Grilled Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken

Last updated: June 4th, 2024

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This grilled balsamic bruschetta chicken is a delicious and healthy weeknight dinner for two you can make in just 45 minutes.

Bruschetta chicken and parmesan green beans.

When it comes to making healthy recipes, there’s so much you can do with chicken breast. This versatile protein takes on the flavor of whatever marinade you come up with and pairs well with fresh produce, which means the possibilities are endless! One of our favorite ways to prepare a healthy chicken dinner for two is this grilled bruschetta chicken marinated in balsamic vinegar.

This Italian inspired recipe is so ridiculously easy to throw together whenever you need a healthy, protein-packed dinner. All you have to do is marinate the chicken, mix up some bruschetta, grill the chicken, and serve it together. Sounds simple, right? It is, and that’s why we love this dinner.

From start to finish, you can make this easy recipe in 45 minutes or less. Use the extra time while the chicken is marinating to prepare healthy side dishes like our oven roasted parmesan green beans or a strawberry spinach goat cheese salad, and you’ll have a well rounded meal on the table in no time.

Grilled balsamic bruschetta chicken.

Bruschetta Chicken Ingredients

Bruschetta chicken really states everything right in the name! But to be sure you have everything you need to make this recipe, here are the ingredients you’ll need for both the chicken and the bruschetta.

For the balsamic chicken, you’ll need:

  • Chicken breast
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt

For the bruschetta, you’ll need:

  • Vine tomato
  • Yellow onion
  • Fresh oregano
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Minced garlic
  • Grated parmesan
  • Sea salt

If you want to make this recipe stupidly simple, you can always use store bought fresh bruschetta. However, making it from scratch allows you to customize it to your liking. We find the fresh oregano and grated parmesan adds a complexity to the overall flavor that’s usually missing from most store bought bruschetta.

Since you’ll be marinating the chicken in balsamic vinegar, don’t use the fanciest or most expensive balsamic you own (or find at the grocery store). We recommend using something that’s middle-of-the-road in terms of quality and price. You want a clean, bold flavor, but you don’t need to spring for something that should only be enjoyed with some olive oil and freshly baked bread. 

Italian inspired bruschetta grilled chicken.

How To Make Grilled Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken

As there are just two parts to this dish, it’s extremely easy to prepare and only requires 4 steps. Marinate the chicken, make the bruschetta, cook the chicken, then combine and serve!

Here are step by step instructions for how to make this healthy chicken dinner:

  1. First, combine the chicken, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt in a bowl and marinate for 20 to 30 minutes at room temperature.
  2. In the meantime, make the bruschetta. Combine the tomato, onion, oregano, olive oil, garlic, parmesan, and salt in a bowl, and stir until mixed well. Set aside.
  3. Next, grill the chicken. We use our cast iron grill pan to get the same char that you would from a grill, but on our stovetop. The grill time will depend on the size and thickness of the chicken breasts. Generally 12 to 15 minutes will be enough, but you should always check the chicken with a digital thermometer to make sure it’s cooked through to 165 degrees F.
  4. Finally, serve the chicken topped with bruschetta and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. 

That’s really it. Just 4 easy steps and dinner is served!

Note that the recipe calls for two chicken breasts pounded to an even thickness. This is for two reasons:

  1. So that both chicken breasts cook at the same rate, and each piece cooks evenly
  2. So you have plenty of surface area for topping the chicken with bruschetta

Chicken breasts are often thicker on one end than the other, so pounding them thinner helps even out the thickness so that the chicken cooks more evenly. This will yield tender, juicy chicken in every bite, instead of tough edges and a juicy center.

This chicken is also best served with a hearty helping of bruschetta. Pounding each chicken breast thinner will give you more surface area for the topping, which in turn provides a better ratio of chicken to bruschetta in every bite.

What To Serve With Bruschetta Chicken 

As grilled bruschetta chicken with balsamic vinegar doesn’t really make a full meal, you might be wondering what to serve it with to help round out your dinner. Here are some of our favorite side dishes to serve with your bruschetta chicken:

You can’t go wrong with a starch, vegetable, or salad (or all 3!) alongside this grilled balsamic chicken.

Grilled balsamic chicken topped with bruschetta.

Why You’ll Love Grilled Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken

Grilled bruschetta chicken makes for a great weeknight dinner for two, or for the whole family! It’s easy to prepare quickly, and if you pair it with the right sides it can be a healthy, well rounded meal. This chicken dinner is filled with protein and can be a great way to introduce more veggies into your (or your family’s) diet. 

But besides being healthy, this recipe is a light and flavorful dinner that almost anyone will enjoy thanks to the fresh produce and rich balsamic vinegar. Next time you’re looking for a light spring dinner – maybe the first dinner outside on your deck or patio this year – give this grilled bruschetta chicken a try. Let us know what you think in the comments below, and please rate and share!


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Grilled Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken

This grilled balsamic bruschetta chicken is a delicious and healthy weeknight dinner for two you can make in just 45 minutes.
Servings 2 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients

Balsamic Chicken

  • pound chicken breast sliced into two pieces and pounded to an even thickness
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar plus extra for serving
  • 2 pinches fine sea salt

Bruschetta

  • 1 large vine tomato diced
  • ¼ medium yellow onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 pinch fine sea salt

Instructions

  • First, combine the chicken, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt in a bowl. Marinate the chicken at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • In the meantime, prepare the bruschetta. Add tomato, onion, fresh oregano, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, parmesan, and sea salt to a bowl and stir until well combined. Set aside.
  • Next, grill the chicken according to your preferred method. We like to use a cast iron grill pan over medium-high heat on the stove and cook the chicken for about 12 to 15 minutes, flipping every 3 minutes, until done. Use a digital meat thermometer to cook the chicken to 165 degrees F, then remove it from heat.
  • Finally, serve the grilled chicken topped with fresh bruschetta and an additional drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

Notes

Pounding the chicken breast: Don’t skip this step! Chicken breasts are often thicker on one end than the other, so pounding them thinner helps even out the thickness so that the chicken cooks more evenly. This will yield tender, juicy chicken in every bite, instead of tough edges and a juicy center.
This chicken is also best served with a hearty helping of bruschetta. Pounding each chicken breast thinner will give you more surface area for the topping, which in turn provides a better ratio of chicken to bruschetta in every bite.
Balsamic vinegar: Don’t use the fanciest or most expensive balsamic you own for this recipe, since it’s going in a marinade. We recommend using something that’s middle-of-the-road in terms of quality and price. You want a clean, bold flavor, but you don’t need to spring for something that should only be enjoyed with some olive oil and freshly baked bread.
Fresh oregano: This bruschetta gets an additional pop of flavor from fresh, finely chopped oregano. If you don’t have it, don’t replace it with dried oregano from the spice rack – the flavor won’t be the same. You’re better off skipping this ingredient if you have to. (But we highly recommend you don’t skip it if you can buy fresh oregano at the store, or grow your own herbs!)
Serving suggestions: You can round out your dinner with side dishes like our easy smashed potatoes, roasted veggie risotto, or oven roasted parmesan green beans. Any starch, vegetable, or salad (or combination thereof) goes great with this healthy, high protein dinner!
 
 
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Author: Nicole & Alex
Calories: 523kcal
Course: Dinner, Main, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: balsamic vinegar, chicken breast, date night, extra virgin olive oil, fine sea salt, garlic, healthy, olive oil, oregano, parmesan, spring, summer, vine tomato, yellow onion

Nutrition

Calories: 523kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 26g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 614mg | Potassium: 853mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 857IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 2mg

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