Smoked Mozzarella Chicken Breast with Bruschetta Topping

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Looking for a simple yet delicious dinner idea? Look no further than this smoked mozzarella bruschetta chicken recipe.

This dish combines tender chicken breast with the creaminess of smoked mozzarella and the fresh summer flavors of tomato basil.

But best of all, it’s easy to make and perfect for evenings you don’t want to be chained to the kitchen. This simple summer skillet dinner has simple ingredients, straightforward steps, and a lot of flavor.

smoked mozzarella bruschetta chicken

Smoked Mozzarella Bruschetta Chicken

Fresh, flavorful, and easy to make. You'll turn to this summertime dinner over and over.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Serving Size 4 servings

Equipment

  • Skillet

Ingredients 

For the Chicken

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 slices smoked mozzarella cheese

For the Bruschetta Topping

  • 4 ripe roma tomatoes diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Prepare the Bruschetta Topping: In a medium bowl, combine the diced tomatoes, minced garlic, chopped basil, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Stir until all ingredients are evenly mixed, then add the balsamic vinegar and stir once more. Set aside.
    small mixing bowl of bruschetta topping.
  • Prep the Chicken: Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides.
    prepping chicken with salt and pepper
  • Sear the Chicken: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken breasts to the pan and sear until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes per side.
  • Top the Chicken: Place a slice of smoked mozzarella on each chicken breast.. Cover and turn the heat down to low until the cheese is melted and the chicken is cooked through. Spoon the bruschetta mixture evenly over the four chicken breasts
    skillet with cooked chicken and smoked mozzarella on top before melting.

Notes

Fresh, ripe tomatoes make a big difference in the bruschetta topping. If tomatoes aren’t in season, consider using cherry tomatoes or a good quality canned variety.
If smoked mozzarella is hard to find, you can substitute it with regular mozzarella and add a touch of liquid smoke for flavor.
close up view of smoked mozzarella and bruschetta chicken.

Why you should make it

  • Quick and Easy: With a total time of just 30 minutes and simple cooking steps, this recipe is ideal for busy weeknights or any time you want a fuss-free but delicious meal.
  • Balanced Flavors: The combination of juicy chicken, creamy smoked mozzarella, and fresh bruschetta provides a well-rounded taste experience. It’s a delightful mix of savory, smoky, and fresh flavors.
  • Versatile Serving Options: Whether it’s a family dinner, a meal for two, or a larger gathering, this dish fits right in. It’s easy to adjust the recipe for the number of servings you need, and it pairs well with various sides like pasta, salad, or steamed veggies.

Ingredient notes

  • Smoked Mozzarella: This is simply mozzarella cheese that has been smoked over wood chips for added flavor. It gives the dish a unique, smoky touch that regular mozzarella doesn’t offer. Having said that, I’ve made with plain mozzarella and it’s still delicious.
  • Balsamic Vinegar: This is a dark, concentrated vinegar made from grape must. It adds a tangy sweetness to the bruschetta topping that complements the freshness of the tomatoes and basil. Balsamic glaze works well too.
  • Roma tomatoes. If you can’t find nice ones, cherry tomatoes are a great substitute. Just cut them into halves or quarters.
  • Fresh basil. There’s nothing quite like it, but dried will do in a pinch/
ingredients on white counter.

The rest of the ingredients you probably have on hand!

tips for the best bruschetta chicken

Tomato Choice: Fresh, ripe tomatoes really make a difference in your bruschetta topping. If tomatoes aren’t in season, you can use cherry tomatoes or a good-quality canned variety. This tip is crucial for getting the most flavor out of your bruschetta.

Garlic and Basil: For the bruschetta, use freshly minced garlic and freshly chopped basil for the best flavor. Pre-minced garlic and dried basil won’t give you the same vibrant taste.

small mixing bowl of bruschetta topping.

Seasoning: Don’t forget to season both sides of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper before cooking. Proper seasoning is key to a flavorful dish.

Chicken Searing: When you’re searing the chicken, make sure the skillet is hot before adding the chicken breasts. This helps to lock in the juices and gives the chicken a nice, golden-brown color.

prepping chicken with salt and pepper

To make sure your chicken is cooked through, you can use a meat thermometer. The internal temperature should reach at least 165°F

Perfect sides for chicken breast:

Easy recipes for your garden fresh produce:

finished chicken dish with melted cheese and diced tomato on top.
Smoked Mozzarella Chicken Breast with Bruschetta Topping
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