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Your favorite tomato bruschetta tops tender and juicy balsamic chicken in this healthy Dump-and-Bake Bruschetta Chicken dinner! Full of simple ingredients and plenty of fresh flavors, it’s a great way to enjoy summer’s ripe tomatoes — in a nutritious and family-friendly meal.

Tray of Dump and Bake Bruschetta Chicken for a healthy dinner that's also very easy!

How to Make Bruschetta Chicken | 1-Minute Video

Y’all are constantly requesting easy dinner ideas that are also healthy and kid-friendly.

This Bruschetta Chicken satisfies all of the important criteria — and it only requires a few minutes of prep!

Bruschetta tomato topping for Dump and Bake Bruschetta Chicken dinner

If you’re familiar with traditional bruschetta, then you know that it’s typically a combination of fresh tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, basil, salt and pepper served on top of toasted bread.

It’s an Italian antipasto which is a perfect companion for a glass of wine on the patio this season.

Bowl of fresh tomatoes for a healthy dinner called Bruschetta Chicken

But to be honest, a bruschetta appetizer is more of a “special occasion” kind of thing around here. I don’t often think to prepare it for a regular weeknight dinner…until now! 

By taking my favorite bruschetta and using it as a topping for my twist on “No Work” Baked Chicken, I’ve basically combined two recipes into one satisfying entree.

The chicken breasts take the place of bread, which makes this dish feel more like a meal than just an appetizer.

Tray of dump and bake bruschetta chicken for a delicious easy and healthy dinner

The Bruschetta Chicken is practical, and it doesn’t require a party or a special excuse to indulge.

Instead, it’s just a really simple, really flavorful, and really family-friendly dinner recipe for busy summer nights!

Tips for Preparing Bruschetta Chicken

  • You can whisk together the balsamic sauce for the chicken in advance and just keep it in your refrigerator (for up to 1 week).

Maple dijon sauce for dump and bake bruschetta chicken

  • When it’s time to serve dinner, you will just need to pour the sauce over the chicken breasts in your pan. How easy is that?!

Pouring sauce over dump and bake bruschetta chicken

  • I suggest using rosemary and thyme to flavor the chicken as it bakes, but you can substitute with any herbs that your family prefers. Get creative!

Pan of baked chicken breasts for a healthy dinner recipe called Bruschetta Chicken

  • To keep prep time short, chop your tomatoes and stir together the bruschetta topping while the chicken is in the oven. Then, when the chicken has cooked through, you will just spoon that delicious pan sauce over the meat and finish with the fresh tomato topping.

Dump and Bake Bruschetta Chicken is an easy recipe for fresh tomatoes

What should I serve with my Bruschetta Chicken?

Well, if you want a really simple meal, just serve the chicken and tomatoes on their own! If you’re like me, however, and you have a family of ravenous boys to feed, then you’ll probably want to offer something more on the side. Here are a few suggestions:

  • A loaf of crusty French bread (like you would serve with traditional bruschetta), which can be used to soak up the extra pan sauce or to scoop up any stray tomato topping.
  • A green salad to keep it light and to add more veggies to your meal.
  • Sautéed spinach or other greens.
  • Rice or cauliflower rice to serve beneath the chicken.
  • Pasta that’s tossed with olive oil and Parmesan cheese.

More easy baked chicken breast recipes that you might enjoy:

Dump-and-Bake Bruschetta Chicken

5 from 6 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings 4 - 6 servings
Calories 251 kcal
Your favorite tomato bruschetta tops tender and juicy balsamic chicken in this healthy Dump-and-Bake Bruschetta Chicken dinner! 

Ingredients
  

For the Chicken:

  • 1 ½ lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts*
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Bruschetta Topping:

  • 1 ½ lbs. fresh tomatoes (I used 4 medium vine-ripened tomatoes)
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Optional, for serving: grated Parmesan cheese

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
    • In a bowl, whisk together maple syrup, mustard, balsamic vinegar, and salt.
    • Place chicken in a baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray (I used an 11 x 7-inch dish, but any similar size that holds your chicken will work). Sprinkle chicken with a little bit of salt and pepper, to taste.
    • Pour sauce over chicken and toss to make sure that each piece of chicken is well coated. Place sprigs of fresh herbs in the dish (tucked alongside the chicken).
    • Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until meat thermometer reads 165 degrees F. Remove herbs from dish and spoon sauce over meat. Garnish with additional fresh herbs, if desired.

    While the chicken is in the oven, prepare topping:

    • In a small bowl, combine basil, garlic, oregano, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and lemon juice. Set aside.
    • Slice tomatoes into 4 sections, remove seeds, and chop coarsely. Combine tomatoes with the herb mixture and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
    • Before serving, spoon pan sauce over the chicken. Top with tomato mixture and garnish with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

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    Notes

    *I used 5 small chicken breasts that totaled 24 ounces. These small chicken breasts only require about 25-30 minutes in the oven. If you’re using larger, thicker chicken breasts, you may need to increase the baking time to 45 minutes. Alternatively, you can slice large chicken breasts in half to make them thinner, which will decrease the baking time.
    Cooking Just for Two? Cut the ingredients in half (cooking just 2-3 small chicken breasts) and bake in a small dish. The rest of the cooking instructions remain the same.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 15 ounce chicken breast with tomato topping and 2 T sauceCalories: 251kcalCarbohydrates: 16.2gProtein: 32.1gFat: 4.8gSaturated Fat: 0.9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 2.1gCholesterol: 79.2mgSodium: 504.2mgPotassium: 612.6mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 9.6g
    Keyword: chicken breasts, healthy dinner, tomato
    Course: Dinner
    Cuisine: Italian
    Author: Blair Lonergan
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    1. 5 stars
      That was an easy and delicious meal with loads of flavor! We will definitely be adding it to our repertoire!

    2. 5 stars
      One of my favorite meals now! Just to save some time can I make everything ahead of time and when we’re ready to eat just put it in the oven or will that make the tomatoes too soggy? Was also thinking it would give the meat more time to marinate. Thanks!

      1. Hey, Jessica! I’m so glad that you love the chicken. 🙂

        Yes, you can definitely marinate the chicken for up to 24 hours. Preparing the tomato mixture in advance is a bit trickier. You can definitely do that, but the tomatoes will be softer and the topping will have more liquid in it (so you would want to strain off some of that before serving). It won’t be bad, the texture just won’t be quite as good. Sometimes that’s a fine compromise for a more sane dinnertime, though!

    3. Making this now…..thinkimg of melting some fresh mozzarella in the last few minutes in the oven…..what do u think?

    4. 5 stars
      Hi Blair, may your dish tonight and we were also impressed. My husband wasn’t sure about the tomatoes but when he tried it he liked in a little bit. Are used large and thick chicken breast wasn’t sure if they would be dry and chewy but I was proven wrong they were very tender and moist. Thank you for posting this great recipe keep them coming.

    5. 5 stars
      Loved this!! As did my family! I did add a bit of bio soy sauce and ginger to the chicken marinade in stead of extra salt and in was perfect! For people who love spicy food, this recipe is great as well, just add some fresh chilli with the herbs or add some cayenne in the marinade!

          1. Sure! I’d use about 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, and 1 teaspoon dried oregano. I’m not sure that the dried basil will be a very good substitute for the fresh in this dish, but you can give it a try if you like. You’ll need about 1 tablespoon of dried basil.