My husband Marc used to work for TGI Fridays as a waiter and really enjoyed their bruschetta chicken pasta and oreo madness dessert. I loved it, because samesies. I never worked there, but those were my favorite things to get at the one in my local mall growing up. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again…these are the reasons we are married, bonding over food! Even though it is a favorite of both of ours though, I’ve never made it at home. So that needed to change. This version has a gorgeous tomato mixture (that would be wonderful on toasted crostini too for traditional bruschetta) with tender chicken and linguine, just like the restaurant version (without all of the processing and salt).
That was all there was to it! I scooped it into pretty bowls and garnished it with more basil and parmesan shavings on top. I loved how it brought it all of my favorite warm weather fresh ingredients like tomatoes and basil. It was still so hearty and satisfying too though. Hope you all love it! xoxo
This bruschetta chicken pasta is such a fresh and hearty play on the favorite Italian canape with a lovely tomato mixture and tender linguine!
- 5 whole plum tomatoes
- 1 whole onion quartered
- 1/3 cup fresh basil
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 dash olive oil
- 1 dash balsamic vinegar
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken tenders diced small
- 1 pound linguine
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese plus additional shavings for garnish
- fresh basil for garnish
First, quickly whip up the bruschetta mixture. Combine all of the bruschetta mixture ingredients in a food processor and pulse them together a bunch of times. It should still have a lot of texture and not be pureed. Set the mixture aside. Then get a large pot of water on to boil for the linguine and a large skillet with deep sides on another burner. Heat the olive oil and balsamic in the skillet, then brown the chicken in it until cooked through for about 5-7 minutes. When the chicken is cooked, pour in the bruschetta mixture and let it all cook together for 10 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, salt the boiling water for the pasta generously and cook the linguine in it for 8-10 minutes, until tender. Drain it and toss it with the chicken and sauce. Stir in the parmesan and butter to finish it nicely. Then scoop into pretty bowls and garnish them with more fresh basil and parmesan shavings. Serving immediately and enjoy!