This is an easy, yet impressive, appetizer. And my goodness, is the chicken that goes on this to die for! The chicken would make a fantastic meal all by itself.
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 package fresh mozzarella
- 3 firm Plum tomatoes
- 1 12 inch crusty baguette
Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
- 1 garlic clove, minced*
- 1 teaspoon dry basil*
- 1 tablespoon mustard*
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice*
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar*
- 1/3 cup olive oil*
- salt and pepper to taste*
Makes about 16 crostinis
***You’ll need to make TWO separate batches of the salad dressing, so you’ll really need DOUBLE these ingredients, but separated.***
In a small bowl whisk all the ingredients for one batch of the salad dressing until combined and there is no more oil and vinegar separation. Use this to marinate the chicken over night. If you have time to let it go for 20 hours in the marinade-even better!
When you’re ready to make the crostinis, grill or bake your marinated chicken until no longer pink in the center. (I use my counter top grill.) Turn your oven to broil. Cut your baguette into thin slices, about a quarter inch thick. Make your second batch of Balsamic Vinaigrette salad dressing and brush a little onto each slice of bread. Spread your slices of baguette in an even layer on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until just browned on top, about 3 minutes. (Watch the bread carefully! It can burn up very quickly when you’re using a broiler!) You can slice your chicken very thinly (which is what I did) or just shred all of it. Slice your tomatoes thinly. When your bread is done place a slice of mozzarella, just big enough to cover the bread. Toss your sliced (or shredded) chicken in the rest of the salad dressing to coat. Add a slice (or pile, if you chose to shred) of chicken, and finally a slice of tomato on top of the mozzarella.
That’s it! Let me tell you that the fresh mozzarella makes a big difference. It’s so much tastier, I promise. I found my fresh mozzarella with the other specialty cheeses near the deli at my grocery store. It came in a sealed plastic package in a log shape already sliced. I also got a day old baguette from the bakery section.
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