May 24, 2011

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta



Juicy tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, red onion, garlic and balsamic can turn plain grilled chicken into a delicious weeknight meal in minutes! Make the Bruschetta the night before or early in the morning and let all the flavors marinate, then when you are ready to eat grill some chicken and you have yourself a quick weeknight meal.

Bruschetta is usually served over bread but there really are no limits, you can serve it over pizza, tossed with pasta or wherever your imagination leads you. To quote my husband, "You could serve this over cardboard and it would be good!" We made this a light and simple, low carb, gluten-free dinner and served as pictured, but if you want the carbs this would also be great over whole wheat pasta or even served with some crusty bread to soak up the juice.

A few things I want to mention, recipes that only require a few ingredients really benefit from the quality of the ingredients you use. Use a good extra olive oil, fresh basil and high-quality aged balsamic; it makes all the difference! I've been using imported Saporoso Balsamic vinegar these past few weeks which is absolutely delicious and I'm giving two away on Skinnybits, click here for a chance to win.

My one year old loves poking her little thumbs through my tomatoes so lately every time I grab a tomato I find a little hole in it in case you're wondering about the hole in the photo below...


Grilled Chicken Bruschetta
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 4 oz chicken + tomatoes •  Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 6
Calories: 236.8 • Fat: 8.5 g • Protein: 32.4 g • Carb: 6.8 g • Fiber: 1.3 g • Sugar: 0.5 g
Sodium: 182.9 mg (without the salt)

Ingredients:
  • 3 medium vine ripe tomatoes
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 3 oz part skim mozzarella, diced
  • 1.25 lbs (8 thin sliced) chicken cutlets

Directions:

Combine onion, olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper. Set aside a few minutes.


Chop tomatoes and place in a large bowl. Combine with garlic, basil, onion-balsamic combo and additional salt and pepper to taste. Set aside and let it sit at least 10 minutes or as long as overnight. Toss in the cheese when ready to serve.


Season chicken with salt and fresh pepper. Grill the chicken cutlets on your indoor or outdoor grill, top with bruschetta and serve.

126 comments :

  1. Mmm this looks fresh and delicious, I may give it a try tonight!

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  2. This looks amazing and Brushetta is one of my most favorite things. This is now on the list for yummy dinner this week!

    Thanks gina!

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  3. Can I just say that you took some fab pictures of this dish? I will certainly be making this!

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  4. Where can I find part skimmed mozzarella?

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  5. They sell it everywhere, Sargento, Polly-o all make part skim mozzarella.

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  6. Looks yummy as usual Gina!

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  7. Love this recipe!! Will be trying it this week. PERFECT for my over abundance of homegrown tomato's and basil we seem to have here in the last couple of weeks. Thank you!!

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  8. This dish looks amazing, I heard bout your site at one of my weight watchers's meeting. So glad I found it, always looking for healthy dishes to make.

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  9. I used to make this and serve it over pasta. DELICIOUS!!! Do you seed the tomatoes first or can you put it all in?

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  10. Looks soooo good! I think I know what I'm making for dinner tonight. What a great dish for summertime!!!!

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  11. looks so yummy, drooling over the clicks

    http://rakshaskitchen.blogspot.com

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  12. Timely post and recipe. We have about 20 tomato plants growing. Nothing better than fresh, home grown tomatoes in Bruschetta.

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  13. Any dish with tomato, basil and mozzarella just screams "summer" to me. Can't wait to try it.

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  14. This is the perfect summer~time recipe. I'm bookmarking this to make soon!

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  15. do you have the nutrition breakdown for just the bruschetta part? Would be great on many things!

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  16. Oh, so the cheese isn't the fresh mozzarella one?

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  17. @Gina:
    The comment about your child just made my day....It has been an awful day at home, at work...BUT, picturing a sweet baby poking a tomato...so much fun..made me appreciate the good things around me.
    BTW: I will cook this tonight...minus the holed-tomatoe :)

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  18. This was sooooo good! I added asparagus on the side; it was a very satisfying dinner!

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  19. Looks beautiful Gina. Love all the pics

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  20. Oh sure, blame it on the baby!! (My dog eats my tomatoes the day before they are ready to be picked!) Looks absolutely wonderful - just like summer.

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  21. Can't wait to make this dish...I LOVE anything Italian or Italian-inspired. Your pictures are fantastic as usual. Thanks, Gina. :)

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  22. Gina this looks so delicious!!

