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Basil Pesto Chicken

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Basil Pesto Chicken is a delicious and vibrant dish that combines tender chicken breasts with the fresh flavors of basil pesto. This recipe is quick and easy to prepare, making it perfect for a weeknight dinner or a weekend meal. Here’s how to make Basil Pesto Chicken:

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Chicken:
    • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
    • Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. Coat with Basil Pesto:
    • Spread basil pesto evenly over each chicken breast, covering the top surface.
  3. Cook the Chicken:
    • Heat olive oil in an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat.
    • Place the chicken breasts pesto-side down in the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes, until golden brown.
  4. Add Cherry Tomatoes:
    • Flip the chicken breasts over and scatter the halved cherry tomatoes around them in the skillet.
  5. Bake in the Oven:
    • Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the chicken and tomatoes.
    • Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through (internal temperature of 165°F or 75°C).
  6. Serve:
    • Remove from the oven and let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving.
    • Garnish with fresh basil leaves if desired.

Tips:

  • Serve Basil Pesto Chicken with pasta, rice, or crusty bread to soak up the delicious juices.
  • If you prefer a crispier topping, broil the chicken for the last 2-3 minutes of baking.

This Basil Pesto Chicken recipe serves 2 and is a delightful way to enjoy the classic combination of basil and Parmesan with tender chicken. Enjoy the flavors of Italy with this simple and satisfying dish!

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Written by Robert Zelesky

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