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Caprese Chicken Casserole

Caprese salad gets a satisfying twist in this simple Caprese Chicken Casserole recipe! Featuring shredded white meat chicken, juicy cherry tomatoes, melting mozzarella cheese and basil pesto, it’s a dinner sent from heaven!

chicken caprese casserole in a white baking dish topped with basil leaves and cherry tomatoes

An Easy 6-Ingredient Chicken Casserole

Fresh, easy, juicy, and incredibly delicious! That’s how I’d describe this simple casserole version of one of my very favorite dishes, Caprese salad. I just love the combination of basil, mozzarella and tomato, so why not make it a casserole?

Honestly, I know there are people out there who don’t love casseroles. But in my book, that’s just because they haven’t met the right one! And, maybe this is the casserole of their dreams!

To get the fresh basil flavor in this dish, I’m using basil pesto, which is so delicious and can be found in any grocery store next to the pasta and pizza sauces. For protein, we’ve got some nice mozzarella, of course,  and shredded chicken, as well! For the tomatoes, I’m going with juicy little cherry tomatoes. Serious yum!

chicken caprese casserole in a white baking dish topped with basil leaves and cherry tomatoes

What You’ll Need

If you want to make this easy dish even easier, you can use pre-cooked rotisserie chicken instead of making your own. Easy!

  • Chicken: Have ready one pound of cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts. 
  • Tomatoes: Cut one cup of cherry tomatoes in half.
  • Mozzarella: You’ll need 8 ounces of fresh mozzarella cheese, chopped into ½-inch pieces. You can also use the little balls of mozzarella.
  • Pesto: You’ll need ¼ cup of basil pesto.
  • Mayonnaise: To make the casserole creamy, use about a cup of your favorite mayonnaise.
  • Parmesan: Fresh shredded parmesan cheese makes this casserole even more melty and delicious.
  • Salt & Pepper: To taste.
mixing together basil pesto, mayonnaise, and parmesan cheese

How to Make Caprese Chicken Casserole

Putting your caprese chicken casserole together couldn’t be simpler! All you have to do is mix and bake. It’s perfect for a busy day!

  1. Prep Oven, Baking Dish & Chicken: Preheat your oven to 400˚F and lightly grease a baking dish with cooking spray. Shred the cooked chicken breasts with two forks.
  2. Assemble Casserole: Place the shredded chicken in the baking dish.
  3. Make Sauce: In a mixing bowl, combine the pesto, mayonnaise, half of the parmesan cheese, salt and pepper; stir to combine.
  4. Combine & Bake: Add the sauce to the ingredients in the baking dish and stir to mix it all together.
  5. Arrange cherry tomatoes and mozzarella cheese over the chicken. Sprinkle the remaining parmesan cheese on top. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly on the sides.
  6. Enjoy!
chicken caprese casserole in a white baking dish topped with fresh mozzarella chunks and cherry tomatoes

Tips for Success

This is a flexible casserole that can easily be adjusted to align with your diet preferences. Here are some tips for how to switch it up:

  • Protein Substitutes: You could use chicken thighs instead of breasts, or sauté up some turkey or Italian sausage crumbles instead of chicken. This could also be a vegan masterpiece if you try using your favorite plant-based meat substitute, tofu, or just some sautéed mushrooms.
  • Tomato, Tomahto: I love the sweet and juicy flavor of cherry tomatoes, but feel free to sub any good tomatoes you have on hand, from heirloom varieties to hothouse tomatoes. Just give a rough chop and go!
  • Boost Nutrition: This is a nice recipe for stirring in some extra nutrients. Frozen spinach, chopped and drained well? Go for it! A bit of bell pepper? Sure! Some quinoa? Oh yeah! Make this your own, and enjoy.
spooning out chicken caprese casserole from the baking dish

What to Serve with Caprese Chicken Casserole

Wondering what to serve with your cheesy chicken casserole? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! These simple sides all go perfectly with this flavorful main course.

  • Shrimp: Crispy Shrimp Tempura are a welcome side or appetizer with any meal! They’re super easy and delicious.
  • Salad: Italian Antipasto Pasta Salad is the perfect filling side dish for our Caprese casserole! It’s packed flavor and oh-so-fresh.
  • Bread: How about some easy No-Knead Rolls? Fresh bread is one of my very favorite side dishes!
chicken caprese casserole in a white baking dish topped with basil leaves and cherry tomatoes

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • Store any leftover casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to 3 days.
  • To reheat, place leftovers in a baking dish and bake at 350°F, until just heated through. Do not overcook, or the chicken will dry out.

Can I Freeze Caprese Chicken Casserole?

  • Yes, you can! Cool leftover casserole completely, then transfer to freezer bags or containers. Try not to leave much air or space in the bag/container. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.
chicken caprese casserole in a white baking dish topped with basil leaves and cherry tomatoes
Print Recipe
5 from 4 votes

Caprese Chicken Casserole

Caprese Chicken Casserole prepared with shredded chicken, juicy cherry tomatoes, melty mozzarella cheese, and basil pesto.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cheesy chicken casserole, chicken casserole ideas, easy chicken dinner
Servings: 6
Calories: 552kcal

Equipment

  • Oven

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  • Lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Shred cooked chicken breasts with two forks and transfer chicken to the baking dish. Set aside.
    (If you need a good recipe for baked chicken, grab my recipe for perfectly baked chicken breasts)
  • In a mixing bowl combine the basil pesto, mayonnaise, half of the parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper; stir until well combined.
    mixing together basil pesto, mayonnaise, and parmesan cheese
  • Add the pesto mixture to the chicken mixture in the baking dish and stir to mix it all together.
  • Arrange cherry tomatoes and mozzarella cheese over the chicken.
    chicken caprese casserole in a white baking dish topped with fresh mozzarella chunks and cherry tomatoes
  • Sprinkle remaining parmesan cheese on top.
  • Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until golden brown on top.

Nutrition

Calories: 552kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 852mg | Potassium: 386mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 740IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 356mg | Iron: 1mg

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12 Comments

  • Jo
    May 12, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    5 stars
    All I can say is this was amazing! My family inhaled it!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      May 13, 2021 at 12:32 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m very glad you and your family enjoyed it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Vikki
    May 13, 2021 at 12:28 am

    5 stars
    Such a light and delicious casserole! Definitely making this again

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      May 13, 2021 at 12:32 pm

      I am very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Allyson Reed Zea
    May 13, 2021 at 8:40 am

    Makes the perfect easy dinner! Love the flavors!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      May 13, 2021 at 12:31 pm

      Thank YOU! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Beth
    May 13, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    5 stars
    Fantastic recipe! My family loved this recipe and it was such a big hit! Definitely on my remake list.

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      May 17, 2021 at 4:07 pm

      That’s great to hear! I am very happy everyone loved it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Sandra
    May 14, 2021 at 11:17 am

    5 stars
    This is so perfect for busy weeknights! Everyone at my house loved it.

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      May 17, 2021 at 4:06 pm

      I am very happy everyone loved it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Cathy
    May 15, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    This couldn’t be easier! Definitely a new favorite!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      May 17, 2021 at 4:06 pm

      Thank you! I am very glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

      Reply

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