Author Notes: Baked Chicken Caprese: delicious, easy, healthy 5-ingredient meal, perfect for weeknights: fresh basil, fresh mozzarella, garlic powder, Ragu pasta sauce. —Holly
boneless skinless chicken breasts
teaspoons garlic powder
tablespoons olive oil
servings angel hair pasta
ounces fresh mozzarella
large basil leaves, rinsed & dried (hold back three of these for garnish)
ounces pasta sauce
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees
- Rinse and pat dry each piece of chicken, making sure it is well-dried. Trim off all the fat or loose pieces of meat.
- Sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic powder onto both sides of each chicken breast.
- Add olive oil to sauté pan on medium high heat, then add your chicken (cook in batches if needed).
- Cook each breast for 3-4 minutes a side, until it has a golden sear on both sides.
- Place the chicken in a 9x13 baking dish, and bake on the middle oven rack for 15 minutes at 450 degrees.
- Cook pasta while the chicken is in the oven baking.
- Remove baking dish and reduce oven to 350 degrees. Quickly spoon the Ragu Homestyle sauce onto each piece, top with 2-3 pieces of fresh basil and one slice of fresh mozzarella. Return the chicken to the oven for 5 more minutes - or until the cheese has melted, Ensure chicken reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees.
- Serve over pasta and garnish with remaining basil