    Quick question - I always forget do we measure chicken cooked or raw? Would it be 4 oz cooked?

    thx as always for everything you do!!!!

    ps..I'm now down 50lbs and have been following your site for a year :)

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  23. You're freakin awesome, Gina! Can't wait to try this one!!

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  24. made this last night!! so good!

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  25. This looks fantastic! I have chicken breast thawing right now, wasn't sure what to do with them but now I know! Thanks so much for all of your fabulous recipes. :)

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  26. No need to seed the tomatoes, I through it all in there.

    I have yet to find a part skim "fresh" mozzarella, I wish someone would make one!! Until then, yes I used store bought.

    I'm glad you liked my little story about Madison poking holes in my tomatoes :) Little moments I will not forget when I come back to this recipe!

    I weigh chicken raw and cooked but I use the nutritional info for the cooked weight. General rule is 4 oz raw = 3 oz cooked.

    I love when people comment that they lost weight using my recipes!!! Makes my day!!

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  27. this looks delicious i will be making it this week, thank you for all of your recipes..also i visited the house of balsamic site, i love to use alot and i can only imagine what that would taste like since its aged for several months.i wonder if you have a balsamic chocolates recipes

    melissa_k_us2002@yahoo.com

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  28. this looks delicious! I love bruschetta. On top of this chicken it just sounds so good.

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  29. Chef inspired, no I have not tried balsamic with chocolate yet.

    Maranda, enjoy!

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  30. oh my goodness! made this for dinner tonight and it was absolutely delicious! my six year old thanked me for dinner (unusual!) and told me it was the best dinner I have ever made!

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  31. Simply fabulous! Made this tonight with italian rice and a roasted onion, garlic brussel sprout dish. Heaven! I increased all the bruschetta ingredients and served over grilled chicken that I did on my foreman grill. Amazing. Best bruschetta I've ever made. Keep the recipes coming Gina!

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  32. seriously so good! both me and my husband loved it, thanks what a great dish, served it with whole wheat penne over it.

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  33. Oh Gina! I've been looking for a new chicken recipe, and I've found it!

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  34. This was amazingly good! I thought I'd try it because it looked simple with simple ingredients, and I was feeling lazy today, but I wasn't expecting amazing, I was expecting:, another attempt at healthy meals, which is always plain, dry chicken with light flavor added- healthy and plain. Boy was I wrong! This was so flavorful, moist, delicious, and soo simple! I'll probably be making this every week =o) I didn't have any cheese, so I skipped that part, I'm sure that will make it even more amazing next time, thanks Gina!

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  35. Hi Melissa, yes it's loaded with flavor! And with the cheese even better :)

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  36. Thank you so much for this recipe! I made a slightly different version of it for my family last night and they all just LOVED it. I put diced up grilled chicken and a tsp of low fat mozzarella cheese on toasted sandwich thins that I cut into quarters(each thin makes 8 pieces)then melted that under the broiler and topped with bruschetta mixture. SO yummy!

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  37. Gina, you've done it again! This looks amazing. I'm putting this on my grocery list for dinner next week. Thanks!

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  38. Gina, I made this last night and it was AMAZING. moist and flavorful...

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  39. This looks so fresh and delicious. My tomatoes are just starting to get ripe. I am looking forward to making this soon.

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  40. I made this last night for dinner...it was GREAT! As a stay at home dad of 2 kids you've helped make getting dinners together great!

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  41. Bruschetta means toast in Italian.

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  42. Gina, this was a perfect summer dish - easy, no cooking required, and delicious. I had with chicken grilled on my george foreman, on top of a pita bread crisped up in the oven. I made it with fresh mozzarella since I had some. Making it again for tonight. Thanks a million for all that you do, you've helped me to lose about 20 pounds.

    Araz in Canada

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  43. Thanka Araz I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  44. Just put together for tomorrows BBQ along with the String bean salad with black olives and chopped egg!

    Tomorrow I am baking the lemon cheesecake yogurt cupcakes!

    Love all your recipes Gina!

    Cant wait for tomorrow!

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  45. This was delicious and my family loved it! I used a little left over brushetta on top of greens the next day for lunch and it was great too! I'll be making this all summer since I have tomatoes and basil growing like crazy. Thanks for another great recipe.

