Classic Italian comfort food gets a healthy twist with spiralized zucchini noodles! This skillet bruschetta chicken is a fresh and simple meal with a burst of flavor, ready in just 30 minutes.
Italian-style bruschetta chicken topped with ripe tomatoes, basil, and melty mozzarella cheese is what’s on the menu for tonight. Sound good? However, I’ve been playing around with how I can take my favorite comfort food meals, and make them easy and healthier for you.
I’ve added spiralized parmesan zucchini noodles so you can chow down without the guilt, but with lots of flavors. This recipe is packed full of delicious ingredients. Fire up those pans and let’s get cooking!
Sure enough, I made a birthday wish, and it magically appeared on my doorstep. Oh, how I love Amazon and my hubby (thanks, babe)! There are so many advantages to investing in this handy tool, as here’s why…
Benefits of Using a Spiralizer:
- Nutrition: The most important feature is that you can take any fruit or vegetable that doesn’t have a pit and enjoy them in a new and different way to increase the health benefits of each meal.
- Ease: Once you figure out the basic setup of the equipment, you can create vegetable noodles for savory dishes in literally seconds. Just crank the lever a few spins, and you get gorgeous curly noodles. The cutter creates these voluminous ribbons of thin noodles that cook in an instant.
- Versatility: Most units have different sizes and shapes of spiralized noodles you can create depending on your dish. I like the spaghetti shape for Italian cooking, but there is also a flat shape to create thicker fettuccine style noodles. Use your noodles to make salads, pasta, and desserts. The recipes are endless!
What is bruschetta and why it so addicting? It starts with ripe, sweet Roma tomatoes, chopped into bite-sized morsels. This allows all of the flavors from the mixture of minced garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper and earthy basil to infuse in each bite.
I use the bruschetta as topping to the sautéed chicken breasts. The contrast of the hot chicken with the fresh tomatoes is incredible. It’s so yummy that I couldn’t help but transform it into a chicken bruschetta sandwich as well!
Italian food is like a breath of fresh air. You can take wholesome ingredients and create a rustic meal that’s aromatic and inviting. This recipe has less than ten components, with only one cooking technique (saute). The combination of savory, earthy and sweet notes adds a flavor punch!
Who’s ready to dig in? Each serving showcases classic Italian flavors that you crave, without all of the extra carbs.
Just because life can feel like being on a super fast speedway, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a healthy homemade meal. If you’ve got 30 minutes, then you can rock this dish. This skillet bruschetta chicken meal gives you just the right combination of lean protein, fruit, vegetables, and fiber.
Have you tried zoodles or other spiralized vegetables to give your dishes a healthy boost? I’d love to hear about your culinary creations!
What Fruits and Vegetables can be Spiralized?
There are some basic requirements for a good spiralizer candidate. A vegetable or fruit that is not hollow, or has a seed/pit, or a strong core. The diameter should be about 1.5-inch and 2-inches long. Go for ingredients that have a firm and robust flesh. Some things you can spiralize include carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, zucchini, butternut squash, jicama, turnip, potatoes, apples, sweet potatoes, beets, plantains, rutabagas, and parsnips. Eat them raw, bake, boil, saute or even fry!
Bruschetta Chicken with Zucchini Noodles
- 2 roma tomatoes, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch dice
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- 4 leaves basil, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 1 teaspoon
- 8 cups zucchini, cut into noodles (about 4 large)
- 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon minced parsley
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in half
- 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced into 1/4-inch thick pieces
- In a small bowl combine diced tomatoes, one teaspoon minced garlic, one teaspoon olive oil, sliced basil, and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
- Cut each zucchini into noodles using a spiralizer or into 1/8-inch thick long strips.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.
- Once the oil is hot, add one teaspoon garlic and saute for 30 seconds.
- Add the zucchini noodles and saute for 5 minutes, until just tender.
- Add in 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese, one teaspoon parsley and toss to combine.
- Taste the noodles and season with salt and pepper as needed.
- Turn off heat and set aside, keeping warm until ready to serve.
- Slice each chicken breast in half to create two thinner pieces. Season each side lightly with salt and pepper.
- Heat one tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat.
- Once hot, add the chicken to the pan and cook for 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and cook the other side for 3 minutes or until no longer pink in the center.
- Reduce heat to low, top each piece of chicken with a slice of mozzarella cheese and cover for 1 minute to allow the cheese to melt.
- To serve divide the noodles evenly among 4 bowls. Add chicken and top with bruschetta. Enjoy!