Grilled Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken

Grilled Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken | Get Inspired Everyday!
Grilled Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken | Get Inspired Everyday!

Summer meals should pretty much always be fast, fresh, and easy to make in my way of thinking. Of course that doesn’t mean they should have any less flavor though. I always think of some of the world’s greatest cuisines based around fresh ingredients, especially anything in the Mediterranean. Their dishes are simply bursting with flavor, but not because they’re complicated.

The flavor comes from simple, quality ingredients treated very simply. This combination always produces some of the best and most satisfying food. I’m not saying there isn’t a place for those types of recipes that have a mile long list of ingredients. But in the summer, I always lean towards extra simple.

Grilled Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken | Get Inspired Everyday!

Today’s recipe is definitely simple, and the kind you’d want to make if you’ve just returned from Farmer’s Market with a tomato haul. Whether it’s locally grown heirlooms, or even cherry tomatoes, what you really need is flavorful tomatoes.

Grilled Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken | Get Inspired Everyday!

Tip: #2: The Bruschetta topping relies 100% on the freshest tomatoes. So with that in mind, do the best you can to find really good ones when possible.

Grilled Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken | Get Inspired Everyday!

Tip #2: The next tip for flavor is to marinate the chicken overnight if you can. While 1 hour in the fridge will work wonders, it’s definitely better overnight. I usually mix up the marinade while I’m making dinner, then put it into the fridge for dinner the next night.

Grilled Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken | Get Inspired Everyday!

Tip #3: For the balsamic drizzle there’s 2 options, first up you can boil down a bottle of balsamic until it’s thick and syrupy. Or secondly, my favorite is the aged balsamic from Napa Valley Naturals. It’s about twice the price of regular vinegar, but it’s nice and syrupy, and you don’t need very much to make an impact.

Grilled Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken | Get Inspired Everyday!

Serving Suggestions:

  1. Any combination of grilled veggies you like, I often grill up some zucchini and peppers since they’re also in season at this time.
  2. My Creme Fraiche Risotto without the tomato topping is perfect with this Bruschetta Chicken and some grilled veggies.
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Grilled Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken | Get Inspired Everyday!

Grilled Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken


  • Author: Kari
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

The ultimate summer meal packed with flavor and so easy to make!


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Ingredients

Balsamic Chicken:

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 2

1/2 Teaspoon sea salt

1 Tablespoon each, olive oil and balsamic vinegar

1 clove garlic, minced

Bruschetta Topping:

1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes

1 Tablespoon minced red onion or shallot

2 Teaspoons olive oil

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

2 Tablespoons basil, cut into thin slivers

Extra olive oil and reduced or aged balsamic for drizzling

Optional: 1 thin slice of prosciutto per person


Instructions

Place the chicken breasts into a glass or metal dish and add the sea salt, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and garlic. Mix to combine the marinade with the chicken and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.

When you’re ready to cook the chicken, preheat the grill over medium high heat until a steady temperature of 400ºF is reached. Place the chicken on the grill and adjust the heat if necessary to maintain a temperature between 350º-400ºF.

Grill for 10-12 minutes on the first side, turn the chicken when it easily comes loose from the grill, and grill an additional 8-10 or until it’s no longer pink in the center.

While the chicken is cooking make the bruschetta topping. Place the diced tomatoes into a bowl, then add the red onion/shallot, and olive oil. Mix to combine, then season to taste with sea salt and pepper. Mix in the basil and set the mixture aside and let the flavors meld together while the chicken finishes.

Serve the chicken with the bruschetta topping with additional olive oil and aged balsamic for drizzling. My favorite way to serve this is with a thin slice of prosciutto and grilled veggies on the side.


Notes

The prep time listed doesn’t include the marinade time, but if you can definitely marinade 1 day ahead.

Keywords: Whole30, Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Grilling

18 Comments on “Grilled Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken”

  1. Oooh! I need to check if we have balsamic vinegar! I bought a ton of chicken breast to grill and have been thinking about what to make with them.

    1. I sure hope you enjoy this, it’s one of my favorite ways to make chicken breasts since I usually prefer chicken thighs, but this way chicken breasts are so flavorful!

  2. Thanks for the Napa Valley Naturals suggestion. I’ve used a similar product before and we savored and loved it! It costs more but, like you said, a little goes a long way, and it’s already ready, plus probably costs less in the long run. Beautiful dinner!

    1. The other thing I love about it is I no longer have to boil down vinegar to get my own reduced version and smell up the whole house!

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