Thursday, October 4, 2012

Baked Pesto Chicken

Baked Pesto Chicken
Makes 4 servings
3 thick boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt and fresh ground black pepper for seasoning chicken
1/2 cup Traditional basil pesto 
Top with Provolone or laughing cow cheese wedges

Preheat oven to 375F cut each chicken breast lengthwise into 2 or 3 pieces. 

Spray a 9" x 12" (or 8.5" X 12.5") 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 25-30 minutes, just until chicken is 
barely firm and cooked through. 

When chicken is barely cooked through, remove foil and add cheese. 
Put dish back into the oven without foil and cook 5 minutes more, 
just until cheese is melted.  After I melted the cheese for 
5 minutes I switched my oven to broil and broiled for 5 minutes more, 
just long enough to get the cheese lightly browned.

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