Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken

$6.75 recipe / $1.69 serving

I love this recipe because it’s easy and can be modified in a million ways. Plus, it’s just plain pretty.

I love balsamic vinegar so I made a quick marinade for the chicken with it. I also mixed some into the tomato topping for extra zing. The tomato topping is a lot like my favorite pico de gallo recipe except with a more Italian flare. I garnished with some fresh parsley for the photos, but it’s not needed for flavor. If you have fresh basil, on the other hand, that would knock this recipe right out of the ballpark. Oregano would also be amazing. You can play with it!

I chose shredded mozzarella cheese here strictly for budget reasons. I bought a large 2 lb. bag of shredded mozz and then divided it up into 8 oz. bags and froze three of them. Shredded cheese freezes extremely well. If I wasn’t concerned about the budget of this recipe, I would have used either fresh mozzarella or goat cheese. Again, there are many many options!

I was lucky enough to find roma tomatoes on sale for $0.50/lb so I grabbed them up quickly. You can use any type of tomato here, just make sure they’re fresh and flavorful. The tomato is a major flavor player in this recipe!

Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken

balsamic bruschetta chicken

5.0 from 6 reviews
balsamic bruschetta chicken
 
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Total Cost: $6.75
Cost Per Serving: $1.79
Serves: 4
Ingredients
CHICKEN
  • 2 large chicken breasts $3.02
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar $0.80
  • ½ Tbsp olive oil $0.06
  • ¼ tsp minced garlic $0.06
  • a pinch salt & pepper $0.05
BRUSCHETTA TOPPING
  • 4 medium roma tomatoes $0.93
  • ½ medium sweet onion (vidalia) $0.37
  • 1 tsp minced garlic $0.07
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar $0.40
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil $0.11
  • to taste salt & pepper $0.05
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella $0.87
Instructions
  1. Trim the excess fat from the chicken breasts and cut each piece into two. Cover the chicken with plastic wrap and pound the pieces down to one inch in thickness (use a rolling pin or heavy pan to pound).
  2. Place the chicken pieces in a container or zip top bag along with ¼ cup balsamic vinegar, ½ Tbsp olive oil, ¼ tsp minced garlic (or one clove if using fresh), and a healthy pinch of salt and pepper. Mix everything around to make sure the chicken is coated in the marinade. Refrigerate until ready to cook.
  3. Prepare the bruschetta topping. Finely dice the onion and tomatoes. Combine them in a bowl with the minced garlic, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. Stir well, taste, and add salt and pepper to your liking (I like generous salt in this mix, about ½ tsp).
  4. Grill the chicken until cooked through (I used my countertop grill, it only took 5 minutes). Turn the oven on to broil and adjust the rack so that is about 6 inches below the heating element.
  5. Place the grilled chicken pieces on a baking sheet covered with foil. Top each piece of chicken with about ¼ cup of the tomato bruschetta topping and about ¼ cup of shredded cheese. It’s okay if some falls off, you can scoop it onto your plate along with the chicken. Place the baking sheet in the oven under the broiler. Cook just until the cheese is fully melted (5-10 minutes). Serve hot!

 

balsamic bruschetta chicken

Step By Step Photos

raw chickenBuying larger packs of chicken will always save you money. I usually buy about 5 lbs at a time. I split the pack up into individual bags as soon as I get home and freeze whatever I don’t use that day.

chicken breastsI only wanted to make four servings so I used two chicken breasts.

cut chickenTrim off the excess fat (don’t stress over this, just remove the big chunks) and then cut each piece in two.

pound chickenPlace a piece of plastic wrap over the chicken and use something heavy to pound it down to a one inch thickness. The plastic wrap keeps things clean and prevents splatter. Pounding it out makes the pieces larger, which makes more surface area for the marinade, makes it cook faster, and makes a flat surface for the topping to rest on.

