Grilled Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken

Grilled Balsamic Chicken - Bitz & Giggles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the jackpot of all chicken recipes right here. If you love the zip of balsamic and the freshness of herbs and tomatoes, you need to make this chicken ASAP. I know it’s getting to the end of summer, but my basil is still going strong and I’m just not ready to give up the grill for the oven. That will come soon enough!

Let me introduce you to the ingredients of this wonderful dish. You, of course, need chicken breasts. Then round up some olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt, tomatoes, sliced mozzarella, minced garlic and basil leaves (see my plant in the back?). I’m so proud of that little plant. This is the first summer I attempted to grow some fresh herbs and I’ve succeeded with the basil. I’m hoping that it lasts once I bring it indoors, come fall.

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First, preheat your grill. While you’re waiting, mix 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar with 1/4 cup olive oil in a small bowl. This will be the mixture you will use to brush your chicken breasts while on the grill.
 
 
Dice up your tomatoes. 4-5 Roma tomatoes should be plenty.
 
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Next, season your chicken breasts with sea salt on both sides.
 
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Now, grab your basil leaves (10 or so), roll them up and thinly slice them. That basil plant you saw in the photo above is seriously one of the best purchases I made this summer. Have you purchased basil from the grocery store? It’s expensive! It is so much more affordable to grow your own herbs!
 
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Now take your chopped tomatoes and throw them in a bowl with the sliced basil, about 3 teaspoons of minced garlic and 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar.
 
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Here’s where you fetch your husband. He’s our “Grill Master.” He made me say that. Ok, back to the recipe. Brush the top of the chicken breasts with the balsamic mixture. Cook for about 5 minutes and flip the chicken. Brush this side of the chicken and cook for an additional 5-8 minutes or until juices run clear. During the last 4 minutes of grilling time, place a generous slice of mozzarella cheese over each chicken breast and allow it to melt over the edges of the chicken. 
 
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While your husband is grilling outside, make sure all is well inside. The kiddos are entertaining themselves. Check. This is my 2-year-old, Cora. This is how she looks in every picture lately. She closes her eyes and smiles while she says cheese. It’s pretty cute, but it would be nice to see her eyes every now and then.
 
 
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Alright, when the chicken breasts are done, plate them and spoon the balsamic mixture over each chicken breast. If you’re like me you’ll take two or three spoonfuls. Ok, four. Every time I eat this chicken, it makes me happy. What a lovely meal. Tonight it was just our family, but this is a perfect dish to serve to guests as well. They would definitely be impressed and I hope you are too.
 
Bon appetite!
 
 
 

Grilled Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken

4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
Fresh mozzarella cheese slices (1 slice for each piece of chicken)
Sea salt

Balsamic Topping for Chicken
4-5 Roma tomatoes (diced)
3 teaspoons minced garlic (or 3 cloves fresh)
10 basil leaves (thinly sliced)
3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Sea Salt

  1. Preheat your grill.
  2. Mix together balsamic vinegar and olive oil in a bowl.
  3. Season both sides of the chicken breasts with sea salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, for the chicken topping, combine the tomatoes, garlic, basil, pinch of salt and balsamic vinegar. Toss until the balsamic mixture covers all of the ingredients. Set aside.
  5. Spray the grill with cooking spray and put your chicken on to cook.
  6. Brush the top of the chicken breast with the balsamic mixture.
  7. Cook for about 5 minutes and flip the chicken.
  8. Brush the other side with the balsamic mixture and cook for an additional 5-8 minutes or until juices run clear. During the last 4 minutes place a generous slice of mozzarella over each chicken breast and allow it to melt over the edges of the chicken.
  9. Place chicken breasts onto a serving tray or plate and spoon over the balsamic topping.

Enjoy!

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