This Easy Grilled Bruschetta Chicken is an easy and delicious summertime meal! It requires minimal ingredients and tastes so fresh. This chicken is Whole30 friendly, paleo, gluten free, and dairy free! Instructions for baked bruschetta chicken included below.

Paleo Grilled Bruschetta Chicken served on a white plate with tomatoes

Why This Recipe Works

Something about the combination of grilled chicken and bruschetta with balsamic glaze screams summer! I was intimidated to grill chicken for so long. I always felt like it would either but overcooked or undercooked, so I would just let my husband do it. I’m proud to say that I grilled this chicken all by myself and it turned out PERFECT! So juicy on the inside.

Not only is this recipe incredibly easy to throw together, but it is perfect for entertaining! Minus the marinating time, you can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes or less. This chicken is also paleo, gluten free, and delicious!

This is me giving you the confidence you need to grill chicken. And if you don’t have a grill – don’t worry! I have included instructions for how to turn this into baked bruschetta chicken below.

Recipe Ingredients

ingredients for making bruschetta chicken

Chicken breasts– I like to use 2 large ones and cut them in half lengthwise to create 4 thinner breasts.

Olive oil – I love the flavor of extra virgin olive oil in this recipe. You can also use avocado oil, but it may change the flavor slightly.

Balsamic vinegar – try using fig balsamic for a yummy fig balsamic glaze!

Maple syrup – make sure to look for 100% pure maple syrup. This will give the balsamic glaze some sweetness. To keep this recipe Whole30 friendly, use date syrup instead

If you tolerate dairy, feel free to level up this bruschetta recipe with mozzarella! Simply add the rounds or shreds to the chicken during the last 1-2 mins of cook time so it gets nice and melty. Avocado bruschetta would also be delicious – just add in some diced avocado and stir.

How To Make This Recipe

four steps to make bruschetta chicken - mix the marinade, pour it over chicken, mix up the bruschetta topping
  1. Combine all of the marinade ingredients (olive oil, balsamic, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, and sea salt) in a bowl and whisk well. Add the chicken breasts to a large zip lock bag or or shallow baking dish and pour the marinade over top. Let the chicken breasts marinate for a minimum of 2 hours (or overnight).
  2. Mix up all of the bruschetta topping ingredients and store them in an air-tight container in the fridge until you’re ready to serve everything.
  3. Heat your grill to 425. Place the chicken breasts on the grill and discard any remaining marinade. Cook the chicken for 5-7 minutes per side, until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, make your balsamic glaze. Add the balsamic vinegar and maple syrup to a small sauce pan, stir, and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low/low and let it reduce while it simmers. Stir occasionally. This should take about 10-15 minutes. It will thicken quickly as it sits, as well.
  5. Serve the chicken topped with the bruschetta topping and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Enjoy!

How to make this in the oven

To make baked bruschetta chicken, first follow the instructions for marinating.

Next, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Remove the chicken breasts and discard any remaining marinade.

Cover a baking sheet pan with foil and place the chicken breasts on the pan in an even layer.

Bake for 22-24 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Let the chicken rest, covered with foil, for 10 minutes before serving.

Please note, if you use thicker breasts, this will increase cooking time! Mine were about 3/4 – 1 inch thick.

bruschetta chicken on a white plate with balsamic glaze and fresh basil

Recipe FAQ’s

How long can chicken be marinated?

I would stick to no longer than 24 hours. If you marinate chicken longer than that, sometimes it can start to break down the meat and cause it to become mushy!

Can I use cherry tomatoes for bruschetta?

Absolutely – any type of tomato will work as long as you have 1.5 cups diced total.

Can you marinate frozen chicken?

Technically yes, but I don’t recommend it. I would thaw the chicken in the refrigerator first. Thawed chicken absorbs the marinade better and it will be more tender, juicy, and flavorful!

What to serve with bruschetta chicken?

This would be delicious with my deviled egg potato salad, prosciutto wrapped asparagus, or broccoli cauliflower salad!

Looking for some other healthy grilling recipes? Check these out!

Whole30 Teriyaki Burgers with Grilled Pineapple

Balsamic Grilled Salmon with Strawberry Avocado Salsa

Whole30 Carne Asada Bowls 

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Paleo Grilled Bruschetta Chicken

This Paleo Grilled Bruschetta Chicken is an easy and delicious summertime meal! It requires minimal ingredients and tastes so fresh. This chicken is Whole30 friendly, paleo, gluten free, and dairy free!
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Ingredients

  • 4 medium sized chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp sea salt

Bruschetta Topping

  • 1.5 cups diced fresh tomatoes
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup fresh chopped basil
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Balsamic Drizzle

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup , omit for Whole30

Instructions
 

  • Combine all of the marinade ingredients (olive oil, balsamic, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, and sea salt) in a bowl and whisk well. Add the chicken breasts to a large zip lock bag or shallow baking dish and pour the marinade over top. Let the chicken breasts marinate for a minimum of 2 hours (or overnight).
  • Mix up all of the bruschetta topping ingredients and store them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Heat your grill to 425. Place the chicken breasts on the grill and discard any remaining marinade. Cook the chicken for 5-7 minutes per side, until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes.
  • While the chicken is cooking, make your balsamic glaze. Add the balsamic vinegar and maple syrup to a small sauce pan, stir, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low/low and let it reduce while it simmers. Stir occasionally. This should take about 10-15 minutes. It will also thicken quickly as it sits off the heat.
  • Serve the chicken topped with the bruschetta topping and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Enjoy!

Notes

To make baked bruschetta chicken: Follow the instructions for marinating. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Remove the chicken breasts and discard any remaining marinade. Cover a baking sheet pan with foil and place the chicken breasts on the pan in an even layer. Bake for 22-24 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Let the chicken rest, covered with foil, for 10 minutes before serving.
Please note, if you use thicker breasts, this will increase cooking time! Mine were about 3/4 – 1 inch thick.
How long can you marinate chicken? No more than 24 hours!
You can also use store-bought balsamic glaze, just make sure to check the ingredients! Some have additives and even gluten. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1chicken breast with bruschetta topping, Calories: 505kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 49g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 145mg, Sodium: 720mg, Potassium: 1094mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 701IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 63mg, Iron: 2mg

Originally posted on April 7, 2021 and updated with new photos and copy on May 13, 2022.