Soooo ever since having a baby I am determined to loose all the baby weight…and fast. Eating healthy is the first start! I am a foodie so it is hard to eat the same grilled chicken and boiled veggies every night! I just get sick of the same thing over and over again. So I am starting to get creative in the kitchen to make no carb meals at night but packed with tons of flavor that you do not really miss the carbs or starches. This Italian Pesto Chicken is so yummy and has lots of flavor with sneaking in some veggies in it as well. I also served it with baked Spaghetti squash and topped it with Marinara. It was just as good as having pasta and Parmesan chicken but with about 1/4 of the calories! I hope you enjoy this yummy Italian meal!
Here’s what you need…
3-4 large chicken breasts
1/2 cup of pesto- (STORE BOUGHT OR HOMEMADE) Check out my homemade pesto recipe below-
2 Tbs of olive oil
1 tbs of butter or margarine
1 tbs of garlic salt and a dash of pepper
1 cup of cherry tomatoes- halved
1 container of sliced mushrooms
1 package of Fresh Mozzarella sliced 1/4 inch pieces
Lets start out with the veggies! Place your mushrooms in a small saute pan with 1 tbs of butter and 1/2 tbs of garlic salt. Cook on medium heat for 4-5 mins. Slice your tomatoes in half and add to the pan for 2-3 minutes after the mushrooms have cooked.
While that cooks lets prep our chicken. Take out your glass pan and pour 1 tbs of olive oil on the bottom of the pan.Trim the fat if needed on the chicken breasts and place in the pan. Sprinkle with the other 1/2 of your garlic salt and a dash of pepper.
Next using the back of a spoon or a food brush place your pesto on top of the chicken. Coding evenly. Place in the oven at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes depending on how thick your chicken.
NOTE- 5 minutes before taking out the chicken top with a couple of slice of fresh Mozzarella and bake until its melted!
Take out chicken and place the mushroom and tomato mixture on top! Serve and enjoy! Yummmmmmm
I served this chicken with baked Spaghetti Squash- Recipe coming soon and Italian Salad with Balsamic dressing!