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This Grilled Bruschetta Chicken recipe is a summer weeknight dinner dream! Balsamic-marinated chicken breasts are grilled until perfectly juicy, topped with creamy, melty fresh mozzarella, & served alongside a simple bruschetta made with marinated summer tomatoes, capers, & basil. Serve your grilled bruschetta chicken over pasta or alongside a simple salad, this easy & healthy summer meal is made with simple seasonal staples & takes just 35 minutes to throw together – perfect for busy weeknights & summer entertaining alike!

Grilled Bruschetta chicken plated on a white oval serving platter garnished with fresh basil & shaved parmesan cheese. A small ceramic bowl filled with fresh bruschetta also sits on the platter with a small wooden tasting spoon resting inside the bowl. The platter sits atop a textured white surface, next to a light gray linen napkin, a small wooden pinch bowl filled with shaved parmesan cheese, a small plate filled with grilled bread, & loose fresh basil leaves surrounding the platter.

A Seasonal Summer Dinner Superstar!

Ironically, summer dinners are my favorite to eat but my least favorite to cook. While I love all of the gorgeous fresh produce that’s at our fingertips during the summer months & I have a well-documented obsession for all things grilled, there’s something about the warm season & long days that makes the process of cooking feel a little burdensome. That’s exactly why I typically opt for simple grilled meals with easy, no-cook sides during the summer.

And this Grilled Bruschetta Chicken totally fits that bill. It’s super simple yet suuuper satisfying. In fact, I didn’t think I’d share this recipe here on PWWB (it seems like everyone & their mother has a bruschetta chicken recipe!), but it’s quickly become one of our favorite summer dinners – too good not to share!

What sets this chicken bruschetta recipe apart from others is it’s made on the grill! Balsamic-marinated chicken breasts are grilled until perfectly juicy & topped with creamy, melty fresh mozzarella. Top them off with a big spoonful of my signature bruschetta, which is made with marinated summer tomatoes, capers, & basil. It’s basically the easiest weeknight dinner, but you’d never guess that because it packs a big punch of summer flavor.

Grilled Bruschetta chicken plated on a white oval serving platter garnished with fresh basil & shaved parmesan cheese. A small ceramic bowl filled with fresh bruschetta also sits on the platter with a small wooden tasting spoon resting inside the bowl. The platter sits atop a textured white surface with loose fresh basil leaves surrounding the platter.

Grilled Bruschetta Chicken Recipe Highlights

This grilled bruschetta chicken recipe is…

  • SERIOUSLY SIMPLE. This chicken bruschetta is made with a combination of pantry staples & seasonal ingredients you probably always have on hand during the summer months.
  • SERIOUSLY QUICK. Aside from a quick (& optional!) marinade, it takes about 35 minutes to throw together & it’s seriously meal prep-friendly (tips below!).
  • SERIOUSLY CRAVE-WORTHY. There’s no pairing more perfect than sweet summer tomatoes, tangy-rich balsamic, & juicy grilled chicken. This Grilled Bruschetta Chicken has it all. The perfect summer dinner!

Hellooooooo, summer dinnertime magic! ✨ ♡ Read on to learn more about this Grilled Chicken Bruschetta, or jump straight to the recipe & get cookin’!

This easy summer dinner starts with a Simple Balsamic Chicken Marinade.

This bruschetta chicken recipe starts with a very simple yet wonderfully flavorful balsamic marinade. If you’re really pressed for time, you can skip it entirely, but I love the way it infuses the chicken with rich balsamic flavor from the inside out – it complements the tomato bruschetta beautifully. Plus, it’s made with just a handful of pantry staple ingredients & it’s really simple to throw together!

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts rest in a white Staub baking dish filled with simple balsamic marinade. The baking sits on top of a white textured surface.

Full ingredients list & measurements provided in the Recipe Card, below.

You will need…

  • Balsamic vinegar – Of course! For maximum flavor, use a nice aged balsamic. It doesn’t have to be anything super fancy or expensive, but using aged vs regular balsamic vinegar in this marinade makes a big difference in the amount of flavor it imparts in the chicken.
  • Pantry staples – A little bit of olive oil to bring the marinade together, some pure maple syrup to play up balsamic’s natural sweetness, & dijon mustard for depth. Pretty simple!
  • Aromatics – Namely, freshly chopped garlic & Italian seasoning. If your summer herb garden is overflowing, you can absolutely swap out the dried seasoning with fresh herbs of your choice. Basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, & sage would all be fantastic.

