Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cheesy Pesto Chicken

Today I'm sharing a Tried & True recipe that was so simple to make, so good, a huge hit in my home....Cheesy Pesto Chicken!

I recently came across a recipe for a Pesto Chicken Bake that sounded delicious and had lots of rave reviews.  The original recipe only calls for four that!  I decided to give it a try, but changed it up just a bit, adding a little salt and pepper, lemon and more mozzarella cheese.  The combination of favors are wonderful, even my 10 year old loved the dish!  I'm excited to have another great meal to add to my recipe box!

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Cheesy Pesto Chicken

Adapted from 

  • 2 1/2 to 3 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, cut in thirds, lengthwise 
  • 8 oz of your favorite Pesto (I used Classico Traditional Basil Pesto)
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • Salt & Pepper 
  • 1 large tomato, chopped (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease (non-stick cooking spray) a 9x13 baking dish or similar size.  Place approximately 3 tablespoons of pesto on bottom of baking dish and spread, making a thin layer (see photo below). Place chicken strips side by side in a single layer and lightly salt and pepper. Squeeze the juice of the lemon over the chicken and then evenly pour the remainder of the pesto over the chicken, coating it well.  Cover with foil and bake on middle rack of oven for approximately *30 minutes.  When ready, remove foil, top with with 2 cups of mozzarella cheese and place bake in oven under the broiler.  Broil until cheese melts and bubbles and begins to turn golden brown. Remove, top with diced tomatoes (optional).  Serve with pasta or rice and veggies, like broccoli or green beans.  Be sure to top your pasta or rice with the sauce from the chicken.  ENJOY! 

*Cooking times may vary depending on oven and size of chicken. Adjust cooking time if needed. 

I added tomatoes after baking.  You can add the tomatoes before baking the chicken or when you top it with cheese.
This chicken recipe isn't going to win any beauty pageants...but it tastes wonderful!  

Thanks for stopping by!


Heather @ The Beating Hearth said...

YUM! I love pesto and chicken together. This looks so tasty! If the original didn't have salt and pepper than I would have added them as well. I am a salt girl.

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

I love pesto too and this does look yummy and easy! Pinned it and thank you Mary!

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Pesto and chicken yum!!! pinned it :)

Anonymous said...

Rtired: This is awsome very good.Will make at least once a week.Didn't change a thing it was perfect as is.