My family is in love with this easy Chicken Bruschetta dinner! Made with juicy tomato bruschetta it turns an ordinary grilled chicken breast recipe into a delicious dinner idea in minutes! It is also a great low carb recipe the entire family will enjoy.
If you need an easy chicken recipe that is perfect for summer – You’ve come to the right place! These Grilled Bruschetta Chicken Breasts need to be on your grill, stat! You will LOVE the bright and flavorful Italian tomato bruschetta that tops these tender grilled chicken breasts so much, you’ll find yourself making it again and again!
One of our favorite parts of the spring and summer seasons is grilling. The smoky flavors the grill adds to your food is so inviting. We like to get experimental with our grilling.
Grilled Chicken Marinade
I love grilling chicken because it’s hearty and meaty but light at the same time. It’s a great choice for a quick and easy dinner. Marinating the chicken prior to grilling will make it tender and flavorful as it cooks. I used my ‘go-to’ marinade for this Grilled Bruschetta Chicken recipe. It works for all kinds of chicken dishes.
How to make marinade for grilled chicken
- Start by mincing 2 cloves of garlic.
- In a small bowl add the minced garlic, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, 4 Tbsp. lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika, 1/4 tsp. thyme, 1/4 tsp. rosemary, and a generous pinch of salt and pepper.
- Mix these ingredients together until combined.
- Place 1 – 1/2 lbs. of boneless chicken breasts in a large bowl.
- Pour the marinade over the chicken breasts (see photo above)
- Make sure all the chicken is coated.
- Place the chicken in the fridge and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
What is Bruschetta
Traditional bruschetta is a fresh Italian appetizer made with tomatoes and served on top of garlic toast. Italian Bruschetta is a fresh and delicious antipasto consisting of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt. Many types of bruschettas may include toppings of tomato, vegetables, beans, cured meat, or cheese.
How to make Bruschetta
Bruschetta is super easy to make.
- Start by mincing 4 cloves of garlic and dice 4 large tomatoes.
- I like my tomatoes cut fairly small but you can cut them into large chunks if you like.
- Mince 1/3 cup of fresh basil.
- Add the diced tomatoes, garlic, 1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil, and basil to a small bowl along with a generous pinch of salt and pepper.
- Mix all the ingredients together until combined. Set the bruschetta aside until the chicken is finished cooking.
Can Bruschetta be made in advance
Yes it can. This is one of the reasons we love this dish so much. Italian Bruschetta can be made the day before and stored in a container in the refrigerator. We actually recommend doing this because the flavors will intensify and every busy mom loves being able to prep dinner the night before or morning of.
If you make this a day ahead, just stir and drain it right before serving. The tomatoes may produce some juice when sitting in the refrigerator.
Grilled Chicken Bruschetta
Once chicken breasts have finished marinating it’s time to grill them up. We love the fact that this grilled chicken recipe can be grilled outdoors or indoors on a grill pan. A cast iron grill pan works great when grilling on the stove.
How to grill chicken on the stove
- Heat the grill pan to slightly more than medium.
- Wait until it gets hot before adding the chicken. The meat should sizzle as it hits the pan or grill.
- Place the marinated chicken breasts on the grill for approximately 5 minutes on the first side.
- Once the chicken breasts have cooked a little more than halfway through flip them over and repeat.
- If using an outdoor grill, place the chicken breasts directly over the heat for the first few minutes and then move them to a more indirect heat.
- This will give you nice grill marks but not overcook the chicken.
- The chicken breasts should take about 10-15 minutes to cook, depending on thickness.
- The safe internal temperature for chicken breasts is 165 ° .
- We recommend using a grilling thermometer to check the internal temperature.
- The next step is to let the chicken rest. I find that the best way to keep grilled meats nice and tender is to let them rest before cutting into them. Let the sit for 5 minutes before serving.
Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Side Dishes
To keep this a low carb dish, we love serving this chicken recipe with our favorite side dish, Green Beans Almondine. Grilled Asparagus is also and easy and delicious choice.
If you aren’t worried about pasta, this grilled chicken and tomato recipe is so good over pasta. Bruschetta Chicken Pasta is an easy dinner solution because the tomato bruschetta becomes the sauce.
Some of our other favorite side dishes for grilled chicken are:
- To serve this chicken recipe, add some couscous (or side dish of choice) to a plate and top it with the grilled chicken.
- Add a heaping amount of the bruschetta on top of the chicken and vegetables alongside it.
- Feel free to add some mozzarella or parmesan cheese to the chicken while it’s grilling or top the grilled chicken breast with Parmesan cheese.
- Sprinkle the Grilled Bruschetta Chicken with some more basil. Grilling doesn’t get any better than this!
If you loved this low carb chicken, you are going to want to try our other favorite low carb chicken dish, Peri Peri Chicken. It’s super easy to make and packed with so much flavor.
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Grilled Bruschetta Chicken Breasts
For The Chicken:
- 1 - 1/2 lbs. chicken breasts
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 4 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp. thyme
- 1/4 tsp. rosemary
- pinch salt and pepper
For The Bruschetta:
- 6 Roma tomatoes
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1/3 cup fresh basil
- pinch salt and pepper
- Mozzarella cheese or Parmesan cheese optional
Recipe for Grilled Chicken:
- Mince 2 cloves garlic. Add the garlic, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, 4 Tbsp. lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika, 1/4 tsp. thyme, 1/4 tsp. rosemary and a generous pinch of salt and pepper to a small bowl. Mix until combined.
- Place the chicken breasts in a large bowl. Pour the marinade over the chicken. Make sure all of the chicken is coated in the marinade. Place the bowl in the fridge and allow to marinate for 30 minutes.
- Mince 4 cloves of garlic and dice 4 large tomatoes. Mince 1/3 cup of fresh basil.
- Place the diced tomatoes, garlic, and basil into a bowl along with 1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Stir until completely combined. Set aside.
- Heat an outdoor grill or heat an indoor grill pan to slightly more than medium. Wait until the pan gets hot before adding the chicken (the chicken should sizzle as it hits the pan or grill).
- Add the chicken to the pan or grill. Grill for about 5 minutes on the first side. Flip the chicken breasts over and grill for another 4-5 minutes. (Place the chicken over direct heat if using an outdoor grill and then move to a more indirect heat). The safe internal temperature for chicken is 165 degrees Fahrenheit. This can be checked with a grilling thermometer.
- Remove the chicken breasts from heat and allow to rest before serving. This keeps them moist and juicy.
- Serve the chicken alongside something like couscous and a grilled vegetable. Top the chicken with a generous portion of brushetta and some additional basil.
- Optional: Add cheese to the chicken as it's grilling or top the whole dish with Parmesan cheese.
- Make sure to let the chicken rest for 5 minutes after grilling.
- Cut the tomatoes into small chunks.
- If you make the bruschetta the night before, drain the tomato juice and stir before serving.
- If you don't have fresh basil, you can substitute with 4 tablespoons of dried basil
This post was updated on August 18, 2019.