Tgi Friday's Copycat Bruschetta Chicken Pasta

Total Time
Prep 2 hrs 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

My FAVORITE dish from TGIFriday's. I found the copycat and it is delicious. It is super simple to make and don't skimp on the garlic because that is what really makes the flavor. Also, if tomatoes aren't in season use the canned tomatoes in italian seasonings, they work just as well. Add some garlic bread to the side and you're done!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Tomato Salad (Step 1): Wash, core and dice tomatoes to 1/4" pieces, save juices and place in small bowl. Wash, dry and cut basil leaves into thin strips. Combine tomatoes, left over juice, basil, 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, pepper, and hold for 2 hours before use.
  2. Balsamic Glaze: Bring to a boil vinegar and sugar in small pan and turn down flame to a simmer Reduce by 75% until sauce turns to a thick syrup, hold at room temperature.
  3. Pasta: Boil pasta as per directions on box until al dente.Drain and transfer to bowl.
  4. Tomato Salad (Step 2): Heat heavy bottom saucepan under medium-low flame. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, heat oil for 20 seconds. Saute cloves of garlic, that are sliced into thin coins, in oil (if small use 3) for 45 seconds on each side until soft and tender - do not brown garlic (if brown DISCARD and start over). Increase heat and add tomato salad and stir.
  5. Tomato Salad (Step 3): Add plain tomato sauce to pan and bring to a boil. Add pasta to sauce pan and toss with fresh sauce (sauce should just coat pasta). Transfer to a service platter or plate individually. Garnish with balsamic glaze.
  6. Chicken Breasts: Season both sides of chicken breasts with salt and black pepper. Grill 3-4 minutes per side for grill marks or until the chicken breasts reach 165 degrees F. Grill right before serving.
  7. To serve: Slice chicken breast into strips on a bias (45 degree angle) and place on top of pasta.Enjoy!
Most Helpful

Loved it! Had a balsamic reduction over steaks recently and was hooked, then saw your recipe and thought, a must try! I did add some fresh buffalo mozzarella b/c I had it on hand and needed to use up (just added during the last step when assembling it all together) Served it for guests with crusty bread and a big salad and we all were so happy with our tangy, juicy, saucy chicken pasta!

Liza at September 04, 2007

My husband & I made this last week & loved i!. The balsamic glaze really makes it. I think I had this dish at Friday's a number of yearws ago, so when I saw this recipe posted it peaked my interest. Definitely a make again dish! This would make a good dish for company.

deepfreeze September 07, 2007

While this isn't exactly like the restaurant version, it's still good. I used 2 cans of petite diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano, 1.25 tsp dried basil, and store bought balsamic glaze, but it was delicious (and a whole lot easier). Next time I'm going to leave out the tomato sauce and try using fresh basil.

leslieswabb August 30, 2015