Suggested marinating time ⇢ For maximum flavor, plan to marinate the chicken for at least 12 hours or up to 3 days. If you are meal prepping more than 3 days ahead of time, simply store the marinade in a jar or airtight container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it. Check the Recipe Notes, below, for more meal prep tips!

The PWWB House Bruschetta Recipe!

Because you can’t make bruschetta chicken without tomato bruschetta! This is my ‘house’ bruschetta, my go-to bruschetta recipe for the past 10+ years! It’s based on a version we served at a restaurant where I worked in my college days, & everyone who tries it absolutely raves about it.

Full ingredients list & measurements provided in the Recipe Card, below.

PWWB House Bruschetta ⇢ Add cherry tomatoes, finely chopped shallot, roughly chopped capers, & fresh basil to a mixing bowl. Stream in a good ol’ glug of aged balsamic & extra virgin olive oil, then stir to combine. Honestly, marinated tomato bruschetta is the kind of thing that you can sorta eyeball & adjust based on your tastes. If you like extra tang, be generous with the balsamic. If you like extra bite, be generous with the shallot or swap it out with red onion for stronger flavor.

The addition of capers is one I don’t often see in bruschetta, but I loooove it. Capers add a briney bite that really balances out the sweet & fresh, summery flavor of summer tomatoes & fresh basil, which is really nice. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t like briney flavors, just leave ’em out.

Meal Prep Tip! ⇢ I don’t suggest letting this marinated tomato bruschetta sit too, too long (it’s prettiest when it’s served fresh!) but you can easily prep the ingredients in advance to make dinnertime prep even more effortless. Halve or quarter the tomatoes & finely chop the shallot up to 3 days in advance. At dinnertime, all you have to do is toss the bruschetta together – easy! See Recipe Notes, below, for more meal prep guidance.

How to Grill Chicken for Bruschetta Chicken.

Many of the chicken bruschetta recipes I’ve seen are skillet or stovetop recipes. Since I loathe turning on the stove in the middle of summer, I wanted to develop a recipe that leans on the grill. The grill does all of the work – it couldn’t be easier & you don’t even have to heat up your kitchen in the middle of July. Double win!

Full Recipe Directions, including step-by-step photos, provided in the Recipe Card, below.

Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Prepare the grill – Preheat your grill for medium-high direct heat grilling, about 500-550 degrees F. Very straight-forward! 
  • Grill the chicken – Place the balsamic marinated chicken on the grill grates, taking care to drain any excess marinade as you go to avoid flare ups. Grill over direct heat until the chicken is nearly cooked through, about 8-10 minutes total, flipping halfway through.
  • Finishing with fresh mozzarella! – About 2 minutes before the chicken is fully cooked, top it with thinly sliced fresh mozzarella. The cheese gets perfectly gooey & melty by the time you’re ready to pull the chicken from the grill for a perfectly timed meal! Easy swap ⇢ If you don’t have fresh mozzarella on hand, you can easily swap it out with something like sliced provolone or asiago.

Quick Tips & Tricks:

  • Grilling juicy chicken ⇢ Because chicken breasts dry out so easily on the grill, it’s important to ensure they are nice and thin. If your chicken breasts are on the thick side, either pound them out flat using a meat mallet or rolling pin OR butterfly them into 2 thinner pieces by slicing them in half lengthwise. Alternately, you can use boneless, skinless chicken thighs for this grilled bruschetta chicken. Dark meat tends to stay juicy on the grill.
  • Alternate cooking option ⇢ If you do not have access to a grill, you can absolutely make this recipe using a grill pan or skillet on the stovetop. You can also bake in the oven & finish under the broiler for a more hands-off meal. Easy!

What to serve with Grilled Bruschetta Chicken?

With the balsamic chicken grilled & the marinated tomato bruschetta prepped, all that’s left to do is serve!

Grilled chicken with bruschetta serving suggestion ⇢ Since it’s such a colorful meal, I like to place the chicken on a platter, spooning the marinated tomatoes alongside it. Finish with a generous drizzle of your favorite balsamic glaze or homemade reduced balsamic, & serve family-style with any summer sides you love.

