparing ahead).
  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  • Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Place the cherry tomato ingredients into the bottom of your dish and toss to combine. Lay the chicken across the bed of tomatoes. ).
  • Top the chicken with the shredded mozzarella cheese and season with salt and pepper to your liking.
  • Place the thyme sprigs on top of the cheese and bake in the oven for 35-38 minutes (or until the internal temperature of your chicken reaches 165 degrees.
  • Once the chicken is cooked through, remove from the oven and top with fresh sliced basil before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

To use canned tomatoes, simple substitute an equal amount of diced or even crushed tomatoes. Stir the tomato ingredients in with the canned tomatoes (olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, basil, garlic powder, and thyme).
Spread on the bottom of the baking dish before continuing on to the next step.

Tools Needed

meat thermometer 

Nutrition

Calories: 499kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 58g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 518mg | Potassium: 1145mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1060IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 218mg | Iron: 2mg