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Italian Pesto Chicken

10 Nov , 2015  

After a long day of pet grooming, sometimes making dinner can seem like a drag. This Italian Pesto Chicken is not only easy to make, but it also only takes a few ingredients! This is one of my favorite recipes to make. It’s full of flavor and very healthy. It’s also gluten-free! *A little side note*- the recipe below is a serving size of 4, but I only have 2 people in my house so my pictures show a serving size of 2.

Italian Pesto Chicken
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A healthy, flavorful, and easy Italian chicken recipe. It's also gluten-free!
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Italian Pesto Chicken
Print Recipe
A healthy, flavorful, and easy Italian chicken recipe. It's also gluten-free!
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Trim the chicken to remove excess fat, tissue, and cartilage. Cut the chicken down the center to create a heart shape.
  2. Place chicken in a glass baking dish. Spoon pesto onto chicken.
  3. Cut tomato slices to 1/2" thick and place over pesto.
  4. Put mozzarella cheese over tomatoes.
  5. Put in oven for about 35 minutes. Make sure the chicken is cooked, reaching 165 degrees in the center of the breast.
  6. Serve over rice, pasta, or with vegetables.
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20151102_190730 (2)All this recipe takes is these four ingredients: chicken breast, pesto, mozzarella cheese, and tomatoes. On lazy days I use cheese that is already shredded, but if you buy block cheese and shred it yourself it comes out a lot better. The quality of your recipe depends on the quality of the ingredients you put into it.

20151102_191049First I trim my chicken breast. I cut the breast down the middle to make a heart shape. This piece is usually enough to feed one person, but if it is too much go ahead and cut it right down the middle to make two pieces. Preheat your oven to 400°.

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Place the chicken in a glass baking dish. I LOVE cooking in these because they are easy to clean up, you can store your leftovers in it without the food picking up metallic flavors, and it conducts and distributes heat evenly. Spoon the pesto evenly over the chicken. Since I am Sicilian and I love the taste of pesto, I like to go heavy on the pesto so I use more than the recommended amount in the recipe. It’s a personal preference so add as much as you’d like.

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Slice up your tomatoes to about 1/2″ thick and place them over your pesto. Two to three slices usually fit on each chicken piece.

20151102_192139Place the mozzarella cheese over the tomatoes. This is another place where I go ingredient overboard- I love cheese. Place your desired amount of cheese on your dinner. You can customize the amount of cheese for each family member. This is what I end up doing because like I said I love cheese, sometimes a little more than my other family members.

20151102_195059After about 35 minutes in the oven you will have a fabulous flavorful dinner! It’s that easy! I like to put mine over brown rice, angel hair, or sometimes even fettuccine. This recipe can also stand alone with a side of asparagus.

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