Skinny Chicken Pesto Bake

I love pesto. So I was really excited to try this recipe out. I can’t even describe how this basil pesto added such amazing flavor to this chicken. I feel like this is something I would have ordered at a nice restaurant but was able to make it at home. This was absolutely fantastic! It will definitely not disappoint.

4 pieces of chicken pesto chicken topped with 4 tomato slices each and covered with white melted cheese on top. Green garnish lays beside the chicken.

Rating: 5 stars  Difficulty of Recipe: 3 stars
Review: This was my first time making pesto and it turned out fantastic! The chicken was perfect and moist and had tons of flavor. I will definitely make this again!

 

Skinny Chicken Pesto Bake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 4 Servings

I feel like this is something I would have ordered at a nice restaurant but was able to make it at home. This was absolutely fantastic! It will definitely not disappoint.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian American
Keyword chicken pesto bake, chicken recipes

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts 16 oz. boneless, skinless
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tsp skinny basil pesto *see recipe below
  • Roma tomatoes thinly slices
  • 6 Tbsp reduced fat mozerella cheese shredded
  • 2 tsp parmesan grated

Basil Pesto:

  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup parmesan grated
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare the basil pesto by pulsing in a food processor. Add the basil, garlic, parmesan, and salt and pepper. Slowly add the olive oil. Set aside.
  2. Wash the chicken and dry with paper towel. Slice the chicken breast horizontally to create four thinner cutlets.
  3. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Lay chicken on the foil. Spread 1 tsp basil pesto on top. Bake for 15 minutes until the center is no longer pink.
  4. Remove from oven and top with tomatoes, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. Bake for another 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 4

Calories321kcal (16%)Carbohydrates2g (1%)Protein32g (64%)Fat20g (31%)Saturated Fat6g (30%)Cholesterol95mg (32%)Sodium426mg (18%)Potassium453mg (13%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A650IU (13%)Vitamin C3mg (4%)Calcium216mg (22%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Hi Alyssa, It was such a pleasure to meet you & visit at BYB. Your blog looks so great. I’m happy to be following on Google+ & I’m looking forward to trying some of your recipes.

    Warmly, Michelle – Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust
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