    Danielle in Las Vegas

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  46. We often eat this as a salad without the chicken and some crusty bread to soak up the juice!

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  47. This looks absolutely delicious! It's recipes like this that make it so much easier to change the way we eat and change the way we live. . . Thank you.

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  48. I made this the other night and my family LOVED it!!! So simple and so easy. We will be having this several times this summer. Thanks:D

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  49. I made this tonight for dinner, and it's definitely a keeper! My husband asked me to make it again next week. Our kiddos won't eat tomatoes, so we had a lot left over. It tastes great by itself too for a quick snack. Yum!!

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  50. Made this last night. Very delicious. Thanks.

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  51. Made this tonight - it was amazing. I can't wait for the left overs tomorrow. I served it over whole grain penne and scaled back just a bit on the chicken per serving.

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  52. I made this a couple of days ago, and wow! It was delicious and super easy. I doubled the recipe for the brushetta. It goes great on crachers or toast! Yum! Definitely a keeper!

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  53. made this last night
    fantastic! husband loved it as well! I could just eat that brushetta outta the bowl!

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  54. I must say that your website has quickly become my favorite go-to place for recipes. I was raised a Southern girl and was only taught to cook things using butter, cream of mushroom soup, and Ritz crackers. I needed to break out of the monotony! Gina, your vision for healthy, incredible flavors has empowered me in the kitchen! I have loved every recipe of yours I have tried, and plan to keep it up! My husband is a HUGE fan of you, as well, which makes him a bigger fan of me : ) Thanks so much for your blog!

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  55. I made this last week and both my fiancée and I LOVED it! Thanks for sharing.

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  56. I'm so happy you all like this!!

    The pinkstos - I love southern food but I know what you mean, lot's of fried food an butter. So happy you found a healthier means your husband enjoys :)

    Thanks Dana!

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  57. Made this tonight -- well did the bruschetta in advance last night -- it was excellent! Coated the chicken with a little garlic powder and pepper and baked it -- because we were having a thunderstorm and grilling didn't sound too appealing at the time!

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  58. This was sooooooooo good!!!! Perfect summer dinner!!! Thank you for all your wonderful recipes.

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  60. I made this a few nights ago and oh my it was heavenly!! I bought the ingredients so I could make it again tomorrow. I'm on a low-carb lifestyle because of my medicine and this recipe is a winner! :) Bravo Gina!

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  61. Made this over the weekend and it was delicious! Must admit my 2 year old wouldn't eat the bruschetta though so he dipped his chicken in ketchup :) I loved it and it will become a "regular" in our household.

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  62. Just had to stop by and tell you that I made this last night and we loved it! I totally forgot to put the cheese in before I served it, but it was still fantastic. Can't wait to get some tomatoes and basil out of my garden...we'll be having this all summer! Thanks!

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  63. I know, me too! It's just as good without the cheese!

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  64. Made this tonight. Served it over couscous and it was delicious!

    I didn't have any fresh basil so I used fresh thyme and it still tasted like bruschetta!

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  65. ShannonCT766/21/11, 8:26 PM

    I have prepared your recipes for 3-4 dinners per week, and left overs for dinner.. That and 4 days a week at a gym,, I have lost 19 1lbs in 3 months,, about 1.5-2 lbs per week.. Thank you for your great, flavorful & healthy recipes GINA your hard work is applauded!!

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  66. Made this tonight! It was delicious! Thank you for always providing the lighter side to fancy up chicken. :)

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  67. I made this last night with a few changes so I wouldn't have to go to the store. I used red wine vinegar,oregano, and reduced fat feta. I'm not sure what that does to the points, but the taste was great! Can't wait to make your version though!
    Thanks for all you do!

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  68. Hi..I just wanted to say, I made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing!! I cannot wait to try more of your recipes! Great work!!

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  69. This was the first recipe of yours that i have made and it was fantastic! Super easy, very flavorful and very filling. I loved it and my husband who doesn't like tomatoes liked it as well! Thank you so much. Tomorrow I will be making the carnitas :)

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  70. Delicious! You have so many gorgeous looking recipes but I only ever want to comment on them after I've tried them. I think this is the third one I've tried and the third time that I've shouted out "YUM!".

    This topping is almost identical to a fresh (uncooked) pasta sauce I make so I thought your idea to put it over chicken vs. pasta was genius!

    Thanks for another great meal.

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  71. So glad you liked it! I love the fresh flavors of the tomatoes myself!

