Easy (8-Ingredient) Bruschetta Chicken
If you love the classic Italian appetizer, you’re going to love Bruschetta Chicken.
This Italian-inspired chicken dinner is like no other: juicy chicken breasts, garlic, olive oil, melty mozzarella cheese and our signature DeLallo Italian Tomato Bruschetta. Our fan-favorite bruschetta is more than just a tasty antipasto to serve up with gourmet toasts, but a flavorful ready-to-use ingredient starring Italian Roma tomatoes.
No time? No problem. Our Bruschetta Chicken recipe is done in just 30 minutes, making it is as easy to cook up as it is to love.
What Is Bruschetta Chicken?
Bruschetta Chicken is an easy Italian-inspired recipe that combines juicy lean chicken breasts with classic Italian bruschetta. Bruschetta is that tomato-based Italian appetizer you love, but in this dish, it is used as a colorful flavorful topping. Swap the toasts, or slices of bread, featured in the classic bruschetta appetizer for chicken. Some Bruschetta Chicken recipes feature a homemade bruschetta, while others use store-bought bruschetta.
Why You’ll Love This Bruschetta Chicken Recipe
We believe that you can never have too many chicken recipes. This Bruschetta Chicken recipe is an incredibly tasty and easy weeknight chicken recipe to have in your recipe box. This yummy recipe is made with just a few ingredients—many of which you already have on-hand. Not only is it made with few ingredients, but you can cook up Bruschetta Chicken in just one pan! If you’ve got 30 minutes, you can create this fabulous Italian meal inspired by your favorite chopped tomato and toast Italian appetizer. For those adventurous home chefs with a lot of fresh garden cherry tomatoes on their hands, you can create a homemade bruschetta. But if you just want to keep it simple, pick up some store-bought bruschetta, like our DeLallo Italian Tomato Bruschetta. Either way, this Bruschetta Chicken recipe is going to be a hit.
The Ingredients You Will Need To Make Bruschetta Chicken
This Bruschetta Chicken recipe requires just a few ingredients, many of which you probably already have on-hand. These are the key ingredients that go into making this easy weeknight recipe the tasty chicken dish that it is.
Seasonings: A great seasoning blend like those in our DeLallo Dipping Seasonings Shaker make it easy to add some flavor to the chicken breasts in this recipe. We don’t like to overdo it, but a little goes a long way.
Garlic: Would it be Italian-style chicken without a peck of garlic? We don’t like to overpower our dishes with garlic—believe it or not, Italians do not overload their recipes with garlic—but some just can’t get enough. You can adjust the garlic in this recipe to your liking.
Lemon Juice: A kiss of bright citrus is a great way to flavor the chicken just a bit before cooking. Lemon has a sweet way of complementing herbs in most any dish.
Olive Oil: Olive oil is the foundation of so many great meals and this Bruschetta Chicken recipe is no different. Choose a great quality of extra virgin olive oil to honor your creations.
Chicken: We use boneless skinless chicken breasts for this recipe. The tomato-y bruschetta topping ensures that each chicken breast will be juicy and full of flavor.
Bruschetta: You can certainly whip up your own homemade bruschetta with olive oil, cherry tomatoes or Roma tomatoes, red onion, garlic and fresh basil… or you can just grab a jar of your favorite store-bought bruschetta topping.
Cheese: Fresh mozzarella is wonderfully mild and melty and perfect for topping this Bruschetta Chicken recipe.
Balsamic Glaze (optional): We love serving up this Balsamic Chicken recipe with a generous drizzle of balsamic glaze as a unique condiment. You can create your own homemade balsamic glaze with a reduction of balsamic vinegar, or pick up some DeLallo Balsamic Glaze on your next grocery trip (if you don’t have it already). This darkly sweet topping is the perfect complement to the tangy and herbaceous tomato mixture that is the bruschetta.
How To Make Bruschetta Chicken
This Bruschetta Chicken recipe comes together in no time. It is super simple and is made with just a few ingredients, many of which are in your pantry already!
1. Marinate the chicken.
Combine seasonings, lemon juice and some of the olive oil. Marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes (but up to 4 hours) to develop its flavors.
2. Cook the chicken on the stovetop.
Heat the olive oil in a large oven-proof skillet. Cook the chicken, being sure to brown each side.
3. Top off the chicken.
Spoon the bruschetta topping over each of the chicken breasts. Top with mozzarella. Broil the chicken in the skillet until the cheese is melted and turns golden, about 2 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow chicken to rest before serving. Drizzle with balsamic glaze (optional) for an extra burst of tangy-sweet flavor.
