The use of the term “Caprese” is often heard in the world of Italian food these days. What does it actually mean? Caprese refers to recipes and a cooking style coming from the island of Capri in Italy located in the Tyrrhenian Sea . This area is celebrated in song as well and is noted for its amazing and unique blue water color.
There are many great dishes coming from this island. However, in the US, when we think of Caprese Style, we relate most often to the use of tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh mozzarella and good olive oil.
CAPRESE STYLE CHICKEN WITH BEANS is one of these dishes that combines these ingredients, and a few more, resulting in a rich, fresh tasting, and thoroughly delicious dish. It is easy and takes just a few minutes to prepare.
CAPRESE STYLE CHICKEN WITH BEANS
Prep 15 minutes
Cook about 30 minutes
4 Tbsp. Olive Oil
8 Boneless skinless chicken thighs
2 Cloves Fresh Garlic finely chopped
10 Campari Tomatoes – quartered
3 Tbsp. chopped fresh Basil
2/3 Cup Dry White Wine
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Can (approx. 15.5 oz.) Cannellini Beans – drained
8 oz. Fresh Mozzarella slices or Ciliegine (little balls of fresh Mozzarella) – as pictured
More Fresh Basil
Balsamic Glaze (optional)
Season the chicken with salt and peper – both sides and brown in the oil along with the garlic in an oven proof pan.
Add the tomatoes, basil and wine. Cook about 15 minutes uncovered at a strong simmer.
Add Mozzarella and beans.
Place pan in oven and cook at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Garnish with fresh Basil.
Drizzle with Balsamic Glaze (optional but adds to the flavor!) and serve.
Serving suggestion for CAPRESE STYLE CHICKEN WITH BEANS – Try a beautiful Northern Italian white like Donna Anita Roero Arneis with this dish.
PARLA COME MANGI!
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