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Crispy Baked Chicken Strips with Tomato Bruschetta and Balsamic Glaze

A light and fun appetizer using Just Bare Lightly Breaded Chicken Strips instead of toasted bread. Time is the most important ingredient which allows the Bruschetta flavors to develop and highlight the natural sweetness of the tomatoes.

Servings 6
Prep Time: 20
Cook Time: 40
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins


Chipotle Lime Chicken

Mango and Red Cabbage Slaw

  • 2 mangos, peeled and thinly sliced
  • ½ small red cabbage, shredded or 1 bag of coleslaw mix
  • 1 poblano pepper, cored and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup cilantro, minced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper

Guacamole Topping

  • 2 ripe avocados, cored and diced
  • ½ pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ red onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 278
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 766mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Protein 17g

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


  1. Prepare bruschetta at least 1 hour in advance to allow flavors to come together.
  2. Combine diced tomato, shallot, garlic and basil in a bowl.
  3. Toss with a glug of olive oil, splash of balsamic vinegar and season to taste with salt and black pepper – adjust seasoning as needed. Store in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  4. While bruschetta is chilling, preheat the air fryer to 350°F.
  5. Place frozen chicken pieces in the basket in a single layer and cook for 8 minutes – chicken should reach a minimum internal temperature of 165°F.
  6. In a bowl, prepare the salad by combining arugula, shaved parmesan, a glug of olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar to your liking – season to taste with salt and black pepper, toss to combine.
  7. On a large serving platter, add a base of the arugula salad. Place the crispy chicken strips on top of arugula and lightly drizzle the entire platter with balsamic glaze.
  8. Using a slotted spoon, top each chicken strip with a healthy portion of the chilled bruschetta. Finish with more shaved parmesan and enjoy!