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Pesto Chicken Bake

Pesto Chicken

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Yield 8 servings

This Pesto Chicken is a family favorite.  It is creamy, delicious and can be served served in a variety of ways based on what your family likes.  The Pesto Chicken is packed with flavor and loved by both kids and adults.  Since it is only a few simple ingredients and one dish, you can make it quickly and clean up is a breeze.

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375˚F.
  2. Mix softened cream cheese and pesto together until combined.
  3. Lay chicken breasts flat in a large baking dish. Spread pesto mixture evenly over the chicken breasts and sprinkle the mozzarella over the top.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through (internal temperature of 165˚F.)
  5. Garnish with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil.  Serve hot over rice, spinach, pasta, or mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

Notes

  • If chicken breasts are thick, I recommend butterflying them (cutting in half so they are half the thickness) so that they cook more quickly and evenly.
  • You can cut the chicken in half, chunks, or use chicken tenderloins in lieu of full chicken breasts to make serving easier. Cooking time may be reduced.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 3-5 days, or in the freezer for up to a month.  The chicken reheats well, or can be shredded and mixed into the sauce for using on other dishes like pizza, manicotti, or in a panini.

Dietary Considerations:

This recipe is naturally gluten free, low carb, and friendly for low carb and keto diets.

Gluten free- make sure to check the labels on the pesto and cream cheese to ensure this.  Most of the brands should be gluten free.

Weight Watchers Freestyle: 6 SmartPoints

Nutrition facts provided based on my best estimation for the recipe and may not be accurate depending on what brands you use or modifications you make to the recipe.  I recommend using a nutrition calculator with the exact brands and measurements you use for the most accurate calculation.

©2018 The Pinning Mama- Recipe found at: https://www.thepinningmama.com/pesto-chicken/

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 4 oz chicken plus sauce

Amount Per Serving

Calories 300

% Daily Value

Total Fat 20 g

31%

Saturated Fat 9 g

45%

Unsaturated Fat 1 g

Cholesterol 101 mg

34%

Sodium 469 mg

20%

Total Carbohydrates 3 g

1%

Sugars 2 g

Protein 29 g

58%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Recipe by The Pinning Mama at https://www.thepinningmama.com/pesto-chicken/