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oven bake risotto with caprese chicken recipeI like to have some easy and fast dinners up my sleeve and this oven baked risotto with caprese is on my list of go-to dinners.  People ask me all the time if I really cook dinner all the time.  Yes, I really do.  But I do some things to make it easy to get dinner on the table every night.  For starters, keep a well stocked pantry.  When you have ingredients in your house, you can pull something together easily, without having to try too hard.  Another is to make something (like chicken breasts), and make more than you need so you can use it in an entirely different way for something else another night.  Having cooked chicken breasts in my fridge guarantees me that I will not be ordering a pizza.  I can add it to a salad, pizza, pasta, tacos, the possibilities are endless.

This method for making risotto is not traditional, admittedly.  That being said, who cares?  It tastes delicious.  It is creamy and rich like a risotto should be.  You could forget about the chicken and caprese, and add some Parmesan cheese and serve this as a side dish.  There are so many things that you can do to change this meal up.  A nice vegetarian option might be to make a mushroom ragu and serve that on top.  I think that might be on my meal plan in the very near future.

oven bake risotto with caprese chicken recipe2 Tablespoons butter
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup Arborio rice
1 chopped small onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3-4 cooked chicken breasts
1 (8-ounce) ball fresh mozzarella, cubed
1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
3 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

oven bake risotto with caprese chicken recipePreheat your oven to 400 degrees.  Put the butter in a 9×13 baking dish or a 2 quart baker like this one.  Bake the butter in the oven until it melts, about 5 minutes.

oven bake risotto with caprese chicken recipeAdd the Arborio rice, onions, salt and pepper.

oven bake risotto with caprese chicken recipePour the chicken broth over and cover with tin foil.  Bake for 35 minutes.

oven bake risotto with caprese chicken recipeWhile the rice is cooking, combine the sliced tomatoes, onions (I like onions in my caprese, so I added a little bit at the last minute), olive oil, and balsamic.  Gently toss in the mozzarella and basil.  Set aside.

oven bake risotto with caprese chicken recipeTake the rice out of the oven and fluff with a fork.

oven bake risotto with caprese chicken recipeTop the rice with chicken breast and the caprese.

oven bake risotto with caprese chicken recipe

Oven Baked Risotto with Caprese Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1 chopped small onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3-4 cooked chicken breasts
  • 1 (8-ounce) ball fresh mozzarella, cubed
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Put the butter in a 9×13 baking dish or a 2 quart baker. Bake the butter in the oven until it melts, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the Arborio rice, onions, salt and pepper.
  3. Pour the chicken broth over and cover with tin foil. Bake for 35 minutes.
  4. While the rice is cooking, combine the sliced tomatoes, onions (I like onions in my caprese, so I added a little bit at the last minute), olive oil, and balsamic. Gently toss in the mozzarella and basil. Set aside.
  5. Take the rice out of the oven and fluff with a fork.Top the rice with chicken breast and the caprese.
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38 Responses to Oven Baked Risotto with Caprese Chicken

  1. Keeley says:

    This looks easy and flavorful. Is the texture of the risotto similar to when its made using the traditional method?

  2. Kelly says:

    Yum. I love Caprese anything!!! Can’t wait to try it.

  3. missy says:

    I would love to know what is in your well-stocked pantry.

  4. erica says:

    i HATE onions…do you have any substitutes for that to get good flavor in the dish?
    thanks!

  5. diana says:

    This looks amazing…if I wanted to subsitute brown rice, should I bake the rice longer?

  6. Glocal Girl says:

    You’re amazing, Bree! Looks delicious.

  7. Denise says:

    Oh this looks wonderful…I can’t wait to try it. Thanks Bree!

  8. goodNESS that looks delicious. i love risotto but hardly ever make it because of the stirring & attention it requires. this is totally going in the repertoire.

  9. Barb says:

    This just looks delicious!

  10. Looks delicious! :) I’ll be printing this one to make at home. :) Hopefully soon :)

  11. I’ve got a bowl full of cherry tomatoes just picked from the garden. Perfect for this recipe! Thanks!

  12. ChloeH says:

    WOW!! This looks amazing, Bree! I might actually be brave enough to attempt risotto :) I can’t wait to try this on the hubby!

  13. diana says:

    Okay, so I made this tonight and it is AMAZING! I put a lot of Caprese on my chicken because I love it so much. It was delicious and I loved the risotta….such an easy way to make it. I did substitute brown rice, added an extra cup of stock, and cooked it an extra 25 minutes. Soooo good! Thank you Bree!

  14. Traci says:

    We planted our first garden ever this summer and have had such success (YAY!). Our tomatoes (heirloom and cherry romas) are producing like crazy and my family is getting a bit tired of caprese salads (as much as I love them!) and this was the PERFECT twist on it. The entire family LOVED it… even my non-chicken eater!! Thank you for such a yummy and simple recipe

  15. […] however, I’m super lazy and don’t like stirring and waiting and stirring and waiting. Over at Baked Bree, she posted a risotto where you pretty much set it and forget it [until the timer goes off, duh]. I […]

  16. Marissa Kubinski says:

    Hi Bree
    This was a home run recipe. My husband and I loved it and it was really easy to make, especially since he grilled the chicken while I worked on the rest. Do you have other recipes that involve making risotto in the oven or in other flavors?

    • bakedbree says:

      I bake my regular rice too, you could make so many versions of this recipe. Top with grilled veg, ratatouille, grilled fish, pesto….

  17. Beth says:

    Thanks so much for the BEST recipe that I have ever made for dinner. My husband said it was tremendous, which I have never heard him say about my cooking!! Fantastic blog, and cooking ideas. I am hooked!

  18. i was really excited for this recipe because it didn’t require me having to stand at the stove forever! but when i put the risotto in with the broth into the oven and 35 mins went by, nothing as absorbed! and the arborio rice was barely cooked. so i transferred it to a stove and then it kind of just became a rice porridge.. which was actually really good! but not risotto. anyone else have problems like this?

    • bakedbree says:

      Just cook it until absorbs, all ovens cook differently. Cooking times are a guideline, not hard and fast rule.

  19. Andrea says:

    Hi! I was wondering how did you cook the chicken? What did you marinate it with?

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