Tomato Chicken Burrata

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Crispy pork panko coated chicken and burst tomatoes pair with rich and buttery burrata cheese for a one pot meal that's quick, easy, and incredibly flavorful.

This chicken burrata is a fresher, richer version of the classic Italian dish, chicken parmesan. Jarred tomato sauce is replaced by fresh tomatoes that are sautéed until they burst with juicy flavor. And instead of packaged shredded mozzarella and parmesan cheese, you’ll finish this tomato chicken with creamy, buttery burrata cheese – a swap that completely changes the dish!

A platter of breaded chicken with melted burrata cheese, sauteed tomatoes and arugula.

The chicken in this recipe is similar to my Parmesan Crusted Chicken, but instead of parmesan cheese, you’ll coat your chicken in a savory blend of pork panko (aka crushed up pork rinds) and Italian seasoning. The panko mixture pairs so well with the tomato and burrata, like a little explosion of flavor and texture in each and every bite!

How to make chicken burrata

  1. Season chicken thighs or chicken breast with salt and pepper. 
  2. Using three dishes, add almond flour to one, beaten eggs to a second dish, and pork panko, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder to a third dish. 
  3. Dust each piece of chicken with almond flour, then dip in the egg wash, and lastly, dredge in the pork panko mixture. 
  4. Fry the breaded chicken in a pan with hot avocado oil. 
  5. Flip after 3-4 minutes or until the bottom crust is golden brown, then fry an additional 3-4 minutes. 
  6. Transfer the chicken to a paper towel-lined plate.
  7. Sauté cherry tomatoes until they burst. 
  8. Reduce heat and add the chicken back to the skillet.
  9. Add burrata throughout the skillet in between the chicken, cover, and cook for 2-4 minutes or until the burrata starts to melt and ooze out. 
  10. Serve over arugula tossed with lemon juice and salt or your favorite pasta!

A platter with breaded chicken, tomatoes and melted cheese on top of arugula.

Key ingredients & substitutions

  • Chicken – Choose boneless, skinless chicken thighs or chicken breasts for this recipe. You can also use chicken tenderloins, but the cooking time may be shorter as these tend to be much thinner than breasts or thighs. Or pound your chicken into cutlets to turn it into chicken paillard.
  • Almond flour – Almond flour is high in protein and low in carbs, which makes it a great substitute for flour when making the breading. Coconut flour, lupin flour or unflavored protein powder can be used as well.
  • Eggs – Scramble whole eggs or use an egg replacement.
  • Pork panko – Buy prepared pork panko or make your own by adding pork rinds to a food processor and pulsing until finely ground. Grated parmesan cheese can be used as a substitute.
  • Tomatoes – I like cherry tomatoes for this chicken burrata, but you can use grape tomatoes or cut a Roma tomato into 1-2 inch pieces.
  • Burrata – If you can find burrata at your local grocery store, it’s perfect for this recipe. It’s not always readily available, so fresh mozzarella or cream cheese can be substituted if you can’t find it.

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Chicken Burrata Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • salt & pepper for seasoning
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups pork panko
  • 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Avocado oil, for frying
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 8 oz burrata cheese

Tomato Chicken Burrata Directions

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Close up of crispy panko crusted chicken with burst tomatoes and cheese.

What is burrata?

Burrata is a rich buttery-tasting cheese with a soft and creamy texture. The outside of burrata cheese is actually mozzarella cheese, which explains why they look so much alike from the outside. Inside the shell of mozzarella cheese is a rich mixture of cheese curds and cream.

While mozzarella cheese is often considered light in taste and texture, burrata is rich and decadent. It’s perfect for adding to salads, on top of pizza, paired with fruit or served with crispy chicken and tomatoes.

Recipe variations

While this chicken burrata recipe is fantastic as is, here are some delicious ways to make it your own!

  • Bacon. Cook 3 slices of bacon and crumble on top after adding the burrata.
  • Mushrooms. Slice baby Bella or white mushrooms and add to the pan when cooking the tomatoes.
  • Lemon juice. Just before serving, squeeze half a lemon over the top of the dish to add a hint of brightness and bring out the flavors of this dish.
  • Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle freshly grated parmesan cheese on top just before serving.
  • Crushed Walnuts. Garnish with crushed walnuts, either raw or roasted, before serving for added texture and flavor.
  • Balsamic vinegar. About halfway through sauteeing the tomatoes, add a splash of balsamic vinegar.
Crispy breaded chicken on a platter with tomatoes, melted burrata cheese and parsley.

What to serve with this recipe

Since this dish is protein-rich and decadent on its own, it’s best served with a light salad, vegetable, or even a slice of bread. Try these recipes to serve with your chicken burrata:

Storage instructions

This dish is best served fresh, but if you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

The best way to reheat is to separate the chicken from the burrata and tomato and reheat in an air fryer at 350 degrees for 3-5 minutes or until heated through and crispy. Then, heat the tomatoes and burrata in the microwave in 30 second increments until warmed through.

If you don’t have an air fryer, heat the entire dish in the microwave in 30 second increments until warmed through.

Tomato Chicken Burrata: FAQS

Is burrata cheese the same as mozzarella?

Burrata cheese is made from mozzarella, but it has a completely different taste, texture, and richness. While the outside of the burrata is wrapped in mozzarella, the inside is rich, creamy, and buttery, making burrata much more decadent than mozzarella.

What does burrata cheese taste like?

Burrata is a soft white cheese that is almost buttery in flavor with a subtle sweetness from the cream.

Do you eat the skin on burrata?

Yes! The skin of the burrata is made from mozzarella cheese.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Tomato Chicken Burrata

Servings: 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 436
Fat 25.7g
Protein 44g
Total Carbs 3g
Net Carbs 1.8g

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