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Recipe: Baked Pesto Chicken


This recipe for Baked Pesto chicken is a snap to make. The other day one of my faithful readers sent me a question … what to do with a little leftover Pesto other than using it with pasta? I wrote him back with two alternatives…. This Baked Pesto Chicken recipe was one of them.

I decided to post this recipe since it’s so easy and so delicious…. another perfect weeknight meal that prepares in minutes…. but don’t be fooled ….this recipe is good enough for company too. The chicken is moist and the Pesto flavors the chicken beautifully.

I served this recipe with pasta bowties with mushrooms and peas in a light cheese sauce…. the richness of the sauce went well with the pesto chicken. If sauces are not your thing… you can serve this with a medley of steamed vegetables then gently tossed in garlic oil…. and perhaps risotto to round out the meal…. however you decide to serve this… it’s sure to be a winner.

Enjoy!

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Recipe: Baked Pesto Chicken

All you need:

Pesto (homemade or store bought)
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts halves
About 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

All you need to do:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Lightly spray a baking dish with olive oil cooking spray (size depends upon how many chicken breast halves you make… with 4 halves…I used an 11x7 baking dish).

Lay the chicken breasts in the dish.

Spread the pesto liberally on the chicken breasts.

Bake at 400 degrees F for about 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Take the chicken out and sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the chicken and pop back into the oven for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Serve.

3 comments:

Donna-FFW August 21, 2009 at 7:12 AM  

sOUNDS SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS AND PACKED WITH GOOD FLAVOR. Perfect weeknight meal.

Judy August 21, 2009 at 4:31 PM  

Love this recipe. Great way to use pesto and get extra flavor into chicken.

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