Air Fryer Bruschetta Chicken: A Bursting Flavor Infusion!

I’d probably eat a copious amount of the appetizer style bruschetta and call it a meal if I didn’t think I’d get strange looks. To satisfy the craving for that savory Italian combination in a meal, now I make this air fryer bruschetta chicken instead. It’s easy, filling, and delicious!

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What is Bruschetta?

Bruschetta is an Italian appetizer typically consisting of toasted bread with garlic, olive oil, and salt. Most commonly, it is topped with chopped fresh tomatoes, though other additions such as meats, cheeses, fruits, and beans are prevalent as well.

Of course, there are lots of other creative variations which translate the flavors of this dish into other forms. Bruschetta chicken is just one such example, where the bread is replaced by a thin sliced chicken cutlet instead of the toasted bread.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

A perfectly seasoned, thin sliced chicken cutlet is the ideal base for a bruschetta inspired main dish. Your air fryer does the ultimate job of cooking it perfectly, so it comes out juicy and delicious.

An aromatic topping of fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil, and a touch of balsamic make this dish a creative twist on the Italian classic.

air fryer bruschetta chicken with fresh tomatoes on a fork

Of course, you can customize it just to your liking. Add mozzarella cheese for a caprese style bruschetta chicken, or some olives for Mediterranean inspiration!

I enjoy this recipe most with a side of pasta, garlic bread, and a nice glass of wine, but enjoy it any way you like!

If you’re looking for the appetizer version of this classic dish, make sure to check out my recipe for Air Fryer Bruschetta With Mozzarella!

Ingredients List

ingredients to make air fryer bruschetta chicken
  • 1 pound chicken breast cutlets (about ½” thick)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning

For the Bruschetta Topping

  • 4 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2 Tbsp minced red onion
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, julienned
  • Balsamic glaze (optional)

Ingredient Tips and Substitutions

  • You can buy thin sliced chicken cutlets or cut your own from a full chicken breast. Alternatively, you may swap in other cuts like thighs, but the cooking time will vary
  • The honey may be substituted by brown sugar if preferred
  • Use 4 slices of fresh mozzarella or about ½ cup shredded and add in the last few minutes of cooking for a caprese style variation

Flavorful Variations For Bruschetta Chicken

  • Add diced avocado, peaches, strawberries, or olives to your tomato mixture for a unique twist
  • Top your bruschetta with fresh mozzarella pearls, or goat cheese or feta crumbles to add a creamy, salty finish
  • Wrap your chicken in prosciutto or coat with a layer of basil or tomato pesto before cooking to add another layer of flavor!

How to Prepare Air Fryer Bruschetta Chicken

  1. In a covered bowl or zippered bag, combine the chicken, 1 Tbsp olive oil, balsamic, honey, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp black pepper, and Italian seasoning. Stir to coat. Marinate for at least 10 minutes but up to overnight
let chicken marinade overnight
  1. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (or the closest setting your air fryer has)
  2. Place the marinated chicken cutlets into the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer
place marinated chicken cutlets in air fryer basket
  1. Cook on the air fry setting for 6-8 minutes at 375°F, pausing halfway through to flip, until internal temperature reaches 165°F
  2. While the chicken is cooking, combine the tomatoes, onion, garlic, 1 Tbsp olive oil, ½ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper in a small bowl, stirring to combine
combine tomatoes, onion, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl
  1. Remove chicken from the air fryer, and spoon bruschetta mixture evenly over the top. Garnish with fresh basil, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze, if desired
overhead view of air fryer bruschetta chicken on a plate

What to Serve With Bruschetta Chicken

  • Spaghetti
  • Couscous
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Rice pilaf
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Cauliflower rice
  • Grilled vegetables
  • Green salad
  • Caprese salad
  • Garlic bread
  • Baguette
  • Chianti
  • Zinfandel
  • Orange paloma cocktail
  • Aperol spritz
  • Watermelon cocktails

There are so many great things to serve with bruschetta chicken, including sides as well as wine and cocktail pairings.

Serve my air fryer chicken bruschetta recipe with some easy Air Fryer Cauliflower Rice or quick Frozen Garlic Knots in the Air Fryer. For a drink, try my Blood Orange Paloma or Watermelon Gin Fizz!

Recipe FAQs

Can I Make Bruschetta With Other Toppings Besides Tomatoes?

Yes, you can make bruschetta with other toppings besides tomatoes. Other common alternatives are peaches, strawberries, or watermelon.

In addition, feta, mozzarella, prosciutto, avocado, and olives are common additions.

Can I Reheat Bruschetta Chicken in the Air Fryer?

Yes, you can reheat bruschetta chicken in the air fryer. Cook on the air fry setting for about 4 minutes at 350°F, or until warmed through.

You don’t need to remove the toppings in advance, either.

What is Chicken Bruschetta Made Of?

Chicken bruschetta is made of a base of chicken breast marinated in oil, vinegar, herbs, and seasonings. It is topped with a bruschetta blend of fresh tomatoes, garlic, and fresh herbs such as basil.

