Bruschetta Chicken

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We are dressing up for Halloween this year. Any guesses on what we’re going to be?

Seriously, take a guess. I’ll wait.

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No, we’re not going as my in-laws again. Although that was HILARIOUS. Ahem:

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Actually, I’ve changed my mind. I don’t want to give it away *just* yet. But you’ll probably know by the end of the week when I finish costume assembly and post a zillion pictures on Instagram. Follow me here. My whole instagram feed is one big random hot mess called ‘my life’. It’s glorious.

In other news, the rhomboid pain saga continues. Click here if you don’t know what I’m referring to. The pain is getting worse which is always fun. Um, NOT. What are the odds my insurance will allow 1400 free massages for my back pain? Surely that’s a valid way to get rid of the pain. One massage a day for 4+years? I’ll take it.

Anyways, this Bruschetta Chicken made its way around the web when I first posted it last week for dinner. Lots of people were sharing the picture because they were THAT excited about this ever-popular recipe. Now, all you lovely readers can actually share the prettier pictures with accompanying recipe to boot! Hot dog.

This recipe is a relatively healthy one that has crazy flavor. All the cheese, garlic and basil are to blame. My sister-in-law, Tammy, made this when we were all staying at the Oregon coast for the Labor Day long weekend. Of course she told me how to make it step by step and I forgot all the details. So, I did my own thing this time around and am sharing my recipe for this knock-off recipe I kinda-sorta got from my sister-in-law.

It’s the chicken tenders that become the star of the show by getting dipped in melted butter, then breadcrumbs and cheese. They bake away in a hot oven, then get served over pasta with a bruschetta tomato topping. Simplicity at its finest! This meal certainly isn’t glamorous, but it’s really really tasty and got eaten by all four of us. Give it a whirl tonight and let me know how you and your family liked it 🙂

Here’s how you make it:IMG_0042

First, lets make the chicken coating: bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic salt, pepper. EASY.

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Stir this together. OMG, so hard.

J/k you guys. It’s an easy step.

Boy did I have you fooled.

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For the chicken situation, rinse and blot dry with paper towels.

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Dip said chicken into some melted butter…

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…then for a little dip in the breadcrumb and cheese mixture we just created.

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Line your bitty chicken pieces up into a lightly greased baking dish. Once all the pieces of chicken are coated, bake 15-20 minutes.

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While that is baking, cook some pasta. I used angel hair because it cooks like the wind. Once you have it all cooked and drained, feel free to throw in a little olive oil or butter. I used butter because…I love the stuff.

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For the bruschetta topping, dice up a bunch of tomatoes, garlic and basil. All good things, all good things.

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Sprinkle in a little salt and pepper to your liking and give this a taste. If you want even more flavor than the garlic imparts, add in a touch of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Your taste buds will scream in delight.

I had neither on hand, so……….yeah. We had this plain {which was still amazing}.

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The chicken should be done right about now so we can assemble our entire dinner.

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Simply put, throw down some pasta, then chicken, then tomatoes. Cut it all up and dig in! The cold tomatoes with the chicken and pasta is just lovely. It’s almost like a fresh tomato sauce with chicken. So good!!

If you need a fast dinner idea, give this one a try! We loved it 🙂 Have a fabulous week!

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Bruschetta Chicken

Breaded and baked chicken tenders served over buttered angel hair and topped with fresh tomato bruschetta.

Yield: 4 servings

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 lb. angel hair pasta
  • 1 1/2 lbs. chicken tenders
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • for the bruschetta topping-
  • 5 medium 'on the vine' tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small clove garlic, grated
  • 20 basil leaves, chopped
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon each olive oil and balsamic vinegar {optional}

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 9x13 glass dish with non stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Bring large pot of salted water to boil. Cook angel hair pasta until al dente. Drain, coat with 1-2 tablespoons butter {if desired} and set aside.
  3. While pasta is cooking, rinse chicken and blot with paper towels to dry. In shallow dish, stir bread crumbs, cheese, garlic salt and pepper together. Place melted butter into a large bowl. Dip chicken pieces into the butter, then press into the bread crumb mixture. Place into greased pan. Repeat until all chicken is coated. Bake 15-20 minutes in preheated oven or until thoroughly cooked and golden brown.
  4. While chicken is cooking, stir tomatoes together with garlic, basil, salt, pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. {I didn't add the oil or vinegar because I ran out of both...oops. Do as I say not as I do.}
  5. To assemble, place buttered pasta onto a plate. Top with chicken, then tomato topping. Serve.

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  1. I make a similar recipe but I toss the pasta with pesto. Give it a try.

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  2. This looks great Lauren!!
    Thank you for the healthy recipe! Mmmm

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  3. I made this last night and it was a big hit. . .I used the olive oil and balsamic and it was delicious . This will be a regular at our house.

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  4. Made this last night, so easy and super delicious!
    i can’t wait to make it again.

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  5. This has become a staple in my house, my husband asks for it and I love it. My daughter doesn’t eat tomatoes but it still works. Thanks for the idea . It’s perfect .

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  6. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS RECIPE!, This is one of the first recipes I tried of yours, and have since tried so many since i came across your site about a year ago! This one is one of my favorites, especially for my 2 year old, she loves tomatoes and pasta! Thanks for having this site to share!

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  7. I am a former chef/culinary graduate. I make a homemade meal every night and my husband doesn’t usually say much. After I served him this Brushetta chicken he said,”is there seconds? This should be on a menu!” Thank you for making me look like a rockstar with this recipe!

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