Bruschetta Chicken

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If you are looking for an easy recipe that looks impressive, you’ve come to the right place. This Bruschetta Chicken is another recipe I found on Pinterest, and I am so glad I gave it a try. It is full of flavor and is a great recipe for anyone who loves bruschetta, because there is a hefty serving of balsamic glazed tomatoes on top of each serving. I’ve always loved bruschetta, but lately anytime Eric and I see the garlicky tomato appetizer on a menu we have to laugh. Because we experienced a pretty funny bruschetta related incident the night we got engaged. As I mentioned before, Eric’s big proposal plan was to pop the question in front of the big Christmas Tree outside of Campus Martius in downtown Detroit. Seeing as we both work a few blocks from this area in Downtown Detroit, getting me in front of the tree wouldn’t have been too difficult on a normal night. However, December 21st was my last day of work before the holidays, and my boss took us out for lunch and let us leave early for the day. So Eric had to hatch a plan to get me back Downtown. So naturally, he asked me to meet him Downtown for dinner. Because food is obviously a huge motivator for me. He told me to meet him at the Hard Rock Cafe, because, as he told me later, it is the closest restaurant to the Campus Martius Christmas Tree. When I arrived at the restaurant Eric had ordered a big plate of bruschetta for us. I remember thinking this was slightly weird because he is not a huge fan of the appetizer, but I went with it. (He told me later that he felt an appetizer was necessary because it was going to be a special night. What a funny guy!) Seeing as I’m the only bruschetta lover of the two of us, we had a good amount left over so our waiter wrapped it up for us. As we walked out of the restaurant, doggie bag in tow, we found ourselves in front of the Christmas Tree and well…you know the rest of that story. But there is one funny little moment I left out in my previous recap. When I saw Eric down on one knee, I dropped the doggie bag, and since it was a pretty windy night, the bag blew away. A few minutes later, after yesses had been said, and rings had been distributed we looked behind us to find a homeless man chowing down on our bruschetta. God bless him.

Ingredients: Makes 3 servings, From ICanCookThat.com

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Bruschetta

  • 4 firm Roma tomatoes, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh mozzarella, finely sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, sliced into thin strips

Preparation:

  1. Place chicken, balsamic vinegar, olive oil & minced garlic in a large plastic bag
  2. Place bag in the fridge and let marinade for 2-3 hours
  3. For the bruschetta, combine diced tomatoes, onions and minced garlic in a medium bowl
  4. Add balsamic vinegar, olive oil & salt and pepper to bruschetta, set aside
  5. Remove chicken from bag and place on a cookie sheet, lined with tin foil
  6. Place chicken in oven and bake for 25 minutes at 350, or until chicken is cooked through
  7. Meanwhile, saute bruschetta mixture in a large saucepan over medium heat until tomatoes are soft and onions are translucent, about 5 minutes
  8. Remove chicken from oven and preheat broiler on high
  9. Place 2-3 tablespoons of bruschetta mixture on each chicken breast and top with 4-5 slices of fresh mozzarella on each chicken breast
  10. Place chicken back in the oven and broil for 3-4 minutes
  11. Sprinkle fresh basil on top of chicken and serve
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