Caprese Chicken with Smashed Potatoes

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Well, I guess chicken and sun dried tomatoes with melty cheese with balsamic drizzle and fresh basil served with a mile-high stack of golden crispy little potato smashers is at least a step in the right direction, right?

These are trying times, and cooking dinner feels, well, maybe to you it feels easy? But to me it feels like it requires monumental effort, physically and mentally and dishes-ly. Easy, minimal, and delicious is the three-way target I’m looking to land on.

Let me give you a brain break. Let me show you a cheat code. Let me present an idea that feels about 10x more fancy than it actually is.

It is called caprese chicken with smashed potatoes.

Caprese chicken on a plate with smashed potatoes.

Here’s how you make it:

You sauté chicken. You top it with sundried tomatoes and cheese and put it in the oven. You garnish it. The end.

For the overachievers among us, or honestly, the people who kind of cannot stop with golden crispy potatoes (PRESENT), I would like to suggest the second most trickster thing in this post after the fake-fancy chicken which is SMASHED POTATOES.

Close-up of smashed potatoes on a pan.

Ideally these work best with the tiny potatoes that can be contained once smashed. But I understand, these are weird times, you might not have tiny potatoes on hand.

In which case I would suggest the exact same method with regular potatoes – with just slightly slower expectations for how they will look. Larger potatoes just want to fall apart a bit more. But does a hungry, tired, semi-moody person care about “falling apart a little bit”, or do they only care about the golden brown salty crispy part? I will leave you to decide as I eat the falling apart remnants of my golden salty crispy potatoes off the baking sheet.

Caprese chicken and potatoes on a plate.

Round out the experience, please. Pour yourself a nice drink in a pretty glass – anything from sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon to a proper glass of red wine – because THE LITTLE THINGS ARE THE BIG THINGS. Always, and especially right now. Let’s make a moment out of this.

Caprese chicken and smashed potatoes and fake-fancy dinner… here you have it. A little pep for your step.

Check Out Our Video For How To Make Caprese Chicken:

This recipe was inspired by a super yummy recipe I made a few years ago from Local Crate, a Minnesota-based meal delivery service. ♡ This is my version of it!

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Caprese Chicken with Smashed Potatoes

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 24 (I’d suggest 1 chicken breast and 2 potatoes per person) 1x


Seriously good Caprese Chicken with Smashed Potatoes! Chicken and sun dried tomatoes with melty cheese, balsamic drizzle, and fresh basil served with a mile-high stack of golden crispy little potato smashers.



For the Smashed Potatoes:

  • 1012 small red or gold potatoes
  • olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper
  • fresh parsley or chives

For the Chicken:

  • 1 lb. chicken breasts (I like to cut 2 breasts lengthwise into thinner pieces to make a total of 4 pieces)
  • olive oil, salt, and pepper
  • 6-ish roasted or sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 ounces havarti cheese, in small slices (any cheese works – be flexible)
  • fresh basil
  • balsamic reduction (see notes)


  1. Cooking the Potatoes: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cover potatoes with water in a pot. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, set timer for 10 minutes. Remove, drain, and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Smashing the Potatoes: One at a time, cover the potatoes with a clean dish towel. Mash gently it with your hand, holding it together so it doesn’t fall apart completely. Transfer to a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Cooking the Chicken: In an oven-safe skillet, heat a little oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. Brown on both sides (but it doesn’t have to be cooked through). Top with the sun dried tomatoes and cheese slices. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and cheese is nice and melty.
  4. Serve: Top the chicken with basil and balsamic reduction. Serve with potatoes. Don’t forget your fancy drink BECAUSE YOU JUST MADE A MOMENT. Yum!



The balsamic reduction can be made by simmering about a cup of balsamic vinegar over medium heat in a small saucepan. When the liquid has reduced significantly and coats the back of a spoon, you can remove it from the heat. Voila! Balsamic drizzle for ya.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: caprese chicken, chicken and potatoes, smashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, chicken recipe

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Does it matter if the potatoes are waxy or floury to make the smashed potatoes? Thank you for all the yummy and easy recipes!

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      Hi, Annelies! The smashed potatoes work best with waxy potatoes (like gold or red potatoes). If you only have russet potatoes on hand, you could make baked potatoes or cut your potatoes up and roast them instead to go alongside the chicken.

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    Lori Smerek

    Hi! I love your recipes!! This is a strange question not rekSted to the actual recipe – but are you using a Swiss Diamond non-stick fry pan? If so, do you like it? I’ve been debating between a Swiss Diamond & aScan pan. I’d love your input. Thanks!

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    Hi, Looks great could I use Mozeralla Cheese instead of Havarti and would roasted cherry tomatoes work also .

