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Baked Pesto Chicken Recipe

Looking for an easy Baked Pesto Chicken recipe? Learn how to make Baked Pesto Chicken using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by anad1027

Makes 4 servings



http://kalynskitchen.blogspot.com/2010/09/easy-recipe-for-baked-pesto-chicken.html

Recipe Ingredients for Baked Pesto Chicken

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup basil pesto
1/2 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese

Recipe Directions for Baked Pesto Chicken

  1. Preheat oven to 375F/190C. Trim all visible fat and tendons from chicken pieces, then cut each chicken breast lengthwise into 2 or 3 pieces. (I cut the larger ones into 3 strips and the smaller ones into 2 strips.)

  2. Spray a 9" x 12" (or 8.5" X 12.5") baking dish with non-stick spray, then spread 1/4 cup basil pesto over the bottom of the dish. Lay chicken strips over the pesto, then spread 1/4 cup more basil pesto over the chicken.

  3. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil (or use a baking dish with a tight-fitting lid) and bake the chicken for 25-30 minutes, just until chicken is barely firm and cooked through. (Don't cook too much at this point, or the chicken will be overcooked by the time the cheese is melted and browned.)

  4. When chicken is barely cooked through, remove foil and sprinkle chicken with 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese. Put dish back into the oven without foil and cook 5 minutes more, just until cheese is melted. (If your broiler is separate from the oven, start preheating it when you take the chicken out.) After I melted the cheese for 5 minutes I switched my oven to broil and broiled for 5 minutes more, just long enough to get the cheese lightly browned.

  5. Serve hot. There will be some flavorful juice in the bottom of the dish when this is done, so you may want to serve with rice, couscous, or quinoa to soak up the juice, but if you're eating this for phase one, just spoon the juice over the chicken.

Categories

Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 158.6g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
314
Calories from Fat
166
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
18.4g
28%
Saturated Fat
4.3g
21%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
83mg
28%
Sodium
421mg
18%
Potassium
14mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates
3.6g
1%
Dietary Fiber
1.0g
4%
Sugars
2.1g
Protein
33.5g
Vitamin A 16% Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 18% Iron 9%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
D+
  Good points
  • Low in sugar
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