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  72. Had this for dinner a few weeks ago and it was just what we needed after a few days in a row of heavy meals. Very light and refreshing. Thank you!

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  73. Has anyone tried this in the oven or skillet? We don't have a grill or a foreman. It looks so delicious!

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  74. REALLY yummy...I paired this with the cauliflower fritters and what a great,filling meal. I am not on WW nor do I have to "watch my weight" but I love,love your site for healthy, fresh ideas...THANK YOU and please keep it up!

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  75. Absolutely delicious! I am addicted to your recipes! Thank you!

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  76. We loved this! Thanks so much for this recipe. So simple and so easy and a real family pleaser!! Will make again and again.

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  77. I made this recipe the other night and it was delicious. I have fresh basil and HUGE Roma tomatoes in my garden. I broiled the chicken instead of grilling it because my husband always overcooks the meat when he grills it. And I accidentally left out the cheese, but I loved it! A great summer seasonal recipe. Thanks!

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  78. Delicious! I used cherry tomatoes (because they are my favorite) and I pressed the garlic (3 cloves) instead of mincing. My boyfriend is not a huge fan of tomatoes, but he said he could eat this every night. My new favorite meal!

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  79. this was a fantastic recipe! instead of mozzarella, we used 1/3 cup of reduced fat feta cheese... my husband loved it!

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  80. I made this this past weekend for a group dinner (there were 11 of us). Everyone loved it. I also included some boneless/skinless thighs for the folks that don't care for breasts.

    It was a huge hit!

    Thanks!

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  81. Made this tonight for my roommates. Definite winner! I can't tell you how much your site is helping us poor college kids. We're eating healthier, losing weight, and learning how to cook a variety of foods. We've been making one new meal from your website every day this week. Definitely added some much needed variety.

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  82. So glad everyone liked it! What college do you go to?

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  83. Janet Stillman10/10/11, 5:51 PM

    I made this tonight and it's absolutely WONDERFUL!
    My husband loved it and he's not watching his weight which is a SCORE in my opinion!

    It was really good.. the tomato mixture reminds me of the Brushetta Chicken that TGIFriday's makes..

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  84. We just finished eating this dish....My husband loved it...I loved it...you are my new favorite recipe go to girl! ...and I try a new recipe almost every week =)

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  85. I love this recipe. I made it for dinner tonight.....It was delicious! I paired it with a side of Uncle Bens Wild Rice!

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  86. I made this recipe tonight and I LOVED it!! I will be making this again for sure!!

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  87. I loved this recipe! I have just found your site and I changed our menu for this pay period so I could use some of your wonderful recipes! I was wondering, do you have the points + value for just the bruschetta? I had a lot of that leftover and I had it for lunch with baked tortilla chips! Thank you for making such a great site and sharing it with the world!

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  88. I have just had this with baked fish and salad and it was fantastic !!! Thank you for your fab recipes.

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  89. Making this tonight!! Can't wait! :) Loving Skinnytaste and WW Pts+! Wonderful companions... :))

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  90. First day of grilling since the weather is nice and I chose to make this and it's awesome!

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  91. I can't wait to make this! For the last 3 weeks, I have made something different from your website every night for dinner and we have loved everything! Thank you :)

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  92. Made this tonight and hubby and I LOVED it. (Sadly my picky 7 year old won't touch tomatoes so he had his grilled chicken with some "garlic" a.k.a. cajun seasoning on it). We aren't a big fan of red onions, so next time I'll cut them back a bit. I also added an extra 1/2 tablespoon or so balsamic because I love balsamic. This recipe is going in my regular rotation.

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  93. this was DELICIOUS!!! i couldn't believe that it was only 7WWp! awesome :) served this with sugar snap peas and some kale chips!

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    1. just kidding, 6 points.! yeah!

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  94. This was so good. So glad I only made enough for 1 person because I would have eaten more. I love red onions. Will definitely be making this a lot.

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  95. SO SO SO SO good! Even better cold the next day - the liquid from the oil/vinegar/tomatoes made it sorta pasta salad-like, but without all the carbs from the pasta!

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  96. Made this for dinner tonight, it was so awesome!!

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  97. This was so easy and delicious! Love the freshness of it. The bruschetta was perfectly seasoned and flavorful. I will make this often! Thank you!

