Caprese Chicken Orzo Bowls

mixed caprese chicken in white bowl with fork in the bowl

These Caprese Chicken Orzo Bowls are SO yummy – made with fresh ingredients like basil, juicy cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella and melt in your mouth orzo, these bowls are SO simple to whip up and so delicious! 

You guys – we are just a few days away from it being Summer forreal. Which is 1) crazy and 2) where did the year go?!

Anyway, Summer being right around the corner is great timing because this is my new favorite Summer meal! It’s light, refreshing and SO tasty! 

Why You’ll Love This Dish: 

If I haven’t said before, orzo is for sure my favorite pasta – to me, it’s like rice’s fancy best friend. There is something creamy, melt in your mouth tasty about this delicious grain. And it goes perfectly with this bowl! 

The rest of the ingredients are SO fresh – from the basil, the mozzarella balls, the juicy cherry tomatoes – the orzo is the perfect foundation for this bowl to really tie everything together into one delicious bite. 

close up of bowl with mozzarella and chopped tomatoes

Oh, and did I mention how insanely delicious the chicken is?!? It has a simple but delicious seasoning – including salt, fresh garlic and of course, balsamic vinegar! Because what is caprese without balsamic?!

It adds a fresh hit of acidity and the garlic adds a savoriness that’s necessary to combat the rest of the fresh ingredients. 

glossy chicken close up in bowl

Overall, each bite is so well balanced, perfectly delicious and so refreshing! It’s quick to whip up during a busy weeknight or you could make it a date night idea and pour a glass of red wine!

Let’s get into what you need for it!

Ingredients You Need: 

  • Chicken breast tenderloins
  • Cherry tomatoes 
  • Fresh mozzarella balls
  • Orzo 
  • Fresh garlic 
  • Balsamic vinegar 
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Garlic powder 
  • Butter

Best Tips on Making Caprese Bowls:

I began making this recipe by getting the orzo out of the way. Not that it’s like, hard, by any means – but just go ahead and cook the orzo based off of the box directions. 

Once it’s all done, I drained it and set it aside. 

Now, while it’s cooking, you can for sure start to prep the other ingredients. For this recipe, I used chicken breast tenderloins but you can always just use normal chicken breasts. 

I started by mincing up a couple of cloves of garlic and set those aside. Then, I cut my chicken into bite size pieces as well. 

To a medium skillet, add a splash of olive oil and let it heat up on medium heat. 

Add in the chicken breast along with a generous pinch of salt. Let that cook for 6-8 minutes, flipping halfway through to make sure it’s fully cooked. 

side view of bowl with all ingredients in it

Once it’s cooked, add in the garlic and the balsamic vinegar. Cook for 1 more minute and then reduce the heat to low. Taste and adjust seasoning (add more salt if needed!)

Add the orzo back into the pot along with a pat of butter, salt and garlic powder. Taste to season and let the butter melt into the orzo. 

Now begin to layer the bowls! 

close up of all of the ingredients mixed together in the bowl with a fork in bowl

Start with the orzo on the bottom, followed by the chicken, the mozzarella balls, the fresh basil and of course, the juicy tomatoes. You can cut the tomatoes in half if you’d like but it’s not necessary. 

And now..you’re all set to dig in! Enjoy every single bite of this delicious meal! 

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are a few others you might like:

Sundried Tomato Bruschetta Bowls with Chicken Sausage 

Caprese Avocado Toast

Heirloom Tomato Tart with Basil Sauce 

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Caprese Chicken Orzo Bowls

These Caprese Chicken Orzo Bowls are SO yummy - made with fresh ingredients like basil, juicy cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella and melt in your mouth orzo, these bowls are SO simple to whip up and so delicious! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword caprese chicken, chicken dinner recipes, date night chicken recipes, easy chicken recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Haylie

Ingredients

Balsamic Chicken

  • 1 lb chicken breast tenderloins, cut into bite size chunks 
  • Salt to taste 
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar 
  • 2 cloves minced garlic 
  • 1 tsp olive oil 

Bowl Toppings

  • 1-2 cups cherry tomatoes, diced in half 
  • 1/2 cup fresh mozzarella balls 
  • fresh basil
  • cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Cook 1 cup of orzo according to box directions. Drain and set aside. 

  2. Mince garlic. Cut chicken breast into bite size chunks. Add the tsp of olive oil to the pan and heat on medium heat. Add chicken in and a generous amount of salt and pepper. 

  3. Cook the chicken until completely done - about 6-8 minutes. Then add in garlic and balsamic vinegar. Cook for 1 more minute. Turn on low. Add more salt and/or garlic powder when you taste to season. 

  4. Add the orzo back into the pot you cooked it in. Add 1 tbsp of butter, a pinch of salt and garlic powder into the orzo and mix until combined.

  5. Layer the bowls! Start with the orzo followed by the chicken, the sliced cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls and of course, fresh basil. Top with fresh cracked pepper! Enjoy! 

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