Message Boards » Recipes

TOPIC: Pesto Chicken with Tomatoes & Mozzarella

Topic has been inactive for 30 days or more and images have been disabled.
Display All Images
August 8, 2010 6:35 PM
I just had to post this recipe because I thought it was so good! I made it yesterday and just had leftovers tonight for dinner. It is very flavorful and moist! I modified a recipe from to work with what I had on hand and also reduce calories.

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (mine were about 5oz each)
salt and pepper
4 tablespoons jared basil pesto sauce
4 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
4-6 small (cherry) tomatoes, sliced
3 slices mozzarella cheese

Place chicken breasts in a casserole dish and season both sides with salt and pepper. Spread 1 tablespoon pesto sauce and 2 teaspoons of the minced garlic onto the chicken. Flip them over and spread on the remaining 3 tablespoons of pesto sauce and 2 teaspoons of garlic. Sprinkle Italian seasoning on top. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-35 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the center. Remove from oven and place the tomato slices on the chicken. Top each chicken breast with 1/2 a slice of the mozzarella cheese. Return to oven and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until the cheese has melted.

This is the nutrition info based on the kind of pesto I used and the size of my chicken.

Serves 6, each serving:
Cal: 239
Fat: 12
Sat Fat: 3
Trn Fat: 0
Chol: 87
Sod: 323
Carbs: 4
Fiber: 1
Sugar: 1
Protein: 32

Here is the link to the original recipe, that uses less chicken and more pesto, the refrigerated kind. There are quite a few pictures and reviews too. Don't believe the nutrition info you see there though - no way that could be right. I think they left something out of that calculation!
August 8, 2010 6:45 PM
that sounds good. Anyone know how to make pesto sauce if you don't have any? Not that I probably have the ingredients on hand either... but I have TONS of tomatoes :)
August 8, 2010 6:46 PM
Thanks for posting! I can't wait to make this. I love pesto!
August 8, 2010 7:42 PM
August 8, 2010 7:47 PM
I copied this down. It sounds very easy and it sounds delicious!!! Thanks!!

I loveeee pesto tomatoes and Mozzarella
August 9, 2010 2:34 AM
August 9, 2010 5:50 AM
sounds easy & delicious! thanks!
August 9, 2010 6:19 AM
Yummy. Bumping
August 9, 2010 6:21 AM

that sounds good. Anyone know how to make pesto sauce if you don't have any? Not that I probably have the ingredients on hand either... but I have TONS of tomatoes :)

Fresh basil
Pine nuts
Parmesan cheese
Olive Oil
Blend it all together in a food processor.
August 9, 2010 6:26 AM
that sounds great!
August 9, 2010 4:50 PM
Hi everyone! I am new to this site- I just joined an hour ago! lol...okay so I have a question. I thought this chicken sounded fantastic but my mom doesn't like pesto. If there an alternative?
August 9, 2010 4:55 PM
I know in the grocery store where the jared pestos are, there are many different flavors besides just basil, like roasted pepper & sun-dried tomato.

You could also use some type of pasta or marinara sauce or a can of campbells soup (like cream of mushroom) - whatever will coat the chicken and keep it moist.
August 9, 2010 6:38 PM
love pesto
August 10, 2010 7:21 AM
August 10, 2010 7:28 AM
Thanks, sounds delish, have added it to my recipe page.


Message Boards » Recipes

Posts by members, moderators and admins should not be considered medical advice and no guarantee is made against accuracy.