Grilled Chicken Tomato Basil Bruschetta Pizza

This grilled chicken tomato basil bruschetta pizza is PHENOMENAL (sorry for shouting)! This pizza is a fresh and delicious change and the bruschetta is killer!

Chicken. Bruschetta. Pizza.

Yes. yes. and YES!

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So would you believe I made this pizza last year in the summertime? When my basil plant was 2 feet tall and NOT entombed in snow, when I had a suntan and I was working my grill like it was my job. Well we just got about 16 inches of snow {could be more depending on where you’re standing} and I’m thinking it’s probably a little too early to wish for spring or summer weather, but when I see and recall falling in love with this pizza… that’s exactly what I want to do.

I developed this recipe for STAR Olive Oil to feature their new Italian Basil infused Cuisine Olive Oil. When I think of basil I think of tomatoes and when I think of tomatoes I think bruschetta. Who doesn’t? So why not put it on a pizza?? So I whipped up my favorite tomato bruschetta recipe and instead of topping crispy toasted bread… I topped a cheesy, chicken pizza. And I couldn’t wait another minute to share it with you.

And trust me, it doesn’t have to be summer for you to enjoy this grilled chicken tomato basil bruschetta pizza!

dough

Because I wanted a sturdy, thick pizza crust so that when I piled on the bruschetta it wouldn’t be all flimsy like, so I adjusted my pizza dough recipe to make this happen. To see the full post on how to make homemade pizza dough click here… just keep in mind I did make some minor adjustments, so you can use the link for the visual help, but you’ll want to follow the recipe below.

dough ball

Form the dough into a ball…

cover

Then roll it around in a large, olive oiled bowl, cover and let rise for an hour or so.

tomatoes, garlic, basil and parsely

Meanwhile; in a bowl combine 6 to 8 medium sized roma tomatoes that have been seeded and chopped, two good size cloves of garlic that have been minced, 1/4 cup of sliced fresh basil and 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley.

salt, pepper and red pepper flakes

Season it with a couple pinches of kosher salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes.

basil olive oil

Drizzle in a 3 tablespoons of olive oil or, if you can find it, basil infused olive oil.

balsamic

Next add in two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar…

stir

Now just stir those glorious ingredients together and let the tomatoes sit and marinate in all those bright flavors.

chicken

For the chicken I tossed chicken breasts in garlic infused olive oil and season them with your favorite all-purpose seasoning salt.

Grilled chicken

And then I just grilled them until they were fully cooked. Of course if you have an indoor grill or grill pan you can certainly use those. See! It truely doesn’t have to be summer for you to enjoy this pizza.

sliced chicken

Once the chicken has rested and cooled for a bit, I sliced it pretty thin and set it off to the side for a sec.

risen

Look at my dough! It has risen and is ready for pizza making.

divide dough

Divide the dough in 4 medium to 8 small portions.

shape dough

Stretch and form the dough.

chicken topped

Layer with chicken…

thin sliced onion

Fresh red onion if you’d like…

mozz and parm

And sprinkle with freshly grated mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

invert sheet pan and bake

I inverted my sheet pan so it would be closer to the heat and baked in a 400 degree oven for 12-16 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the dough is golden and crispy.

baked

MmmmmM! Now it’s just begging for some bruschetta!

Grilled Chicken Tomato Basil Bruschetta Pizza l SimplyScratch.com

Look… it’s like you’re having your pizza and salad in one hand-held serving.

Grilled Chicken Tomato Basil Bruschetta Pizza l SimplyScratch.com

Slice and serve. Warm, cheesy pizza and a cool refreshing tomato basil bruschetta… it’s heaven for your taste buds, a total party in your mouth. I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but here is when I close my eyes and daydream of summer and ignore the huge snow drifts that are preventing me from my daily weekly shopping trips.

 

Enjoy! And if you give this Grilled Chicken Tomato Basil Bruschetta Pizza recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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My cookbook Simply Scratch : 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy is now available! CLICK HERE for details and THANK YOU in advance! 

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Grilled Chicken and Tomato Basil Bruschetta Pizza

Yield: makes 6-8 personal pizzas

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes approximately

Ingredients:

FOR THE PIZZA CRUST:

1-1/4 cups warm water (around 110 degrees)

2 packets of active dry yeast

1 tablespoon honey

3 tablespoons STAR Basil Olive Oil (or regular olive oil)

4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading

2 teaspoons kosher salt

FOR THE BRUSCHETTA:

6-8 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced

1/4 cup sliced fresh basil, sliced

1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

2 cloves large fresh garlic, minced

3 tablespoons STAR Basil Olive Oil

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

2 good pinches of kosher salt

1 good pinch of freshly ground black pepper

1 pinch red pepper flakes, or more to taste

FOR THE PIZZA:

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts

2 tablespoons STAR Garlic Grilling Oil

1 tablespoon of seasoning salt

1/2 a red onion, sliced thin

3 cups grated mozzarella cheese

grated parmesan, about 1/2 cup

Directions:

FOR THE PIZZA DOUGH: Combine the honey, STAR Basil Oil and yeast in the bowl of your mixer. Pour in the warm {100-110 degrees} and stir. Wait about 10 minutes for the yeast to proof and foam up.