Grilled Bruschetta chicken plated on a white oval serving platter garnished with fresh basil & shaved parmesan cheese. A small ceramic bowl filled with fresh bruschetta also sits on the platter with a small wooden tasting spoon resting inside the bowl. The platter sits atop a textured white surface, next to a light gray linen napkin, a small wooden pinch bowl filled with shaved parmesan cheese, a small plate filled with grilled bread, & loose fresh basil leaves surrounding the platter.

Easy side dishes to serve with bruschetta chicken:

Sliced grilled bruschetta chicken plated on a speckled plate over orzo pasta garnished with fresh basil & shaved parmesan cheese. The plate sits atop a textured white surface, next to a small wooden pinch bowl filled with shaved parmesan cheese, loose shave parmesan, & loose fresh basil leaves surround the plate. A gold fork rests on the plate.

I am so excited for you to try this Grilled Bruschetta Chicken recipe! It’s so incredibly simple yet delivers major flavor – a warm-weather staple! If you do give it a try, be sure to let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating below. You can also snap a photo & tag @playswellwithbutter on Instagram. I LOVE hearing about & seeing your PWWB creations!

Love easy summer dinners? You’re in the right place! Try this Grilled Lemon Chicken, Summer Pesto Pasta, or these Easy BBQ Chicken Bowls next! Happy grilling! ♡

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Grilled Bruschetta chicken plated on a white oval serving platter garnished with fresh basil & shaved parmesan cheese. A small ceramic bowl filled with fresh bruschetta also sits on the platter with a small wooden tasting spoon resting inside the bowl. The platter sits atop a textured white surface, next to a light gray linen napkin, a small wooden pinch bowl filled with shaved parmesan cheese, a small plate filled with grilled bread, & loose fresh basil leaves surrounding the platter.

Grilled Bruschetta Chicken

  • Author: Jess Larson
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Marinating Time (Inactive): 12 hours to 3 days
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4 1x
  • Category: Main Dishes, Chicken Recipes
  • Method: Grilling & Smoking
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Balsamic-marinated chicken breasts are grilled until perfectly juicy, topped with creamy, melty fresh mozzarella, & served alongside a simple bruschetta made with marinated summer tomatoes, capers, & basil. This grilled bruschetta chicken is great served over pasta or alongside a simple salad. An easy & healthy summer dinner perfect for busy weeknights & summer entertaining alike!


Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin or butterflied (sliced in half lengthwise)
  • 1/3 cup aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning or 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh herbs of choice (e.g. basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, sage)
  • kosher salt & ground black pepper, to season
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • for serving, as desired: tomato bruschetta (below), crusty Italian bread, balsamic glaze or reduced balsamic, thinly sliced basil, etc.

for the tomato bruschetta:

  • 12 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons capers, roughly chopped
  • small handful fresh basil (roughly 10-12 leaves), roughly chopped
  • 1 overflowing tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 overflowing tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt & ground black pepper, to seasonGrilled Bruschetta Chicken ingredients on a white textured surface: boneless, skinless chicken breasts, aged balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, pure maple syrup, dijon mustard, garlic, Italian seasoning, kosher salt, ground black pepper, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, shallot, capers, & fresh basil.

Instructions

  1. Marinate the chicken: Place the chicken breasts in a large Ziplock bag or baking dish. Add the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, maple syrup, mustard, garlic, Italian seasoning or chopped fresh herbs. Season with 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt & ground black pepper or crushed red pepper flakes as desired. Toss to combine, coating the chicken evenly in the balsamic marinade. Seal/cover & marinate in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours or up to 3 days. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts rest in a white Staub baking dish filled with simple balsamic marinade. The baking sits on top of a white textured surface.
  2. Preheat the grill: At dinnertime, preheat the grill for medium-high direct heat grilling, 450-500 degrees F. Weber Genesis II grill on a deck, preheated to medium high heat for grilling BBQ chicken & veggies.
  3. Prep the bruschetta: As the grill preheats, prep the bruschetta. Add the tomatoes, shallot, capers, basil, balsamic vinegar, & olive oil to a bowl. Season with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt & ground black pepper or crushed red pepper flakes as desired. Gently stir to combine. Taste & adjust seasoning as desired. Top down view of fresh bruschetta in a small light colored ceramic bowl atop of a textured white surface. A gold spoon is nestled in the bowl, and the bowl is surrounded by fresh loose basil, cherry tomatoes on the vine, a few loose cherry tomatoes, & a bulb of garlic with one loose clove.
  4. Grill the chicken: Place the chicken on the preheated grill, discarding any excess marinade. Grill 4-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through. With about 2 minutes of cooking time left, layer sliced mozzarella over each piece of chicken. The cheese will melt beautifully as the chicken finishes cooking. Transfer the grilled chicken to a plate or small baking sheet. 4 balsamic-marinated grilled chicken breasts being cooked on a gas grill. All four rest on the gas grill grates after being flipped once & have been topped with fresh mozzarella cheese that is beginning to melt over top.
  5. Serve your grilled bruschetta chicken: Slice the chicken, then top with the prepared bruschetta. Top with a drizzle of balsamic glaze or reduced balsamic & a sprinkling of fresh herbs, as desired. This grilled bruschetta chicken is great on its own, served over pasta, or alongside a simple green salad with grilled bread. Enjoy! Grilled Bruschetta chicken plated on a white oval serving platter garnished with fresh basil & shaved parmesan cheese. A small ceramic bowl filled with fresh bruschetta also sits on the platter with a small wooden tasting spoon resting inside the bowl. The platter sits atop a textured white surface, next to a light gray linen napkin, a small wooden pinch bowl filled with shaved parmesan cheese, a small plate filled with grilled bread, & loose fresh basil leaves surrounding the platter.

