Monday, September 9, 2013

Chicken Brushetta Crostini

We are still eating fresh tomatoes from my BFF Pauli's garden, which are so good, and we still have fresh Basil from our herb pots. In Chicagoland we are having Fall weather one day, and Summer weather the next. There is a saying in Chicagoland,  "If you don't like the weather, wait 5 min., and it will change." So true.  We wanted a light lunch, and had some leftover chicken, so we added it to Bruschetta, and got Chicken Bruschetta.  I don't know why we didn't do this before.  We have made regular Bruschetta as appetizers, but never added the chicken.  The fresh basil with the Balsamic vinegar and the olive oil, brings out the best in the tomatoes paired with the chicken.

All you need to make this yummy Bruschetta is a good baguette, garlic, chopped tomatoes, preferably garden tomatoes, fresh Basil, olive oil, Balsamic Vinegar, fresh Parmesan cheese, and cooked chicken.

Chicken Bruschetta Crostini- Serves 12
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil divided
  • 2-3 whole cloves Garlic
  • 2-3 large garden tomatoes, diced or 1 pint Red Grape Tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • 16 whole Basil Leaves (chiffonade)
  • Salt And Pepper (optional)
  • 1 whole Baguette, sliced and toasted
  • 1 cup diced, cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup fresh Parmesan cheese
Add tomatoes, balsamic, 2 Tbsp olive oil, basil, cooked chicken, and salt and pepper to the bowl. Toss to combine, then taste and add more basil if needed. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or two if you have the time.

Cut the baguette into diagonal slices to allow for the most surface area possible. Brush lightly with olive oil. Toast slices in toaster oven or a regular oven at 425 F for 5-6 minutes. After toasting, immediately rub bread with fresh garlic cloves. 

 To serve, give the tomato mixture a final stir, the spoon generously over the slices of bread.  Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese. 


  1. That looks and sounds delicious! Great recipe :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    1. Greg,
      This is a delicious appetizer or light lunch to showcase those garden tomatoes.

  2. Yum, those sound like something I would have for dinner instead of turning on the oven in the heat we are having. I can actually say I'm looking forward to being cold. Not to saying good-bye to tomatoes, but being cold sounds good. Looks like you were in the kitchen cooking this weekend. Hope it was a good one.

    1. Gina,
      We are ahving temps in the 90's, which is unusual herem this time of year, so this Bruschetta ia a perfect light meal. I can't eat hot, warm food, when it is hot outside. And, you don't have to turn on the stove. Hope that you are staying cool this week:)

  3. What a delicious crostini, the colour is so vibrant and the flavoursome qualities evident :D

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Uru,
      Besides being colorful, this Brushcetta tastes so good with the fresh basil, and balsamic vinegar

  4. ---My tummy is growling and growing larger.

    1. cquek,
      Actually this Bruschetta isn't too high in calories, and is healthy besides.

  5. Hi Becky! We had our first dose of fall weather today. But it is supposed to warm up again. Oh well! This bruschetta looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing yet another delicious post. I'm hungry now! I hope you are having a great Tuesday!

    1. Monet,
      The bruschetta is so good, with feesh tomatoes and basil, a light lunch for you and Ryan.


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