Caprese Chicken Skillet

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Wooh. This week has been cah-razy.

Let’s take yesterday morning for example.

Yesterday morning I had a class meeting, and I was to arrive at school by 7:20.

I dutifully set my alarm (you know me) to go off at 6:20 so I’d have plenty of time to prepare myself.

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Fun fact about me – along with all the compulsiveness that my personality entails,
I must sleep in utter and complete silence and darkness.

Enter earplugs. Those giant, squeezy sound mufflers? Yeah, my life-savers.

Anyway, I put my little (huge) earplugs in on Wednesday night, and slipped into dreamland.

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I was not awoken by my alarm clock (ahem. phone).

I was awoken by my mother swinging the door open, screaming, “MARY CLAY!!!”

I gasped and looked at my phone – 7:15.

I’m not even kidding like 100% for serious seriousness here SEVENFIFTEEN.

I sprang from my bed faster than I EVER have on Christmas morning;
and I picked out my outfit, got dressed, put contacts in and make-up on, brushed my teeth,
grabbed a LUNA bar + stuffed it in my purse, gathered my belongings, and made it to school by 7:24.

#skillz

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And that’s how I’ve been rollin’ this week:

On-the-edge but productive.

As if my life weren’t stressful enough.

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So let’s talk chicken.

This recipe was born out of my incessant need for mozzarella in my life. Yep, it’s a real thing.

And I used to think I didn’t like cheese HA who was I kidding.

But this chicken entails more than just mozzarella.

Bring on the caprese, baby.

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Another fun fact:
When I was young and naive (like two months ago) I used to think it was pronounced ca-PREES. 
Then I learned it was ca-PRE-zay, and I felt a lot fancier.

Anywho. This chicken recipe is so simple. So, so simple.

Saute the chicken. Saute green onions and tomatoes. Add a little (it’s all relative) cheese. Broil. Done.

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I need this chicken in my life on days like yesterday. Or just any day. You know.

OOH and also! I know the potato looks a little misplaced on a plate of summery summerness,
but I just had to show you it’s wonderment.

Brown Sugar Bacon Sweet Potato.

I’m becoming more of a fan of bacon on sweetness (on ice cream, however… no bueno),
and this potato is perfection. The brown sugar is enough to sweeten it, while you get a smoky hint from the bacon.

Add some light butter and the day is done. Life is made. Et cetera.

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Try it all, ’cause you need it all.

Caprese Chicken Skillet
serves 5
Ingredients
5 4-ounce chicken breasts
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
5-6 green onions, sliced
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
3 tablespoons julienned basil
salt and pepper

1. Turn on broiler. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil to heat. Salt and pepper the chicken breasts, and sear for 3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked completely. Remove from heat.
2. Add green onions, balsamic vinegar, and garlic to the skillet, and saute for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and saute another 2 minutes. Add the chicken back to the skillet.
3. Sprinkle the chicken breasts with the mozzarella. Slide under the broiler for about 1 minute, or until the cheese is bubbly and slightly golden. Serve the chicken over the tomato saute.

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Happy Friday, everyone!

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