There are many additions or substitutions that work well, so you can customize your topping to suit your tastes.

How Many Minutes Do You Put Chicken Breast in the Air Fryer?

You put chicken in an air fryer for approximately 6 minutes for thin-sliced cutlets, or 10 minutes for a full sized breast. The time can vary slightly based on your specific air fryer, as well as the exact thickness of your chicken.

Make sure that the internal temperature reaches 165°F for food safety before consuming.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • You can marinate the chicken and make the bruschetta up to 24 hours in advance and store in the refrigerator. This way, dinner is ready in under 10 minutes!
  • I love serving with garlic bread or a sliced baguette to soak up the extra bruschetta topping, in a nod to the traditional appetizer preparation!
delicious air fryer bruschetta chicken with fresh tomatoes and garlic bread

Storage and Reheating

  • Store leftover bruschetta chicken in the refrigerator for up to 3 days
  • To reheat bruschetta chicken, place in the air fryer for 3-5 minutes at 350°F, or until warmed through. Exact time will vary based on the thickness of the specific piece. You do not need to remove the toppings to reheat it

More Italian Inspired Air Fryer Recipes

  • Air Fryer Manicotti

Final Thoughts

This air fryer bruschetta is a quick and flavorful dinner option. In fact, you can complete much of the prep work in advance, and get dinner done in under 10 minutes!

The fresh, vibrant toppings are one of my favorite uses for fresh tomatoes in the summer. Of course, you can explore different bruschetta variations by adding in other fruits, vegetables, meats, and cheeses.

It’s one of my favorite dishes to incorporate into an Italian-inspired spread as a low carb offering that’s also gluten-free. However, I think it’s still best paired with some garlic bread or baguettes to soak up all the delicious bruschetta toppings!

If you are looking for more Gluten-Free Air Fryer Recipes, I compiled a list of 12 additional delicious choices!

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Air Fryer Bruschetta Chicken (Low Carb)

This air fryer bruschetta chicken is a quick, flavorful, and low carb dinner option. It’s fresh, vibrant, and bursting with juicy tomatoes and Italian flavors.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Marinating Time 10 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 2
Calories 600 kcal

Equipment

  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Storage container (or Ziploc bag)
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife

Ingredients
  

For the Chicken

  • 1 Pound chicken breast cutlets (approximately ½" thick)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • ½ Tsp salt
  • ½ Tsp black pepper
  • ½ Tsp Italian seasoning

For the Bruschetta Topping

  • 4 Roma tomatoes (seeded and diced)
  • 2 Tbsp red onion (minced)
  • 2 Tsp garlic (minced)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ Tsp salt
  • ¼ Tsp black pepper
  • 8 Fresh basil leaves (julienned)
  • Balsamic glaze (optional)

Instructions
 

  • In a covered bowl or zippered bag, combine the chicken, 1 Tbsp olive oil, balsamic, honey, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp black pepper, and Italian seasoning. Stir to coat. Marinate for at least 10 minutes but up to overnight
    1 Pound chicken breast cutlets, 1 Tbsp olive oil, 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1 Tbsp honey, ½ Tsp salt, ½ Tsp black pepper, ½ Tsp Italian seasoning
  • Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (or the closest setting your air fryer has)
  • Place the marinated chicken cutlets into the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer
  • Cook on the air fry setting for 6-8 minutes at 375°F, pausing halfway through to flip, until internal temperature reaches 165°F
  • While the chicken is cooking, combine the tomatoes, onion, garlic, 1 Tbsp olive oil, ½ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper in a small bowl, stirring to combine
    4 Roma tomatoes, 2 Tbsp red onion, 2 Tsp garlic, 1 Tbsp olive oil, ½ Tsp salt, ¼ Tsp black pepper
  • Remove chicken from the air fryer, and spoon bruschetta mixture evenly over the top. Garnish with fresh basil, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze, if desired
    8 Fresh basil leaves, Balsamic glaze

Notes

  • You can buy thin sliced chicken cutlets or cut your own from a full chicken breast. Alternatively, you may swap in other cuts like tenderloins, full breasts, or thighs, but the cooking times will vary
  • The honey may be substituted by brown sugar if preferred
  • Use 4 slices of fresh mozzarella or about ½ cup shredded and add in the last few minutes of cooking for a caprese style variation
  • You can marinate the chicken and make the bruschetta up to 24 hours in advance and store in the refrigerator. This way, dinner is ready in under 10 minutes!
  • I love serving with garlic bread or a sliced baguette to soak up the extra bruschetta topping, in a nod to the traditional appetizer preparation!
  • Store leftover bruschetta chicken in the refrigerator for up to 3 days
  • To reheat bruschetta chicken, place in the air fryer for 3-5 minutes at 350°F, or until warmed through. Exact time will vary based on the thickness of the specific piece. You do not need to remove the toppings to reheat it
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand of ingredients, any swaps or sides added, and actual quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 499gCalories: 600kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 43gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 122mgSodium: 3961mgPotassium: 52mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 17IUVitamin C: 2.5mgCalcium: 133mgIron: 3.5mg
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