Roasted chicken caprese

  • For the roasted chicken
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • Lemon Vinaigrette, recipe follows
  • 6 medium Roma tomatoes
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 60ml olive oil
  • 250g mozzarella cheese, cut in 0.5cm pieces
  • 30g coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • For the lemon vinaigrette
  • 30ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 60ml olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
For the chicken:
1) Place chicken in a 4 litre sealable bag. Add lemon vinaigrette, seal and marinate in refrigerator at least 30 minutes.

2) Preheat oven to 190 degrees C.

3) Cut each tomato into quarters lengthwise. Place in a medium bowl and toss gently with sugar, salt and olive oil. Spoon tomato mixture onto a rimmed baking tray so that tomato pieces don't touch. Roast for 30 minutes.

4) Spoon tomatoes and all accumulated juices into a small bowl. Add cheese, basil leaves and pepper, tossing gently. Let sit at room temperature while chicken cooks.

5) Reduce oven temperature to 180 degrees C.

6) Remove chicken and discard marinade. Place chicken on same baking tray used to roast tomatoes. Roast for about 30 minutes, turning once, or until fully cooked through.

7) To serve, place 1 chicken breast half on each heated dinner plate. Spoon 1/4 of tomato mixture over top.

For the lemon vinaigrette:
1) Whisk all ingredients, except oil, together in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in oil to emulsify.

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