Bruschetta Chicken Casserole


I took a favorite recipe and modified it to my preference. It's reminiscent of bruschetta and the best part is the entire dish cooks in one casserole dish for less mess!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
4 servings


  • cooking spray

  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted, divided

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • ¼ cup fresh basil pesto

  • ¼ cup balsamic glaze

  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil or basil chiffonade


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. Spread orzo evenly in the prepared baking dish. Add broth, 2 tablespoons melted butter, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper; stir to combine. Spread tomatoes evenly over top.

  3. Place chicken breasts on a cutting board and trim any visible fat. Drizzle remaining 2 tablespoon melted butter over chicken, then sprinkle with Italian seasoning, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and red pepper flakes. Place chicken over the tomatoes and cover the baking dish with foil.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 60 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  5. Remove foil and sprinkle chicken with mozzarella cheese. Bake until cheese is melted, 5 to 7 minutes longer.

  6. Drizzle pesto and balsamic glaze over each serving and garnish with basil.

Cook's Note:

I use mini heirloom tomatoes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

606 Calories
27g Fat
48g Carbs
42g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 606
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 13g 66%
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Sodium 1167mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 42g
Vitamin C 14mg 71%
Calcium 379mg 29%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 580mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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