Bruschetta Chicken

With simple, classic Italian flavors- this bruschetta chicken is juicy, tender, and ready in less than 30 minutes!

While traveling a few years ago, I learned that tomatoes can be delicious when served with a little basil and mozzarella. Italy is a large producer of tomatoes and perhaps it was merely the power of suggestion- but their tomatoes were AMAZING! When in Rome…

In general, I am not the biggest fan of fresh tomatoes. I have always loved the blended varieties- tomato sauce, salsa, and ketchup.... I finally enjoy a fresh slice on a burger, but let's just won't catch me munching on one straight from the garden. And yet, freshly chopped tomatoes with just chopped basil and a little olive oil is TO DIE FOR.

So, I took this simple Italian classic and placed it on top of pan-seared chicken tenderloin. It quickly becomes low carb, gluten free, and dinner. What's easier than diced tomatoes, basil, a little olive oil, and maybe some mozzarella?!?

Now, true bruschetta would use freshly diced, cold tomatoes; but, you could roast the tomatoes for a slightly different flavor. This recipe is great to use summer garden tomatoes, but can be made year-round with roma tomatoes. 

Serve With Bruschetta Chicken

  • A side of grilled veggies
  • Rice
  • Salad
  • Spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles

Grilled Chicken Tenderloin with Tomatoes, Basil, and Mozzarella

Ingredients in Bruschetta Chicken

  • Chicken Tenderloin or Thinly Sliced Chicken Breasts
  • Olive Oil
  • Tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Optional: mozzarella, Italian seasoning, Italian dressing

Oven Roasted Bruschetta Chicken

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
  • Coat the chicken with olive oil and Italian seasoning or Italian dressing.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  • If desired, chop the tomatoes and add to the baking sheet (halves or quarters.)
  • Roast for 20-30 minutes, depending on size of chicken. Internal temp should reach 165 degrees. 
  • Remove from the oven and top with mozzarella and basil.


What is Bruschetta?

The term refers to toasted bread. It literally translates to "to toast." The bread is served warm, but the tomato mixture is cold. In American restaurants, the entire dish may be served warm.

How do you pronounce Bruschetta?

In Italian, it is pronounced "bru-sketa."  Less popular, "brush-etta" is also a common pronunciation.

Pan-seared Chicken Tenderloin with Fresh Bruschetta and Mozzarella Pearls

Bruschetta Chicken

With simple, classic Italian flavors- this bruschetta chicken is juicy, tender, and ready in less than 30 minutes!



  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 8-10 basil leaves, chopped
  • Olive oil
  • 1 1/2 - 2 lbs. chicken tenderloin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 oz. fresh mozzarella, chopped
  • Optional: Italian dressing, Italian seasoning
  • If desired, cover the chicken with Italian dressing, cover, and marinate in the fridge for a few hours up to overnight.
  • In a small bowl, mix the tomatoes and basil. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Heat a skillet with 2-3 Tbsp. of olive oil over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper (and Italian seasoning, if desired.) Next, brown each side for about 4-6 minutes.
  • Spoon tomato mixture over the chicken. Top with mozzarella and a drizzle of olive oil.


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