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Baked Pesto chicken on a sheet pan.

4 Ingredient Pesto Chicken Bake

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  • Author: Bailey Sissom
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3 chicken breasts 1x
  • Category: Fast and Easy
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

 4 Ingredient Pesto Chicken Bake is healthy, simple,delicious and requires just 5-minutes prep. Juicy chicken topped with fresh pesto, melty mozzarella and topped with vine ripened tomatoes.


Ingredients

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  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 6 oz. jar basil pesto
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 3 - 6 slices mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Season chicken breasts liberally with salt and pepper.
  2. OPTIONAL STEP: While the oven is preheating you can heat some olive oil or butter in a skillet. Once hot add the chicken breast and sear for 1-2 minutes on each side until caramelized. The chicken should still be raw in the center.
  3. Arrange chicken breasts (seared or raw) onto a baking dish or rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Use a spoon to cover chicken breast with pesto.
  5. Top each chicken breast with 1 thin slice of mozzarella cheese and 2 thinly sliced tomatoes.
  6. Bake for 20- 30 minutes (time will vary based on chicken thickness) or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees F. Broil the chicken the final 2 minutes so that the cheese is bubbly and golden. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • The recipe directions are written for THIN chicken breasts. If using thick, use a meat mallet to reduce thickness or slice them horizontally to avoid longer cooking times. 
  • To reduce the amount of liquid in your baking dish, pour a little bit of the oil off of the top of your pesto jar. This will give the pesto a thick paste consistency that works well for this recipe.