Caprese Chicken Salad (2024)

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One of those dishes that people will always be askingfor the recipe! This Caprese Chicken Salad recipe is super easy to throw together for aquick lunch butlooks like it took hours to prepare! It is loaded with the fresh flavors of tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, and sweetbasil. It is my go-to recipe for a potluck brunch or throwing a bridal or baby shower!

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Introducing my newest addiction. Caprese Chicken Salad. I want a million words to tell you guys how good this is, but really all I have is YUM.

I think what makes this recipe so good is that it is just simple. It has classic flavors andwhen they are combined a little magic happens! Really, between the flavors and how easy it all is, this is one that you just find yourself making over and over again! I started chopping my chicken and veggies in my Hamilton Beach Pro food processor and WOW! Life changing! It makes the prep take minutes instead of the tedious amount of time chopping usually takes.

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Disclosure: I really love my food processor, so Hamilton Beach sent me their newest Professional Food Processor to try free of charge, I was not otherwise compensated for this post. Spoiler alert: I love it. You can read about how I used it in the post below.

I made this for the first time when some of my girl friends came over and we couldn’t get enough! I served it on long romaine hearts that we drizzled with balsamic glaze. Ahhhhhh…. who would have thought heaven came in the form of a lettuce wrap?!

This chicken salad is super pretty which also makes it a great option for a brunch or shower. You can serve it on lettuce wraps like I did here, or you can try croissants, crackers, toast, finger sandwiches, in a hollowed out tomato, or on cucumber or zucchini slices. You can prepare it on those things, or serve it in a bowl with lots of options for guests, or even a big bowl surrounded by lots of items to put it on in the middle of a family dinner table. We like to do this as a fun meal and change up the chicken salad flavor each time. You can see all of my chicken salad recipes here!

I really hope you love this as much as I did! If you try it, I would love to hear about it in the comments, or tag me on my foodie instagram account –> @easyfamilyrecipes so I can see what you’re eating! It makes my day to hear people are making and enjoying my recipes!

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Caprese Chicken Salad Recipe – Step by Step

If you are just looking for the recipe, scroll down to the bottom, or keep reading for my step by step tips on making this dish.

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  • 3 C chicken breast {I usually bake mine with salt and pepper in the oven, which you can do ahead of time. You can also use rotisserie chicken, boiled chicken or even canned chicken. Just remember the yummier your chicken breast is by itself, the yummier the whole salad will taste}
  • 1 1/2 C cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 C fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/2 inch cubes {Make sure you use buffalo mozzarella for the best result. You can chop up either a large ball or slice up small balls.}
  • 1/2 cup sweet yellow onion, chopped {you could sub white or red if you want!}
  • 1/2 C mayonnaise
  • 1/3 C chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

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  1. In a small bowl, mix the mayo, salt, pepper, and garlic powder until combined.If you want to make this all in one bowl, you can do that too. I get it! Dishes are the worst. If you aren’t premixing the seasonings with the mayo, make sure to mix it really well when you combine to get the seasonings evenly distributed.
  2. Cut the chicken breast into thirds and place them in the food processor with the chopping blade. Pulse until they are in approx 1/2 inch pieces. Then empty the chicken and change the blade to the dicingattachment. Use this to chop the onion.Caprese Chicken Salad (7)Guys. I have had a Hamilton Beach food processor for over 10 years and it is one of my favorite kitchen tools! I had the older one you can see in my Instagram picture here, and didn’t know what I was missing not having the pro model until they sent me this one! There is a dicing attachment that is GOLD for veggies!In my humble opinion, chopping veggies is the WORST! It is tedious and time consuming. I am into quick and easy. The attachment allows you to push veggies down the chute to a chopper that cuts them perfectly! I was so amazed I might have chopped every onion in the house. No lie. You can do celery, carrots, potatoes, etc. The food processor itself can not only dice, but alsoquickly slice, shred, knead, chop, mix and puree just how you want it. It has a 14 cup bowl which was a must for me since I like to make big batch salsa regularly and it is super helpful for grating cheese as well. This guy pretty much has you covered for prepping big or small! You canget the Hamilton Beach Professional dicing food processorCaprese Chicken Salad (8) sent straight to your door from Amazon or find out more about the details on the Hamilton Beach website here.I cook a lot, as you guys know, and my kitchen life is verifiably changed!
  3. Place chicken, tomatoes, onion, and mozzarella in a large bowl and fold in the mayo mixture until combined. Gently stir in the basil to finish.
  4. Serve on toast, lettuce wraps, in a hollowed out roll, a tomato, or on sliced cucumber.Caprese Chicken Salad (9)This makes about 6 cups which should give you about 8-10 servings depending how heavy handed you are with a serving. It will keep in the fridge for a day or two, but is definitely best fresh since the cheese does start to get a little softer once it has been sitting in the salad for awhile.

Simple and easy as promised! Enjoy this by yourself or with friends! Check back again soon for more quick and easy recipes!

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Caprese Chicken Salad

Serves:6 cups

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  • 3 C chicken breast
  • 1 1/2 C cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 C fresh mozzarella cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 C sweet yellow onion chopped
  • 1/2 C mayonaise
  • 1/3 C chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp sat
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder


  • In a small bowl, mix the mayo, salt, pepper, and garlic powder until combined.