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I’ve been slacking on preparing home meals. And sometimes, I run out of creative ideas. Thank you for always posting interesting and creative food blogs, Lindsay. Maysome someday, I’ll post a YouTube video review of a dish I prepared after viewing one of your blogs.

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      Great recipe! I made the chicken and potatoes for dinner. The chicken was cooked perfectly, which is always a struggle with chicken breasts. Used my cast iron skillet, making clean up easier. Any cheese would totally work, I had Jack cheese on hand. Husband is meh about sun dried tomatoes (I love them), but he said with the balsamic that it sweetend the tartness of the tomatoes and he loved it. 10/10 would recommend, totally hit the spot! Putting it into my regular dinner rotation.

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    I just made the chicken with jarred sundried tomatoes and mozzarella (had to use dried basil and had no potatoes, and had to use store made balsamic glaze…these are tough times lol) WOW this was delicious and I cant wait try it as written! (I served mine with balsamic basmati rice)

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Love the mini video for each step! What an awesome new feature!! This sounds delicious and simple. Can’t wait to try it! And oh, those smashed potatoes! Yum!

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This is maybe dumb question, but where does one find sun dried tomatoes at the store? Not a thing I have ever looked for but this sounds so yummy!

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Making this for dinner tonight and going to use mozzarella cheese. Do you suggest soaking the sun-dried tomatoes first?

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    smashed potatoes 🙂 slurrppppppp. I love smashed potatoes but never tried at home before. I am going to try this for sure. and chicken looks awesome too.

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this last night. Grocery store didn’t have any sundried tomatoes so I had to compromise with roasted peppers and the few sundried tomatoes we had left in the house. The whole meal was delicious! Loved the crispy potatoes too! I don’t think there is a recipe of yours I’ve tried and not loved! Thank you!!

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I needed new recipes to get through
    Social Distancing! First time trying your recipes after a friend recommended your site. This was fabulous! Got approval from the entire family-a rarity! Only change was I didn’t have sundried tomatoes on hand and don’t really love them so I roasted a red pepper for the chicken and it turned out great! Thanks!

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    It has been 9 days since you posted this recipe and we have had the smashed potatoes twice!! These are the best potatoes I have ever had. The whole family loves them and we have been fighting over who gets the leftovers. Thank you for giving us something to look forward to during our lock-down!

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I would definitely need more than two of those delicious little potatoes! Perhaps a typo? This looks amazing, love all your recipes Lindsay!!

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I just made the chicken (with a different side) and substituted with mozzarella cheese and normal tomatoes for one person who prefers them to the sun-dried I used on the rest. And it was a hit! Everyone loved plus honestly so simple. Thanks!

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    Carly Whitener

    Oh this was hilarious. My yellow potatoes were probably a bit bigger so 10 minutes wasn’t long enough to soften then up enough to smash. The first one I tried shot across the kitchen! The skins and counter top made it slick I guess?! I ended up cutting them smaller to go in the oven. Not quite smashed but still very good!

  16. Pinch of Yum Logo

    So, so good! I’ve made it twice since this recipe was posted and still get requests to make it!

  17. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This sounds super yummy and I can’t wait to try it! We need a date-night meal around here and this sounds like it will fit the bill! About how many pounds of potatoes do you use for this recipe? And by “small” do you mean the bag of baby potatoes “
    small or just the smallest cuties from the you-pick potato bin? Thanks for the idea!

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    Nichole Kreatschman

    The flavor was so good! I loved the balsamic reduction with the basil and the sun-dried tomatoes. This was one of my favorites!

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    Mary Raiman

    This sounds delightfully delicious! I do have a couple of questions:
    (1) Will goat cheese dollops on chicken work well?
    (2) In the balsamic reduction directions, about how
    long until the simmering vinegar is ready?
    (3) My husband is not a fan of balsamic vinegar.
    Is there anything I can sub for the balsamic?
    (4) In what order do I do all three (chicken, potatoes
    and reduction).

    BTW, can you tell I’m a novice “chef”? 😉

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      Krista @ Pinch of Yum

      Goat cheese will work just fine! It won’t melt over the chicken, but the cheese will soften and still be delicious! The balsamic reduction should simmer around 10-15 minutes. We’re not sure of a good substitute for balsamic vinegar, but this link might be helpful:

      As for the order, we’d suggest working on the potatoes first. While the potatoes are in the oven, start cooking the chicken. And while the chicken is in the oven, you can make the balsamic reduction. Enjoy!

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    Mary Raiman

    This sounds delightfully delicious! I do have a couple of questions:

    (1) Will goat cheese dollops on chicken work well in
    (2) In the balsamic reduction directions, about how
    long until the simmering vinegar is ready?
    (3) My husband is not a fan of balsamic vinegar.
    Is there anything I can sub for the balsamic?
    (4) In what order do I do all three (chicken, potatoes
    and reduction).

    BTW, can you tell I’m a novice “chef”? 😉