Easy Keto Chicken Caprese

Creamy, cheesy, and meaty keto caprese chicken is an Italian inspired low carb chicken dish. This keto caprese chicken recipe is easy to make and sure to please.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 34 minutes
Total 39 minutes

This recipe for an easy keto chicken caprese makes a great weeknight meal. It is simple to make and it is Keto friendly. And is full of delicious Italian caprese flavors!

Plus, it is simply made in one-pot. I’m always a fan of less dishes and less clean up time!

Melty cheese over the top of juicy chicken breasts, this chicken caprese recipe is sure to become a new family favorite!

two white plates and a cast iron skillet with the keto chicken caprese.

Olive & Artichoke may earn a commission for purchases made after clicking links on this page. View our disclosure policy for details.


  • KID FRIENDLY – This recipe is super simple, but definitely not lacking in flavor! You’ll find it makes the perfect family weeknight meal.
  • HEALTHY – It is light, tasty, and makes it really easy to stay on a keto or low carb diet.
  • EASY CLEANUP – One-pot skillet recipe makes it super easy & less dishes too!

This Keto Caprese Chicken is a fancy low carb dinner idea that is perfect for special occasions, but also easy enough for weeknights!

This is one of my favorite keto meal prep recipes that I’ll make ahead and enjoy a couple of times during the week.

It is a Keto recipe which is perfect for me, as I’m following along with that plan. And it also works well for my non Keto family.

I paired my portion with some zucchini noodles (zoodles) and my family enjoyed theirs with butter pasta. And we all had fresh salads. It was a great easy dinner!

cast iron skillet with the finished keto chicken caprese recipe.

I was recently sent a copy of the cookbook “Weeknight Keto” to review. All opinions and images in this post are my own. Reprinted with permission from Weeknight Keto by Kristy Bernardo, Page Street Publishing Co. 2019.

The Weeknight Keto is a great cookbook to have in your home kitchen! From a variety of recipes for satisfying those sweet cravings to carb comfort foods made Keto.

And a huge variety of quick & easy, budget friendly Keto Dishes.

This post has been updated from its original publish date of February 6, 2020. It has been updated to provide better photos, additional helpful information and step by step instructions.


Ingredients

This recipe is really simple and doesn’t require anything super complicated. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • boneless skinless chicken breasts — can substitute for chicken thighs if desired
  • coarse salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • cherry tomatoes
  • garlic
  • basil pesto — either homemade or store bought work
  • whole milk fresh mozzarella cheese ball
  • fresh basil leaves
ingredients for the keto caprese chicken in small bowls.

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Season the chicken with salt & pepper.

Heat a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the olive oil. When it has warmed up, add the chicken breasts.

chicken breasts seasoned with salt and pepper in a large glass bowl.
large bowl with cherry tomatoes and garlic cloves.
cast iron skillet with the cooked chicken breasts.

Brown the chicken well on both sides, about 2 minutes per side, then remove the pan from the heat.

Drizzle the tomatoes and garlic with the remaining olive oil, then add them to the skillet.

Top each chicken breast with a tablespoon of pesto, then a slice of mozzarella.

tomatoes and garlic added to the cast iron skillet with the chicken breasts.
pesto spread over the top of the keto chicken in the cast iron skillet.
mozzarella slices added to the top of the basil chicken.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

Squeeze the garlic cloves out of their shells into the skillet.

Sprinkle the chicken with the basil leaves and serve while warm.

cast iron skillet with finished keto caprese chicken
skillet with finished chicken caprese and chopped fresh basil leaves.
white plate with the skillet chicken and a fork with a juicy piece of chicken meat.
two white plates with keto caprese chicken and the cast iron skillet in the background.

How to store and reheat leftover chicken caprese

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days. Heat up in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes or until warmed through.

This makes an excellent meal prep recipe for a week of keto lunches!

More favorite easy meals

Here’s a few of our favorite easy recipes that we think you’ll love too! The first two are also keto / low carb friendly.

Want more recipes?

Check out the recipe index where you can discover more homemade recipes from my homestead kitchen!

Skillet Chicken Caprese

Creamy, cheesy, and meaty keto caprese chicken is an Italian inspired low carb chicken dish. This keto caprese chicken recipe is easy to make and sure to please.
No ratings yet
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 34 mins
Total Time 39 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6
Calories 359 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil divided
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved if large
  • 1 head garlic outer paper removed and cloves separated but not peeled
  • ¼ cup basil pesto
  • 8 ounce whole milk mozzarella ball
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil leaves

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Season the chicken with salt & pepper.
  • Heat a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 teaspoons of the olive oil. When it’s shimmering, add the chicken breasts.
  • Brown the chicken well on both sides, about 2 minutes per side, then remove the pan from the heat.
  • Drizzle the tomatoes and garlic with the remaining olive oil, then add them to the skillet.
  • Top each chicken breast with a tablespoon of pesto, then a slice of mozzarella.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Squeeze the garlic cloves out of their shells into the skillet. Sprinkle the chicken with the basil leaves and serve.

Notes

In the original recipe from the cookbook, this recipe suggests that it makes enough for 4 servings. Using the 2 pounds of chicken, I cut the breasts in half. And it was plenty to feed my family of 6, plus with leftovers. Also, the amount of chicken pieces you have will determine how many slices of cheese to cut.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 359kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 42gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 708mgPotassium: 703mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 805IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 224mgIron: 1mg
Keyword easy skillet chicken recipe, skillet chicken
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
Weeknight Keto cookbook cover

This cookbook has 75 delicious Keto recipes. So many yummy recipes…like:

  • Salmon Cakes with Lemon-Dijon Aioli
  • Bacon Jam Cheeseburgers
  • Creamy Tarragon Chicken & Asparagus
  • Twice-Baked Mashed Parmesan Cauliflower
  • Stuffed Zucchini with Goat Cheese & Marinara
  • Chocolate Mousse
  • Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries
  • Many Pantry Staples
  • And so much more…

I highly recommend this cookbook if you are on a Low Carb / Keto diet. Or for anyone who is looking for quick and easy weeknight meals.

The recipes, like this Chicken Skillet Caprese that I’m sharing in this post, are fantastic.

Grab Your Copy Here.

Get our free recipe guide

When you join our newsletter

Hey friend! What can I help you find?

Search our entire site!

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating