Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Bruschetta Chicken w/Bacon

A hundred years ago (okay, so maybe it was only a month or two) my sister was bragging about making Bruschetta chicken and I was jealous. Since then I've whined about how she hasn't made it again and drove it to my house at least once a week. You'd think she'd cave and do just to shut me up, no such luck. She's as stubborn as me. Brat kid that she is.

Well last Friday, I found my Farm Fresh To You box on my porch filled with tomatoes. Heirloom (which unfortunately were mashed and bad -- damn them), slicing, and a huge basket filled with cherry tomatoes. HA! KELSEY! I can make my own Bruschetta chicken now and it's going to be better-er than yours. (No, no sibling rivalry here)

So on Saturday I sliced them in halves and marinated them in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil, parsley, and garlic. I was going to cook the dish on Sunday but I ended up going to an Origami Owl party (bought some super cute charms) and by the time I got home it was too late to cook. So I made it yesterday. It looks seriously impressive but really it's totally not that hard to make. I strongly urge you to marinate your tomatoes ahead of time. The longer they sit the more splendiferous they are. 4ft ate this. He hates tomatoes unless it's ketchup, barbecue sauce, or marinara and he inhaled this. 

And yes, Kelsey, my Bruschetta chicken is better than yours because...

Everything is better with BACON!

Bruschetta Chicken w/Bacon

1 basket sweet cherry tomatoes
1 1/2 TBS balsamic vinegar
1 TBS olive oil
2 TBS chopped basil
1 tsp dried parsley
1 TBS minced garlic
3 strips center cut bacon: chopped
5 thin-sliced chicken breasts
salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste

1.) Cut cherry tomatoes in half. In a medium bowl, mix in vinegar, olive oil, minced garlic, and basil with salt and pepper to taste. Add the tomatoes and set aside for at least 2 hours. Better over night. Even more better-er if left to marinate for 2 nights (but that's just because I didn't make it the night I planned too. Oops).
2.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
3.) Salt, pepper, and garlic powder the chicken breasts (both sides). Place them in a large baking dish, lined with aluminum foil (unless you live for scrubbing dishes then you don't need to line it). Dump brushetta mix over the chicken and stir it up with your hands -- making sure to coat all the chicken in the splendiferous marinade. Then sprinkle chopped bacon evenly over the chicken.
4.) Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
5.) Enjoy!

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