Wednesday, May 21, 2014

RECIPE: Baked chicken with Spinach Basil Pesto

RECIPE: Baked chicken with Spinach Basil Pesto

Ingredients needed:
3-4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
Spinach Basil pesto paste (recipe below)
1 medium tomato thinly sliced
5-6 sliced or shredded mozzarella or white cheddar cheese
2 tsp grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients needed for pesto paste:
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1 cup fresh spinach leaves
1 crushed clove garlic
1/4 cup crushed Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
3-4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts 

Directions for pesto paste:
In a food chopper or food processor, pulse basil, spinach, garlic, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and oil until smooth. You can make this ahead of time and store in the fridge or freezer in a sealed bag.

Directions for chicken Bake:
Wash chicken thoroughly and pat dry with towel. Slice each chicken breast horizontally to create thinner cutlets. 
Season lightly with salt and pepper.
Preheat oven to 400° F. 
Line baking sheet with foil or parchment paper for easier clean up.
Place chicken on baking sheet and spread 2 tsp 
of the spinach basil pesto over each piece of chicken.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until chicken is cooked 
and no longer pink in the center.

Remove from oven and top with cheese and tomato slices.
Bake for an additional 3-5 minutes until cheese is melted 
and fresh tomato slices are warm.

Ready to serve!!!!


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