This delicious and simple Savory Baked Italian Chicken Breast is made with tender chicken breast, savory Italian bread crumbs and topped with a wonderful bruschetta mix. The ‘icing on the cake’ is the tangy balsamic glaze that you won’t want to miss! This incredible entree comes together in just 20 minutes!
Sometimes I need a dish that can not only offer a ‘Wow‘ factor but also comes together in a pinch. In my husband’s line of work, I never know when we will randomly get a ‘hospitality check’. That means, I get a 30 minute heads up that we are having company for dinner! This dish is the perfect go-to. Minimal ingredients, minimal cook time… and maximum flavors! It is not only delicious, but the presentation is 💯 !
What is bruschetta?
In its most original form, bruschetta stands for a bread that is rubbed with oil, toasted and topped with an herb mixture. However, the Italian dish has evolved over time and more people use the term to describe a tomato/basil mixture that tops appetizers and entrees. They most often contain basil, tomatoes, garlic, onions, and balsamic vinegar. The ingredients and uses can vary widely though.
How do I bake chicken breast without drying it out?
There are a few factors to consider when baking chicken. First, I recommend rubbing the chicken with a little olive oil before baking (like in this recipe). This helps add moisture to the chicken and also helps the seasonings stick to the breast. Make sure the chicken is fully thawed and not super cold when you bake. Chicken needs to reach an internal temperature of 165 F to be consumed. If the chicken is semi-frozen, you will have to over-cook the exterior to cook the interior! That will surely dry it out! I find a slightly higher temperature for a shorter amount of time creates a great, moist chicken breast.
Ingredients for our Savory Baked Italian Chicken Breast:
- Chicken Breast
- Panko Crumbs
- Italian Bread Crumbs
- Fresh Basil
- Balsamic Glaze
How to make our Savory Baked Italian Chicken Breast:
First, preheat the oven to 425 F. In a shallow bowl, mix the Italian bread crumbs with the panko crumbs.
Next, lightly brush olive oil over each piece of chicken, on both sides. Dip the chicken in the panko mix and coat evenly on both sides. Once all pieces of chicken are coated and on the cooking sheet, lightly press in the remaining panko mix to the top of the chicken breast. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. The panko crumbs will become lightly toasted and brown on top.
While chicken is baking, chop the tomatoes, basil, and garlic and mix in a medium-sized bowl. Remove chicken from the oven once cooking is done.
Next, top each chicken breast with about 1/4 cup of the tomato bruschetta mixture. Last, drizzle the balsamic glaze evenly over each piece of chicken. You will use about 1 tablespoon of glaze for each piece. Use more if you love the flavor!
Serve and enjoy!
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- 2 Pounds Chicken Breast, thinly cut
- 1/2 Cup Plain Panko Crumbs
- 1/2 Cup Italian Bread Crumbs
- 1/4 Cup Basil, freshly cut
- 1 Cup Tomatoes, diced
- 2 Cloves of Garlic
- 2-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- Balsamic Glaze
- Preheat the oven to 425 F.
- In a shallow bowl, mix the bread crumbs with the panko.
- Lightly brush olive oil over each piece of chicken, on both sides. Dip the chicken in the panko mix and coat both sides.
- Once all pieces of chicken are coated, lightly press in the remaining panko mix to the top.
- Bake for 15 minutes. The panko crumbs will become lightly toasted on top.
- While chicken is baking, chop the tomatoes, basil, and garlic and mix in a bowl.
- Remove chicken from the oven, top with the tomato bruschetta mixture and drizzle with the balsamic glaze.
- Serve and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 398Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 129mgSodium: 316mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 50g
(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)