This bruschetta chicken recipe is marinated and grilled chicken topped with tomato basil bruschetta, mozzarella cheese and balsamic glaze. The perfect easy dinner for summer time!

Bruschetta is one of the best ways to showcase in season tomatoes, and it’s especially delicious over grilled chicken! The melted cheese and balsamic glaze add the perfect finishing touches for a dish you’ll want to make all year round.

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Grilled bruschetta chicken topped with melted mozzarella cheese, tomato basil bruschetta and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

Is there anything more summery than vine ripened tomatoes? I didn’t think so! This bruschetta chicken just screams summer, with grilled chicken, juicy tomatoes and fresh basil, which all come together for a light and easy dinner!

What is a chicken bruschetta?

Chicken bruschetta is grilled chicken breasts that are topped with a bruschetta mixture of tomato, basil, olive oil and seasonings. This particular version includes balsamic glaze and mozzarella cheese. Other variations include using parmesan cheese or basil pesto.

A bowl of tomato bruschetta.

How do you make chicken bruschetta?

Let’s talk about the chicken first. I like to use thin cut chicken breasts for this recipe, because they cook quickly and evenly. If you have chicken breasts that are thick, you can cut them in half. I marinate my chicken in a simple mixture of lemon juice, olive oil, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper. If you don’t have Italian seasoning, you can simply use equal parts of garlic powder, dried oregano and dried basil to get a similar effect.

After the chicken soaks in the marinade, it gets grilled to a golden brown color. Don’t have a grill or don’t want to fire it up? Use a grill pan inside instead. After the chicken is cooked through, a slice of mozzarella cheese goes on top to melt to gooey perfection.

Grilled chicken with mozzarella cheese slices on top.

How do you make bruschetta?

While the chicken is on the grill, it’s time to make the bruschetta mixture. I use a combination of the reddest, ripest tomatoes I can find, olive oil, garlic, red onion, salt, pepper and fresh basil. That’s it!

Grilled chicken with mozzarella cheese and tomato bruschetta.

After the chicken comes off the grill, simply spoon the bruschetta mixture over the top add a drizzle of balsamic glaze, and serve! Balsamic glaze is balsamic vinegar that’s been reduced to a thick syrup. The flavor is much better than regular balsamic vinegar. Balsamic glaze can be found in most grocery stores in the same area you would find balsamic vinegar, or in the salad dressing aisle.

Bruschetta chicken with mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and balsamic glaze.

This bruschetta chicken is great with a side of pasta, salad, garlic bread, or a combination of the three. However you serve it, it’s sure to become a regular part of dinner time this summer.

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Bruschetta Chicken

AuthorSara Welch
Grilled bruschetta chicken topped with melted mozzarella cheese, tomato basil bruschetta and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
This bruschetta chicken recipe is marinated and grilled chicken topped with mozzarella cheese, tomato basil bruschetta and balsamic glaze. The perfect easy dinner for summer time!
Prep Time40 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Serves 4


For the chicken:

  • 4 thin cut boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or equal parts garlic powder, dried oregano and dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic glaze

For the bruschetta topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced basil leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons red onion minced


  • In a large bowl or resealable bag, mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, Italian seasoning and pepper. Add the chicken breasts and marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  • Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium high. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place on the grill. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side or until done.
  • Place the cheese slices on top of the chicken. Cover the grill and cook until cheese is melted, 2-3 minutes.
  • While the chicken is cooking, make the bruschetta topping. In a medium bowl, combine the tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, red onion, basil, salt and pepper. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  • Spoon the bruschetta mixture over the chicken. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and serve.


Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 412mg | Potassium: 551mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 12.1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.8mg

This post was originally published on July 9, 2017 and was updated on June 7, 2018 with new content.

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  1. Thank you for this recipe! I am looking for ways to shake things up and this is just the way. Bookmarking to use in this week’s menu plan.

  2. I am totally hungry today and why I see this post? I am dreaming of eating this and wishing that I can have it actual. I’ll dream now and make some later. Need to drop by the supermarket and buy the ingredients.

  3. Now this sounds absolutely delicious! I have to admit I am always amazed by all you can do with chicken definitely an amazing ingredient.

  4. 5 stars
    Oh, yum! I have never thought to make chicken this way before. I feel like I always prepare it the same few ways so I definitely want to give this recipe a try. Thanks for the idea!

  5. I am such a big fan of bruschetta, and this sounds so good! I would love to make this for one of the times we are serving guests over the summertime. Nothing like fresh tomatoes from the garden!

  6. Oh my gosh that sounds so good! I love bruschetta and I love anything that can go with it. I definitely will be adding this to my meal plans for next week.

  7. I am saving this right now! This looks so delicious, and I am thinking this is the reason to fire up the grill on Sunday! Yum!

  8. 5 stars
    This looks delicious, I haven’t had bruschetta chicken in so long. This would be a nice treat to add to our menu plan for the up coming weeks.

  9. So I don’t have a grill … any way I can make this in a panini maker or on the stove top somehow? Other than that, it looks delicious! I love fresh mozzarella.

  10. 4 stars
    Your bruschetta looks amazing and I can think of so many ways to use it. I love fresh produce when I cook so this is the perfect way.

  11. 5 stars
    Yum! I love the combination. My husband love chicken, I will try this for him. Thanks!

  12. 5 stars
    This is so perfect for all my homegrown tomatoes! I’ve also got the fresh basil plant growing on my counter!