Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Baked Pesto Chicken - 21 Day Fix Approved



Baked Pesto Chicken - 21 Day Fix Approved


I love pesto!  it is easy to make and has that yummy salty flavor.  It gets is tangy salty flavor from the Parmesan cheese and that nutty taste from the pine nuts.  I like to toast the pine nuts in in a skillet prior to adding them to be processed.  If you toast them, make sure they are completely cooled before you add them to your basil pesto mix. 

21 Day Fix Approved
21 Day Fix- Baked Pesto Chicken


This is a great way to dress up your chicken! 

Here is another great 21 Day Fix way to make your chicken-  Thai Coconut Curry Chicken!

Homemade Basil Pesto Ingredients

2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/4 cup freshly grated  Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup pine nuts
2 garlic cloves, minced (about 3 teaspoons)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions
Place basil, Parmesan, pine nuts salt and pepper in food processor and pulse to get the basil and the nuts chopped up. 
Drizzle in olive oil while the processor is turned on until desired consistency is reached.



Baked Pesto Chicken Ingredients 

4 - 4 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast pieces
1/2 cup Pesto recipe
3 plum tomatoes, sliced
Optional: 2 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
21 Day Fix Approved
Directions
Preheat oven to 400° F. 
Line baking sheet with heavy-duty foil. or spray baking dish with cooking spray.
Place chicken  prepared baking sheet or dish and spoon on 2 tsp of pesto on each breast and top with 2 slices of tomato.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Remove from oven and top with OPTIONAL 1/2 of a blue container of mozzarella cheese and bake for an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Serve chicken breast over 1 yellow of cooked, gluten free, bow tie pasta that has been drizzled with 1 tsp olive oil and seasoned with a little salt and pepper.  

This dish makes 4 servings with a little extra pesto to have in the refrigerator.  1 serving is 1 Red, 1 yellow, 1/2 blue if no mozzarella cheese is used and 1 blue if you top your chicken with cheese and 2 tsp.  I love to serve this with steamed asparagus or broccoli!

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