Whenever I feel like I need to eat healthier, I head on over to Kalyn’s Kitchen for inspiration on low carb, south beach style recipes. Her food has never disappointed, and I am happy to be finally sharing one on Daily Deliverables.
Baked Pesto Chicken. Only 3 ingredients. Doesn’t get much easier than that.
Of course, I usually cancel out the healthy factor by adding bread, beer, wine, or all of the above to the mix. And probably extra cheese. No one was around to stop me…
This recipe is SO easy. Start by spraying some non-stick spray in a pan and then adding a layer of pesto…
Lay your chicken on top of the pesto. I always buy Costco’s convenient chicken tenders. I also buy Costco’s convenient jarred Pesto…This is because I once had an incident with homemade Sage pesto that I don’t like to discuss.
The hilarious thing is I seem to lay out the step-by-step photos on the easiest recipes I post.
Don’t forget to cover the pan with foil before placing in the oven! These don’t take as long to bake as larger chicken breasts, they only took about 20 minutes before I took them out to flip them over.
I have this weird thing where I have to flip things that go in the oven to “even them out.” OCD, yes. But I don’t flip everything. It would be pretty ridiculous if I had to flip items like pizza in the oven…
Baked Pesto Chicken by Kalyn’s Kitchen
Makes 4 servings
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 8 – 12 boneless chicken tenders
salt and fresh ground black pepper for seasoning chicken
1/2 cup basil pesto
1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
Spray a 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.
Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake the chicken for 20-25 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.)