Sumptuous Chicken Caprese Salad

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Savor the richness of Sumptuous Chicken Caprese Salad, an exquisite combination of juicy, balsamic-marinated chicken and the classic freshness of a Caprese salad. This delightful dish incorporates lush tomatoes, creamy avocado, succulent mozzarella, and vibrant basil, topped with a homemade balsamic reduction that brings a zestful flavor to each bite.

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Sumptuous Chicken Caprese Salad

Essential Components of Chicken Caprese Salad

This salad blends simple yet flavorful ingredients, enhancing the traditional Caprese with hearty proteins and a dynamic dressing.

Ingredients Overview

  • Chicken: Opt for ground chicken to keep the dish light and flavorful. You can also use ground turkey or beef as alternatives.
  • Panko Breadcrumbs: These Japanese breadcrumbs help keep the meatballs airy and crisp. Substitute with regular breadcrumbs if needed, though they may alter the texture.
  • Dry Ranch Seasoning: Homemade seasoning adds a customized flavor, but store-bought works in a pinch.
  • Buffalo Sauce: Integral for authentic buffalo taste, this sauce is used within and outside the meatball mix for a spicy kick.
  • Optional Garnishes: Enhance the dish with blue cheese crumbles, extra buffalo sauce, or a drizzle of ranch dressing for added richness.

Sumptuous Chicken Caprese Salad

Preparation Tips

  • Make Ahead: Assemble the meatballs ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze to streamline cooking later.
  • Cooking Options: Pan-fry for a crispy exterior or bake for a healthier version, depending on your preference.

Sumptuous Chicken Caprese Salad

Storage Solutions

  • Refrigerate: Store cooked meatballs in an airtight container for several days, perfect for quick meals.
  • Freeze: Freeze either raw or cooked meatballs for later use, ensuring they’re tightly wrapped to maintain freshness.

Sumptuous Chicken Caprese Salad

Recipe Ingredients

For the Meatballs:

  • 2 pounds (907g) ground chicken
  • 1 cup (120g) plain panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup (60g) cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 tablespoons dry ranch seasoning mix
  • ½ cup (120ml) buffalo sauce, plus extra for serving
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon (14g) unsalted butter

For Serving:

  • Blue cheese crumbles, for garnish
  • Ranch dressing, for dipping
  • Chopped green onions, for topping

Cooking Instructions


  • Prepare the Meatballs: In a large bowl, mix ground chicken, panko, eggs, cheddar cheese, ranch seasoning, half the buffalo sauce, and garlic powder until just combined. Form into balls and set aside on parchment paper.
  • Cook the Meatballs: In a skillet, heat oil and butter over medium heat. Cook meatballs until golden and cooked through, internal temperature should reach 165°F (74°C). Glaze with remaining buffalo sauce.

Baking Option:

  • Oven Method: For less oil, bake the meatballs at 350°F (175°C) on a lined baking sheet for 25 minutes or until the proper temperature is reached.

To Serve:

  • Presentation: Serve meatballs hot with a sprinkling of blue cheese, a drizzle of ranch dressing, and green onions. They can be enjoyed alone or as a filling for sandwiches.

Sumptuous Chicken Caprese Salad

This Chicken Caprese Salad brings a robust and elegant twist to the traditional, combining the warmth of cooked meatballs with the cool freshness of Caprese salad, creating a meal that is as satisfying to the palate as it is beautiful on the plate.

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