One dish, two cheeses, and a lot of flavor! Chicken Capri is so easy to make and should only take about half an hour to put together.
Baked chicken recipes can be genuinely heartwarming. They’re awesome comfort food for many people who grew up enjoying stuffed chicken dinners.
Chicken Capri is actually not that different from a more famous Italian dish, the Caprese salad. Caprese salad is a simple dish of basil, mozzarella, and tomato. Typically Caprese salad, like chicken Capri, can be seasoned with pepper, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, or olive oil. This combo of green, white, and red, like the Margherita pizza, recalls the iconic Italian flag.
Chicken Capri is not unlike the sort of stuffed chicken you might find in a restaurant. Many Italian oven dishes feature a stuffed or rolled piece of meat slowly cooked in a decadent sauce, often made of tomatoes. There are even Italian variants of the famous French coq au vin! This chicken Capri dish is similar to those. You could even compare it to chicken parmigiana, which is a similar meal of chicken in tomato sauce topped with cheese.
Chicken capri dish works best if you use fresh ingredients, although some substitutions may be necessary. Crushed tomatoes from a tin will work fine, but if you have the chance to make your tomato sauce from scratch or use tomato passata go right ahead! Roasting fresh tomatoes for 20-30 minutes and pureed the roasted tomatoes will produce a delicious, watery tomato sauce that you can reduce on a stovetop before adding to your Capri pan.
What is Chicken Capri?
This dish is named for the Italian island of Capri, just off the coast of the Campania region. Many foods that we consider classic Italian cuisine are native to the Campania region, including pizza! Although goat is rarely consumed in Campanian cuisine, Capri is actually named for the goats who once lived on the island during Roman times. In fact, you can still visit the Roman ruins on the island of Capri, including Imperial villas. Today, Capri is more associated with wild basil, fresh seafood, and the salads and chicken dishes that bear the island’s name.
With its rich tomato flavor, juicy chicken breast, and delicious melted cheese, this is a great celebration of the Campania region. All the flavors in this recipe highlight and complement a great piece of chicken. Let’s take a look!
For delicious homemade chicken Capri, you’ll need:
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Chicken Breasts
- All-purpose flour, optional
- Ricotta Cheese
- Dried Oregano
- Black Pepper
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Tomato passata or crushed tomatoes
- Mozzarella Cheese
How To Make Chicken Capri At Home
- Mix your ricotta with dried oregano. You can add olive oil if it seems too dry or chalky. You can either do this by hand or use a handheld mixer.
- Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture, saute your breasts. Four minutes per side, just enough to turn the chicken’s flesh golden brown, should be enough. Use olive oil in the skillet for this.
- Like many Italian-style baked dishes, this is all about the layering.
- Your first layer will be tomato sauce on top of the chicken. You can either prepare a nice tomato sauce, use passata, or crushed tomatoes for this.
- Then you add the ricotta cheese.
- The final layer, on top, is mozzarella cheese.
- Bake for no more than 10 minutes. Any longer may dry your chicken out!
- Serve with freshly chopped parsley or basil.
Tips and Tricks
- It’s easy to overcook the chicken in the oven. The breasts should be tender and slightly cooked from sauteeing, so take care not to let them dry out during the baking process.
- You can top chicken Capri with more mozzarella.
- As you mix up your ricotta, you can season it! Popular seasonings include sea salt, oregano, and rosemary.
- Skip the flour for gluten free recipe!
- In Italy, dishes like this are served as just one part of a larger meal. You can have pasta on the side, some crusty bread, and maybe even a Caprese salad. Italians love having a lot of variety on the dinner table.
- Prep saves time! As your chicken breasts are sauteeing, you can line up your ricotta mix, tomato passata tomatoes, and mozzarella ready to go.
- If you’re feeling fancy, you can use buffalo mozzarella rather than the usual store-bought mozzarella. This will intensify the flavor. Buffalo mozzarella actually comes from the Italian water buffalo, and is the original mozzarella on which modern variants are based.
How to Serve Chicken Capri
Chicken capri can be served as a meal by itself, an entree, or alongside bread and pasta. Food is central to Italian life and culture, and this chicken Capri recipe is imbued with this passion for cuisine.
If you make this recipe be sure to leave a comment or give this recipe a rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐! I will be happy to hear from you!Print
All rights reserved. CHEF JAR. All images and content are copyright protected. PLEASE do not use my images without my permission. If you want to share this recipe, PLEASE provide a link back to this post.