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Basil Pesto Chicken

A baked chicken breast with basil pesto and melted mozzarella, steamed broccoli, and baked sweet potato on a white plate with silver detail. The plate has a silver fork beside it and the plate sits on a wood backdrop.

 Happy Thursday my friends! The weekend is quickly approaching, do you all have any special plans? My husband took a few days off work so we plan to do some things around our area as a family. We don’t get a lot of family time together so I am really looking forward to it!

Whatever your plans may be for the weekend, be sure to add this Basil Pesto Chicken dish to your dinner plans – I can assure you that you and your family will be glad you did!

A white plate with silver detail contains one chicken breast with Basil Pesto and melted mozzarella on it, along with steamed broccoli and a sweet potato. The plate has a silver fork placed on it, and the plate sits on a wood board.

 Basil Pesto Chicken is healthy and delicious, something the entire family is sure to love. This whole foods recipe is so simple and easy to make, that I almost didn’t post it for fear you all would tell me it was too easy to be called a “recipe”.


However, after making this on my Instagram stories last week and receiving such a wonderful response from you all, I decided to post it here.

If you are following a low carb or Keto diet, this basil pesto chicken is compliant for you.

A white plate with silver detail contains one chicken breast with Basil Pesto and melted mozzarella on it, along with steamed broccoli and a sweet potato. The plate has a silver fork placed on it, and the plate sits on a wood board.

You know the drill, go ahead and preheat your oven to 375F.

 I started out with some fresh mozzarella, Prego Basil Pesto (Prego Basil Pesto is surprisingly very low carb and low sugar with good, clean ingredients), one very large sweet potato, and one absolutely huge boneless, skinless chicken breast.

A package of fresh mozzarella cheese, a jar of Prego Basil Pesto, and a large sweet potato sits on a white cutting board with a container of chicken breast to the right of the cutting board.

Remove the chicken breast from the packaging and rinse under cool water.

 Since the chicken breast I was using was so large and thick, I sliced it down the middle (starting at the top and moving through the chicken breast to the bottom) to make the chicken breast thinner.

A raw chicken breast that has been halved on a white cutting board.

 Once I split the chicken breast into two thinner pieces, I placed them on baking sheet lines with parchment paper.

Lining your sheet pan with parchment paper just makes for an easier, nonstick clean up once you’re finished cooking.

A parchment lined sheet pan with two raw chicken breasts.

Spread one tablespoon of basil pesto on each chicken breast and spread it out to evenly cover the top of the chicken breast.

A parchment lined sheet pan with two raw chicken breasts, covered in Basil Pesto.

 Place your chicken in the oven and bake at 375F for 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

A parchment lined sheet pan with two baked chicken breasts covered in basil pesto.

 Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the oven and place several slices of mozzarella cheese over the top of the chicken.

A parchment lined sheet pan with two baked chicken breasts, covered in basil pesto and slices of fresh mozzarella cheese.

Place the chicken back in the oven just long enough for the cheese to melt, then remove the chicken from the oven.

A parchment lined sheet pan with two cooked chicken breasts, basil pesto, and melted, freshly sliced mozzarella cheese.

 I served our basil pesto chicken with steamed broccoli and one quickly “baked” sweet potato (it was huge so I cut it in half for us) and cooked in the microwave. Not the best way to cook a baked sweet potato, but certainly the fastest when in a pinch.

One more side note, don’t throw away that juice from the cooked chicken!

I used the basil pesto chicken drippings to season our steamed broccoli, along with some salt. It was the perfect combination of seasonings and made the steamed broccoli absolutely delicious!

A white plate with silver detail contains one chicken breast with Basil Pesto and melted mozzarella on it, along with steamed broccoli and a sweet potato. The plate has a silver fork placed on it, and the plate sits on a wood board.

I hope you all have enjoyed the clean, whole foods recipes I have created and posted this week.

Be on the look out for more because with summer finally here, my creative juices are flowing and I have so many wonderful recipe ideas floating around in my head just waiting to be tested out!

Happy (almost) weekend to ya!

-Amy

 

 

 

 

Basil Pesto Chicken

A Keto and Low Carb friendly dinner, created with whole foods and simply delicious. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Amy - The Speedy Spatula

Ingredients

  • 1 large chicken breast sliced in half to make thinner
  • 2 tbsp Basil Pesto
  • 4 slices fresh mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at 375F. 

  2. Rinse the chicken breast and cut it in half, starting at the top and working the knife down through the middle of the chicken breast to split it into two, thinner pieces.

  3. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and place the chicken breast on the sheet pan. 

  4. Spread one tablespoon of Basil Pesto on each of the chicken breasts.

  5. Bake at 375F for 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. 

  6. Remove the chicken then top each chicken breast with two slices of fresh mozzarella cheese.

  7. Place the chicken breasts back in the hot oven and reduce the heat to 350F just long enough for the mozzarella to melt.

  8. Once the cheese is melted, remove the chicken from the oven and serve with your choice of side items.

Recipe Notes

I served our Basil Pesto Chicken with steamed broccoli, seasoned with salt and the drippings from the chicken, and a sweet potato "baked" quickly in the microwave. 

Shared at Weekend Potluck

Shared at Meal Plan Monday

Shared at Foodie Friday Link Party

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