November 29, 2022

Bruschetta Chicken with Zucchini Noodles

This 1-pan bruschetta chicken with zucchini noodles is healthy, delicious, and so easy to make—it’s sure to earn a spot in your weeknight dinner rotation, especially in the summertime. Combining a fresh basil, tomato, and garlic bruschetta mixture, zucchini noodles, and chicken marinated in Italian dressing, this dish is positively packed with flavor. Leftovers reheat easily!

Bruschetta Chicken With Zucchini Noodles

Updated and better than ever! Today I’m re-sharing one of my very favorite dinner recipes with a few simple updates that vastly improve the flavor and texture of the dish. If there’s a way to make a recipe better, you can be sure that my team and I will test it. I’m fiercely dedicated to bringing you the best tested recipes I can. And sometimes that means we need to revisit and retest old favorites. (See blueberry pie as an example!)

Which brings us to today’s massively flavorful, yet simple dinner recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Bruschetta Chicken

  • This all-in-one meal is light and healthy, yet satisfying.
  • Cook everything in 1 skillet.
  • Prep ahead of time and cook later.
  • It’s naturally gluten free, and can be made dairy free, if using dairy-free Italian dressing.
  • The recipe uses simple, fresh, and healthy ingredients.

bruschetta chicken and zucchini noodles with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top on plate. - Bruschetta Chicken With Zucchini Noodles

tongs pulling bruschetta zucchini noodles and chicken out of cast iron skillet. - Bruschetta Chicken With Zucchini Noodles

I make this bruschetta chicken dinner year-round, but it’s pretty much on my weekly rotation in the summer. Zucchini noodles—zoodles!—make this dish extra nutritious, and it’s a great way to use summer’s bounteous green vegetable. And we’re taking advantage of in-season tomatoes, too!

In some countries, zucchini is called “courgette,” and zucchini noodles are called “courgetti.”

9 Simple Ingredients for Bruschetta Chicken

Here’s all you need for this healthy all-in-one dinner:

  • Chicken: You need 4 medium-sized (about 6 ounces or 170g each) boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 1.5 pounds (680g) total.
  • Italian Dressing: You can use store-bought or homemade Italian dressing, whatever kind you like best. If I’m making it at home, I really love this homemade Italian dressing.
  • Italian Seasoning: Italian seasoning is a store-bought herb blend, but you can make your own homemade Italian seasoning. It’s optional, but I like adding it to the Italian dressing marinade to amp up the flavor.
  • Tomatoes: We’re going for about 2 and 1/2 cups of chopped tomatoes; any variety, color, and size of tomato will do.
  • Fresh Garlic: 2 cloves, which is about 1/2 teaspoon minced.
  • Fresh Basil: The recipe calls for 3 Tablespoons of chopped basil leaves, but feel free to add more fresh basil on top to serve.
  • Olive Oil, Salt, & Pepper: Cooking basics you likely already have.
  • Zucchini: Zucchini varies greatly in size, but I use about 1.5 pounds (680g) of zucchini, which is usually about 2 large or 3 medium. This recipe is very forgiving if you have more or less than exactly 1.5 pounds.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Optional, for serving.

Do These 2 Steps in Advance

Start by (1) marinating the chicken and (2) making the tomato bruschetta topping. Both need to marinate in the refrigerator for a while to get the best flavor—at least 2 hours, or up to 24 hours. You can do these 2 steps the night before, and cooking dinner the next day will be a breeze.

I usually use these glass containers for marinating and they work just as well for storing leftovers and freezing meals/baked goods. (See 8 Freezer Meals for some inspiration!)

Grab These 2 Kitchen Tools

  • Skillet: Make the bruschetta chicken entirely on the stovetop in a big skillet. The skillet won’t go into the oven, so it doesn’t necessarily have to be oven-safe. This is the cast iron skillet I own and love.
  • Spiralizer: I usually spiralize zucchini myself at home. But if you don’t have a spiralizer, zucchini noodles are pretty easy to find these days in most grocery stores in the produce department. You can also simply slice the zucchini into thin strips—see recipe Notes.

Can I Use Regular Pasta? If you prefer pasta instead of zucchini noodles, I recommend using 1 pound of angel hair pasta. Cook and drain it according to package directions. Toss the cooked and drained pasta with a scant 1/2 cup of your favorite tomato sauce before adding to the skillet in step 5, for added flavor. The zucchini noodles absorb a lot of flavor from the pan, but regular pasta doesn’t.

zucchini noodles in glass bowl. - Bruschetta Chicken With Zucchini Noodles

Now Let’s Get Cooking!