Next add the flour and salt. Mix on low speed until a smooth dough forms. Knead the dough by hand on a lightly floured surface until no longer tacky.

Place dough in a bowl that's been lightly oiled with more of the STAR basil oil, turn to coat and cover with a tea towel for 30-40 minutes

After the dough has risen, punch it down and form into 6 to 8 personal size pizzas.

FOR THE BRUSCHETTA: Combine the chopped roma tomatoes with the parsley, basil, garlic, STAR basil oil, balsamic vinegar, a pinch or two of red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper. Toss together and refrigerate until ready to use.

FOR THE PIZZA: Toss the chicken breasts in the STAR Garlic Grilling Oil and seasoning salt. Place on a preheated grill {medium-high heat} and grill 6-8 minutes a side or until fully cooked. Let cool and then sliced into strips.

Stretch the dough out into 6 or 8 personal sized pizzas. Place two pizzas at a time on an inverted baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper. Top each pizza with sliced grilled chicken, red onion and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 12-16 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the crust is golden brown.

Let cool for a few minutes before slicing and topping with a few spoonfuls of the tomato basil bruschetta.

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27 Responses to “Grilled Chicken Tomato Basil Bruschetta Pizza”

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    Emma — January 7, 2014 at 4:25 am

    This looks ah-mazing!

    Just wondering if you can freeze the leftover dough (if there is any of course)?

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    Aparna B. — January 7, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Just beautiful Laurie! This would be so easy to make vegetarian, too! Love how fresh it sounds. AND it’s great to think of summer in these cold Michigan winters!

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    Danny Lake — January 7, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Thank you so so so so much for sharing this recipe! I’ve been wanting to start making my own pizza’s for ages as they are much more healthy than buying pre made ones! Just never had a good enough recipe to try! Thank you!

    • simplyscratch replied: — January 7th, 2014 @ 3:50 pm

      You’re most welcome Danny!! I love making homemade pizzas and you will too! Thanks for stopping by!

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    .Rina@Itheecook — January 7, 2014 at 10:34 am

    So pretty. I love bruschetta pizza. Actually I just love bruschetta anything and the addition of the chicken makes it even better!

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    Laura+(Blogging+Over+Thyme) — January 7, 2014 at 10:34 am

    This looks glorious.

    • simplyscratch replied: — January 7th, 2014 @ 3:48 pm

      Thank you Laura!

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    Sheila — January 7, 2014 at 10:38 am

    I am so making this for my next party. nom nom nom

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    Tasha @thatssoyummy — January 7, 2014 at 10:46 am

    This looks fantastic. I love bruschetta and on pizza brilliant!

    • simplyscratch replied: — January 7th, 2014 @ 3:49 pm

      Thanks Tasha! Bruschetta on anything and I’m alllll about it!

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    Kathy — January 7, 2014 at 11:39 am

    This looks amazing! Pinning!

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    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) — January 7, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    That looks heavenly!

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    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance — January 7, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    This looks SO tasty and that crust looks soft and chewy which is my favorite. Love all the fresh flavors used.

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    Nikki @Seeded at the Table — January 7, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Would love to see you grilling in the 16 inches of snow! 😉 This sounds amazing!

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    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — January 7, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Looks fabulous! I’m all about making different and fun variations of pizza!

    • simplyscratch replied: — January 7th, 2014 @ 10:54 pm

      Thanks Haley! Me too 🙂

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    Tieghan Gerard — January 8, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Perfect in every single way!! 🙂

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — January 8, 2014 at 11:09 am

    I love this! What a great idea for a pizza! Even as an appetizer! Bruschetta is one of my favs!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — January 8, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Love everything about this! So good!

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    Jackie {The Beeroness} — January 8, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    I think I could eat a thousand of those right now.

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    Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet — January 8, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Love love love it!! This would be fabulous for lunch today!

    • simplyscratch replied: — January 8th, 2014 @ 9:46 pm

      Yes it would! Can I come over?

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — January 15, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    This recipe makes me wish it were summer too! Pizza is one of the top five foods of all time, and the tomatos and basil on top make it even better.

    • simplyscratch replied: — January 15th, 2014 @ 11:37 pm

      Mine too, Laura!

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    Melanie — September 14, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    OMG! I made this for supper tonight and it was incredible!! Thanks!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 15th, 2016 @ 4:07 pm

      Yay! I’m so glad, Melanie! ❤️

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