Notes

  • Storage & Reheating: Store leftover grilled bruschetta chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Enjoy leftovers cold or reheat in the microwave until warmed through.
  • 15-Minute Meal Prep: Nearly all of the active prep work for this grilled bruschetta chicken comes from prepping the marinade & the bruschetta veggies. Take care of these in advance – it takes 15 minutes, tops:
    • Prep balsamic chicken marinade: Prep the balsamic marinade according to Step 1 of Recipe Directions, above. If prepping within 3 days of making your grilled bruschetta chicken, marinate as described. If prepping outside of the suggested marinating time, store the balsamic marinade in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. When you’re ready to start marinating, simply give the marinade a shake & pour it over the chicken breasts – easy! (10 minutes active prep)
    • Veggie prep: Halve or quarter 12 ounces cherry/grape tomatoes & finely chop 1 small shallot. Store in individual airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. (5 minutes active prep)

Keywords: grilled bruschetta chicken, chicken bruschetta recipe, balsamic chicken marinade, summer, weeknight dinner, healthy, gluten-free, meal prep friendly, easy

Recipe & Food Styling by Jess Larson, Plays Well With Butter | Photography by Rachel Cook, Half Acre House.

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Hi there, I'm Jess!

If there’s 1 thing to know about me, it’s this: I am head-over-heels in love with food. I’m on a mission to make weeknight cooking flavorful, fast, & fun for other foodies, & PWWB is where I share foolproof recipes that deliver major flavor with minimal effort. Other true loves: pretty shoes, puppies, Grey’s Anatomy, & my cozy kitchen in Minneapolis, MN.

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  1. 7.27.21
    Tanner Scott said:

    This recipe is amazing! It will definitely be in our new rotation. I made this in my cast iron skillet instead of the grill and it was phenomenal. I actually didn’t realize I was supposed to marinate the chicken overnight until it was too late, so I only let it sit at room temperature for about an hour and it was still incredible. I wish I had made more!

  2. 7.26.21
    Ellen said:

    This recipe was really good. If you’re looking for an easy meal that celebrates summer flavors, this is it.

  3. 7.24.21
    Megan said:

    This is the PERFECT summer meal! It’s so easy, so fresh, and doesn’t require you to heat up your kitchen. Another PWWB winner of a meal! Thanks Jess!

  4. 7.15.21
    Hallie siewert said:

    Sooooo good! Everyone loved it! It will be on a regular rotation in our house with all of the fresh tomatoes coming in. Yum!

  5. 7.14.21
    Lauren Hobson said:

    Perfect summer meal. Whole family loves it. Can’t wait to make again

  6. 7.12.21
    Rachel C said:

    Just make this. Put down your phone, step away from your computer, and make this grilled bruschetta chicken. I don’t care if it’s 8am on a Tuesday. I don’t care if you already have dinner plans. Why are you still reading this review?

    • 7.14.21

      Hahaha, I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Rachel! ☺️ That’s how I feel about this meal, too!

  7. 7.10.21
    Michelle said:

    This was incredible! So easy, flavorful, and the perfect way to use the herbs and tomatoes from our garden. Will definitely be making it again!