Pesto Baked Chicken Breasts With Fresh Tomatoes

Pesto Baked Chicken Breasts With Fresh Tomatoes

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There are two reasons why I have made these pesto baked chicken breasts a couple of times in the last two weeks. 

  • Reason 1: It’s so easy to make. This recipe comes together in under an hour! You literally stack up the ingredients and throw them into the oven.
  • Reason 2: Because it is so good!

It’s also a great way to use up the last bit of summer’s produce. Our overachieving basil plant and our new found love for fresh pesto has my brain working a little overtime coming up with ways to use up pesto so I don’t have to freeze it. It’s the reason why I came up with this recipe for pesto baked chicken breasts.

ingredients to make recipe

If you love basil and tomatoes, then you’ll love this recipe.

Let’s make pesto baked chicken breasts!

Pesto Baked Chicken Breasts Ingredients

pesto baked chicken breasts

How To Make Baked Chicken Breasts

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil, for easy cleanup.

Pat one of the chicken breast dry with a paper towel. Place it on a cutting board and cover completely with wax paper. Use a meat mallet or rolling pin to pound out the chicken breast. Start with the thickest portion to make it uniformly about ½-inch thick. Place the flattened breast onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat the process for the other three breasts.

Season each of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper, to taste.

spreading pesto onto chicken with spoon

Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the pesto onto each breast. Use the back of the spoon to smear the pesto out over the chicken. Cover each breast completely with a thin layer of pesto.

Lay slices of tomato onto each chicken breast and then top with slices of mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with the shredded Italian cheese blend.

chicken breasts with pesto tomato and cheese

Place the baking sheet into the preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer reads 165 degrees F and the cheese is melted, bubbling, and has started to turn golden brown.

sprinkling cheese onto pesto baked chicken with mountain view

What To Serve With This Recipe

Enjoy this summer chicken recipe using fresh pesto and tomatoes from your garden.

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Pesto Baked Chicken Breasts

If you love basil and tomatoes, then you’ll love these pesto baked chicken breasts, using fresh pesto and tomatoes from your garden. So Easy!
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Baked, Chicken Breasts, Pesto
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 475kcal

Useful Equipment:

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper taste
  • ½ cup fresh pesto
  • 2 tomatoes sliced into ¼-inch slices
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese sliced
  • ½ cup Italian cheese blend shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil, for easy cleanup.
  • Pat one of the chicken breast dry with a paper towel. Place it on a cutting board and cover completely with wax paper. Use a meat mallet or rolling pin to pound out the chicken breast. Start with the thickest portion to make it uniformly about ½-inch thick. Place the flattened breast onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat the process for the other three breasts.
  • Season each of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the pesto onto each breast. Use the back of the spoon to smear the pesto out over the chicken. Cover each breast completely with a thin layer of pesto.
  • Lay slices of tomato onto each chicken breast and then top with slices of mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with the shredded Italian cheese blend.
  • Place the baking sheet into the preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes or until the chicken reads 165 degrees F and the cheese is melted, bubbling, and has started to turn golden brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 475kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 806mg | Potassium: 607mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1554IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 376mg | Iron: 1mg
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