This flavorful Tomato and Pesto Chicken uses the best tastes of summer and cooks up in under 30 minutes so you have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the warm evenings, even on a weeknight.
You can use store bought if you want, but I highly recommend taking the 5 extra minutes to make your own pesto with fresh basil. Personally, I found pre-made pesto a bit too oily.
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Tomato Pesto Chicken
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
- 3-4 ounces prepared basil pesto
- 2-3 large roma tomatoes (sliced)
- 8 ounce fresh mozzarella (sliced)
- sea salt and black pepper (to taste)
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 2-3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (grated)
- Preheat oven to 400°. Lightly coat a baking dish with olive oil.
- If chicken breasts are thick and uneven, place in a plastic bag and pound to about ½ inch thick with a mallet (I use my rolling pin). Place on baking dish.
- Evenly spread basil pesto over each chicken piece and place tomato slices. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
- Place slices of mozzarella on top of tomatoes and sprinkle with Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese.
- Place in pre-heated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
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