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Chicken Bruschetta Bake


  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

We all know the flavors of the classic appetizer, but now it’s time to turn it into dinner with this chicken bruschetta bake.


Ingredients

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For the Marinade:

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, stems removed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Casserole:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 11.5 lbs total)
  • 1 small loaf French bread or baguette, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 3.54 cups)
  • Nonstick cooking oil spray
  • 6 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped parsley leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup diced vine-ripened tomatoes (about 2 medium)or 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Add all of the marinade ingredients to a small bowl. Whisk to combine.
  2. Add marinade to a large resealable bag with the chicken. Seal and place in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 6 hours, or overnight. 
  3. When you’re ready to cook, preheat your oven to 400˚F. 
  4. Spread bread cubes in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Place in the oven and toast until golden brown, for about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove from oven and set aside.
  5. Grease a rectangular baking dish with cooking oil spray. Place chicken breasts in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with half of the cheese, and set aside.
  6. Add toasted bread to a large bowl along with the garlic, basil, parsley, salt, black pepper, and canned tomatoes. Fold gently to combine.
  7. Spread the bread mixture evenly over the chicken. Do not press it into the meat, just lightly cover it. Top with the remaining shredded cheese.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the poultry is cooked through. Remove from the oven. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve immediately.
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Poultry

Keywords: chicken, bruschetta, tomato, garlic, casserole