Caprese Chicken

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts (Use a kitchen mullet to flatten the chicken breasts into 4 evenly thin pieces.)
Kosher salt
Black pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
Basil pesto (Store-bought is fine.)
4 slices low-sodium fresh mozzarella cheese (About ¼ to ½ inch in thickness each)
4 thick slices of ripe tomatoes
Balsamic glaze or balsamic reduction, about 2 to 3 tablespoons (recipe follows)
8 Fresh basil leaves (leave 4 whole and slice the rest into ribbons)

Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper

Heat an indoor griddle or pan over high heat. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil to coat bottom of pan. Add chicken and cook for 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until done.

At the last couple minutes or so of cooking, top each piece of chicken with a bit of the basil pesto, then add mozzarella slice on top.

Remove the chicken from heat and place on plates. Add fresh basil leaves and tomato slices on top, spoon a little balsamic glaze on top. Finally, sprinkle fresh basil ribbons.

Balsamic Glaze:

Pour 1 cup balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the vinegar thickens and is reduced to about ¼ cup (20 to 25 minutes.) Set aside to cool for 10 minutes; it will continue to thicken.


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