Grilled Chicken Bruschetta

Meet my new favorite dinner, Grilled Chicken Bruschetta. Got dinner plans?? No?! Well you do now.

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But first! I would like to wish my sister, Julie a very happy birthday! She’s coming over and I’m making lunch for us. Happy Birthday Jul! <3

Okay so, I make dinner… a lot. I have quite a few favorite go-to’s, but after a while, even those get a little old and tiring. On Sunday, the day I meal plan, I was going through the SS archives and saw the recipe for my grilled chicken bruschetta pizza. I instantly had visions of grilled chicken breasts on top of a bed of peppery (baby) arugula, and a tomato bruschetta topping piled high… and of course a little balsamic glaze action. Oh! And toasted bread. Of course there’s bread.

To describe this in one word: phenomenal. It was so SO good. The freshness factor was off the charts, I am in love and am counting down the hours until I can have the leftovers. My dreams will consist of tomatoes and basil.

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Bruschetta is a lot like pico but more simple and no onions– well, at least not in my bruschetta– and with that said, I can (and have!) eat it by the spoonful. #noshameinmygame

Let’s get on with the show shall we?

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Place 6 thin-cut chicken breasts in a shallow-ish bowl. Drizzle with about 3 tablespoons of olive oil (I use garlic infused- yum!), 1/2 a lemon and season with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper.

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Toss around until coated and set the bowl off to the side to start making the most amazing bruschetta topping evah!

3

Cut 6 medium Roma (plum) tomatoes in half, cut out the stem and use a spoon to scrape the seeds out. Slice into thin (1/4 of an inch ish) strips and dice small.

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Go ahead and toss the diced tomatoes into a medium bowl.

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Then stack 10-12 basil leaves, roll them tight and slice into thin ribbons…

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…add them to the bowl.

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Next add a tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley…

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…and then 2 cloves of minced garlic.

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Drizzle with 3 tablespoons olive oil…

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… 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar…

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…and season with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper and a pinch of red pepper flakes.

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Then grab the gorgeous olive wood spoonula that your sister (who’s birthday is today) bought you when she was in Italy and toss until combined. Really any old spoon will do. šŸ™‚

Here is where I tell you to preheat your grill to medium to medium-high and grill the chicken for 3 to 4 minutes a side or until cooked through. I figured you could always refer to this post for instructions. But in reality I burned half the chicken. I wish I could blame it on it being Monday, but it was Tuesday. I have no excuse.

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Now just pile high baby arugula (baby spinach would be great too!) on to a plate, top it with a chicken breast and spoon the bruschetta over the top. And use the juice that accumulates in the bottom of the bowl to spoon over the arugula, sort of like a vinaigrette. SO. GOOD.

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Grilled bread served along side is the perfect vehicle to sop up any dressing that’s leftover.

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 Life doesn’t get much better than this. Oh and only 18 hours until leftovers.

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

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Yield: about 4 to 6

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta
Grilled chicken breasts on top of a bed of peppery baby arugula, and the best tomato bruschetta topping piled high and of course a little balsamic glaze. And bread. (always bread)
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

FOR THE CHICKEN:

  • 6 thin cut boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (I use garlic infused)
  • 1/2 a lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

FOR THE BRUSCHETTA:

  • 6 medium Roma (plum) tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 small cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

SERVE WITH:

  • 10 ounces baby arugula
  • grilled naan
  • reduced balsamic (glaze)

Instructions

Toss the chicken breast halves in olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and set off to the side.

Preheat your grill to medium/medium-high.

In a medium bowl combined the diced tomatoes, basil, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Grill the chicken breast halves for 4 to 5 minutes a side or until cooked through. Set a side for the chicken to rest. Meanwhile grill bread until grill marks appear.

Divide baby arugula among plates. Place grilled chicken breast onto the arugula and spoon the bruschetta (and any juices) on top of the chicken. Drizzle chicken with balsamic glaze and serve with grilled bread.

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5 Responses to “Grilled Chicken Bruschetta”

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    Amber Harding — April 20, 2016 at 2:14 am

    One of my favourite combinations! I can see some resemblance to Italian cuisine, with a nice twist!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — April 22nd, 2016 @ 8:45 am

      Mine too! I could eat this practically every single day and be quite okay with it! šŸ˜‰

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    Mary // chattavore — April 20, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    This looks so fresh and delicious! I love the balsamic drizzle. I’m sharing!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — April 22nd, 2016 @ 8:44 am

      Thank you, Mary! <3

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    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — April 24, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Oh my goodness! This looks fabulous! I bet the arugula is just wonderful with the tomato-basil-balsamic combo.

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