marinatePlace the chicken in a bag along with the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Squish it all around to make sure everything is mixed and coating the chicken. Let that marinate in the refrigerator while you prepare the rest.

tomato onionI kept my tomato topping simple: tomato, onion, garlic. You can add fresh or dried herbs if you want more flavor.

dicedCut the tomato and onion into a small dice. Stir them together in a bowl along with the minced garlic.

bruschetta toppingAdd balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and salt & pepper to taste. You can also add any herbs at this point (basil or oregano would be awesome).

grill chickenGrill the chicken until cooked through. I love my little George Foreman grill because it’s quick and easy.

top chickenTurn the oven on to broil. Place the grilled chicken on a baking sheet covered in foil. Top with the tomato mixture and shredded cheese. Add a generous amount of each. It’s okay if it falls off because this can still be served along side the chicken.

melted cheeseCook under the broiler (a few inches from the heating element) just until the cheese is melted. This should take about 5-10 minutes depending on how hot your broiler is and how close you have the rack to the heating element. Just keep an eye on it!

balsamic bruschetta chickenServe while the cheese is still melted and the tomatoes are hot!

Serve this with some crusty bread and a green salad and you’ve got a stellar meal!

36 Comments

  1. Cora says:

    This recipe is great! However the price on the picture of the chicken alone is more than advertised for the entire meal. Still a reasonably priced but more than $6.75 total

    • Right, I only used two of the breasts from the package and froze the rest for later meals. :) The cost of the rest of them is factored into the other meals where they’re used.

  2. Stacy says:

    My husband and I really enjoyed this chicken. My kids were not thrilled, but ate anyway to avoid starvation (LOL)! Great lowfat, flavorful chicken recipe. Another keeper!

  3. Brian says:

    This was an awesome weeknight dinner. And it definitely would be a great dinner for company. I used fresh heirloom tomatoes from my local farmer’s market and added fresh basil from my garden. I paired it with a pasta coated with an herb-infused olive oil and a light spring mix salad. It was a big hit.

  4. Ashley says:

    This recipe was great! I made it at home with my boyfriend and it was super easy, flavorful, and best of all it was quick! The bruschetta was fresh and the chicken was quite tasty! Make sure you flatten your chicken, otherwise your chicken either will get tough (from overcooking bigger pieces) or won’t cook enough from undercooking. Super cheap and easy recipe, I will be making this again!

  5. Karissa says:

    I just found your blog four days ago, and I’ve already made three of your recipes and I can’t wait to make some more! This dish is one of the best chicken recipes I’ve ever had. Definitely can’t wait to make it again. Normally it takes me forever when looking through a blog to find a recipe I want to cook, but we seem to have very similar taste buds because I find myself saving every other recipe (on ziplist, which is such a great app!).

  6. Steven says:

    Hi Beth, this is a great recipe. I have two roommates and we are all single guys that are very healthy. One of us does alot of the cooking and I sent him your blog a year ago and he makes alot of your dishes. We love that your recipes are organic and natural and are fairly healthy from the start. He uses your recipes as a base and reduces even more of the oils, butter, cream etc. We had this bruschetta chicken last night for the first time and I loved it! Our fav is definitely the spinach & sundried tomato mac’n cheese. Anyhow, thanks for helping us, we really read your blog and it inspires us to make really awesome meals. Thanks!

  7. I just wanted to say this was a huge hit with the family. I had to log in to make sure this got the 5 star rating it deserves.

  8. Anonymous says:

    This is a great recipe!! Delicious:)

  9. Anonymous says:

    Just made this for dinner and its amazing! I cheated and used frozen chicken tenders and canned diced Italian tomatoes, just added the onion, oil and balsamic to the tomatoes.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Bruschetta is the toasted bread, not the topping. Just thought I’d let you know :) looks delicious though!!!

  11. Linda says:

    OH MY GOD, what an amazingly delicious and simple dish! My boyfriend and I fell in love with it. It seriously became one of our favorite dishes ever– and it’s so easy! YUM!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Just made it today! Added a little bit of sugar to the marinade and a lot of basil to the tomato mix. So delicious!!!