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  98. DE-FRICKIN-LICIOUS! Wow - this was the most amazing dish I've really ever made. I can't believe I didn't think of it myself. My husband and kids and I all loved this, and I will be making it over and over again. THANK YOU!!

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  99. I made this tonight - AWESOME!! Rave reviews from the hubby, too! Absolutely perfect spring/summer dish. Had it with asparagus on the side. Delish, Delish, Delish!!!

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  100. I made this last week and it was fantastic! New family favorite! I melted the mozzarella on the chicken instead of adding to the tomatoes then topped with the tomato mixture! Served with a side of whole wheat pasta tossed eith EVOO and garlic! So yummy!

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  101. made this tonight - great summery, fresh flavours. Served it with grilled corn, asparagus and mushrooms.

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  102. Had this last night. Can't wait to make it again. I LOVE your site. I love to cook and am following weight watchers. Your site has been amazing and huge part of my success. My whole family is enjoying the healthy meals. Thanks a million!!!!

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  103. this was DELICIOUS!! I loved it so much and am so pumped I have the leftovers for lunch tomorrow:) great idea!

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  104. I made this for dinner tonight, it was so delicious! I used the grape tomatoes we had leftover from our 4th of July cookout. I'll definitely be making this again. Thanks Gina!

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  105. Made this tonight and it was awesome. I added a spring mix salad with strawberries and blueberries with a light olive oil/balsamic vinager dressing!!

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  106. Had this tonight and it was great, we will definitely make it again, we have tons of tomatoes in our garden this year :)

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  107. In your picture what do you have this served over?

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    1. It's just chicken and tomatoes, nothing else in the photo.

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  108. This was delicious and so healthy! Do you think the tomato mixture could be frozen (without the chicken and cheese)so that it could be made in a larger batch?

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  109. This was wonderful! My husband loves it, too. Used seasoning salt and some lemon pepper on the chicken. We took leftovers to work through the week. This will be on a regular rotation throughout the summer!

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  110. Leslie Fountain9/19/12, 1:00 PM

    I made this last night, and I concur - DELISH! Rather than buying a full ball of mozzarella, I used 3 individual mozzarella cheese sticks (available in singles in the cheese section!)

    Leftovers were my lunch today, the chicken is wonderful cold served over lettuce as kind of a 'Bruschetta Chicken Salad'

    LOVE your site Gina!

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  111. This looks great, Im definitely making this tomorrow. yumm. Best recipe website ever!

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  112. Two thumbs up! i tried it and it was sooo easy to make and delicious. I used parsley instead of basil because Its available to me in the garden in the back yard but everything else was the same. :D

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  113. Just have to say Triple awesome!!!! I followed this dish to the T and it came out perfect for a low carb late dinner. Everyone must try!

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  114. I made this for dinner last night (minus the mozzarella because I didn't have any) and it was great! I'm going to try your chicken with spinach on top tonight. You make eating healthy so easy and delicious!

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  115. Hi Gina,
    I've made several of your recipes and loved them all! I made this last week and my husband could not stop raving about how much he loved it. He can't wait for me to make it again! :)

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  116. So looking forward to making this, any ideas for sides?

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  117. I made this for dinner tonight and it was great! I used fresh mozzarella and served it over a big plate of field greens. Question.....are the measurements for the vinegar and olive oil correct? In the photo, it looks like there is a lot more than just 1 TBS each.

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  118. This was really delicious...my roommate and I ate every bite!

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  119. made this last night and it was phenomenal. cut weight watchers mozzarella string cheese into chunks and added it to the bruschetta before marinating in the fridge for a few hours.. served with side salad and fresh corn on the cob.. amazing.

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  120. This was amazing :)

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  121. So... OMG... totally yummy! Made it for dinner tonight and it was PERFECT! Here are some tweeks. First... after cutting tomatoes, lightly salt and put in drainer. The salt will pull out some liquid and help when mixing with the other liquids... otherwise onion/oi/vinegar/tomato mix can get a bit watered down. Also, I herbed up my chicken cutlets so they held some good taste on their own. Last, instead of cubes of cheese, I cut thin pieces of mozzarella and let it melt over cutlets. I still went according to the total amount in the recipe, but this way you get cheese in every bite and it's melted goodness gives the chicken some extra yumminess. I paired with green beans and a grilled herb bread w/side of roasted garlic. OMG... DELISH!! Thank you for the great recipe!!!

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