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Olive Garden Chicken Caprese

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Olive Garden Chicken Caprese

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2011-03-27 Other
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Delicious and tastes like the chicken caprese you get at Olive Garden. The directions are lengthy, but it only takes 1 hour total and is worth the wait. Chicken, Roma tomatoes, white wine, garlic, mozzarella cheese and heavy cream over angel hair pasta-yum. I pair this with garlic toast and a green salad for a truly authentic Italian dinner. This is a great recipe to use up some of your tomatoes.

  • Servings: 6
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

8-10 Plum Tomatoes, roma (2 pounds
30 Medium Fresh Basil Leaves
2 tsp Black Pepper
6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts or 6 Chicken Breast Fillets
4 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
½ cup White Wine
3 Tbsp Garlic, minced, divided garlic, heavy cream
1½ cups Heavy Cream
3½ tsp Italian Seasoning, divided
1 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
1½ tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Salt, divided
1 cup Vegetable Oil
2 cups Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
1½ cups Flour, plus
1 Tbsp Flour, divided
1 lb Dry Capellini, angel hair

Directions:

Tomatoes and Basil Preparation:

1. Core and cut Roma (plum) tomatoes into 1-inch pieces. Chef's Note: To preserve juices and seeds, use a paring knife to remove just the top of the core on each tomato.

2. Cut basil leaves into 1-inch pieces (no stems).

3. Combine Roma tomatoes, basil, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons of minced garlic, 1-1/2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning and 1-1/2 teaspoons of salt in a large bowl and blend thoroughly.

4. Cover, set aside and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Chicken Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Coat a large, non-stick skillet with vegetable oil and heat over medium-high heat.

3. Combine 1½ cups of flour, 1 tablespoon of salt, black pepper and 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning in a shallow dish.

4. Dredge chicken in the mixture, shaking off any excess.

5. Place chicken in skillet and saute for about two minutes on each side, or until just golden brown. If skillet is not large enough, saute the chicken in batches.

6. When finished, transfer chicken to a large baking dish and place in oven to cook for approximately 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pasta Preparation:

1. Cook pasta according to package directions.

2. Drain and set aside until needed.

Sauce Preparation:

1. While pasta is cooking, heat 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.

2. Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic and saute for approximately 1 minute. Do not brown.

3. Slowly add 1 tablespoon of flour and stir to combine.

4. Add white wine and bring to a boil. Boil for approximately 1 minute.

5. Remove marinated tomato and basil mixture from refrigerator. Drain tomatoes and basil from liquid and set aside until needed. Add 1/2 cup of the marinade liquid and saute for approximately 1 minute.

6. Add heavy cream. Lower heat and bring to a simmer.

7. Add grated Parmesan cheese.

Assembling Chicken caprese:

1. Preheat broiler.

2. Remove chicken from baking dish and set aside until needed.

3. Transfer pasta to baking dish and partly coat with sauce.

4. Pour desired amount of the remaining sauce on pasta and evenly distribute tomatoes and basil over pasta.

5. Place chicken on top of pasta.

6. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese evenly over chicken.

7. Place baking dish under broiler for approximately 2-3 minutes or until mozzarella cheese has melted.