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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 www.food.com 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!

http://www.food.com/recipe/baked-pesto-chicken-23425
  613935
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 :)
  51059
August 8, 2010 6:46 PM
Thanks for posting! I can't wait to make this. I love pesto!
  1280289
August 8, 2010 7:42 PM
bump
  198072
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
  100892
August 9, 2010 2:34 AM
bumpflowerforyou
August 9, 2010 5:50 AM
sounds easy & delicious! thanks!
  86512
August 9, 2010 6:19 AM
Yummy. Bumping
August 9, 2010 6:21 AM
QUOTE:

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
Garlic
Parmesan cheese
Salt
Pepper
Olive Oil
Blend it all together in a food processor.
August 9, 2010 6:26 AM
that sounds great!
  843287
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.
  613935
August 9, 2010 6:38 PM
love pesto
  404476
August 10, 2010 7:21 AM
Yumm
August 10, 2010 7:28 AM
Thanks, sounds delish, have added it to my recipe page.
Carol
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