Yesterday I had the biggest craving for bruschetta! I thought about it all day. It probably doesn’t help that I am dieting and working out, so all I could focus on was food. (Don’t ask about the pizza last week!)
Thinking it through, I came up with an idea. I would buy plum tomatoes and cook a few chicken breasts in the oven. French bread rounded out my grocery bag. Once I got home, I simply baked the chicken ahead of time, and let it cool. Later when my husband an I got home, I got creative!
I chopped the tomatoes, leaving them a little bigger than a dice. I also did not seed them, I wanted the juice to soften and season the bread. I heated olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat, and added a teaspoon or so of minced garlic. After that I added the tomatoes and some dried oregano to taste. I let them saute over medium-high heat for 2 minutes, then added the chicken, which I had large diced. The kitchen was starting to smell yummy!
I cut the French bread loaf into thirds and cut each third in half lengthwise. I did remove some of the bread inside to give me little hollow spaces to fill with my chicken mixture. Once the mixture had cooked for about 5-8 minutes, I spooned it into my bread shells. I had already placed these on a baking sheet lined with foil.
I had foound fresh basil in the refrigerator, and topped the chicken mixture with a few fresh torn leaves. Then using a Italian blend cheese mix, I generously sprinkled the top with cheese. Under the broiler for 2-3 minutes and the tops were nice and browned. Paired with a salad, this was the perfect dinner to quash my cravings! I hope you enjoy it too!