Chicken-Mozzarella Melts with Cherry Tomatoes

Prep Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
45 mins

Teleport yourself to a sidewalk cafe in Paris with these chicken paillards in a spicy-sweet tomato sauce.


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken-breast halves (each 6 ounces), butterflied

  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced (2 tablespoons)

  • 12 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved (2 packed cups)

  • 1 cup halved Peppadew peppers, plus 1 tablespoon brine

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 6 ounces mozzarella, thinly sliced

  • ¼ cup packed fresh basil leaves

  • 1 cup packed fresh baby arugula

  • Grilled crusty bread, for serving


  1. Pound chicken between pieces of plastic to a scant 1/4 inch thick. Heat grill to medium-high. Combine 1/4 cup oil and garlic in a large cast-iron skillet; place on grill. Cook until golden, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes and Peppadews; season with salt and pepper. Cook until mixture thickens slightly and tomatoes burst, about 12 minutes. Remove skillet from grill; cover grill to reheat, 5 minutes.

  2. Drizzle chicken with 1 tablespoon oil; season with salt and pepper. Grill until charred in spots, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip, top with cheese, and cover grill. Cook until cheese melts and chicken is cooked through, 1 minute. Transfer to a plate; spoon tomato mixture over top. Top with basil. Dress arugula with remaining 1 tablespoon oil and Peppadew brine. Serve atop chicken, with bread.

    chicken mozzarella melts with cherry tomatoes
    Armando Rafael
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