Baked Pesto Chicken

Baked Pesto Chicken

I found this on Pinterest and have made it three times. My boyfriend loves it! We eat it with quinoa and a little garlic butter. I used a package of chicken tender strips instead of chicken breasts and I used a reduced fat pesto and it was all so so good!

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 4

  • 4 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup Basil Pesto
  • 1/2 cup Low fat mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 375F/190C.

2. 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.)

3. 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.

4. 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.)

5. When chicken is barely cooked through, remove foil and sprinkle chicken with 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese.

6. Put dish back into the oven without foil and cook 5 minutes more, just until cheese is melted.


Contributed by: Emily Brown

photo: The Year of Cookie