Cheesy Bruschetta Chicken Cutlets

Look for chicken cutlets next to the chicken breasts and tenders at the grocery store. If you have trouble finding them, you can also make your own by butterflying chicken breasts in half and pounding them flat.

Serve this chicken on top of fettuccine or zucchini noodles or alongside steamed rice and vegetables.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

For the bruschetta topping:

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or pressed in a garlic press
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning or 1/4 teaspoon each dried basil and oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the chicken:

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast cutlets (about 4 cutlets)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Method

1 Heat your oven broiler to its highest setting. Place a rack a few inches below the broiler.

2 Make the bruschetta topping: In a medium mixing bowl, stir together all of the bruschetta topping ingredients. Set aside.

Bruschetta Topping for Cheesy Bruschetta Chicken Cutlets

3 Sear the chicken: Season the chicken cutlets on both sides with the salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large (12-inch), oven-safe skillet over medium high heat. I like to use either a cast iron or stainless steel skillet -- nonstick and enameled cast iron cookware usually aren't meant to be used above 500ºF, so they aren’t broiler safe.

When the oil is shimmering, sear the chicken cutlets for 3 minutes on one side, just so they get a little bit of color. It’s ok if they are not cooked through, since they will finish cooking in the oven.

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4 Flip the cutlets over, then spoon on the bruschetta topping and sprinkle with the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

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5 Broil the chicken: Place the skillet under the broiler. Broil until the cheese is bubbly and brown and the chicken is cooked through, about 3 minutes. Check for doneness by cutting into one of the cutlets to see if it’s opaque in the center, or by checking the temperature of one of the cutlets with an instant-read thermometer (the chicken should be 165ºF or higher in the center).

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5 Serve: Sprinkle the parsley on top of the chicken and serve the cutlets hot.