Oooh pesto,. how I love thee. Easy and healthy and fast and fresh..you are the perfect addition to the middle of the week dinner for busy moms – and dads- alike.

This is a recipe I fall back on time and time again when I am just not inspired to create anything new with chicken breast.

Ingredients Needed:

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1 clove of garlic
2 tbsp shredded fresh basil leaves
1 tbsp olive oil
6-7 almonds or pine nuts
1 tbsp freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts

Kick the tires and light the fires to 350 degrees.

Assemble all of your ingredients in either a mortar and pestle or a food processor. The pesto can be crushed/diced either way. Purists will tell you a mortar and pestle is the only way to go. I used my mini food processor. Process it until it's s mall chunks. Or a paste if you prefer but I find chunks give it a better texture.

One step, baby, and it's ready. Things like this excite me beyond measure.

I don't get out much.


Place your chicken into a baking dish.

Spread the pesto evenly on top of the chicken breasts, coating the tops completely.

Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until the internal temperature of the chicken breasts reaches 165 degrees F at the minimum.

Happy creating!

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Perfect Pesto Chicken
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Delicious pesto chicken, simple, fresh and easy.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Chicken
Servings: 2
Calories: 286 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
Ingredients
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp shredded fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6-7 almonds or pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Instructions
  1. Kick the tires and light the fires to 350 degrees. 

  2. Assemble all of your ingredients in either a mortar and pestle or a food processor. The pesto can be crushed/diced either way. Purists will tell you a mortar and pestle is the only way to go. I used my mini food processor. Process it until it's small chunks. Or a paste if you prefer but I find chunks give it a better texture.

  3. Place your chicken into a baking dish.

  4. Spread the pesto evenly on top of the chicken breasts, coating the tops completely.
  5. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until the internal temperature of the chicken breasts reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit at the minimum.

Nutrition Facts
Perfect Pesto Chicken
Amount Per Serving (2 g)
Calories 286 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 236mg 10%
Potassium 650mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 37g 74%
Vitamin A 3.8%
Vitamin C 3.6%
Calcium 4.4%
Iron 4.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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Hey guys, I'm Karlynn! Welcome to The Kitchen Magpie, my website full of family friendly recipes, cocktails & homesteading tales of chickens & cows from the family farm! Make sure to check out my bestselling cookbook, Flapper Pie & a Blue Prairie Sky ,stay tuned for info on my second cookbook!

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