Chicken caprese hasselback style. Recipe for different breasts

Recipes that propose combining concepts or elaborations to give a twist to traditional elaborations always attract my attention. I don't remember when I first saw the idea for these hasselback-style caprese chicken breasts, but I've wanted to try them for a long time and loved the result at home.

The theory is very simple: apply the hasselback potato technique with the flavors of the caprese salad to some chicken breasts. That is, we introduce the mozzarella, tomato and basil in small parallel cuts along the meat, completely eliminating the idea that the chicken breast is bland or boring.

Ingredients

For 2 persons
  • Not very large chicken breast 2
  • Fresh mozzarella (buffalo) 1
  • Tomato 2
  • Fresh basil (approximately) 6
  • Granulated garlic
  • Ground black pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt

How to make hasselback-style caprese chicken breasts

Difficulty: easy
  • Total time 45 m
  • Elaboration 15 m
  • Cooking 30 m

Preheat the oven to 190ºC and prepare a suitable tray or baking dish. Dry the chicken breasts with kitchen paper and remove any remaining fat or skin.

With a sharp knife, make parallel cuts approximately 3-4 cm apart, without going completely through the meat. Place the breasts on the tray, water with a generous thread of olive oil, season with salt and pepper and add granulated garlic to taste.

Cut the washed tomatoes into slices that can fit the cuts well. It is preferable to use hard tomatoes, so that they can better withstand cooking. Also cut the drained mozzarella into slices.

The cheese is going to melt in the oven and can look a little ugly. That is why I cut the bases of each slice, taking strips, to bake the chicken with them first, leaving the largest pieces for the end. You can save yourself the step by directly placing the whole mozzarella.

Introduce tomato and cheese slices alternating between cuts. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, depending on the thickness of the meat. If we have reserved the mozzarella, fill the gaps with melted cheese with the slices and return to the oven for a few minutes to start melting.

Add a few washed fresh basil leaves to each cut and serve with one more punch of black pepper, if desired.

With which to accompany the caprese hasselback chicken

Although we use small units, the hasselback-style caprese chicken breasts are satiating, so I recommend accompanying them with a light garnish. A salad to taste or vegetables will go well, but we can also add some rice, couscous or some potatoes if we are looking for a more energetic dish. The ideal is to serve them at the right time when taking them out of the oven, letting the cheese melt more or less to our liking.

Tags:  Meats And Birds Fish Desserts 

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