Use a grill or grill pan to cook the chicken before broiling. This will add an extra dimension of smoky flavor that will really accent the bright acidity of the tomatoes. We love how it adds some subtle grill marks to up your presentation factor.
When cooking the chicken, be sure to preheat the grill, grill pan or skillet. Do not continually flip the chicken. Cook for all of 6-8 minutes on one side before turning to cook the other side.
To store leftovers, refrigerator Bruschetta Chicken in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
To freeze the leftovers, we recommend storing the chicken in a freezer-friendly container for up to 2 months. We do not recommend freezing the chicken with the tomato bruschetta. The tomatoes do not hold up to reheating.
Reheat the leftovers on the stovetop over low-to-medium heat. Cover and add a splash of water to keep the chicken from drying.
Substitutions And Additions
Add a carb. Make it a more well-rounded meal and serve this chicken recipe with the carb of your choice. Try it with pasta, couscous or rice.
Switch up the herbs. Try a different seasoning or marinade for the chicken. Use herbs like fresh basil, rosemary or marjoram—just to name a few.
Create a crostini-like presentation and serve Bruschetta Chicken atop crusty slices of Italian bread.
Use fried breaded chicken instead of pan-fried or grilled.
Serve your Bruschetta Chicken drizzled with balsamic glaze.
What To Serve With Bruschetta Chicken
We love Bruschetta Chicken with a leafy green salad and bright vinaigrette dressing.
Bring on the bread! Don’t forget to serve up your Bruschetta Chicken with slices of fresh bakery bread. Italian or Sourdough are excellent choices.
Skip the salad and try it with a bowl of roasted or steamed veggies topped with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. We love broccoli, asparagus, zucchini and green beans.
Bruschetta Chicken: FAQ
What Is Bruschetta? What Is It Made Of?
In Italy, Bruschetta is a classic antipasto consisting of grilled toasts rubbed with garlic and its colorful tomato topping. This appetizer was actually a Tuscan-born innovation that came about as a way to use up the stale bakery breads. The Italian-American version of bruschetta is just the tomato mixture that can be used as a condiment, topping or antipasto. Bruschetta can be made in many different styles and many ingredients, depending on tastes—and in Italy, depending on the region.
A typical bruschetta topping might be chopped tomatoes (cherry tomatoes or Roma tomatoes), red onion, fresh parsley, a squeeze of lemon, salt and extra virgin olive oil. Other variations include beans, peppers, more veggies, cheeses and even cured meats.
Can I Cook The Chicken On The Grill Or In The Oven Instead?
Yes, we love cooking the chicken on the grill (or a grill pan) to add some of that char-grilled smoky flavor to the final dish. Just be sure chicken is cooked all the way through before broiling with the bruschetta and fresh mozzarella topping.
How Do I Make Sure The Chicken Is Fully Cooked?
Cut into the chicken to check for doneness (no pink). Likewise, you know your chicken breasts are cooked when the thermometer reads 165°F (74°C).
Can I Make This Dish Ahead Of Time?
To save time, you can marinate the chicken beforehand and even cook the chicken, but this Bruschetta Chicken comes together fairly quickly and easily. If you do decide to cook ahead of time, save the bruschetta topping and broiling for just before serving.
Easy (8-Ingredient) Bruschetta Chicken
- 3 teaspoons DeLallo Roasted Garlic & Parmesan Seasoning Spices in DeLallo Dipping Seasoning Spices Shaker
- 2 teaspoons DeLallo Chopped Garlic in Water
- 1 tablespoon DeLallo Lemon Juice
- 4 tablespoons DeLallo Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 (9.88-ounce) jar DeLallo Italian Tomato Bruschetta
- 4 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together seasoning spices, garlic, lemon juice, salt and 3 tablespoons of oil. Place chicken in a resealable plastic bag or a deep dish. Pour marinade over the chicken. Seal or cover, then refrigerate. Marinate for 30 minutes up to 4 hours to develop flavors.
- Heat remaining oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the marinated chicken to the pan. Cook the chicken until cooked through and browned, about 6-8 minutes per side.
- Turn on the oven to the broil setting. Spoon equal amounts of bruschetta on top of each chicken breast. Top each breast with a slice of mozzarella. Broil until the cheese is melted and turns golden brown, about 2 minutes.
- Remove from the oven. Allow to rest for 5 minutes, then serve.
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