Make this dinner entirely in 1 pan, just like this lemon thyme chicken. (Have more zucchini than you can fit in one pan? Try zucchini bread, these zucchini muffins, or hide it in this chocolate zucchini cake.) After the marinated chicken and bruschetta mixture have chilled for at least 2 hours and you’re ready to cook, you have 3 steps:

Cook the marinated chicken: Heat your skillet with olive oil over medium heat. Add the marinated chicken, cover, and cook for 10–15 minutes, turning a few times, until it’s cooked through. Carefully remove the chicken to a cutting board, but don’t clean out the skillet. Slice the chicken.

Cook the zucchini noodles: Add another Tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet, followed by the zucchini noodles and 1 cup of the bruschetta topping. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. The noodles will cook down, absorbing the flavors. Remove from heat and carefully drain off most of the liquid. (A reader suggested draining some liquid and it definitely improves the dish.)

Combine all ingredients: Return the skillet to the stovetop, and add the sliced cooked chicken and the remaining bruschetta mixture. Cook, stirring, for about a minute, until warmed through.

Slicing the chicken, instead of serving whole, was another suggestion from a reader. Sliced chicken absorbs more flavor and the finished dish is easier to eat.

Piping hot zucchini noodles before adding the sliced chicken:

heated zucchini noodles in cast iron skillet with tomatoes and garlic. - Bruschetta Chicken With Zucchini Noodles

bruschetta tomatoes and cooked sliced chicken over zucchini noodles with fresh basil garnish in cast iron skillet. - Bruschetta Chicken With Zucchini Noodles

And dinner is ready! Top the chicken and zucchini noodles with freshly grated parmesan cheese and some more fresh basil to serve. This dish is great on its own, but you could also serve it alongside some fresh bread, like dinner rolls, olive bread, or homemade artisan bread.

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Here is a healthy, light, and simple recipe for bruschetta chicken with zucchini noodles cooked in 1 pan.



  1. Marinate the chicken in advance: Place chicken breasts into a large zipper food storage bag or shallow dish/container. Mix 1 cup (240ml) of dressing and Italian seasoning, if using, together and pour on top of chicken. Turn chicken to coat. Seal the bag/cover the dish and refrigerate for 2—24 hours.
  2. Make the bruschetta topping in advance: Combine the chopped tomatoes, chopped basil leaves, minced garlic, and the remaining 2 Tablespoons of Italian dressing. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. You should end up with about 2 and 1/2 cups (475g) of the bruschetta mixture. Cover tightly and refrigerate for 2—24 hours.
  3. Cook the chicken: In a large skillet, heat 1 Tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the marinated chicken, cover, and cook for 10–15 minutes, turning a few times. You want the chicken nice and golden-brown on the outside while fully cooked inside. (Chicken is considered done when an instant read thermometer reads the center of the thickest part as at least 165°F (74°C).) Remove the chicken to a cutting board; do not clean out skillet. Slice the chicken.
  4. Cook the zucchini noodles: Add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet, followed by the zucchini noodles and about 1 cup of the bruschetta topping. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. The noodles will cook down, absorbing the flavors. Remove from heat and carefully drain off most of the liquid. 
  5. Return the skillet to the stovetop, and add the sliced cooked chicken and the remaining bruschetta mixture. Cook, stirring, for about a minute, until warmed through. Serve immediately, topped with grated parmesan cheese and more fresh basil, if desired.
  6. Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator for a few days. Reheat in the microwave or covered on the stove over low heat until warmed.

Notes

  1. Chicken: You need 4 medium-sized (about 6 ounces or 170g each) boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 1.5 pounds (680g) total.
  2. Zucchini: Zucchini varies greatly in size, but I use about 1.5 pounds (680g) of zucchini, which is usually about 2 large or 3 medium. This recipe is very forgiving if you have more or less than exactly 1.5 pounds. If you do not have a spiralizer, you can simply slice the zucchinis into super thin strips instead, or use a vegetable peeler to slice ribbons.
  3. Can I use regular pasta? If you prefer to use regular pasta instead of zucchini noodles, I recommend using 1 pound of angel hair pasta. Cook and drain it according to package directions. I suggest tossing the cooked and drained pasta with a scant 1/2 cup tomato sauce before adding to the skillet in step 5, for added flavor. The zucchini noodles absorb a lot of flavor from the pan, but regular pasta doesn’t.
  4. Special tools: Spiralizer | Skillet | Tongs | Glass Container

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