  13. Anon – it will taste slightly different because thighs are dark meat, but I bet it would still be tasty!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hi Beth, I have everything for this recipe on hand except for the chicken breasts. I only have chicken thighs in my freezer right now, I was wondering if it would be ok to substitute the chicken thighs for breast and still have the same result?

  15. Anonymous says:

    Just made this and it’s amazing!!!!! I grilled the chicken! Best thing I ever made

  16. Angela says:

    WOW! This was verrryyyy yummy. It’s offically a family favorite! (and that’s saying a lot… we’re a family of 5 and it’s not often that everyone is happy with the same meal)

  17. Anonymous says:

    I tried this earlier this week and it was awesome! So easy and so good! Cant wait to do it again :)

  18. Getting ready to pop this in the oven. I used Tastefully Simple Balsamic and Basil Dipping Oil for the marinade. I cooked the chicken in a pan on the stovetop. My original plan was to grill it outside, but it got too windy. It looks amazing. I can’t wait to taste. Thanks for a simple recipe. :)

  19. Found this on Pinterest & I’m making this for dinner tonight. Looks amazing, & I know my husband will love it!! I di have fresh basil so I’ll probably br adding that as well :)

  20. Hi. I found your blog on Monday when I clicked through a link, and honestly I don’t even remember where from! However, while I was here I saw this balsamic bruchetta chicken recipe and I immediatly posted it on FB that I would be making it for dinner sometime this week. I’m back to tell you that the response was crazy. Several people made it before I could, all with rave reviews. We had it ourselves and indeed, it lived up to the chatter. So, thanks! I’ll be adding you to my google reader now, you’ve clearly passed the test!!

  21. Thanks!

  22. Whitney, you can cook it in a skillet (just cook on each side until it is no longer pink in the center) or bake it in the oven. The skillet would definitely be the fastest!

  23. Is there an alternate way to cook the chicken without the grill?

  24. Buying frozen chicken will make this meal even cheaper. Typically $8 for 3lbs at Albertsons. $11 for 4, or is it 5lbs at Safeway. I will be forcing my fiance to make this for me. :)

  25. Anonymous says:

    Im a college student and I absolutely love you.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Wow, this recipe was a HUGE hit with my family! I’ll be making it again very soon :)

  27. WOW!! Such a amazing information have you shared over here.
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  28. Hahaha, yeah, I’d be afraid of that too! ;)

  29. My broiler is below the oven, through a separate door. It has no shelving or pan or anything – just a dusty hole below my oven!

  30. I usually stop at step 5 and start eating. Ooh, and it looks like you use the same cheap small white George Foreman grill as me! I thought you would have invested in one of the fancier ones. o_O

  31. I absolutely love using balsamic vinegar as the base for a chicken marinade. I do it all the time when I make bbq chicken – just baste with barbecue sauce at the end! It turns out so flavorful and juicy every time and with so much more depth of flavor than the barbecue sauce alone. I will definitely be trying this recipe out soon. I too have all the ingredients on hand! How convenient. I love your recommendation of buying chicken in bulk and then separating it and freezing. It’s so nice to be able to defrost just a few pieces at a time as needed.

  32. i love the idea of these flavors! so fresh :)

  33. This looks great! I love the idea of the george foreman and all of the balsmic makes me VERY happy – great chicken!

  34. Yeah, you can bake it, just have the heat turned up really high so that the cheese will melt fast! I’m curious though, how is the broiler too gross? It doesn’t have to touch the food… it’s just a heating element on roof of your oven instead of the bottom, right? Or do you have a different type of broiler?

  35. This looks amazing! I have everything on hand, so I will probably try it tomorrow. One question for you though – the broiler of my oven is way way to disgusting to ever use for food. I was thinking I would just try baking to finish off the recipe. Thoughts?

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