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Pesto Chicken Bake
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5 from 2 votes

Pesto Chicken

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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 300kcal
Author: Kimber

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast (3-4 chicken breasts)
  • 8 oz Philadelphia cream cheese softened
  • 1/3 cup basil pesto prepared
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • Garnish
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 6 leaves fresh basil chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375˚F.
  • Mix softened cream cheese and pesto together until combined.
  • Lay chicken breasts flat in a large baking dish. Spread pesto mixture evenly over the chicken breasts and sprinkle the mozzarella over the top.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through (internal temperature of 165˚F.)
  • 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

Serving: 4oz chicken plus sauce | Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 469mg | Sugar: 2g