As much as I want to tell you about the life-changing pair of maternity leggings I recently bought (umm, will totally still be wearing these post-baby!) I’ll spare you and share this light and healthy Bruschetta Chicken Pasta recipe instead!
A homemade bruschetta mixture – chopped tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh basil, and tons of minced garlic – is quickly simmered to create a light and silky sauce for cooked spaghetti noodles. Topped with a little parmesan cheese, balsamic reduction, and sauteed chicken cutlets, this is a 20-minute dish the whole family will eat without complaint.
This recipe is actually from the IGE archives. We’re talking 2011, dark photos, no recipe – just an obnoxious collection of photos and words. Hey, I guess not much has changed! Har. Anyway, the dish deserves a repost not only because it is so, so simple but because it’s just what I crave around this time of year. The sun is staying out longer and longer each day and I find myself pushing aside heavier comfort food recipes for simple, toss together suppers that are easy on the waistline, and sourced mostly from the garden or Farmer’s Market. Winning!
How to Make This Recipe:
Start by making the bruschetta mixture – it is incredible. In a bowl combine 6 chopped Roma tomatoes, 1/4 cup packed fresh basil that’s been chopped, 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 3 cloves minced garlic, tons of salt and pepper, plus a pinch of sugar. Set aside or refrigerate overnight.
Next add 10oz spaghetti to a large pot of salted, boiling water, then cook until al dente. Drain then set aside. Around the time you drop the pasta into the water, place a large skillet over medium-high heat then mist or spray with extra virgin olive oil or nonstick spray. Add 2 chicken breasts that have sliced into cutlets (ie sliced in half lengthwise) then seasoned with garlic salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning and saute for 2-3 minutes a side or until cooked through. Remove to a plate then set aside.
Turn the heat down to medium then remove the skillet from the heat to cool for a couple of minutes, and then add the bruschetta mixture. Saute for 2-3 minutes or until the tomatoes are heated through and the sauce is slightly thickened.
Finally, add the cooked pasta into the skillet plus 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese then toss to combine. Taste then add salt if necessary.
Scoop the pasta into bowls then drizzle with a wee bit of balsamic reduction if you please (you can find this in bottles at the grocery store or make your own) and top with a sliced chicken cutlet. EASY, you guys!!! So, so easy, and even more delicious. I hope you love this light and yummy dish. Enjoy!
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Bruschetta Chicken Pasta
Bruschetta Chicken Pasta is a light and fresh dinner recipe that's quick cooking too. Prep ahead and dinner will be on the table in just 15 minutes!
- 10oz gluten-free spaghetti
- 2 chicken breasts, sliced into cutlets
- Italian seasoning, garlic salt, and pepper
- 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
- balsamic reduction, optional
- For the bruschetta mixture:
- 6 Roma tomatoes, chopped with juices (about 3 cups)
- 1/4 cup packed fresh basil, chopped
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 3 cloves garlic, microplaned or minced
- salt and pepper
- pinch of sugar
- Stir together ingredients for bruschetta in a bowl then set aside. Can be made a day ahead of time.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil then salt heavily and add spaghetti. Cook until al dente then drain and set aside.
- Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat then mist or spray with extra virgin olive oil or nonstick spray. Season chicken on both sides with Italian seasoning, garlic salt, and pepper then saute for 2-3 minutes a side or until cooked through. Remove to a plate then set aside. Turn heat down to medium then remove skillet from heat to cool slightly.
- Return skillet to heat then add bruschetta mixture and simmer for 2-3 minutes or until tomatoes are heated through and juices are slightly thickened. Add pasta and parmesan cheese then toss to combine. Taste then add salt if necessary. Scoop into bowls then top with more parmesan cheese, balsamic reduction if using, and chicken, then serve.
This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.