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Keeping things colorful and easy today with this Pesto Caprese Chicken in White Wine Pan Sauce. Seasoned chicken seared until golden, with sweet summer tomatoes, bacon, and a savory white wine pan sauce. The chicken is finished with basil pesto, mozzarella cheese, and fresh heirloom tomatoes. It’s simple, oh so pretty, and made in just under thirty minutes.

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You know it’s the end of summer when the tomato recipes just keep coming. Hoping you’re not tired of them just yet because I think this Caprese chicken is my favorite tomato recipe of the summer.

Originally this recipe started off completely different. There actually weren’t any tomatoes or pesto involved. But when I looked over on the counter to see a basket my dad put together full of both heirloom and cherry tomatoes, I knew I needed to make something with those guys.

And since the garden is still full of basil, I wanted to include that too!

And just like that, an entirely new dish was created in my head. I quickly texted my mom to confirm that this was indeed a solid idea. She agreed, and said it sounded delish!

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And onto the details…

This is yet another skillet recipe, so as you might imagine, it’s pretty darn simple.

Start with the chicken. Instead of just leaving it plain, I dredged the chicken through a mix of flour, parmesan, and Italian seasoning. It makes the chicken feel a little fancy and, of course, is much more flavorful too.

Pesto Caprese Chicken in White Wine Pan Sauce | halfbakedharvest.com

Now start cooking

Cook the bacon until crispy, then pull it out of the pan. If you don’t love bacon you can skip it. But I do think it adds a lot of flavor to the white wine sauce.

Now add that chicken to the same skillet and cook until golden on both sides. Pour in some white wine and simmer for a few minutes to help the sauce thicken.

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Remove the skillet from the heat and arrange the cherry tomatoes around the chicken. Spoon the basil pesto over each piece of chicken. Then top with a slice or two of mozzarella, and a slice or two of tomatoes.

Season everything with a drizzle of olive oil and chili flakes.

Finish the dish off in the oven. Serve it up warm, while the sauce is bubbling and the cheesy is melty.

Don’t forget to add back the bacon and lots of fresh basil before serving though!!

And that’s it.

Pesto Caprese Chicken in White Wine Pan Sauce | halfbakedharvest.com

The chicken is insanely delicious, think a little crispy, seasoned wonderfully with a good mix of Italian seasonings and basil pesto. And cheesy too!

The sauce is rich and savory with hints of sweet wine, burst cherry tomatoes, and crispy bacon.

Pesto Caprese Chicken in White Wine Pan Sauce | halfbakedharvest.com

Perfect for spooning over this cheesy chicken. Everything together is just a wonderful mix of summer flavors that feels a little cozier for the end of the season!

What’s great about this dish is that even though it’s tomato based, it can easily be made from now throughout the month of September, and even into October.

Plus it’s quick and simple. The ideal weeknight dinner that’s pretty enough to serve up on weekends too!

Pesto Caprese Chicken in White Wine Pan Sauce | halfbakedharvest.com

Looking for other Caprese recipes, try these:

Caprese Pesto Tarts 

Caprese Chicken Pasta Salad

One Pot 4 Cheese Caprese Mac and Cheese
Lastly, if you make this Pesto Caprese Chicken in White Wine Pan Sauce, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Pesto Caprese Chicken in White Wine Pan Sauce

Prep Time 15 minutes
15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 742 kcal

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Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 425° F.
    2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Place the flour, parmesan, and Italian seasoning in a shallow bowl. Dredge both sides of the chicken through the flour, tossing to coat.
    3. Cook the bacon until crisp in a large oven safe skillet. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
    4. In the same skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until golden on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Reduce the heat to medium low and pour in the wine. Simmer 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, arrange the cherry tomatoes around the chicken. Spoon the pesto over each piece of chicken, then add a slice of mozzarella, and 1-2 tomatoes slices to each piece of chicken. Drizzle everything with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and chili flakes.
    5. Bake 5-10 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Top with bacon and fresh basil. Enjoy!
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  1. 5 stars
    One of my favorites! I️ make this all the time and my boyfriend loves it, too. I️ toss some brussel sprouts in when I️ add the chicken to the pan for some extra veg. And I️ make a small amount of the basil lemon orzo (from other HBH recipes) to put as a base…it’s great with the wine sauce! This gives me lots of leftovers and a healthy, delicious meal.

  2. 5 stars
    This dish was delicious and would make again. The breading was sticking to the pan so the chicken wasn’t browning. Maybe not hot enough? I didn’t want to burn the bottom of the pan so I skipped the browning part and added the wine. Still turned out great.

    1. Hi Shelley,
      Awesome!! I am so glad to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks for making it! I would make sure you are allowing an extra flour mixture to fall off so it’s not loading down the chicken. I hope this helps. Hope you’re off to a great Saturday! xT

  3. 5 stars
    Another 5 star review from my family. The tomatoes just melted into this delicious gravy. Served it up with a side of garlicky broccolini and crusty bread. Just great!

  4. 5 stars
    This was a big hit. My husband loved it. We had tomatoes and basil from the garden and it was phenomenal. Thanks for a great recipe!

    1. Hi Jen,
      I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your review, I am so glad it was enjoyed! Have a great day:)

    1. Hi Cindy,
      Wonderful! Thanks so much for making this dish and sharing your feedback, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  5. Huge hit with my family. Perfect just the way it is with fresh tomatoes and basil from the garden. Next time I might use boneless chicken thighs because they are yummy and boneless breast seem to be getting so massive. I spent a lot of time prepping to get them small enough to fit in my pan.

    1. Hey Ann,
      I really appreciate you giving this dish a try, I am so glad to hear it was enjoyed! Hope you’re having a great Wednesday! xT

  6. 5 stars
    This was sooo good, my family loved it! I think I’ll omit the bacon next time to make it a little healthier, but it did add a special touch to the dish.

    1. Hi Renae,
      Wonderful!! Thanks so much for sharing your feedback and making this recipe! Hope you’re off to a great weekend! xTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    I love anything that has Caprese in it so I had to try this recipe…I LOVE IT! Such a perfect combo with everything. I skipped the bacon (so sorry!) because I’m not a fan of bacon on anything and it still had so much flavor and I’ll definitely make it again!

    1. Hi Erika,
      Thanks for your review and trying this recipe out, I love to hear that it was a winner! Have the best Thursday! ?xTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was so flavorful. Be sure not to skip the bacon. It adds a pleasant depth of flavor. My bacon was pre-cooked so I simply crisped it in the microwave and added a little extra EVOO to fry the chicken. I served it with a side of spaghetti noodles and salad. YUM!

    1. Hi Gina,
      Awesome!! Love to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks for making it and sharing your feedback!! 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    Made this for Father’s Day dinner this evening and it was amazing. It is not a light dinner between all the oil in the pesto, lots of cheese, bacon, etc., so we just had a Caesar salad on the side… but holy smokes is it delicious. This is a keeper we will make over and over again. Thank you for continuing to share your yummy recipes.

    1. Hey Lindsay,
      Thanks so much for trying this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have a great week! xTieghan