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Dutch Oven Caprese Chicken

Campfire Chicken Caprese

Much like most of my camping meals, this Dutch Oven Caprese Chicken recipe packs more flavour than you’d expect, out of a very small number of ingredients. It really is gourmet campfire cooking at its most simple.

A lot of the camping recipes I use have been modified to make them easier when cooking outdoors, this one hasn’t. Caprese Chicken is already perfect for cooking over a campfire either in the lid of a Dutch Oven or in a cast iron skillet. It would also work well in a Trangia stove.

In fact, this recipe lends itself so well to camping that I’ve never actually made Chicken Caprese indoors! It wouldn’t, to me, be as good when cooked in a regular oven!

Dutch Oven on a Campfire
Dutch Oven over a Campfire

If you have never used a Dutch Oven before, they are basically big, heavy cast iron pots with legs. Dutch Ovens can be suspended over a fire on a tripod or placed directly into the hot coals.

To replicate a regular oven, hot coals are placed on top of the Dutch Oven. This is especially useful when melting cheese on a campfire.

I tend to make Caprese Chicken in the shallow lid of an aluminium Dutch Oven. You can cook it either directly in the coals or on a campfire grill.

I use an aluminium Dutch Oven as the acid from the balsamic vinegar and tomatoes will strip the oil seasoning from a cast iron Dutch Oven. You can still use a cast iron one, you’ll just have to re-season it after use.

Dutch Oven Chicken Caprese

Dutch Oven Caprese Chicken

Chicken breast or thighs, lightly pan fried with balsamic vineger & cherry tomatoes. All topped with melted mozzarella.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Camping Meals
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts cut in half
  • 50 ml balsamic vineger
  • 200g cherry tomatoes halved
  • 4 slices mozzarella

Instructions
 

  • Add the oil to the Dutch Oven lid. Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook both sides until golden. Transfer the browned chicken to a bowl.
    1 tbsp olive oil, 2 chicken breasts
  • Add balsamic vinegar to the Dutch Oven and cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and season with salt. Simmer until soft.
    50 ml balsamic vineger, 200g cherry tomatoes
  • Return chicken to Dutch Oven and nest in the tomatoes. Top each piece of chicken with mozzarella slices and cover with a pan to melt the cheese.
    4 slices mozzarella
  • Once the cheese has melted and the balsamic and tomatoes have thickened, spoon tomatoes over the chicken and serve.

Notes

Chicken Caprese can be served with crusty bread, pasta, orzo or even rice.  
Keyword dutch oven recipes, easy-camping-recipes, one-pot-meals, trangia-recipes