  • Cut the chicken breast into thirds and place them in the food processor with the chopping blade. Pulse until they are in approx 1/2 inch pieces. Then empty the chicken and change the blade to the vegetable chopping attachment. Use this to chop the onion.

  • Place chicken, tomatoes, onion, and mozzarella in a large bowl and fold in the mayo mixture until combined. Gently stir in the basil to finish.

  • Serve on toast, lettuce wraps, in a hollowed out roll, a tomato, or on sliced cucumber.

  • Makes approx 8 servings.

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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  1. Melissa says

    Wow!!! Looks amazing! I love these flavors! And that new Hamilton Beach….I want one!!!


    • Kimber says

      Thanks Melissa! I hope you enjoy it! The food processor is my new best friend!


  2. Julie Wood says

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    I am going to make the Caprese chicken salad. It looks so delicious and easy to make. And I would love a Hamilton Beach food processor like this one! It is amazing!


  3. Julie says

    Hi, what is the drizzle on top..balsamic?


    • Kimber says

      It is balsamic glaze! It is a really delicious addition but still so good without it!


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What is caprese chicken made of? ›

Caprese chicken (or chicken Caprese) is an Italian-inspired chicken dish made with the following ingredients: tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, herbs, olive oil, and vinegar. It's an easy Italian dish that can be cooked in a variety of ways but one of the simplest ways is to bake it!

What goes with caprese salad? ›

The best side dishes to serve with caprese salad are garlic bread, bruschetta, grilled chicken, stuffed shells, baked ziti, gluten free bread, grilled vegetables, pesto pasta, Italian sausage, antipasto platter, focaccia, and risotto.

Why is it called caprese? ›

The salad is named after the island of Capri, where it is believed to have originated. Two common stories about its origin include it being an homage to the Italian flag or "in the 20th century to appease the palates of vacationing royalty and important politicos".

Why is caprese salad so good? ›

Everyone loves this colorful combination and it's easy to see why in its artful balance of flavors: creamy, milky mozzarella takes on the tomato's acidity and the sweetly herbaceous basil, where the extra virgin olive oil adds a mild fruitiness that brings it all together. It's like they were made for each other!

What does caprese mean in Italian? ›

As it's called in Italian, Insalata caprese, Caprese salad literally means “Salad of Capri.” Although nobody knows whether or not the salad was actually first made on the Italian island, it likely originated from a dish made in Capri from a different type of cheese, cacio, served with tomatoes.

What can I use instead of mozzarella in Caprese? ›

Instead of using the classic Mozzarella cheese in a Caprese salad, burrata cheese in a fantastic substitute due to it's molten middle of cream. If you are using burrata, make sure to layer the tomatoes and basil first on the dish, and then place the ball of burrata on top…

Is Caprese healthy? ›

Yes, Caprese salad is healthy. It is made of natural ingredients such as fresh mozzarella cheese and tomatoes. This recipe is super easy to make and the perfect healthy meal or side dish.

What kind of mozzarella is used in Caprese? ›

Ovolini mozzarella is just one size down from your standard large ball, perfect for when you're making a caprese for just one or two people. It can be made with buffalo milk, cow's milk, or a combination, but inside the states, it will be made with 100 percent cow's milk.

How are you supposed to eat caprese? ›

It is eaten with a fork. Use the fork to cut a piece of tomato and mozzarella to eat together in one bite. What do you serve with Caprese salad? It can be served with pasta, pizza, chicken, or sandwiches.

Do you pronounce the S in caprese? ›

The most Southern parts of Italy will say "cah-preh-zseh. " The more Northern parts of Italy will pronounce it "cah-prey-zay." It doesn't matter which of these pronunciations you use, as long as you can say them correctly. This is the equivalent of northern English and southern English.

What ethnicity is caprese salad? ›

The caprese salad is a classic Italian dish that has gained popularity all over the world. The salad is made with fresh tomato, fresh mozzarella slices, basil, olive oil, salt, pepper, and is traditionally placed on a plate in a layered circular pattern.

Is Caprese salad good for weight loss? ›

Created in the 1950s as a light lunch for regulars at a famed Italian restaurant, Trattoria da Vincenzo, the Caprese Salad is a favorite for those on our low carb diets and weight loss management programs because it's filling and packed with flavor, yet also very nutritious. Plus, it's very easy and quick to prepare.

Why do Italians eat salad first? ›

Serving salad after the main course of a meal is an older tradition in Italy, and nowadays it is usually observed at large and formal dinners rather than during everyday meals. Eating a salad after a meal can help digestion, while eating one before a meal may help discourage overeating.

Where did chicken Caprese come from? ›

Insalata Caprese, or Caprese Salad, originated in the 1950s on the Italian island of Capri and is traditionally made with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, olive oil, and basil. In this recipe, we've rounded out the plate with some chicken and pasta to bump up this appetizer to a fully satisfying meal.

What is the meaning of Caprese style? ›

An Italian term, the word caprese refers to the combination of fresh Mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, sweet basil, salt, and olive oil. Most commonly it applies to the ever-popular caprese salad which originated in Capri, Italy.

Where is Caprese made? ›

Although the salad's origin story is not totally solid, few people dispute that the caprese salad comes from the isle of Capri, off the coast of southern Italy, near Naples.

Are Caprese healthy? ›

Yes, Caprese salad is healthy. It is made of natural ingredients such as fresh mozzarella cheese and tomatoes. This recipe is super easy to make and the perfect healthy meal or side dish.

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