bruschetta chicken
    Chicken breasts in a casserole with all the familiar and absolutely delicious flavors of Bruschetta.  This is a delicious meal and looks attractive as well.  Something you can serve to company, if desired, I think.

2 eggs
2 tbsp water (30 mL)
1/2  cup Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2, OR almond flour (125 mL)
1/3  cup grated Parmesan cheese, (75 mL)
  (canned variety)
1/2  tsp Italian seasoning (2 mL)
1/2 tsp salt (2 mL)
1/8 tsp black pepper (0.5 mL)2
2 lbs 13 oz chicken breasts (1.3 kg)
Black pepper, to taste
Bruschetta Topping:
2 large tomatoes, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil, divided (30 mL)
2 tsp crushed garlic (10 mL)
1 tsp basil (5 mL)
1/4 tsp salt (1 mL)
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (250 mL)

Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).  Spray 9 x 13-inch (23 x 33 cm) casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.  In medium bowl, combine eggs and water and beat with fork until frothy. 

On plate, combine Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2, OR almond flour, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt and black pepper; mix well.  Push mixture to one side of the plate.

Slice chicken breasts longitudinally in half as if you were going to butterfly them, but cut them right through. Coat chicken breast with egg wash.  Place on dinner plate next to “flour” mixture and poke chicken breast with a fork in several places.  Sprinkle with black pepper, to taste.  Spoon “flour” mixture over chicken on both sides.  Lay chicken breast in prepared casserole dish.  Repeat with the remainder of the chicken breasts.  Bake uncovered 20 minutes.  Remove from oven.  Place Bruschetta topping without cheese on chicken breasts.  Drizzle with 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil.  Bake lightly covered with foil 5 minutes.  Remove; sprinkle Monterey Jack cheese over top of tomato topping.  Place back in oven and bake uncovered a further 5 minutes, or until chicken is cooked and juices run clear and the cheese is melted.  (You may need less time if the chicken breasts are not very thick.)

Bruschetta Topping: In medium bowl, combine tomatoes, 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil, crushed garlic, basil and salt; set aside.  Drain in a colander just before using.

Yield:  6 servings

1 serving

450.3 calories

60.3 g protein

19.6 g fat

0.5 g fiber

4.3 g net carbs 

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